Matithyohu (Matan) Balas

Matithyohu (Matan) Balas

Attorney at Law

New York
New York
Licensed in
NY
New York University School of Law
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Solutions-oriented and effective attorney with extensive (over 15 years) in-house and large law firm experience (including over 5 years as General Counsel/department head). I represent technology and media companies in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, entity formation, corporate governance, IP portfolio management, and privacy and employment matters. Former General Counsel and executive team member at a venture-backed technology company, and head of the legal and internal audit teams at a publicly traded technology and media company, with a deep understanding of finance, financial reporting and accounting, business KPIs… read more and corporate culture.
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"Matan has been an awesome partner to BuildBook from our earliest days, helping with everything related to company creation, standard agreements, equity management, and more. I highly recommend him to any early-stage startup that needs a true legal partner."

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"Matan is an incredibly skilled business and legal partner. I can't count the number of times when he helped my team and me understand complex subjects and problem solve with us so that we minimized risk while increasing our business opportunity. He was expert on the relevant topics, highly responsive and a patient, and also very outcome-driven, which made it so much easier to collaborate. I'd trust Matan in any business situation and any organization would greatly benefit from his expertise."

XO Group Commerce
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Work History

Office of Balas Law PLLC

Principal

Sep 2019 - Present

Legal consultant to media and technology companies (including New Lab, IAC’s Mosaic Group, NBCUniversal, Armanino LLP, and various startups) on acquisitions, fundraising, corporate, commercial, privacy, intellectual property, employment, and other legal matters.

Sep 2019 - Present

littleBits Electronics Inc.

General Counsel

Mar 2020 - Sep 2019

Member of executive team and adviser to Board of Directors and senior management of venture-backed education and consumer technology company. Advised on all legal matters, including sale of company, IP protection (with international patent portfolio), privacy (including COPPA, FERPA, State privacy laws and GDPR compliance), data security, product safety and compliance, employment, and litigation.

Mar 2020 - Sep 2019

XO Group Inc.

VP, Head of Legal and Internal Audit

Feb 2009 - Feb 2018

Led the legal and internal audit functions of then-publicly traded media and technology company (NYSE: XOXO;previously NASDAQ: KNOT; acquired by WeddingWire/Permira Funds in December 2018) with multi-platform brands:The Knot, The Nest, The Bump and The Bash, and offices across the United States, Hong Kong and Guangzhau,China.

Feb 2009 - Feb 2018

Proskauer Rose

Corporate Associate

Sep 2003 - Dec 2009

Advised and represented technology, digital media, entertainment, and e-commerce companies on all corporate matters, including private and public company investments, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and complex commercial transactions, as well as general intellectual property and commercial matters, data protection, and privacy.

Sep 2003 - Dec 2009

Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Legal Intern

Jan 2002 - May 2002

Researched and drafted memoranda and slip opinions in trademark and criminal cases.

Jan 2002 - May 2002

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