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Albert Vanderlaan

Albert Vanderlaan

I thrive on solving complex problems and working with clients in new sectors or industries. I work with public and private companies, SPACs, SPAC sponsors, venture capital firms and investment banks focused on the life sciences and high-growth technology sectors. I'm involved in a broad range of corporate legal engagements for high growth technology companies, including IPOs, follow-on public offerings, private and public company securities law compliance matters, public company disclosure obligations, de-SPAC transactions, SPAC IPOs, venture financings and mergers and acquisitions. I also regularly advises public and private companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance issues.

Clients I've worked with: Local Bounti | Fisker | Dave | Medicxi Ventures | Squadra Ventures

  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    My parents were entrepreneurs but were always limited by their capital resources. I strive to ensure my company clients are well-capitalized and my investor clients are able to deploy capital efficiently - I always work to find creative solutions to make sure that happens so companies can make awesome things happen.

  • Where do you find inspiration in life?

    Nature. I am a big fan of watching and trying to understand the ways in which the natural world transforms and recreates in an endless cycle. Regrowth and adaptation are great ways to approach many things in life!

  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

    Lego designer. I'm probably not that creative, but I'd like to think I could make it happen.

  • What is your ideal weekend?

    I love to spend time with my family and doing anything outdoors with them - sports, camping, biking, swimming, anything! An ideal weekend would be hanging out with my kids doing a hike and then going to a nice dinner with my wife.

    Stephen Venuto

    I provide practical and solution-oriented business advice and counseling to founders, executives, and investors in leading high growth technology companies. I care about the people and teams I work with.

    Clients I've worked with: Anthropic AI | Asana | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | WETA Digital

    Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 650 614 7678
    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

      I enjoy making a positive and strategic difference in the paths of the people and high growth tech companies; and knowing that they, in turn, can change the world.

    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

      I've been an avid computer programmer and gamer since my childhood, put up some of the first web pages in the early 1990's, and have always been focused on changing the world through technology. I've always loved new technology and this was a natural fit.

    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

      In my family and kids.

    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

      I would either be a college professor, a science fiction writer or a professional football spectator.

    • What is your ideal weekend?

      Hanging out with my family and doing whatever maximizes the smiles.

      Shayne Veramallay

      Shayne Veramallay

      I focus on helping startups fundraise and scale. My background in venture capital, private placements, startup operations, advisory, and M&A spans multiple sectors including impact, fintech, education, IT, industrial, advanced materials, and life sciences. I was a former investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney, a Venture Capitalist at NJTC Venture Fund, led a spin out of the Blackstone Group called iLevel Solutions, a VP at JPMorgan, and I am a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of an impact investment group called CAЯBON. I consult numerous startups on deal structuring, syndication, strategic development, and alternative financing.

      Clients I've worked with: Bristol Superlight | STABLE | Nanotronics

      Contact me Managing Director of Tech Clients, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 5142
      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

        Having been on all sides of the table from sell-side, buy-side, startup operations, and advisory, I feel that I can bring a unique lens to emerging growth companies. I am thrilled by those challenging the norms and building new solutions to disrupt, and I also just enjoy the diligence and dealmaking process as a whole. Very rarely do you get to surround yourself with changemakers ... I get to do it on a daily basis across every industry sector and stage of finance.

      • Tell us about one of your mentors.

        My mentor was always one of the smartest investors in the board room. I always recalled that what he would say in the first 5 minutes of the meeting would take the others 2 hours to arrive to the same conclusion for themselves. In which they would of course plant the flag on the moon. Acumen is something that is built, not bought.

      • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

        Anything that moves the world to solve humanity's most pressing issues around the Vital FEW (Food, Energy, Water) always gets my utmost attention.

      • Where do you find inspiration in life?

        Authentic instances of humanity, nature, motorsports, and the undaunted passion from entrepreneurs changing the world.

      • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

        To have the ability to morph and have all superpowers.

      • What's your mantra?

        Don't be Rudy.

        Martha Verhaelen

        I focus on advising young technology companies and their investors. I advise start-ups from their incorporation through their first financing rounds into the growth phase, as well as on internationalization projects. I work with venture capital, as well as corporate venture capital investors on start-up financing projects.

        Clients I've worked with: Proxima Fusion | Coatue | Haniel

        Contact me Career Associate, Düsseldorf [email protected] +49 211 36787 7240
        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

          What inspires me about working with technology companies is the potential for innovation and the opportunity to contribute to a positive impact in the present and future. The wide range of topics makes the career incredibly intriguing and dynamic.

        • Where do you find inspiration in life?

          Watching and dancing ballet. I love the opera in Düsseldorf for instance.

        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

          I would be a ballerina or a wildlife conservationist to save the planet. I could follow my passion for ballet or incorporate my love for nature and animals and contribute to environmental protection even better.

        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

          I am a certified ski instructor. I am authorized to teach children as well as adults.