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Eric Michael Leander

Business Attorney at Clifton Park, NY

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Eric focuses his practice on business, corporate and securities law matters, together with commercial real estate, and other financial transactions.  Eric provides a broad range of legal services to individuals and businesses including entity formations, business transactions, commercial real estate and financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiation, private securities offerings, venture capital services and business planning for start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses.

Eric’s prior experience includes a diverse business law practice in Albany and the greater Capital Region handling a variety of matters for clients of all sizes.  In addition, Eric previously worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Small Business Policy, where he drafted small business compliance guides and directly assisted in providing entrepreneurs, businesses, and corporate attorneys with information on relevant securities law issues.

Eric is uniquely able to identify with the entrepreneurial mindset and the challenges facing start-up businesses from inception to commercialization.  Mr. Leander is a firm believer in building an entrepreneurial community in the Capital Region and greatly enjoys working with other entrepreneurs and innovators to build successful businesses.  The creativity and energy that entrepreneurs bring to their projects is inspiring and fuels Eric’s dedication to his client’s success. 

Mr. Leander’s professional background is diverse, including banking compliance and financial planning experience.

 

A sampling of Eric’s prior legal projects includes:

  • Structured, directed, and documented a $4mm private investment transaction for downstate NY real estate development.
  • Structured negotiated, documented, and closed a $3mm investment into a growth-stage technology company with an international institutional investor counterparty.
  • Structured, negotiated, and closed a $3mm acquisition of fin-tech client to Fortune100 financial institution.
  • Negotiated and creatively restructured a significant asset purchase, sale and lease-back transaction resulting in a $4mm savings to the client and avoiding significant dilution (approximately 20%) to its shareholders.
  • Re-structured and closed a $1.5mm combined asset and real estate transaction.
  • Structured and closed a $1.5mm convertible note investment transaction into an industrial technology company.
  • Successfully negotiated and documented a $1mm investment transaction into a startup company on an expedited basis from Letter of Intent to funding in under four (4) days.
  • Established and counselled investment management clientele including RIAs, venture capital and private equity funds.
  • Formed numerous private fund and management entites for private lending funds together with initial capital formation using Private Placement Memoranda.
  • Prepared and successfully cleared NYS public offering prospectus to securities regulators upon first submission.
  • Prepared and successfully cleared multiple SEC Regulation A Tier 2 prospectus for $30mm registered public offering.
  • Prepared and successfully cleared various public offerings on SEC Forms S-1 and S-3.
  • Prepared and successfully cleared numerous crowdfunding campaigns under Reg CF using SEC Form C together with follow-on reporting.

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Location

Eric M. Leander, Esq.
636 Plank Rd, Suite 200
Clifton Park, NY, 12065

Reviews

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Posted by Trenton | March 27, 2020
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Exceptional legal counsel for an early stage investment opportunity
Eric was an exceptional legal counsel for an early stage investment opportunity. He was complete with his analysis and provided thoughtful advice and guidance. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for counsel in this space.
Posted by Chin | March 15, 2020
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Very Helpful
Eric was very knowledgeable and helpful in reviewing our LLC agreement. Highly recommended even for more complex projects.
Posted by James | March 5, 2020
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Would recommend!
Eric is extremely proficient and knowledgeable in business and securities law. He has provided our startup excellent service and taken the time to explain the complex issues that face any new business seeking angel or venture capital investments.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2020
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Business Savvy and Reliable
Eric is always there for us when we need him; we’ve relied upon his services and counsel consistently over the years. He’s approachable and communicates in an accessible / understandable manner. He is business-savvy and makes a point to understand the underlying business purpose / concerns involved in agreements and transactions he works on with us. Eric has been an integral part of the foundation, growth, and successes of our business.
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Posted by Vinny | September 17, 2015
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Repeat customer
I retained Couch White as my legal counsel for my mobile app business. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Eric directly for all of my legal needs. I needed a complex venture agreement drafted, and Eric stepped up the challenge. I was particularly impressed by Eric's breadth of knowledge in startup, business, and IP law, all of which came through in this venture agreement. I demanded a lot, and Eric was patient with me through the entire process. Eric also provided great advice and ultimately helped me craft an agreement that met my needs. While we never met face to face, I really enjoyed working with Eric. He has a very positive attitude and works very hard to build a personal relationship with his clients.
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Posted by Ricky | July 16, 2015
Goes above and Beyon
Eric is always looking out for your best interests and he makes sure his clients get the best service. He was responsive, hard working, fast, and trustworthy. I would definitely work with him again.
Posted by Ludwig | June 2, 2015
Young & Great
I was looking for a lawyer who was not too expensive but had the abilities to help me register my Delaware Corporation as an non-US resident promoter. While some of the lawyer I tried earlier were not responsive at all, at my first contact with Eric, he was ready and eager to work with me to set the company up and gave me free advice as to how to go about it. He was very professional and completed is job in very good time for me and also helped me to obtain my EIN. For this I give him the topmost grade and will continue to work with him to grow the business internationally. His Fees? very reasonable and moderate. While we agreed on an hourly rate at the beginning, at the end of the work he felt that it was more appropriate to charge and flat rate which I agreed with him and it was just kuul. Do try him out if you're looking for a young professional lawyer eager to work with his clients. You will Love working with Eric
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Posted by Jim | May 21, 2015
Legal Partner for Your Business
Eric assisted us with the legal work required to properly structure our DE based C-corp and close our first convertible note and sale of equity. He is extremely knowledgeble in security based transactions and any aspects of corporate governance. He has the patience to explain the legal issues in understandable language and an incredibly positive attitude. Competent and a pleasure to work with....
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Posted by Dan | May 20, 2015
Excellent M&A Work
We hired Eric to complete a difficult M&A transaction. Eric went way above and beyond, negotiated for us, got the other attorney to be more reasonable, and got us a fantastic deal. Eric is very personable and business savvy - he knows how to think and act like an entrepreneur, which makes all the difference in these transactions. I'm 100% happy with Eric and how our acquisition worked out.
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Posted by Jun | May 14, 2015
Responsible and considerate lawyer
Eric has been providing top of the line legal services for our company. He not only handled our entity formation need, but also offered great suggestions on running the business. Many connections he recommended to me are really helpful. I would definitely come back to Eric with future legal problems.
Posted by Chad | May 14, 2015
AngelList syndicate and Angel Fund
We hired Eric for a couple business formation projects, one of which was launching an Angel Fund that would be syndicated on AngelList. Eric provided a very competitive and transparent outline of his fees, and we really liked his background with the SEC -- something we didn't see with other attorneys. Eric has always been very responsive throughout our entire engagement, despite that fact that he's a busy guy and we're well aware that we aren't his only client (but he does a great job of making you feel like you are). We're continuing to use Eric for the ongoing Angel Fund in addition to other projects. Aside from the professionalism and expertise, he's just a fun guy to have on your team.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Special Counsel
  • The Wagoner Firm PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • WaiveCar, inc.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Wagoner Firm PLLC
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Couch White, LLP
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Extern (LSOP)
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division Of Corporation Finance
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2012
  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011

Associations

  • Colonie Regional Chamber - Albany
  • Committee Member - Executive Mentorship Program
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Chamber of Southern Saratoga County
  • Committee Member - Small Business Resources
  • 2013 - 2015
  • The Sara Maria School
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under 40
  • Albany Business Review
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • StartUP Smart
  • Legal Issues for Startups and Small Businesses
  • 2013
  • SEED Program
  • Legal Issues for Startups and Small Businesses
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (4)
Endorse Eric
Business Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Leander are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eric is extremely well-versed in corporate law. As a litigation attorney, we regularly turn to Eric for sage advice on SEC-related matters, partnership disputes, and shareholder litigation. He is always able to come up with a creative solution that dovetails with our litigation strategy. For corporate matters, he should be your go to counsel."
Limited liability company (LLC) Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Friend
"I referred Eric to a client and the referral ended with good results and good reviews..."
Securities offerings Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eric has made a fantastic addition to our firm. He utilizes his own experience in business to provide clients with common sense solutions that account for both legal and practical considerations. Our clients have been thrilled with his work product and advice. The bottom line is that Eric is a fantastic resource for any business owner and I highly recommend him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An incredibly intelligent and diligent lawyer who is someone is a pleasure working with. If you want something done right and done quickly, go to Eric Leander."
Business Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mr. Leander for over five years, and I can think of know one I trust more for corporate matters. He holds a high standard for himself and those around him."
Securities offerings Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a brilliant attorney. His knowledge of corporate and securities law is only surpassed by his brilliant and analytical mind. I wholeheartedly endorse Eric."
Business Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Friend
"I absolutely endorse Eric Leander. Eric is a close friend of mine as well as a fellow lawyer. I've worked closely with him on the Board of a private school in our town. He's bright, detail oriented and committed to his work. I would highly recommend anyone or any business in need of an attorney."
Business Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Friend
"It is my pleasure to endorse Eric Leander. Eric has an understanding of business relationships that I have found to be rare among attorneys, he works tirelessly, and he was instrumental in facilitating the business relationship between my partner and myself."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Leander's give consistently well crafted and sage advice in this forum."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Eric as an exceptionally smart lawyer who diagnoses and efficiently resolves complex corporate and commercial legal issues to achieve excellent results for his clients."
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