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Eric Leander

Eric Leander

Corporate & Securities Attorney

New York
Licensed in
NY
Georgetown University Law Center

"Reliable! He steered me through a complex transaction to attain the best outcome."

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About
I am a business attorney with advanced education and experience in securities law, and business / investment transactions. My practice combines both a breadth and depth of critical knowledge together with a pragmatic business minded approach, resulting in a powerful resource for entrepreneurs, startups, emerging growth companies, and investors alike.

I hold an LL.M. from Georgetown Law in Securities and Financial Regulation and a J.D. from Albany Law School with honors in Business Law.

My experience includes private corporate law practice and government service with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of
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"Eric was very helpful and offered advice not only on the LLC that I was forming but other facets involved with investment property ownership."

Form LLC
Posted on Jan 27, 2017
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"Would gladly work with Eric again. Extremely knowledgeable in the startup space, with expertise in VC and crowdfunding. A pleasure to work with him and his team."

Draft Corporate Documents
Posted on Jan 4, 2017
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"Great job. Knowledgeable about startups and incorporation."

Draft Bylaws & Stock Purchase Agreements
Posted on Jan 3, 2017
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"Fantastic experience working with Eric and his team!"

Review / Negotiate Commercial Lease (Boston)
Posted on Dec 5, 2016
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"Eric was a great help in navigating a first-time contract negotiation. He helped us make sure everything was in order and left us with confidence as we moved forward with a new vendor relationship."

Review / Negotiate Commercial Venue Contract
Posted on Nov 21, 2016
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"Fantastic work. Very timely and professional. "

Form Multi-Member LLC & Review Commercial Lease
Posted on Nov 4, 2016

Work History

The Wagoner Firm PLLC

Partner - Corporate & Securities, Emerging Ventures, Venture Capital

Jun 2015 - Present

- Founding Partner and entrepreneurial attorney working with business clients of all kinds.
- Manager of Corporate & Securities / Emerging Ventures practice groups working with entrepreneurs, startup companies, emerging growth companies, early stage investors, angel / venture capital firms and economic development groups.

Jun 2015 - Present

Leander Law Office

Principal Attorney

Sep 2014 - Jul 2015

- Directly advise and counsel clients on corporate and transactional matters.
- Term-sheet analysis / drafting, securities law, and document drafting for non-public offerings, venture / seed capital, private equity and leveraged buyout transactions.
- Guidance, counsel, strategy and document drafting for early stage company investment.
- New York and Delaware entity formation.
- Startups.

Sep 2014 - Jul 2015

M&T Bank

Corporate Compliance Officer - Core Banking Group

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

- Research, analyze and evaluate state and federal statutes and regulations applicable to Business Banking and Commercial Lending business units.
- Collaborate with business units to establish, implement and/or ensure compliance with policies, procedures and controls.

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

Couch White, LLP

Attorney

Jun 2012 - May 2014

- Directly advise and counsel clients on corporate and transactional matters from both business and legal perspectives, review and draft governance documents contracts and other items.
- Review, analyze and draft transaction documents for asset sales, equity buy-outs / buy-ins and facilitate, coordinate and close transactions.
- New York and Delaware entity formation / early stage investment.

Jun 2012 - May 2014

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Attorney Law Extern (LSOP)

Aug 2011 - May 2012

Division of Corporation Finance - Office of Small Business Policy
- Draft Small Business Compliance Guide for revised Accredited Investor net-worth standard.
- Revise Small Business Compliance Guide for "Smaller Reporting Companies."
- Assist in revision of "Q&A: Small Business and the SEC."
- Draft action memo for Dodd-Frank "Bad Actors" disqualification under Rule 506 of Reg D.

Aug 2011 - May 2012

Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center - Securities Arbitration Clinic

Law Intern

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

- Represented clients in FINRA arbitration proceedings, and other civil proceedings under student practice order.
- Trained in fact investigation, witness interviewing, case assessment, preparing pleadings, discovery and advocacy.
- Drafted and filed documents for judgment by confession.
- Studied statutes, rules and regulations, governing broker-dealers and registered representatives.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

The Affinity Group, LLC

Financial Planning Intern

Mar 2010 - Sep 2010

- Evaluated complex financial positions to identify inefficiencies, improvements, and actionable opportunities to strengthen client financial health.
- Crafted analytical illustrations and presentations; substantially participated in client presentations.
- Assisted in crafting comprehensive strategies regarding investments, taxes, and succession and business planning.

Mar 2010 - Sep 2010

New York State Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General

Law Intern - Real Property Bureau, Litigation Department

Jun 2009 - Sep 2009

- Conducted legal research and drafted documents including affidavits, motions, and orders.
- Drafted memorandum of law for summary judgment motion regarding deed construction in an appropriation case.
- Facilitated collection of surplus funds from foreclosure sales pursuant to State liens on real property.

Jun 2009 - Sep 2009

Wilber National Bank

BSA / AML Clerk

May 2006 - Jun 2008

Monitored and analyzed high-risk customer accounts for unusual/suspicious activity pursuant to USA PATRIOT Act, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and internal Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program.
- Transitioned BSA compliance program from paper-based to digital by developing a MS Excel-based process.
- Provided support to audit department regarding BSA/AML related issues during in-house and OCC audits.

May 2006 - Jun 2008

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