Matthew P. Murphy
Phone: (917) 403-5489
With more than 10 years of legal experience, as a business lawyer, I provide both legal and business counsel to my clients, including guidance on strategies for formation and growth of emerging businesses, employment arrangements, ordinary course business agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings and venture capital transactions. Prior to co-founding Murphy Bova LLP, I worked at law firms and as in-house counsel, including spending nearly 4 years practicing at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and nearly 2 years acting as in-house counsel for a software company. In addition, prior to becoming a lawyer, I spent more than 7 years working in sales and business development roles with online properties such as About.com and Shopping.com.
I have advised clients in various industries, including pharmaceutical and healthcare products, media and entertainment, creative and design agencies, manufacturing, and technology. My experience includes advising private companies in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions.
On behalf of my clients I have drafted, negotiated and finalized numerous corporate documents, including incorporation or formation documents, limited liability company agreements, bylaws, joint venture agreements, consulting agreements and employment agreements. In addition, I have drafted, negotiated and finalized numerous small and multi-million dollar ordinary course business agreements, including licensing agreements, advertising agreements, cloud services agreements, service agreements, distribution agreements, development agreements and data use agreements.
Leveraging my broad legal and business experience, I can act as your general counsel and an operations executive so you can focus on successfully running your business. I can be the catalyst by providing you exceptional resources to help your business grow.
Phone: (203) 918-4480
My practice is focused on representing growth companies, startups, entrepreneurs and other individuals across a broad spectrum of business transactions. I advise my clients on all corporate matters from formation through exit. Whether you are launching a new venture, raising a financing round, entering into commercial agreements, acquiring a business, hiring an executive, setting up an employee incentive plan, or selling your business, I would love to partner with you in your endeavors. Having worked with many entrepreneurs, I know that your lawyer’s responsiveness, quality and cost are crucial to your business. I take great pride in getting to know my clients’ businesses so that I can help them navigate through complex issues, avoid costly mistakes, negotiate and document breakthrough transactions, and ultimately succeed in their ventures.
Prior to joining Matt in the founding of Murphy Bova LLP, I was associated with Martin LLP and Snyder Kearney LLC. At those firms, I excelled at helping clients to tackle corporate and securities law issues affecting their business ventures. We worked together as part of an integrated team of operational, legal, financial and other members. I advised numerous entrepreneurs who were starting up their next ventures and needed help choosing the right form of entity, and documenting the initial ownership and management structure. As those companies grew and became more mature, I continued to help guide them through financing rounds, first with friends & family, and later with institutional investors. When they needed to add and incentive their employees, negotiate with a key commercial partner, perform or produce due diligence, make a strategic investment or acquisition, draft a PPM to (yet again) raise more money, or take the difficult but sometimes necessary steps of terminating an employee or unwinding an unsuccessful business relationship, they sought out my involvement as a key partner on the team. And, on the biggest matters, like the sale of their businesses, I worked tirelessly for and with clients of all sizes to bring their goals to fruition.
I live in Connecticut with my wife and three children.
Shane D. Fuhrman
Phone: (917) 992-2625
New York, 2008
Not admitted in Connecticut
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2007, Cum Laude
Skidmore College, B.A., 2003
Articles Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review
With a wealth of experience as a lawyer and an entrepreneur, my practice is focused on structuring and executing business strategies supported by efficient legal frameworks.
My business experience includes leading operations for the establishment of the New York headquarters of Mixpanel, one of Silicon Valley's fastest growing tech companies. Prior to working with Mixpanel, I cofounded a financial services company, expanding access to capital to small and medium sized enterprises in developing markets. I have also consulted for various early and growth stage startups, with a focus on building and implementing efficient operational structures, including the design and implementation of B2B and B2C products and services. Client industries included financial services, technology, entertainment, food and beverage, spirits, action sports, and retail.
My legal experience includes practicing as a senior associate in the banking and credit group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing financial institutions and companies in connection with domestic and international commercial lending transactions, including general corporate financings, project financings, acquisition related credit facilities, and restructurings. I also practiced as an associate in the finance group of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, representing agents, commercial lenders, borrowers and trustees in a variety of domestic and cross-boarder finance transactions, including energy and infrastructure project financings, bank financings, aircraft and equipment financings, leveraged and operating leasing, and securitizations.
Whether I am assisting an early stage client with entity selection and contract development or a growth stage client with a cross-boarder multi-billion dollar acquisition, my goal is to provide simple counsel on complex matters, providing you with the clarity to establish and achieve your business goals.
Phone: (917) 327-6867
Pending Admission in New York
Not admitted in Connecticut
Columbia Law School, J.D., 2007
Duke University, B.S., 1996
With over 15 years of business experience in retail, agency and merchandising, my legal work is well balanced within the larger business strategies of our clients. After law clerk positions at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, I returned to the business world where I provided forward looking strategic guidance to companies ranging in initial start up funding, to mature growth maintenance. As a founding member of Gilt Groupe, I have a unique perspective for technology, fundraising and business strategy. After growing the business from 20 employees to over 600, and entering into spaces like manufacturing and development, licensing, and vendor partnerships, then expanding my experiences at Ralph Lauren and Intermix, with larger scale developments and distribution, I have learned to combine a creative process with pragmatic framework for success.
Bringing my business experience to the legal field, I work closely with the legal team on ordinary course business agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, incorporation or formation documents, limited liability company agreements, bylaws, joint venture agreements, consulting agreements, licensing agreements, advertising agreements, service agreements, distribution agreements, and development agreements.