Jeff Robbins provides the counsel needed by entrepreneurs launching and growing high-performance companies and by the investors who fund these enterprises.
For entrepreneurs, Jeff assists in the fundamentals such as entity formation and capital structure as well as the extra steps needed to assemble a business plan and attract equity. This includes advising start-up owners regarding activities such as preparing presentations, meeting prospective investors and negotiating and creating fundraising term sheets and investment documents. As start-up companies secure their funding and get their footing, he counsels them on equity and compensation plan design, employment and independent contractor agreements, technology licensing and joint venture and other complex contractual arrangements. As start-ups mature, he leads entrepreneurs through business acquisitions, dispositions and corporate reorganizations and public stock offerings and SEC compliance matters.
For seed, angel and venture investors, Jeff assists in deal sourcing and negotiations, due diligence investigations and fund creation and compliance.
Jeff has a particularly strong set of credentials for helping early-stage entrepreneurs. He runs a networking organization called AngelPolleNation that facilitates gatherings of local investors for educational sessions and deal presentations. In addition, he has started two companies of his own, so he understands the frustration business owners sometimes experience clearing the legal hurdles that are part of getting a new enterprise up and running. Accordingly, he strives to make complex ideas simple and clear to his clients so they can move smoothly through the process.
Jeff is a regular speaker and lecturer on corporate and entrepreneurial law issues at the University of Minnesota. He is also a judge for the annual Minnesota Cup business plan competition and an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, an affiliation of local accredited investors.
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- University of Minnesota, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983
- University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981
- American Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
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