March 6, 2020

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has expanded its national Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Practice with a new team of six attorneys, led by Shareholders Matthew S. Eckert and Prithvi Tanwar.

The new group, which has worked together for several years providing full-service legal counsel to early- and growth-stage technology-based companies, is located in Polsinelli’s Boston office and is part of the firm’s growth initiative in the market. In addition to Eckert and Tanwar, Jeremy Arak, Mark A. Cloutier, Daniel P. DeConinck and Kathryn Manza Pasinski join the firm as associates.

“We are pleased to have Matt, Prithvi and this venture capital and emerging companies group join our national practice, further strengthening our seasoned team of attorneys who regularly counsel entrepreneurs, capital investors and their companies throughout the lifecycles of their businesses,” said Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Practice Co-Chair Rick Jordan. “Both Matt and Prithvi have deep experience advising their startup and seasoned clients on the full range of subject matters they require, including outside general counsel, corporate finance and merger and acquisitions.  We are thrilled to have two of the top venture capital attorneys in the greater Boston metro join the Polsinelli team.”

About a decade ago, Eckert and Tanwar started their practice at the ground level, working with early-stage and growth-stage technology companies, growing it organically alongside their clients’ businesses to the established and expanding practice it is today. Eckert and Tanwar have collaborated on the representation of hundreds of companies, working closely with founders as they progress their businesses from the startup phase through the highs and lows of their development journey, including increasingly sophisticated financing transactions and ultimately exits. As the team has grown, it has remained centered around the objective of providing high-value and high-involvement general counsel to help their clients frame practical decision making, with an emphasis on the efficiency that maturing and often resource constrained businesses require.

Matthew Eckert

A leading authority on venture capital law, Eckert advises entrepreneurs through the full spectrum of issues early and growth stage companies encounter, including providing strategic advice in the transactional contexts of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as the broad array of issues that arise in the course of growing and operating businesses. Eckert has also advised numerous venture funds in connection with their portfolio investment activities.

For the past three years, Eckert has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Venture Capital Law and is a seven-time Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in the Securities & Corporate Finance category. Eckert completed his undergraduate education at Hobart College before obtaining a JD, cum laude, and MBA with high honors from Boston University in 2003.

Prithvi Tanwar

Tanwar’s practice focuses on advising entrepreneurs, startups and high-growth companies throughout their lifecycles, from general corporate matters and tech startup issues, to financing and exit events, and everything in between. He brings experience working with domestic and foreign venture capital firms and angel investors on financing transactions with their portfolio companies. Prior to his career in law, he advised Fortune 500 clients as a management and technology consultant, leading implementations of information technology solutions and refining business processes.

Tanwar obtained his B.S., summa cum laude, from Drake University before earning a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is a five-time Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in the Business & Corporate Law category.

The team of new associates bring skills and experience in a wide range of early and venture stage matters. 

  • Jeremy Arak guides emerging growth companies and investors across a broad array of industries. He serves as an advisor and outside general counsel, advising entrepreneurs, startups and high-growth companies. He earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
  • Mark Cloutier advises start-up and emerging growth clients on early-stage business matters, commercial transactions, capital-raising and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents venture funds in their portfolio investments and advises public and private companies on a wide range of general corporate matters. Cloutier obtained his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
  • Daniel (Danny) DeConinck focuses his practice on advising companies on a variety of corporate matters, including formation, financing, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate governance. He earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
  • Kathryn Manza Pasinski advises clients on a full range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and strategic transactions. She obtained her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

“We are so pleased to have this great team of six attorneys join our growing Boston office as they enhance the capabilities to our local and national team’s offerings. This team is an ideal fit for our multi-dimensional approach to client engagement in this area,” said Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Practice Co-Chair Adam Hull. “As the demand of emerging growth companies for sophisticated, hands-on legal counsel across a full-range of matters continues to grow, we’re excited to continue our team’s expansion to meet these present and future client needs.”

Since the 2016 launch of Polsinelli’s Boston office, the firm has been focused on the region’s prosperous biotech, medical device, software, technology, engineering and health care industries. With this new group, the Boston office will grow from its original team of five attorneys to a total of 18 attorneys.

Polsinelli’s Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Practice takes a multi-dimensional perspective on navigating companies through their lifecycle and assisting investors with capital deployment into the space. Polsinelli has a national team of attorneys from coast to coast who work collaboratively with the Corporate, Tax, Intellectual Property and other specialty practices to assist clients in successful transactions and day-to-day matters.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.