PRACTICESBusiness Organizations and Transactions
EDUCATIONLoyola University Chicago School of Law - J.D. (Tax, International Law), 2011
University of Notre Dame - B.B.A. (Finance, International Business), 2008
BAR ADMISSIONSIllinois (2011)
New York (2017) (application being submitted in January)
Drew Whiting’s practice is centered in the firm’s Business Organizations and Transactions department, where he advises growth stage companies, venture capital investors, closely-held family businesses, and private equity firms. Prior to joining Stahl Cowen, Drew was a partner at Axia Law, where he led the firm’s Venture Practice, working with entrepreneurs and the investors who fund their businesses.In his capacity as a venture attorney, Drew has represented dozens of companies and founders from formation, through friends and family, angel, seed and institutional venture capital financing rounds. He has become a center of resources for many notable venture backed companies, serving as counsel through financing, employment, advisory and licensing transactions. Having started his career at a kitchen table, Drew has first hand knowledge of the entrepreneurial mindset and drive, and his approach to working with entrepreneurs is a reflection of that.
Drew also represents angel investors, investment syndicates and venture capital firms, where he assists clients with the formation of SPVs, investment clubs, venture capital funds, and venture capital funds. Because of his perspective as an attorney for entrepreneurs and his experience evaluating and making angel investments, Drew brings valuable perspective to his deal diligence and negotiation of investment deal terms.
In addition to Drew’s work in the venture capital space, he also serves as corporate counsel to closely-held private businesses, where he assists with employment transactions, vendor and customer agreements, joint venture agreements, license agreements and business succession planning. He has also represented many companies through complex transactions, including management buyouts, asset sales, business unit divestitures, and the acquisition of other complementary businesses.
As a complement to Drew’s transactional work with closely-held businesses, his practice also includes representation of a number of private equity funds, search funds and investment banks which regularly engage in the purchase and sale of private businesses.