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Louis A. Wharton

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Louis A. Wharton

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Louis A. Wharton is a Partner of the Firm and Director of the Preccelerator Program. Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

He counsels clients in the technology, internet/e-commerce, pharmaceutical, apparel and entertainment industries, among others.

Louis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), and previously served on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of ProVisors’ Technology Group.

Louis received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • advising the Firm’s public clients on a variety of ’33 Act and ’34 Act work, including reviewing and filing registration statements and current, quarterly and annual reports;
  • structuring and negotiating public offerings and private placements of both equity and debt securities, including PIPEs and angel and venture backed transactions, for the Firm’s private and public clients;
  • strategizing with and negotiating on behalf of the Firm’s clients on a variety of public and private mergers (including reverse mergers), strategic stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, both buy- and sell-side; and
  • counseling the Firm’s clients on other aspects of their business activities, including commercial transactions, incentive compensation and corporate governance.

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Joe Stubbs

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Joe Stubbs

Direct Voice: 818.444.4507
Direct Fax: 818.444.6307
Mobile: 626.926.6018
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Joe Stubbs is a founding partner of the Firm, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group, and of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.

Joe practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, emphasizing the corporate representation of both publicly-held and privately-held emerging growth and middle-market companies, venture capital and private equity firms, angel investment groups and investment banks.  He acts as outside general counsel to numerous emerging growth and technology companies, advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues at all stages of their evolutionary path.  He particularly concentrates on advising companies in preparing for and successfully completing their angel, venture capital, private equity and debt financing transactions, their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions and their initial and follow-on public offerings.  He also serves as outside general counsel to various publicly-held companies, providing advice on all aspects of their business activities, including securities law compliance and corporate governance matters.  His experience also includes corporate partnerships, restructurings and technology licensing.

Joe has lectured and written extensively on subjects relating to emerging growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, and public and private offerings of securities.  He has been a frequent lecturer at programs sponsored by, among others, The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, The Software Council of Southern California, The Practicing Law Institute, the CalTech Enterprise Forum, the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He received his B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University in 1972 and his J.D from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1975.  He is admitted to practice law in the States of California and Missouri.

practice & experience

  • securities regulation;
  • corporate governance and investigations;
  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • domestic and international joint ventures;
  • cross-border transactions;
  • capital formation, angel, venture capital and private equity transactions;
  •  debt financing transactions;
  • commercial contracts;
  • supply, distribution and marketing agreements;
  • executive employment and incentive agreements;
  • software and other technology licensing;
  • technology transfers from Universities and private institutions;
  • general website operational matters (such as the preparation of website terms of use or service and privacy policies, and compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), protection of copyrights, trademarks, domain names and trade secrets; and
  • electronic commerce; and the development, acquisition and clearance of rights in intellectual property (particularly with respect to information technology, the Internet and new media products).

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Murray Markiles

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Murray Markiles

Direct Voice: 818.444.4505
Direct Fax: 818.444.6305
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Murray Markiles is a founding partner of the Firm, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Murray advises venture capital funds, and public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the venture capital, Internet, technology, and apparel industries.

Murray’s practice involves providing advice in connection with corporate matters (including strategic joint ventures, strategic litigation, intellectual property exploitation and protection, corporate finance and business development), venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and debt securities offerings.

Murray’s is a managing director of Europlay Capital Advisors, LLC, a merchant bank, and a director of ECA Fund Advisors, an Exempt Reporting Advisor that manages two substantial early stage venture capital funds.  Before founding the Firm, Murray was a partner of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Murray received his J.D. degree in 1986 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He attended UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, in 1983. He is a member of the California Bar.

practice & experience

  • advising very high net worth founders and family offices in connection with the start-up and growth of US and foreign new technology businesses;
  • advising substantial venture capital funds in connection with capital raising, fund formation, portfolio investment and strategic structuring and founder level matters;
  • advising a technology company and owner of multiple significant cloud computing technologies and patents in connection with intellectual property monetization and selection, retention and management of litigation teams; and management, coordination and strategy for the conduct of robust licensing and litigation program, including settlement negotiations, mediations and Federal Court actions;
  • advising the founders of Skype, in connection with the formation and financing of Skype and its acquisition by eBay for US$3.6 billion; and their subsequent acquisition, along with a consortium of private equity and venture capital firms led by Silver Lake Partners; and the US$2.8 billion acquisition of Skype from eBay Inc. in 2009 and US$ 8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft in 2011;
  • structuring commercial transactions and joint ventures for the purpose of licensing content and technology.

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Jonathan R. Hodes

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Jonathan R. Hodes

Direct Voice: 818.444.4508
Direct Fax: 818.444.6308
Mobile: 818.917.0858
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Jonathan R. Hodes is a partner of the Firm, and co-chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.

Jonathan specializes in buy side and sell side domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, leveraged buy-outs, leveraged recaps, mezzanine and senior debt financing transactions, work-outs and secured lending and leasing transactions.

Jonathan’s focus emphasizes M and A activity in the middle market and also includes representation of emerging growth companies from inception through various tiers of venture capital and growth financing often with the goal of an exit through a sale, merger, IPO or other corporate finance transaction. He devotes significant time to private equity deals with emphasis on add on portfolio acquisitions to existing platforms, and dispositions of portfolio companies.

Jonathan’s practice also includes serving as outside general counsel to companies handling all their corporate work partnership and limited liability company formation and ongoing representation, corporate governance matters and Fund formation. .  He has a broad range of industry experience in many industries, including manufacturing, biologics, consumer goods, internet and e commerce, money service business, television production and distribution, real estate development, construction management, technology, Fund formation and hotel ownership and operations.

Jonathan also handles the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of commercial, industrial and residential real property projects. He has represented large public and private domestic real estate developers in major Southern California projects and joint ventures, including complex real estate financing transactions.

Jonathan received his A.B. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • Advising private equity portfolio companies on strategic acquisition and disposition strategies and general corporate matters affecting day to day operations;
  • Serving as outside general counsel to numerous companies in all their regular and recurring matters, including securities laws compliance, corporate governance matters, M & A activities, employment agreements for senior executives, stock option plans, executive compensation, establishment of template agreements for operational matters; distribution agreements for international product distribution, and other corporate matters;
  • Advising companies on joint venture formation with hedge funds and associated domestic and international financing transactions;
  • Fund formation and representation
  • Advising on bank lending and financing transactions from the borrower’s side and the lenders side on both senior secured, mezzanine and uni-tranche revolving credit and term loan credit facilities;
  • Advising management on structuring and implementing management buyouts in high tech companies;
  • Advising defense industry clients in international transactions and strategic alliances for joint production and development of military products;
  • Advising on project financing transactions for real estate entitlement projects to be sold to retail public builders;
  • Advising clients on commercial real property acquisitions, dispositions and commercial leasing transactions.

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Scott Galer

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Scott Galer

Direct Voice: 818.444.4513
Direct Fax: 818.444.6313
Mobile: 818.307.2268
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Scott Galer is a partner at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Mergers and Acquisition Practice Group.

Scott’s practice focuses on counseling private and public middle-market and emerging growth companies in areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures, complex brand and technology licensing and other strategic business arrangements.

Scott has expertise in managing a wide variety of corporate and financial transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, roll-up and spin-off transactions, public offerings (representing both issuers and investment bankers), alternative public offerings, debt and equity financings (representing issuers, lenders and investors), secured lending transactions and financial restructurings.  In addition, Scott has expertise in advising emerging growth companies from formation through their various stages of growth, including formation, seed and venture capital financing, complex operating and stockholder agreements, employment contracts and equity incentive arrangements.

Scott is experienced in negotiating and drafting a wide range of business arrangements, including joint venture agreements, complex brand and technology licensing agreements, marketing and endorsement agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, credit agreements and numerous other general corporate and commercial contracts for companies in a variety of industries.

Scott also counsels and advises companies in connection with 34 Act reporting requirements, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws, and other issues that commonly arise for companies while operating their businesses, as well as during the process of corporate and financial transactions.

Scott has over twenty years of experience counseling and serving as a strategic partner to companies at all stages along their evolutionary path, and prides himself at being highly responsive to his client’s needs.

Scott received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and his B.A., summa cum laude, in Business/Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1989. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • mergers
  • stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions
  • roll-up and spin-off transactions
  • public offerings and alternative public offerings
  • debt and equity financings
  • seed and venture capital financings and other private placements
  • limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements
  • stockholder agreements
  • buy-sell agreements
  • secured lending transactions
  • financial restructurings
  • brand development and licensing
  • technology licensing and IP protection
  • marketing and endorsement agreements
  • manufacturing and distribution agreements
  • securities regulation
  • executive employment agreements
  • options, profits interest and other equity incentive plans
  • 34 Act compliance
  • corporate governance
  • website compliance
  • commercial contracts

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Jonathan Friedman

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Jonathan Friedman

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Jonathan Friedman is Partner at the law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

Jonathan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, including development-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market companies as well as angel investors, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Jonathan’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, intellectual property licensing and general corporate and business matters. Jonathan also has experience forming venture capital funds.  Jonathan has represented corporations and other entities in a variety of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, apparel, medical devices, entertainment and high technology.

Jonathan has substantial experience managing strategic transactions, including private equity and debt financings transactions, mergers and acquisitions in the public and private markets, offerings by public companies and angel and venture capital financing transactions. In addition, Jonathan counsels companies in connection with SEC reporting requirements and registrations, federal and state securities laws, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and strategic alliances and commercial contracts. Jonathan also has expertise advising companies in their formation process.

As part of his practice, Jonathan facilitates cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions and expansions by companies into new markets and works to promote bi-lateral trade opportunities between Canada and the United States that will result in the job creation, investment connection and trade partnership support.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1998, his M.B.A. in 2002, and his J.D. in 2002, all from the University of Toronto.  Jonathan is admitted to practice law in the States of California, New York and Massachusetts.

practice & experience

  • debt and equity financings
  • seed and venture capital financings and other private placements, including ICOs
  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • cross-border transactions
  • limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements
  • fund formation
  • stockholder agreements
  • commercial contracts
  • secured lending transactions
  • financial restructurings
  • brand development and licensing
  • technology licensing and IP protection
  • marketing and endorsement agreements
  • manufacturing and distribution agreements
  • securities regulation
  • executive employment agreements
  • options, profits interest and other equity incentive plans
  • 34 Act compliance
  • corporate governance
  • website compliance

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Kevin D. DeBré

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Kevin D. DeBré

Direct Voice: 818.444.4521
Direct Fax: 818.444.6321
Mobile: 323.251.9929
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Kevin D. DeBré is the chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice Group.  Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses.  Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements.  He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations.

Kevin is a business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer.  He focuses on representing software companies, semiconductor design firms, mobile commerce businesses, e-commerce enterprises, electronics and hardware manufacturers, media companies, content developers and publishers, biotechnology companies and medical device manufacturers both in the United States and abroad.

Kevin is a frequent guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship courses at UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA School of Engineering, USC Marshall School of Business, Pepperdine University and Chapman University, and serves as Chairman of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum, an organization that facilitates the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.  He has been quoted in numerous high-tech industry publications and has appeared on Bloomberg TV.  Kevin is also a speaker at numerous conferences on technology commercialization and intellectual property licensing and he has published several articles on licensing. Kevin is the author of “Licensing of Trade Secrets and Know-How,” a chapter of Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California, an attorney’s practice book published by the State Bar of California. In addition, Kevin is a contributing author of “Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances,” a chapter of Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, an attorney’s practice book published by Continuing Education of the Bar, and is an update author of “Exploiting Trade Secrets by Licensing” and of “Form Licensing Agreements and Provisions,” two chapters of Trade Secrets Practice in California (Second Edition) published by Continuing Education of the Bar.  Kevin has been selected multiple times as a Southern California Super Lawyer and is the founder and Chair of the Licensing Interest Group of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section.

Kevin received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1989 and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis in 1982. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • software licensing, Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements and Service Level Agreements (SLA);
  • patent licensing and patent portfolio acquisitions;
  • university licensing and technology transfer;
  • research and development agreements;
  • manufacturing, distribution, marketing and advertising agreements;
  • joint ventures, strategic alliances, and corporate partnering;
  • intellectual property protection strategy and patent monetization;
  • data security and privacy law;
  • emerging growth and startup company representation;
  • trademark licenses and merchandising agreements;
  • e-commerce, mobile commerce, financial technology (FinTech) and advertising technology (AdTech) company representation;
  • biotechnology, life sciences, medical devices and medical technology (MedTech) company representation;
  • 3D printing technology company representation;
  • energy technology and cleantech (solar, biomass, energy storage and wind power technology) company representation;
  • digital currency technology (e.g., Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple) company representation;
  • semiconductor, electronics and hardware company representation;
  • commercial contracts;
  • executive employment agreements;
  • interactive entertainment and video game development and publishing agreements; and
  • website operations and legal compliance, terms of use, privacy policy, and contests and sweepstakes.

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Scott Alderton

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Scott Alderton

Direct Voice: 818.444.4501
Direct Fax: 818.444.6301
Mobile: 818.486.1970
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Scott Alderton is a founding partner of the Firm, Managing Partner, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Scott is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group and chair’s the Firm’s Interactive Entertainment and Video Games Group.

Scott advises both public and private clients across a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing and distribution of goods in commerce, finance, the Internet, interactive video games, and new media industries.

Scott’s practice focuses on advising middle-market, technology, emerging growth, and development stage companies in the areas of corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, business, licensing, intellectual property, interactive entertainment and video games, the Internet and multimedia. Scott is frequently referenced as one of the top “start-up” lawyers in Southern California, with over thirty years of experience working with technology and emerging growth companies at all stages along their evolutionary path.  Scott’s practice also includes a wide variety of federal and state securities laws matters, including the representation of venture capital funds, issuers and investment bankers in public offering registrations and private placements of securities, counseling both public and private clients in reverse merger and/or exchange transactions with public shell companies (i.e., alternative public offerings), as well as counseling issuers in connection with securities offerings and federal and state securities law reporting requirements.

Scott has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching Securities Regulation, and is a frequent speaker on matters relating to technology, intellectual property, capital formation and capital raising transactions and emerging growth companies.

Scott received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and his J.D., cum laude, in 1985 from Loyola Law School.  He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.


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practice & experience

  • software and other technology licensing;
  • technology transfer from Universities and private institutions;
  • distribution and marketing agreements;
  • capital formation, venture capital and financing transactions;
  • securities regulation;
  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • commercial contracts;
  • executive employment agreements;
  • interactive entertainment and video games;
  • general website operational matters (such as the preparation of website terms of use or service and privacy policies, and compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act), protection of copyrights, trademarks, domain names and trade secrets; and
  • electronic commerce; and the development, acquisition and clearance of rights in intellectual property (particularly with respect to information technology, the Internet and new media products).

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Greg Akselrud

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Greg Akselrud

Direct Voice: 818.444.4503
Direct Fax: 818.444.6303
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Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment Practice Group.

Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries.

Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.

Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).

Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • acting as strategic counsel to individuals in the entertainment and sports industries (such as actors, directors, producers, music artists and athletes), and film, television and digital media production companies, representing their interests in investment transactions, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
  • advising emerging growth, development stage, and middle market companies, as well as venture capital funds, on a variety of matters, including venture capital and other financings, employee compensation, securities laws compliance, technology transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and other general corporate matters.
  • advising entertainment, digital media, Internet and technology clients in a variety of matters arising on the Internet or on mobile platforms, including, with respect to content licensing and exploitation, Internet advertising and other revenue generating transactions (such as bundling, co-marketing and co-branding), and general website matters (such as the preparation of terms of use or service and privacy policies, and compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
  • structuring commercial transactions and joint ventures worldwide (including Europe, Latin America and Asia) for the purpose of licensing content and technology.

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