David W. Kantaros



David W. Kantaros is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Team and a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices, as well as the Energy and Manufacturing Industry Teams. He represents venture capital and private equity funds as well as publicly and privately held corporations in the emerging technology and life science industries.

Prior to joining Foley, David was an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP.

Representative Experience

David's experience includes:
  • Counseling high-tech, as well as biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies as to corporate structure, technology protection and transactional matters
  • Advising venture capital firms in private placement activities and in fund formation, including the structuring of the fund, general partner, management company and the role of principals and limited partners in the various entities
  • Representing public and private companies, as well as investment banking firms, in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, including convertible debt transactions, PIPEs, and other forms of equity and debt financings
  • Advising private and public companies on corporate governance matters and regulatory compliance (including SEC and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act)
  • Structuring and negotiating technology license agreements, including master license agreements, OEM agreements, Beta test agreements, shrinkwrap agreements and strategic relationships involving the sharing of technology

Thought Leadership

David has lectured on issues relating to representation of venture capital funds and portfolio companies in private equity financings, representing buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions and the structuring of strategic relationships and joint ventures around technology developments.


David has been selected for inclusion in the 2005 and 2006 Massachusetts Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® editions for his work in securities and corporate finance. He has also been elected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012 in the field of venture capital law.


David graduated from Brown University (B.A., 1988) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1994).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

David is admitted to practice in the state of Massachusetts and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Representative Matters

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Represented Digital Guardian, Inc. in its $30 million worth of corporate reorganization and financing
Drafted and negotiated a mobile application license agreement with an international mobile phone manufacturer and supplier.