Rethinking how entrepreneurs experience legal services

Your Goals

You’re a developer with a great program, you’re a mathematician with an innovative algorithm, you’re the CEO of a budding start-up. Your goal is to implement your brilliant idea and ensure that your startup is successful. Your goal isn’t to form a business, hire employees, seek fundraising, register your securities, protect your intellectual property or challenge government enforcement actions. Don’t worry – that's what we're here for. Experience Legal will leave you free to focus on your goals while we ease you through the legal and entrepreneurial lifecycle of your business.

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Although we were trained as lawyers at some of the largest law firms in the world, we're really entrepreneurs at heart. That's why we're passionate about shepherding tech startups and early-stage companies through their entire life cycle of legal and business issues, from entity formation (onshore and offshore), venture financing and other capital raises, strategic partnerships, through (hopeful) exit. 

So sure, we know all the legal stuff: we routinely prepare offering documents, including private placement memoranda, partnership agreements, seed capital agreements, and Series A financing documents. We stand out because we provide the same depth of legal knowledge and quality of advice as large law firms, but augment it with a superior understanding of business and a more creative touch in getting our clients to "yes, if..." (not "no, because..."). 

Experts in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

While we work with innovative companies of all stripes, we have a particular fondness for companies in the enterprise blockchain and cryptocurrency space. We have helped dozens of such companies with:

  1. Understanding the United States securities laws, including structuring token sales through exemptions: 
    • Regulation A+ (mini-IPOs)
    • Regulation D (accredited investors only)
    • Regulation S (offshore investors), and 
    • Regulation CF (crowdfunding). 
  2. Analysis of the money transmission laws, and registration as a money services business (MSB) with FinCEN, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department.
  3. Developing and implementing anti-money laundering (AML), know-your-customer (KYC), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance programs.
  4. Registering with FINRA as a broker-dealer, and ongoing broker-dealer compliance.

We also have a robust investigations and regulatory enforcement practice. We have represented crypto and other clients who have received subpoenas and are facing investigations or regulatory matters before the Department of Justice, SEC, CFTC, and IRS. 

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Ryan founded Experience Legal because he enjoys turning concepts into companies, applying his unique blend of legal, finance, and business strategy skills. Ryan's experience spans both legal and business aspects of tech transactions, IPOs, and M&A. He has been a trusted advisor for dozens of public and startup companies since his years practicing with the global law firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, in the startup-focused Technology Companies Group, and Morrison & Foerster in its public-company Capital Markets Group

Ryan earned his JD at NYU Law and is admitted to the bar in California and New York.

Ashok advises public companies and startups on regulatory matters and investigations before the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, DOJ, FinCen, and IRS. He also develops corporate compliance programs from scratch, from the drafting of policies to program implementation and operation. Before Experience Legal, Ashok was a Managing Associate with the global law firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Baker McKenzie. 

Ashok earned a joint JD/MPA from NYU Law and Princeton University, and is admitted to the bar in California and the District of Columbia. 

Counsel

Nima works with the firm's corporate arm on entity formation, private security (equity and debt) offerings, venture financings, and alternative public offerings. He also possesses deep experience in regulatory matters, drawing upon his prior experience with boutique law firm Velton Zegelman. Earlier in his career, Nima practiced with the global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP and was in-house counsel at a private equity firm. 

Nima graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in California.

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