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 Josef B. Volman

Josef B. Volman


Office Phone: 617.345.3895
Location: Boston, MA
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New York


Mr. Volman is Co-Chair of the Firm's Business Law Department. Josef focuses on the representation of entrepreneurs, start-up and emerging companies, private equity and venture funds, investors, public companies and investment banking firms in his core industry focus areas, which include:

• Technology and Life Sciences

• Media and Entertainment

• Sports

• Hospitality, including restaurants, restaurant suppliers and franchises

Joe has significant experience in public offerings, securities compliance, buying and selling private and public companies, venture financings, fund formation and a variety of early and late stage private and public equity and debt financing transactions. He also has significant international experience, including numerous cross border transactions involving Canadian companies. Joe prides himself on his dedication and responsiveness to his clients as well as his reputation as a "deal maker", "business lawyer" and a "lawyer's lawyer".

Representative Recent Transactions and Clients

Technology and Life Sciences

• Represented Indevus Pharmaceuticals in the sale to Endo Pharmaceuticals for up to approximately $600 million

• Represented Wireless Technology Company in Series B Preferred Financing

• Represented Offshore Fund investing in clean technology solutions in Europe

• Represented Canadian public company in acquisition of US software company

• Represented Public Company Indevus Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of public company Valera Pharmaceuticals

• Represented NASDAQ Company in public debt exchange

• Represented NYSE Company in purchase of software company

• Represented Canadian Biotech Company in Series A Preferred Financing

• Acted as US Counsel to major energy company in its recent Canadian acquisition

Media and Entertainment

• Represented AOL CEO in his employment agreement with Time Warner/AOL

• Negotiated rights deal with

• Negotiated rights deal with ESPN

• Negotiated rights deal with NASCAR

• Represents independent film producer


• Represented the owner of the new Springfield NBA Development League Team

• General Counsel to Sportvision, creator of the 1st and Ten Line for football and other sports enhancements

• Represents sports consulting firm

• Represented acquiror of Boston National Lacrosse League franchise

• Represents owner of several Minor League Baseball Teams

Hospitality, including Restaurants, Restaurant Suppliers and Franchises

• Represents critically-acclaimed Chef Michael Schlow of Radius, Via Matta and Alta Strada

• Represented regional franchisee of Qdoba Mexican Grill in opening of 12 local restaurants

• Represented Starbucks Baked-Goods Manufacturer in sale to major food manufacturer and supplier





  • 6/25/2015, The Boston Globe - Fund plans to spice up restaurant finances
    Josef Volman was mentioned in this article on restaurant financing by Jon Chesto.
  • 7/28/2014, Law360 - Dealmakers Q&A: Burns & Levinson's Josef Volman
    Josef Volman was featured for his experience with business transactions in this article by Law360.
  • 2/14/2012, MYOB Radio - Legal issues facing early stage companies and entrepreneurships
    Josef Volman discussed legal issues facing early stage companies and entrepreneurships on MYOB Radio.
  • 6/22/2010, Financial Times - M&A activity slack in spite of renewed appetite
    Josef Volman was quoted in this article by Lina Saigol.

Recent Articles and Publications:

What You Need to Know About the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding
Securities Update, December 2015

Top Takeaways from the SEC's New Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules
Securities Law Update, September 2015

SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Incentive-Based Executive Compensation
Securities Law Update, August 2015

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules
Securities Law Update, May 2015

Speaking Engagements:

LFA Business Law Community Call, 4.17.2014
Role: Panelist
Topic: Current Status of and Outlook for Merger and Acquisition Activity in 2014

Tufts Financial Network Event, 4.2.2014
Location: Communispace, 290 Congress Street, Boston MA
Role: Panelist
Topic: The End Game for Startups: When to Sell, How to Sell

2013 New England Venture Summit, 12.11.2013
Location: Hilton, Boston Dedham
Role: Moderator
Topic: Term-Sheet in Hand – Negotiating a Win Win

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Raffoni Raffoni CEO Consulting, LLC - 2013 Annual CEO Retreat, 10.10.2013
Location: New Castle, NH
Role: Speaker
Topic: State of the Market: M&A