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Nutter Partner William Bernat Selected as a ‘2016 Up & Coming Lawyer’ by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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03.14.2016

Nutter partner William J. Bernat will be honored as a “2016 Up & Coming Lawyer” in recognition of his accomplishments in the legal profession by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Bernat will be recognized at the annual “Excellence in the Law” event on May 4.

“Will is an immensely talented lawyer and a leader in Boston’s innovation and startup community,” said Michael K. Krebs, chair of Nutter’s Business Department. “Will’s clients attest to his leadership on deals, high level of confidence that he inspires in all parties at the negotiating table, and passion for their successes, which make him the best kind of partner for an entrepreneurial business. It is this dedication and skill that make him so deserving of this award.”

A partner in Nutter’s Business Department and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Commercial Finance practice groups, Bernat focus his practice on private equity, venture capital and angel financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues. He has counseled clients in angel and venture backed financings representing an aggregate of over $100 million in investment in local early-stage companies.

Bernat serves on the partners’ committee of, and is a frequent lecturer and panel member at, The Capital Network, a nonprofit organization that brings together Boston’s largest active community of investors and startup experts to provide practical, hands-on education and personalized mentoring to young entrepreneurs to help them navigate the fundraising process. In addition, Bernat serves as a mentor and holds regular office hours at MassChallenge, a startup accelerator, Golden Seeds, one of the nation’s most active early-stage investment firms, and Launchpad, a Boston-area angel investing group focused on early-stage investments primarily in high tech and life sciences.

Bernat has also served as a lecturer and guest speaker at the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, where he has presented on topics such as the fundamentals of term sheets and capitalization tables, and general corporate finance and formation issues.

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