Julia K. O'Neill

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Julie O'Neill focuses her practice on business, corporate and securities law, counseling individuals and entities on a wide variety of transactional matters. Julie regularly handles corporate matters including entity formation, stock and asset acquisitions, private placements and other financings, limited liability company operating agreements and shareholders' agreements, mergers, recapitalizations, secured transactions, employment issues, licensing arrangements, general contract matters and trademark and copyright registrations.

Julie’s practice focuses largely on startup businesses, helping entrepreneurs in selecting the right legal structures for their businesses, securing debt and equity financing, and handling ongoing operational matters. She has represented many clients from the formation stage through multiple rounds of financings and finally to liquidity events.

Admitted to Practice:

Massachusetts
New York

Representative Experience:

  • Represented the creators of a dating website starting with formation of the entity, through the entity’s lifespan including four rounds of equity financing, a round of venture debt financing, and a sale of the entity to Match.com.
  • Represented a distributor of genomic-based reagents and fluorescent in situ hybridization (“FISH”) probes for aiding the study and understanding of numerous cancers, from formation of the entity through its lifespan including two rounds of equity financing, a debt financing, and a sale of the entity.
  • Represented the creators of a mobile application that recognizes consumer products on a television screen or other visual medium and directs the consumer to websites where the products can be purchased. The founders had initially set up a German entity to hold the intellectual property. Julie helped them set up a Delaware corporation to become the parent entity and negotiated strategic partnering arrangements with German and Swiss media companies. With Julie’s help, the company is currently raising $5 million in a Series A financing.
  • Represented a company whose founders are the inventors of “wearable technology” designed to improve workplace safety in a $30 million equity financing. The lead investor was a major insurance firm that simultaneously entered into a strategic partnership with the company.
  • Represented the owner and operator of several Mexican restaurants in Manhattan and Montauk in its first and second rounds of equity financing.
  • Represented an insurance risk compliance solution provider in its conversion from a New Jersey limited liability company to a Delaware corporation and a subsequent Series A financing.
  • Represented a custom wine creator and distributor in its conversion from a California S corporation to a Delaware C corporation, a subsequent preferred stock financing and multiple trademark filings.
  • Represented a wine club operator in its formation, a Series A financing and in negotiating a contract providing for the creation and operation of a white-label wine club for a major publishing and media company.

Publications/Speaking Engagements:

  • Co-author of “The Entrepreneur’s Internet Handbook: Your Legal and Practical Guide to Starting a Business Website,” the second edition of which was entitled “The Business Owner’s Guide to the Internet” and was published in 2008
  • Co-author of “How to Start a Business in Massachusetts” of which five editions have been published, first published in the fall of 1996 and most recently in early 2008
  • Author of the article “Rule 144 and Restricted Stock,” which appeared in International Securities Law and Regulation, Editors Dennis Campbell and Robert A. Solomon, published by Transnational Publishers, Inc. in 2000 under the auspices of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria

Professional/Community Affiliations:

  • Former Member, Task Force for a Comprehensive Revision of the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law