Dror Futter

Partner

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(201) 685-0007

Education

Columbia Law School

J.D.

Princeton University

A.B., Political Economy, magna cum laude

Previous Experience

  • SorinRand (merged with McCarter& English), Partner
  • Vidyo Inc., General Counsel
  • New Venture Partners, LLC, General Counsel
  • Lucent Technologies, Corporate Counsel
  • McCarter & English, Associate
  • Battle Fowler, Associate

Bars & Courts

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew

Professional Experience

Dror Futter focuses his practice on startup companies and their investors, and has worked with a wide range of technology companies. His fifteen years’ experience as in-house counsel includes positions with Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company, and New Venture Partners, a venture fund focused on corporate spinouts. Prior to that, Mr. Futter was Counsel to the CIO of Lucent Technologies, as well as supporting parts of its sourcing organization.

Mr. Futter’s practice has four main focus areas:

Venture Finance/Corporate
Mr. Futter has represented companies and venture funds in numerous equity and debt financing rounds, from early “friends and family” and Seed rounds to later-stage mezzanine financings, and has been on both sides of the table in these transactions. On the corporate side, he routinely handles corporate formations, employee equity plans and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Futter has also been involved in over 40 corporate spinouts and understands the unique concerns of corporate venture investors.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 
Mr. Futter advises clients with respect to legal developments in the rapidly developing blockchain and cryptocurrency spaces.   He has advised on ICO’s and has worked with consortia considering the issues involved in using permissioned blockchains to support supply chain record keeping.

Transactional IT & IP
Mr. Futter represents clients in a broad range of transactions, including: software licenses, SaaS Agreements, outsourcing agreements, development agreements, website terms and conditions, patent licenses, direct and indirect channel distribution agreements, services agreements, manufacturing agreements, and other supply chain agreements.

External General Counsel
As a former General Counsel and the sole attorney at a venture that went from 80 to 300 employees during his tenure, Mr. Futter has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by fast-growing companies and the type of business-focused legal counsel they require. In addition, his background allows him to counsel clients on a broad range of subjects without the need to involve other subject-matter experts. As a result, he is exceptionally well suited to serve as an external general counsel for growing companies with sophisticated legal needs that do not have internal counsel.

Prior to joining Rimon, Mr. Futter was a partner at the Newark, NJ-based McCarter & English, law firm where he was part of the Corporate Department and Venture Capital Practice Group.

Mr. Futter is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and 1989 graduate of Columbia University School of Law. He also earned an Executive MBA in 1999 from the American Electronics Association Executive Institute of Stanford University.

Further to his academic and legal career accomplishments, Mr. Futter is a recognized thought leader in the areas of venture capital and technology transactions. Among other things, he serves on the Model Forms Drafting Group of the National Venture Capital Association, the legal advisory board of the Angel Capital Association and Legal Working Group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is also a frequent speaker on venture-related topics for area Meetups and conferences.

In addition, Mr. Futter is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Venture Center of the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center.

Publications

Venture & Technology

Blockchain

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Model Forms Drafting Group of the National Venture Capital Association
  • Legal Advisory Board of the Angel Capital Association
  • Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Venture Center of the Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Mentor, Keller Center for Innovation, Princeton University
  • Mentor, Columbia IBM Blockchain Accelerator
  • Member of the Enterprise Working Group and Legal Working Group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance