seed financing, angel financing, Series A, venture capital, etc). In addition, his practice
involves helping both start-ups and established businesses with legal matters involving sales
and distribution (including e-commerce), IT and intellectual property, personnel (both
employees and contractors), corporate (including LLC) governance, and various general
corporate, commercial, and business matters.
Representing investment funds often involves acting as an outside GC or an extension of the
in-house legal team in providing legal support for their day-to-day investment activities. These
include everything from obtaining information (NDAs, non-reliance letters, subscription
agreements) to retaining experts, agents and advisors (retainers, engagement letters, fee
agreements) to pursuing various transactions involving equity, senior and subordinated debt,
distressed assets, real property, and derivative instruments. (More on this practice area at:
www.fundscounsel.com). In addition, Mr. Sukhman represents investors in drafting, reviewing,
and negotiating various investment related documents (LLC agreements, subscription
agreements, side letters, notes, pledges, security agreements, etc.).
Lastly, drawing on his background in litigation and bankruptcy, Mr. Sukhman counsels
business clients with respect to pre-litigation commercial disputes and insolvency-related
matters. He has represented companies in a wide variety of industries, including financial
services, manufacturing, distribution, retail, e-commerce, consulting, food & beverage,
fashion, and media.
By way of background, Michael Sukhman began his career as primarily a commercial
litigation and bankruptcy attorney with two of the nation’s leading firms, Ross & Hardies (now
McGuire Woods LLP) and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. There, he gained a
wealth of experience in both litigation and bankruptcy matters (having represented debtors-in-
possession, trustees, and creditors). Later, as the principal of his own firm, he re-focused his
practice to concentrate primarily on corporate and transactional matters. Between 2002 and
2006, in addition to his private practice, Mr. Sukhman also served as the general counsel and
principal of a New York-based middle-market M&A advisory boutique.
Michael Sukhman has been practicing
commercial and corporate law for over 20
years - first, in two of the nation's leading
firms, then in the financial services industry
and as a principal in his own practice.
Today, his practice is focused on three
areas: representing private investment funds
and individual investors, helping start-ups
and emerging companies organize and
raise capital, and general corporate
counseling for a variety of new and
Representing start-ups and emerging
companies often involves helping them
organize (which includes incorporations,
registrations, LLC operating agreements,
shareholder agreements, etc.) and raise
capital (which includes private placements,
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Ross & Hardies (now McGuire Woods LLP)
Prior Law Firm Affiliation
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 1993
Senior Articles Editor, Cardozo New Europe Law Review
A.B., Economics, Harvard College, 1987
Mr. Sukhman has contributed articles to International Company and Commercial Law Review
and to Boston College International & Comparative Law Review.
New York State, S.D.N.Y., E.D.N.Y.
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Westchester County Bar Association
Born in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Sukhman has been a New Yorker since 1979. He lives in
Westchester County with his wife Mala and their two daughters, Claire and Natalie.
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