Richard Leska is an experienced business lawyer and advisor who concentrates his practice on 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. Mr. Leska counsels business entities at all stages of development and in a variety of industries.
A significant portion of Mr. Leska’s practice 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. Mr. Leska 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.
Mr. Leska 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. Clients often recognize him 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.
Cornell Law School. J.D. (Cum Laude/Law Review)
Cornell University, College of Agriculture. B.S. (with Highest Distinction)
State of New York
State of California
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.