Attorney Profile

Prior to opening his own firm, Clement B. Wood was a partner in the New York office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.  He clerked for Hon. Latham Castle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and earned his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review.  He received his A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.  He grew up in France and speaks fluent French.

Clem has a broad range of both transactional and fund formation experience in the mezzanine, private equity and venture capital financing areas, as well as with all aspects of SBIC formation, licensing, operation and investment transactions.

Clem’s experience embraces the following:

  • representation of mezzanine lenders in making and exiting their financing transactions
  • representation of private equity and venture capital funds in making and disposing of their investments
  • formation of private equity, venture capital, mezzanine and private debt funds
  • formation of prospective SBIC funds, including guidance through the SBIC application and licensing process
  • advising SBICs with respect to ongoing regulatory compliance matters, including structuring investments to comply with the SBA regulations and assistance in obtaining any necessary regulatory waivers
  • representation of lenders and investors in connection with restructurings, refinancings and amendments of their financing/investment transactions
  • negotiation of subordination and intercreditor arrangements.
  • negotiation of protective provisions for mezzanine investors and other holders of minority equity interests
  • representation of family businesses experiencing conflict among family members/owners
  • representation of buyers and sellers of businesses
  • structuring and organization of joint ventures, including international joint ventures
  • advising foreign clients with respect to their activities in the U.S.