Andrew J. Merken

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3740
Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1992

B.A., cum laude, Economics, Tufts University, 1987

Andrew Merken is a partner in the Corporate and Venture Capital & Emerging Companies groups, as well as Co-Chair of the Securities and the Life Sciences groups. He represents early and late stage private and public companies, particularly high tech and life sciences/health care companies, in transactional, corporate finance and corporate governance matters, including formation, seed and venture stage financings, mergers & acquisitions, equity and compensation matters, stockholder disputes, contract negotiations, public offerings, SEC and stock exchange compliance, and securities transactions and disclosure issues. Andy also represents public companies and investment banks in public offerings, PIPE financings, shelf takedowns and mergers & acquisitions.

Andy represents investors in venture capital funds, private foundations, family offices and individual angel investors in raising capital and making portfolio company investments and research grants, and also in acquisitions and corporate governance matters related to their portfolio companies. Portfolio company investments by Andy’s clients are generally in software, healthcare, healthcare IT, biotech, medical device, and biopharmaceutical companies.

Additionally, Andy represents C-level executives in employment matters, including equity compensation.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America© - Corporate Law (2017-2018)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2012)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

American Jewish Committee 

  • Past Board of Directors

Aviv Centers for Living 

  • Past Board of Directors

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 

  • Past High Tech and Science Committee

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

  • Audit Committee
  • Past Board of Governors
  • Past Co-Chair of Lawyers Group
  • Past Member of Acharai Leadership Program

Tufts Lawyers Association 

  • Past Board of Directors

Tufts University Alumni Council

Tufts University Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program

  • Board of Advisors

Tufts Venture Fund

  • Past Board of Advisors

Memberships

Boston Bar Association 

  • Chair, 2018 Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference
  • Advisory Committee, 2017 Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference
  • Past Co-Chair of Business Transactions Section
  • Past Co-Chair of Corporate Law Committee

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition & 10th Anniversary Celebration," Panelist, Tufts University, April 2014

"Tufts $100,000 Business Plan Competition," Panelist, Tufts University, April 2013

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

"New SEC Rules Facilitate Regional and Intrastate Private Placements," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, December 2016

"What You Need to Know About the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, December 2015

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

"SEC Proposes 'Clawback' Rules for Incentive-Based Executive Compensation," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, August 2015

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

"SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, May 2015

"SEC Rules Expand Access to Capital via Larger Private Offerings (Regulation A+)," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, April 2015

"New SEC Rules Allow Private Companies Access to Larger Amounts of Capital (Regulation A+)," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, April 2015

"Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly," Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, December 2014

"SEC Targets Insiders and Companies for Failure to Report Stock Trades," Burns & Levinson Securities Law Update, October 2014

Resources
Andrew J. Merken
Practices
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Middle-Market M&A and Private Equity
  • Life Sciences
  • Securities Law & Litigation
Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1992

B.A., cum laude, Economics, Tufts University, 1987

Admissions

Massachusetts

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