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Education

Cornell University (B.S., I.L.R. 1996)

Columbia University (J.D., 1999)


Memberships

Fmr. Committee Chair – New York County Lawyers’ Association

Committee on Corporations Law

Fmr. Board Member of Cornell
Asian American Alumni Association

Advisory Board–Heart Gallery of
New York

Southern District of New York Bar

Kaiser represents startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies on the range of corporate, venture capital, contract, and intellectual property issues that confront businesses. Beginning his career with Pryor Cashman, Sherman & Flynn LLP, he later joined Day Pitney LLP, where he handled licensing, trademark, copyright, and contractual issues for companies such as Microsoft and UTC. He also clerked at the United States Court of International Trade, where he handled multibillion dollar anti-dumping claims involving importation of technology-related goods.

Kaiser counsels his clients on corporate structuring and securities law, including venture and investor agreements/transactions, formation, and equity incentive plans. He also negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements, including those related to technology, media, outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, advertising, user relationships and other scenarios. Finally, he regularly negotiates cloud computing and other technology services arrangements, advises on privacy and data security, and structures venture capital and investor rounds for early stage technology, media, and film/TV ventures.

He firmly believes that a commitment to academia is critical to providing better client service and expanding his knowledge base. He frequently teaches continuing legal education seminars to other practitioners, including through Lawline.com and the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA). At NYCLA he served as the chair of the Corporate Law Committee, where he was dedicated to providing access to other knowledgeable practitioners in the realm of corporate governance, litigation, and technology via monthly seminars. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and adjunct faculty at New York University on the subjects of media venture capital and media contracts.

Kaiser has been published in Mashable, the New York Enterprise Report, and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. He has been invited to speak at South by Southwest, the Distributed Computing Industry Association, Wikimania at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, Widener Law School, the School of Visual Arts, New York Law School, and other venues on law, policy, technology, and other topics.

Outside of his legal and academic pursuits, Kaiser is strongly committed to public service. He served on the Board of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association where he worked to leverage Cornell’s infrastructure for community events (including an annual banquet to fund student scholarships) and events geared towards entrepreneurial learning. He also sits on the advisory board for Heart Gallery NYC, a nonprofit organization devoted to placing foster children with families. Kaiser has provided pro bono legal services throughout his career, including to high-profile online and social media driven ventures as a participant in Harvard Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network.

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

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Represented regional HMO in $20MM preferred unit financing.

Represented pair of founders in $150MM acquisition of online gaming company.


Represented founder in $50MM acquisition of exchange connectivity company.


Represented various startups in seed financings with angel investors, incubators, accelerators, ranging from $25,000 to $750,000.

Represented various companies in convertible note financings totaling in excess of $25MM.

Represented various entertainment and film production vehicles in equity financing rounds of up to $5,000,000.


Represented various mid-market companies in private equity financings and debt financings.

Represented various companies (from mid market to startup) in strategic deals, including licensing and service engagements, with Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, New York Times, Ubisoft, JetBlue, Salesforce and Gallo.

Formed and established myriad startups.

PUBLICATIONS

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Replay Value: Crowdfunding May Be Next-Gen, But Old School Funding Tools Can Still Rule, Gamasutra, September 2013


Does Liability Enhance Credibility?: ODEFLLA and the Lessons from the DMCA, Olivera Medenica & Kaiser Wahab, 25 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1 (2007)


How the Web Has Changed Our Perception of Copyright Law, Mashable March 2011


Kaiser was a Regular Contributor to the former New York Enterprise Report

Kaiser was a contributor to LexisNexis’ Lexis Practice Advisor on topics related to New York business and commercial law
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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Reconciling YouTube and Grokster: Business Models for Web 3.0, South by Southwest, Panelist, March 2011


Social Networking and Advanced E-Commerce Issues CLE, Lawline.com, Panelist, April 2008; 2011


New York Law School Fashion Law Summit, New York Law School, Panelist, 2011


Corporations Law Primer CLE, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Panelist, 2010


Down the Runway: A Day of Fashion Law, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Panelist, February 2013

Basics of Operating an Online Business CLE, Lawline.com, Speaker, Aug. 2007


Section 230: At the Gates between Liability for Harmful Speech and Wikipedia, Wikimania, Panelist, Harvard Law School, Aug. 2006


Issues Concerning Self Distribution, Foundation for Accounting Education, May 2007


PPM’s for Film Ventures, International Institute for Film Financing, December 2006


Key Law Firm Planning: Firm Partnership Agreements and Preventing Partner Separation from Destroying Your Practice, NYC Bar Association, Panelist, March 2013

 

3D Printing in a 2D Legal Landscape, New York Legal Hackers, Panelist, February 2015


(Legal) New Year Resolutions for Your Startup, Legal Talk for Entrepreneurs, Panelist, December 2014


Health + Government in the Cloud, Legal / Regulatory Framework + Developments, Cloud Computing East, Speaker, May 2014


Business and Contract Law Institute: Starting Up and Hiring up, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Panelist, June 2013