McCormick & O'Brien, LLP
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Charles F. McCormick


artner  CIPP/US

McCormick & O’Brien, LLP, Co-Founder Charles F. McCormick has gained national and international recognition for his expertise representing members of the investor and entrepreneurial communities building great companies. Charles has played in important role in the recent ascendancy of the NYC area as a premiere venue for capital formation and entrepreneurship, and he has helped numerous international emerging companies enter the U.S. market and establish themselves in the U.S.  Charles is the publisher of the Founder Accord, which is a basic deal sheet among founders that sets a new entrepreneurial industry standard for protecting founders while they develop their ideas and grow their businesses.  Charles is also the Director of NYC Startup Academy, a New York City based education and networking community for emerging entrepreneurs.  

Mr. McCormick’s general corporate and transactional law practice provides expertise in the following areas:

  • Early, middle and late stage venture capital financings

  • Leveraged and management buyouts

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Public stock offerings and PIPE transactions

  • Private placements into both private and public companies

  • Mezzanine debt and warrant financings

  • Secured and unsecured debt financings and bank lines of credit

  • SEC and general regulatory compliance

  • Joint ventures

  • Capital restructurings

  • Forming and organizing corporations, limited partnerships, S-corporations and limited liability companies

  • Private equity fund formation and administration

  • Executive compensation arrangements

  • Stock Option and other incentive compensation plans

  • Technology licensing and joint development agreements

  • Commercial contract negotiations

  • Corporate governance

  • Investor relations

Mr. McCormick’s experience includes the following matters:

  • Outside counsel to a $1B+ NY-based venture fund focused on the business process applications, information technology infrastructure and software services industries.

  • Outside counsel to a $600MM+ NY-based venture fund focused on early and expansion stage information technology companies.

  • Investor counsel in a $35MM mezzanine and preferred stock investment in a manufacturer of FDA-approved food grade polypropylene containers

  • Company counsel to an international Tier-1 automotive component manufacturer in connection with $85MM senior secured, $20MM mezzanine/warrant and $125MM high-yield debt financings, strategic rollup acquisitions and $260MM sale to a private equity investor.

  • Outside general counsel to a business development company organized under the Investment Company Act of 1940 investing in early stage and emerging companies.

  • Investor counsel in an $80MM leveraged recapitalization and company counsel in its subsequent $200MM IPO of an e-business transformation company focusing on the utilities industry and state and local government sectors.

  • Investor counsel in a $30MM secured, subordinated convertible note and warrant PIPE financing of a public eCRM solutions company.

  • Investor counsel in a U.S.$30MM PIPE financing of the world’s leading Spanish language Internet portal.

  • Company counsel to a U.S.$200 MM U.S.-based coal mining company, including senior secured bank financing and management compensation arrangements.

  • Company counsel to a public healthcare information technology company in connection with its acquisition of a physician practice management company, various strategic licensing alliances and the subsequent divestiture of its physician practice management division.

  • Company counsel since its formation to an online media and entertainment company that has raised over $85MM in equity financing, completed two major recapitalizations and executed various strategic asset acquisitions.

  • Investor counsel in connection with a U.S.$60MM equity recapitalization and U.S. migration (utilizing an exchangeable share structure) of a Canadian enterprise business software and services company focusing on the insurance industry.

  • Investor counsel in a U.S.$120MM joint venture with the automotive component manufacturing subsidiary of a publicly traded Mexican conglomerate and an Italian automotive component manufacturing company.

  • Equity sponsor and lead creditor counsel in a $30MM non-bankruptcy capital restructuring of an online research solutions company.

  • Investor counsel in the formation and early stage financings of an online financial services company focused on providing sophisticated financial management services throughout Latin America.

  • Investor counsel in connection with an investment in a developer of web browser-based patient tracking and documentation solutions for hospital emergency departments.

  • Investor counsel in multiple financings of an online financial services company focused on providing retail financial management services throughout Latin America.

  • Company counsel to a national wireless telecommunications provider in connection with the $2B+ build-out of its national infrastructure and various handset joint development arrangements.

  • Seller counsel in connection with the sale of a private software development company to a public semiconductor systems solutions developer.

  • Equity sponsor counsel in a $200MM MBO of a residential building component manufacturer.

  • Company counsel to an international logistics solutions developer that raised over $70MM in equity financing.

  • Outside counsel in connection with the restructuring of a leveraged co-investment program designed to replicate the economics of a private equity fund partnership arrangement.

  • Investor counsel in a $20MM mezzanine investment in a manufacturer of advanced oil and gas fired burners for use in utility, industrial, and marine boilers.



  • University of Chicago Law School
    J.D. 1995

  • Fordham University
    B.S. 1991



  • New York