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Douglas S. Ellenoff
Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in business transactions and corporate financings. Mr. Ellenoff has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, regulatory compliance as well as general corporate governance matters. During his career, he has represented numerous broker-dealers, venture capital investor groups and many corporations involved in the capital formation process.
In the last several years, he has been involved at various stages in numerous registered public offerings, including 100 financings and, with other members of his firm, over 400 private placements into public companies (see PIPEs and Venture Capital), representing either the issuers of those securities or the registered broker-dealers acting as placement agent. Along with other members of his Firm, Mr. Ellenoff has been involved at various stages with over 70 registered blind pool offerings (commonly referred to as "SPACs"; 27 of which have consummated their IPO's raising over $1.5 billion). In addition to our IPO experience with SPACs, he has been involved with more than 20 SPAC M&A assignments. The Firm represents nearly 50 public companies with respect to their ongoing 34 Act reporting responsibilities and general corporate matters. He also provides counsel with regard to their respective ongoing (SEC, AMEX and NASD) regulatory compliance.
Mr. Ellenoff and the rest of the corporate department distinguish themselves from many other transactional lawyers on the basis of their ability to be part of the establishment of new securities programs, like PIPEs, SPACs, Registered Directs and Reverse Mergers, where the Firm's professionals have played leadership roles within each of those industries, assisting in the creation, formation and strategies relating to those financings, as well as working closely with the regulatory agencies; including the SEC and FINRA; and the listing exchanges - AMEX and NASDAQ. "Mr. Ellenoff is routinely requested to be a panelist and presenter at investor conferences.
Like the other innovative securities programs mentioned above, the Firm has taken a leadership in the emerging crowdfunding industry, which was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. In addition to regular meetings and interaction on behalf of the leading trade association which the Firm represents, (CFIRA, the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) with the SEC and FINRA in discussing the proposed rules which the SEC and FINRA must approve before crowdfunding becomes lawful in the US, the Firm has sponsored conferences, webinars and has been invited to speak at numerous events on the topic (see below). The Firm is already actively engaged with clients (funding portals, broker-dealers, technology solution providers, software developers, investors and entrepreneurs).
Supplementing his practice of law, Mr. Ellenoff has always maintained an active investing profile. Mr. Ellenoff founded Wardenclyffe, an investment management business, in 1995, which is no longer in business. Wardenclyffe was the general partner of: (ii) a long/short high yield bond fund (the Wardenclyffe High Yield Fund, L.P.), (ii) a micro-cap hedge fund (Wardenclyffe Micro-Cap Fund, L.P.), which specialized in emerging growth companies and (iii) a fully invested venture capital fund (Wardenclyffe Venture Partners I, L.P.). While attending law school, Mr. Ellenoff worked for Seligman, Harris & Co., Inc., a New York Stock Exchange broker-dealer as an intern analyst of special situations. Mr. Ellenoff's ancillary business and investing activities provide him with practical experience that enables him to more effectively represent and advise his law clients. Mr. Ellenoff is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ellenoff received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vassar College.
Past crowdfunding speaking engagements:
Mr. Ellenoff was invited to be a panelist at the Public Policy Forum on Venture Capital and Innovation (“PPF”) in Quebec City. The panel was titled “Crowd funding: potential impacts on the financing of high growth SMEs – Opportunities, Risks and challenges for policy makers”.
Douglas S. Ellenoff was invited to sponsor and participate in the 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp in Las Vegas, NV. This convention, like no other, offered entrepreneurs and small business owners from across all industries a place to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign from the world's leading experts. Mr. Ellenoff participated in several panels: Equity Crowdfunding; The Role of Social Media and Investor Protection; Changes to Rule 506 of Regulation D; and the fear of fraud.
Douglas S. Ellenoff was invited by The University of California, Berkeley, to participate in an international academic conference on crowdfunding titled "Crowdfunding; Setting the Research Agenda." UC researchers are interested in crowdfunding — particularly in the wake of the federal Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act, which relaxed some rules on how companies can ask for equity investments. Richard Swart, who leads crowdfunding research at Cal’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, which is hosting the symposium, said part of the focus on the conference will be on “mechanisms to protect new investors.”
Mr. Ellenoff was invited to apeak at the Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation at the SEC. Mr. Ellenoff participated in the panel titled: Crystal Ball: Now That You Raised the Money, What’s Next for the Company and the Markets?
Mr. Ellenoff was invited to speak at the State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The members of the Crowdfunding Professional Association who spoke at the event went on to meet with lawmakers and the press at Capitol Hill for an informational luncheon. Leaders of the venture and Crowdfunding community pushed for immediate action on fulfilling the promises made in last year’s Jump Start Our Businesses Startups Act (JOBS Act) to make equity- and debt-based Crowdfunding a reality in the U.S.
Mr. Ellenoff was invited by Harvard Business School Association of Boston to participate in their HBSAB 2013 New Venture Program (NVP) to discuss the viability of the emerging crowdfunding industry.
Participated in "Crowdfund Texas: Impact of the JOBS Act on Texas Investors and Start-ups" in Austin, Texas. It was a premiere industry conference that brought together Texas investors, start-ups, incubators, accelerators, and academic leaders in entrepreneurship for an intensive day of interactive educational sessions from leading thought leaders. Mr. Ellenoff was invited to speak on several panels as well as one exclusively for the media.
Participated in “The Crowdfund Act – Framing the new regulatory landscape Symposium” sponsored in Washington by the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). Mr. Ellenoff spoke on two different panels: The Mechanics of a Crowdfund Offering and Reaching the Crowd.
Attended the first national conference endorsed by the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), held at the University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center. Mr. Ellenoff was the keynote speaker at the conference.
Was interviewed by Brett Johnson with One Med Place on CrowdFunding.
Participated in an invitation only JOBS Act Roundtable at New York University.
Mr. Ellenoff spoke at New York's first Crowdfunding 101 Workshop. He spoke about the firm's role in the process that generated the JOBS Act, our current activity in assisting with the SEC's rule-making process and the current & future legal issues that will effect crowdfunding platforms planning to present equity-based crowdfunding solutions for small businesses.
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP was the premier sponsor at Deal Flow Media's CrowdFunding Conference, in New York City. Mr. Ellenoff opened the conference with his keynote address focusing on the outlook of the CrowdFunding Market.
Attended meetings between several department heads of the SEC and the crowdfunding industry, including the The National Crowdfunding Association (NLCFA).
Participated in Washington DC's first national crowdfunding conference. CrowdCheck hosted experts from the US Small Business Administration, Capitol Hill, think tanks, startups and the securities industry at the conference, entitled "The Wisdom of the Crowd." Mr. Ellenoff spoke on fraud prevention for crowdfunding.
Mr. Ellenoff was invited by the Inter American Development Bank and Multilateral Investment Fund to participate in their workshop “Crowdfunding: Financing Ideas, Entrepreneurs and Institutions The Market in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Mr. Ellenoff was part of two different panels: Discussion of Regulatory Aspects and Business Models Emerging due to the JOBS Act and Crowdfunding with Financial Returns.