Richard C. Leska

Partner
Practice Area: Corporate

Rich Leska is a Silicon Valley-trained business lawyer and advisor who is focused on representing emerging growth companies, the venture capital firms and angel investors who invest in them, and the technologists and executives who drive them forward. He has represented issuers or investors in well over 200 venture capital and angel investment transactions.

Rich frequently acts as “outside general counsel” to his start-up and emerging growth clients, advising them on a wide range of matters, including initial formation, equity compensation arrangements, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, joint ventures, intellectual property strategy, personnel issues and general corporate counseling.  In this capacity, Rich works to guide his clients how to work with him in the most effective and efficient manner.

Rich also represents technologists and executives in connection with intellectual, executive compensation and related employment issues as these arrangements change or as they transition to new positions.

In addition, Rich has extensive experience representing clients in corporate transactional and securities matters, including public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, investment fund formation and counseling, start-up company counseling, and employment related matters. Rich represents business entities at all stages of development and in a variety of industries.

Rich has extensive experience representing private equity funds, their portfolio companies, other acquirers and targets in a variety of business combination and corporate partnering transactions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings.

Clients often recognize Rich for his ability to zealously advocate their interests in a cordial, non-confrontational, principled and firm manner that sets the stage for a successful working relationship between the parties following the transaction.

Education

Cornell Law School. J.D. (Cum Laude/Law Review)

Cornell University, College of Agriculture. B.S. (with Highest Distinction)

Admissions

State of New York

State of California

Prior Experience

Before joining MSF in 2013, Mr. Leska practiced in New York State, with Milbank Tweed LLP, Phillips Lytle LLP and Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, and in Silicon Valley with Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP.

Representative Matters

Represented Wander Beauty, Inc. in its conversion form an LLC to a C-corporation and its Series A venture capital financing.

Represented Litify LLC in a private placement of LLC interests.

Represented Limbik Inc. in Series Seed financing.

Represented FirstMark Capital in its Series A venture capital investment in BioDigital, Inc.

Represented FirstMark Capital in its Series A venture capital investment in Recombine Inc.

Represented FirstMark Capital in its Series A venture capital investment in Reflexis Systems, Inc.

Represented FirstMark Capital in its Series Seed venture capital investment in ShortCast, Inc.

Represented FirstMark Capital in its Series Seed 2 venture capital investment in How Good, Inc.

Represented Cedar Gate Technologies, Inc. in connection with an investment by a private equity fund.

Represented TruckPay Inc. in an offering of SAFEs.

Represented FlexIt Inc. in an offering of convertible promissory notes.

Represented Taste Labs, Inc. in an offering of convertible promissory notes.

Represented TenEleven Group, Inc. in its sale to a private equity fund.

Represented Master Cutlery, Inc. in its sale to a private equity fund.

Represented EagleEye Analytics, Inc. in its sale to Guidewire Software, Inc.

Represented Dovetail Insurance Corporation in its sale to Marsh USA Inc.

Represented GuestMetrics, LLC in its sale to Restaurant Sciences, LLC.

Represent E*Trade Group, Inc. in its joint venture investment in Archipelago Holdings, LLC.

Represented Mercury 11, LLC in its sale to Shoptology, Inc.