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. He represents venture capital and private equity funds as well as publicly and privately held corporations in the emerging technology and life science industries.

Representative Experience

David's experience includes:

  • Advising venture capital firms, strategic investors, family offices and high net worth individuals and investment groups in private placement activities, including preferred stock and debt financing in technology and life science companies
  • Advising emerging managers 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
  • Counseling high-tech, as well as biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies as to corporate structure, technology protection and transactional matters
  • Representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, public offerings, private placements, including preferred financings, convertible debt transactions, PIPEs, secured debt financings, and other forms of equity and debt financings
  • 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 selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2012 in the field of Venture Capital Law.


  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1994)
  • Brown University (B.A., 1988)


  • Massachusetts

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association