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John Cleary

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Venture Technology, Corporate/M&A


John Cleary is managing partner of Dentons' Short Hills office and chair of the legacy Medical Devices practice, as well as member of the Corporate practice and the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice. John is engaged in a diverse corporate practice representing both public and private companies, encompassing mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and securities transactions, as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and general corporate representation. He is also active in advising privately held venture capital funds with respect to their organizational structure, issuance of securities and investments in portfolio companies, having structured numerous funds with varying capital structures. John works actively with emerging growth and other technology companies with respect to accessing capital from venture capital firms, investment banks and other sources of capital, as well as working closely with members of the Dentons Intellectual Property and Technology practice with respect to the development, protection, commercialization and enforcement of intellectual property rights. John is also actively engaged in the surgeon community, representing surgeons and others in establishing, negotiating and enforcing development, royalty and similar arrangements with medical device manufacturers, co-developers, hospitals and research institutions. A certified public accountant, John holds a master's degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law.


Joined Dentons in 2004.


•New York State Bar Association •American Bar Association •Spine Arthroplasty Society (SAS) •New Jersey Technology Council


New York University (School of Law), 1995, LL.M., Taxation Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 1991, JD, Note and Comment Editor, Catholic University Law Review Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, 1987, BS and BA, magna cum laude

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

Dentons’ truly global venture capital and emerging companies practice has brought an additional pipeline of business to the US team. It now works on a number of venture capital financings for overseas companies, helps foreign emerging companies to establish a footprint in the US and advises US growth companies on establishing themselves overseas. The firm is well plugged into the start-up community and operates incubators in San Diego and Palo Alto. The firm is especially prominent in AI, fintech, cryptocurrency, mobile, life sciences and digital health, and has a large team primarily spread across its New York, Bay Area, San Diego and Los Angeles offices. It is the only international law firm to have a dedicated venture capital and emerging company office in New York’s Meatpacking District, a notable tech hub. It advised Operative Media on its $200m sale to SintecMedia, a Francisco Partners portfolio company. Other clients include DoubleVerify, Voxy, CommonBond and Zype. New York partner Victor Boyajian heads the department, and medical device expert John Cleary heads the Short Hills office in New Jersey where Jeffrey Baumel is recommended for life sciences.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Dentons has expertise in transactions relating to telecoms, ISPs, software and application developers and broadcasters. The bulk of the team is based in its Washington DC office, although additional support comes from New Jersey and Atlanta. Former engineer Todd Daubert leads the communications and technology practice. He recently advised XO Communications on its asset purchase agreement with Verizon, as well as its spectrum lease agreement with NextLink Wireless. New Jersey-based Victor Boyajian and Ilan Katz, who both specialize in venture technology, assisted Operative Media with its $200m sale to SintecMedia. John Cleary, who is also based in New Jersey, advised Zype on its financing from Runa Capital.

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