Bruce Maximov has practiced in the Business Department of the firm since 1986. He has a wide-ranging general business practice which emphasizes the corporate, securities, financing and operational needs of early stage and maturing companies, with a particular focus on intellectual property-based technology companies.
Through his general corporate practice, Mr. Maximov has advised entrepreneurs in the formation and operation of businesses ranging from high technology and product innovation, to the hotel, restaurant and wine industries, and commercial and residential real estate development. His securities practice has involved SEC registered public offerings and exempt private placements, on behalf of companies and investors, for a variety of high technology, real estate development and vineyard and winery clients. His venture capital work, while similarly varied, has focused on technology and, particularly, Internet-based companies. He also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience with companies in the e-commerce, biotechnology, computer software, product distribution, hospitality and other industries.
Mr. Maximov's broad based practice has involved him in the full spectrum of transactions, both domestic and international. He has helped entrepreneurs form their companies and secure first round financing, and he has guided mature companies through their initial public offerings and follow-on public financings. He has advised companies in negotiating for venture capital, and he has advised venture capital firms in negotiating investments in portfolio companies. He has assisted private companies in acquiring assets as little as $1 million and selling businesses worth more than $50 million, and he has assisted public companies in effecting $500 million and $1 billion mergers. He has advised on syndications and roll-ups, contested proxy fights for control and tender offers, as well as asset sales and share exchanges.
He has lectured and moderated panels on a variety of business and legal issues, including Continuing Education of the Bar programs on "Organizing and Advising Closely Held Corporations" and industry presentations on "Forming and Managing Strategic Alliances." He also teaches federal securities law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School and has made presentations on multimedia, copyright and other issues at such industry conferences as the Computer Game Developers Conference and the National Educational Media Network Conference