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Douglas R. Spear

Douglas R. Spear

Partner

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
doug.spear@nelsonmullins.com

Doug leads the firm's Emerging Companies practice. In this capacity, he works with a team of lawyers to advise emerging and growth stage technology and life science companies, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors. Doug was ranked in Band 4 by Chambers and Partners in its 2020 and 2021 Startups and Emerging Companies USA...

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Doug leads the firm's Emerging Companies practice. In this capacity, he works with a team of lawyers to advise emerging and growth stage technology and life science companies, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors. Doug was ranked in Band 4 by Chambers and Partners in its 2020 and 2021 Startups and Emerging Companies USA Nationwide survey, noting that he “is well regarded for his practice representing technology and software startups, as well as their investors.” Doug is extremely active in startup communities in the Southeast and beyond, working closely with founders, investors, and other advisors to help to build growing companies in various industries. In this regard, Doug and his team serve as outside general counsel to hundreds of growing companies. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches the Venture Capital Law course.

Douglas R. Spear

Nationwide survey, noting that he “is well regarded for his practice representing technology and software startups, as well as their investors.” Doug is extremely active in startup communities in the Southeast and beyond, working closely with founders, investors, and other advisors to help to build growing companies in various industries. In this regard, Doug and his team serve as outside general counsel to hundreds of growing companies. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches the Venture Capital Law course.

Doug leads the firm's Emerging Companies practice. In this capacity, he works with a team of lawyers to advise emerging and growth stage technology and life science companies, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors. Doug was ranked in Band 4 by Chambers and Partners in its 2020 and 2021 Startups and Emerging Companies USA... Nationwide survey, noting that he “is well regarded for his practice representing technology and software startups, as well as their investors.” Doug is extremely active in startup communities in the Southeast and beyond, working closely with founders, investors, and other advisors to help to build growing companies in various industries. In this regard, Doug and his team serve as outside general counsel to hundreds of growing companies. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches the Venture Capital Law course.

Experience

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Experience

  • Has represented clients in numerous types of equity and debt financings as well as M&A transactions
  • Has advised clients on entity formation, capitalization issues, equity compensation strategies, employment matters, capital-raising considerations, customer contracts, securities law compliance, and exit planning
  • Has counseled boards of directors regarding corporate governance issues

Recent Representative Transactions

  • Represented Healthcare IT analytics software company in a $28,000,000 growth equity financing
  • Represented private-equity backed fintech portfolio company in multiple add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented venture-backed startup in minority recapitalization with private equity firm
  • Represented consumer fintech company in $54,000,000 growth equity financing.
    Represented  supply chain and logistics software company in a $12,000,000 Series A financing
  • Represented venture capital firm in $10,000,000 Series A investment in a Healthcare IT enterprise
  • Represented venture capital firm in $12,500,000 Series A investment in enterprise security software company
  • Represented software company in $78,000,000 sale to strategic buyer
  • Represented multiple university spinouts in formation, licensing transactions, and early stage financings
  • Represented numerous life science companies in angel financing transactions

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD (1998)
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, with honors (1995)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta
  • Involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations in Atlanta
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