Santa Monica, Calif., November 8, 2012 – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, a leading Southern California business law firm, announced today the opening of its Santa Monica office. The firm, already boasting a broad practice representing emerging growth and technology companies, large technology, consumer electronics and internet companies, and entertainment and video game companies, now has a second Los Angeles office to serve the area’s robust and growing technology, digital media and start-up community in Silicon Beach.
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles also announced the launch of its Preccelerator program for startups looking to access accelerators and venture capital. The Preccelerator will offer on a rolling basis 5-6 entrepreneur groups or start-ups free co-working space as well as the ability to leverage the firm’s resources, including access to legal services, business plan reviews and introductions to sources of capital and service providers offering targeted expertise.
“Since founding the firm more than 10 years ago, we have been committed to the growing venture capital and start-up communities in Southern California, and in Silicon Beach specifically,” said Scott Alderton, a founder and managing partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles. “As this area continues to foster the growth of startups, accelerators and venture capital firms, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to Silicon Beach. We believe there is no better way to do that than being there full-time.”
Founded in 2002 by Joe Stubbs, Scott Alderton, Murray Markiles, John McIlvery and Greg Akselrud, Stubbs Alderton has grown to 17 lawyers and possesses a broad practice representing emerging growth and technology companies, middle market public companies, large technology, consumer electronics and internet companies, investors, private equity funds, investment bankers and underwriters, and entertainment and video game companies in all aspects of business formation, corporate transactions, seed and venture capital finance, securities, mergers & acquisitions and internet, mobile and other intellectual property transactions. Partners Joe Stubbs, Scott Alderton, Kevin DeBré, Greg Akselrud, Ryan Azlein and Louis Wharton will have offices in Santa Monica.
The firm understands the business challenges faced by companies and provides contextual representation throughout the growth and life cycle of its clients.
“Our Preccelerator program is not intended to compete with the existing Silicon Beach accelerators that are doing so much for our community, or provide initial funding to startups, “ added Alderton. “Rather, we will provide a platform for them to get interim office space and sophisticated legal services, and to ultimately grow their ideas from business concept to funded startup. We hope that the platform will allow entrepreneurs a streamlined transition to an accelerator program, financing or to otherwise launch their businesses.”
For more information, or to apply to the Preccelerator program, see www.stubbsalderton.com/preccelerator.
About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer electronics and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm.
V. Joseph Stubbs is a founder and partner of the firm and co-chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group. Joe practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, emphasizing the corporate representation of both publicly-held and privately-held growth and middle-market companies, venture capital firms, angel investment groups and investment banks. He acts as outside general counsel to numerous emerging growth and technology companies, advising on a wide range of legal and strategic issues at each stage of a company’s evolutionary path.
Scott Alderton is a founder and partner of the firm, and co-chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice Group. Scott is a corporate and technology lawyer who focuses exclusively on advising middle-market, technology, emerging growth, and development stage companies in the areas of corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, business, licensing, intellectual property, the Internet and multimedia.
Kevin DeBré is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and advises entrepreneurs and companies engaged in building businesses based upon technology or intellectual property assets and he has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating intellectual property-driven deals. A business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer, Kevin handles a wide range of transactions, develops IP protection strategies and advises management teams on compliance with privacy and data security laws and regulations.
Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the firm and chair of the firm’s Internet, New Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg acts as outside general counsel to entertainment, Internet, apparel, digital media and other technology companies in a variety of corporate, financing and transactional matters; serves as strategic counsel to clients, representing their interests in investment transactions, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions; and serves as primary counsel to publicly-held companies, providing advice on all aspects of their business activities, securities filings and public and private offerings.
Ryan Azlein is a partner of the firm. Ryan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, focusing on emerging growth, development stage and middle-market companies as well as venture capital firms, angel investors and strategic investors. Ryan’s practice concentrates on venture capital and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and executive compensation matters, intellectual property development and licensing arrangements, SEC reporting and disclosure, public and private securities offerings, complex partnering arrangements, and general corporate matters.
Louis A. Wharton is a partner of the firm. Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. He counsels clients in the technology, internet/e-commerce, pharmaceutical, apparel and entertainment industries, among others.
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