Ed Zimmerman

Ed Zimmerman


Accredited investor
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Ed founded and chairs the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler. Ed works with growth and start-up companies as general outside counsel and in VC/PE/Angel deals and exits. He also handles those deals on behalf of numerous VC/Growth Equity and Angel Investors. Most of his clients are focused on the internet, software or hardware.Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 through 2011 editions) accorded Ed the highest possible ranking in Corporate and M&A; the 2007 edition noted:
"One of the best venture capital lawyers in the country - period," is how clients describe Edward Zimmerman; with a practice covering the East and the West Coast, Zimmerman enjoys a superb reputation across America, and has also worked on deals abroad. "A great businessperson's lawyer..." "He knows how to get deals done in a way that best serves the interests of his clients while at the same time fostering good working relationships with the other side."
Ed was listed in the Investment Dealers' Digest (2007) "40 Under 40" -- as being "among the brightest, hardestworking people in the financial arena" in the United States for his work in venture/private equity and M&A. This wasthe fourth (and final) "40 Under 40" listing for Ed. Ed is also listed among The Best Lawyers in America in both the M&A and buyouts/private equity categories.
Ed co-founded and chairs www.FirstGrowthVN.com, a formal mentoring program and peer group for a jury-selected group (or "vintage") of high potential, seed and early stage start-up tech entrepreneurs. Ed is an Adjunct Professor of Venture Capital and Angel Investing at Columbia University Business School. Ed is an active angel investor and he cofounded and co-leads www.GrapeArborVC, an angel investor group comprised of 9 friends who spend their professional lives working with and/or in tech start-ups. Through GrapeArborVC they pool their personal finances and expertise to make angel investments. Since its founding in 2006, GrapeArborVC has financially backed more than two dozen companies. Ed founded and co-chairs www.AngelVineVC.com, a NYC-based gathering of angels, VCs,serial entrepreneurs and senior execs in the tech industry striving to strengthen the community of those interested in funding and supporting early-stage ventures, primarily but not exclusively in digital media, financial services and cloud/virtualization. Ed serves on the National Venture Capital Association's Working Group on Model Legal Documents, where he is part of a select team of venture lawyers responsible for revising the industry standardventure capital transaction documents.
Anyone who has spent any time at all with Ed knows that he really likes to talk about and drink wine -- so much so that Ed was the host of Radio Uncorked, a wine radio show produced by Infinity Broadcasting (available as podcastsat KYOU Radio). In June 2007 at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot in France, Ed was inducted as a Chevalier in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, where he is a member of (but can't necessarily pronounce) the Chapitre de laVigne en Fleur. Ed has worked harvest (briefly) in California and France and been involved in (didn't screw up) the vinification of a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker. These adventures, and Ed's unhealthyobsession with wine, are the subject of the opening pages of "In Search of Bacchus" (by James Beard Award Foundation Finalist George Taber).
Ed is also very involved in community and professional organizations and currently chairs several charity and professional boards, including Hoop-A-Paluza, Inc., a charity for children which has raised more than $2.5MM sinceEd and his wife founded it. Ed was a board member of (and has, since 1994 served as pro bono counsel to) the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Dance Company of Bill T. Jones (2010 Kennedy Center Honor recipient forlifetime contributions to the arts, winner 2007 Tony Award (Spring Awakening) and MacArthur "Genius" Award, previously featured on the cover of Time Magazine). Ed's numerous media appearances include missing foul shots onCBS News at 11 and butchering Beethoven in a documentary on Steinway that aired on Japanese television (and then in the United States -- Ed's big in Japan (not!)). Ed graduated from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa 1989) and U Penn Law (1992). He speaks one language, but can still best his preadolescent children in basketball.

Ed founded and chairs the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler. Ed works with growth and start-up companies as general outside counsel and in VC/PE/Angel deals and exits. He also handles those deals on behalf of numerous VC/Growth Equity and Angel Investors. Most of his clients are focused on the internet, software or hardware. 
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007 through 2011 editions) accorded Ed the highest possible ranking in Corporate and M&A; the 2007 edition noted:  
"One of the best venture capital lawyers in the country - period," is how clients describe Edward Zimmerman; with a practice covering the East and the West Coast, Zimmerman enjoys a superb reputation across America, and has also worked on deals abroad. "A great businessperson's lawyer..." "He knows how to get deals done in a way that best serves the interests of his clients while at the same time fostering good working relationships with the other side."
Ed was listed in the Investment Dealers' Digest (2007) "40 Under 40" -- as being "among the brightest, hardestworking people in the financial arena" in the United States for his work in venture/private equity and M&A. This was the fourth (and final) "40 Under 40" listing for Ed. Ed is also listed among The Best Lawyers in America in both the M&A and buyouts/private equity categories. Ed co-founded and chairs www.FirstGrowthVN.com, a formal mentoring program and peer group for a jury-selected group (or "vintage") of high potential, seed and early stage start-up tech entrepreneurs. Ed is an Adjunct Professor of Venture Capital and Angel Investing at Columbia University Business School. Ed is an active angel investor and he cofounded and co-leads www.GrapeArborVC, an angel investor group comprised of 9 friends who spend their professional lives working with and/or in tech start-ups. Through GrapeArborVC they pool their personal finances and expertise to make angel investments. Since its founding in 2006, GrapeArborVC has financially backed more than two dozen companies. Ed founded and co-chairs www.AngelVineVC.com, a NYC-based gathering of angels, VCs, serial entrepreneurs and senior execs in the tech industry striving to strengthen the community of those interested in funding and supporting early-stage ventures, primarily but not exclusively in digital media, financial services and cloud/ virtualization. Ed serves on the National Venture Capital Association's Working Group on Model Legal Documents, where he is part of a select team of venture lawyers responsible for revising the industry standard venture capital transaction documents. 
Anyone who has spent any time at all with Ed knows that he really likes to talk about and drink wine -- so much so that Ed was the host of Radio Uncorked, a wine radio show produced by Infinity Broadcasting (available as podcasts at KYOU Radio). In June 2007 at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot in France, Ed was inducted as a Chevalier in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, where he is a member of (but can't necessarily pronounce) the Chapitre de la Vigne en Fleur. Ed has worked harvest (briefly) in California and France and been involved in (didn't screw up) the vinification of a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker. These adventures, and Ed's unhealthy  obsession with wine, are the subject of the opening pages of "In Search of Bacchus" (by James Beard Award Foundation Finalist George Taber).
Ed is also very involved in community and professional organizations and currently chairs several charity and professional boards, including Hoop-A-Paluza, Inc., a charity for children which has raised more than $2.5MM since Ed and his wife founded it. Ed was a board member of (and has, since 1994 served as pro bono counsel to) the Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Dance Company of Bill T. Jones (2010 Kennedy Center Honor recipient for lifetime contributions to the arts, winner 2007 Tony Award (Spring Awakening) and MacArthur "Genius" Award, previously featured on the cover of Time Magazine). Ed's numerous media appearances include missing foul shots on CBS News at 11 and butchering Beethoven in a documentary on Steinway that aired on Japanese television (and then in the United States -- Ed's big in Japan (not!)). Ed graduated from Haverford College (Phi Beta Kappa 1989) and U Penn Law (1992). He speaks one language, but can still best his preadolescent children in basketball.