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William Carleton

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William Carleton

Bill Carleton is a business lawyer with two decades of experience serving emerging technology companies, serial entrepreneurs and angel investors. His clients at McNaul operate in Web Service, Gaming, Robotics, Custom Software Development, VR, Digital Media and other IT industries. He also works with founders and C-level executives of venture-backed companies in transition. Frequently, he collaborates with the firm's litigators to anticipate, avoid or bring lawsuits for clients.

Recent transactions:
  • Representation of a successful, privately-held FinTech venture in its sale to a public financial services company;
  • Representation of a leading developer of Microsoft-based applications in the course of negotiating master services and license agreements with dozens of Fortune 500 companies;
  • Counsel to a founder in the formation and organization of a robotics startup;
  • Counsel to multiple co-founders separating from emerging companies;
  • Representation of a game company in series of non- or mildly-dilutive financing transactions (e.g., development seeding from Fortune 500 companies; project-specific SPV; note and warrant financing);
  • Representation of the owner in the sale of his commercial aircraft customization company to a private equity firm;
  • Representation of online angel investing platforms and offline issuers dealing with Rule 506(c) general solicitation and accredited investor verification issues;
  • Representation of a digital agency in its spinout and sale of a legacy ecommerce platform to the Canadian affiliate of a European company;
  • Representation of executives departing from or onboarding Microsoft, Amazon and Google; and
  • Representation of lead investors in I-502 marijuana startups.
Bill is nationally recognized for his work on policy impacting angel investing. He serves as Chair of the Angel Capital Association's Public Policy Committee Advisory Council, and writes and presents frequently on general solicitation and accredited investor verification under Rule 506(c). On this topic, he has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, GeekWire and VC Experts, and been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Inc.com, Forbes, Crowdsourcing.org, Compliance Week and KQED.org.

Education

  • Cornell Law School, magna cum laude
  • Cornell University (M.F.A.), with distinction
  • Layfayette College

References

  • Giff Constable's list of "Great Web Startup Lawyers"
  • ABA Journal Blawg Directory
  • Justia Securities Law Blogs