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Jonathan Friedland

About Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland views his role as a business lawyer simply: to help clients make money at every opportunity and to protect their interests at every turn. His national practice emphasizes corporate structuring, corporate governance, counseling on day-to-day business affairs, M&A, and corporate restructuring. Most of his clients are privately owned businesses and their owners, particularly private equity funds and independent sponsors. Jonathan is, however, also frequently retained by creditors’ committees in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, assignees, and other fiduciaries in the context of insolvency. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis; taught strategic management at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and entrepreneurial law at the University of Tennessee College of Law; and clerked for a federal judge. A University of Pennsylvania Law School graduate, Jonathan is lead author or editor of several books and scores of articles on law, business, and investing. Jonathan is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, 10/10 by AVVO, and enjoys several other similar distinctions. For more information about Jonathan see his LinkedIn profile.

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CHAPTER 3: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Overview of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 Editor’s Note:  This is the third installment in a series of articles dedicated to the 95% of people in the U.S. who have never invested in a startup, a venture capital fund, a private equity fund, or a hedge fund even though they are permitted […]


Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don't Pay to Give Yourself Away

Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don’t Pay to Give Yourself Away

I Am Special. Are you? I know this to be true… Because a stranger who wants my money told me so Thought Leadership Opportunities aren’t Opportunities I am special because people frequently seek me out to offer me thought leadership opportunities, thus increasing the likelihood that new clients will hire me as their attorney. Look, for […]


Sustainable Energy

What the Walking Dead Can Tell You About Investing

You don’t need to be a visionary to see the world’s trends toward “clean tech” and sustainable energy. A recent Bloomberg report noted that investors will pump up to $1.9 trillion in new wind and solar capacity over the next decade.


Banks Not Trustworthy

Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap

Most banks serve their customers well. But some are just trying to use you. Find out how Bank of America tried to squeeze more interest out of a client by ignoring him.


Growth Potential

The History of Private Equity and Venture Capital

A Financial Poise column with an entertaining take on the history of private equity and venture capital.


More Venting About the ‘Democratizing’ of Investing

I believe, in fact, that someone heavily invested in the public equity markets (whether directly through stocks or through stock mutual funds) and other widely traded or held asset classes may be irresponsible for not investing in startups. This is because the concept of diversification is commonly misunderstood to mean that as long as you invest in a broad array of stocks you will be well diversified.


The Coming Startup Crash

The Coming Startup Crash?

My point here is simple: when stupid idea after stupid idea attracts investors, it’s a forward indication that a market is too frothy. When a market sees repeated examples of industry participants making things up, it’s a forward indication that a market has become dangerous.


When Should You Invest in a Startup Company?

As a startup progresses and gets closer and closer to becoming profitable, it can look to different types of investors; younger startups have tended to look for money from angel investors whereas VC funds tend to invest in slightly more proven startups.


Has the Startup Scene Jumped the Shark?

You should like your entrepreneurs to be a bit more seasoned, at least in their chosen space. The statistics don’t lie: most startups fail. Indeed, most VC-backed businesses also fail. Today’s startup scene has jumped the shark.


Private Equity, Venture Capital and Angel Investing – How Are They Different?

Welcome to the first installment of this column. My guiding principle will be to write about things I want my children and my parents to understand about the world of business, investing, finance and law.
For this first installment, I explain the difference between “VC” and “PE.”
There is no universally accepted definition of “venture capital” but the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition works well:


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