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Jonathan Axelrad

Jonathan Axelrad


Jonathan Axelrad represents emerging growth companies from formation through exit.

Jonathan routinely counsels companies in equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, public market transactions, executive compensation and benefits, corporate governance matters and other complex strategic business transactions. He also represents venture capital and private equity funds, executives and angel investors that invest in early-stage companies.

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Representative experience

  • AEye, Inc (NASDAQ: LIDR), the global leader in adaptive, high-performance LiDAR solutions, from its Series A investment through the recent closing and public listing on the NASDAQ via a business combination with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III, a special purpose acquisition company that valued AEye pre-closing at over US$1.5 billion.
  • Navitas Semiconductor (NASDAQ: NVTS), the industry leader in next-generation semiconductor technology from formation through its US$1.04 billion going-public merger with Live Oak Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company.
  • Streetlight Data, a pioneer in mobility analytics, from its Series C financing through acquisition by Jacobs (NYSE:J).
  • Lux Capital, Congruent Ventures, and Wireframe Ventures in numerous venture financings.
  • English
  • Japanese
  • French
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 2004
    Georgetown International Law Journal
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Victoria 1997
    with distinction


  • The Legal 500 United States
    2016 - Recommended, Private Equity Buyouts
    2016 - Recommended, Venture Capital & Emerging

Pro Bono

On a pro bono basis, Jonathan has represented Cyclotron Road, the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association, Energy Crossroads and the American Jewish Committee.

Insight Overview

Jonathan is a frequent speaker on issues related to emerging growth companies, including new business formation, venture financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.


  • "Late-Stage Venture Capital Investment Trends," Practicing Law Institute (PLI), San Francisco, 2023
  • "Venture Capital 2015: Nuts and Bolts," Practicing Law Institute (PLI), San Francisco, 2015
  • "Private Company M&A and the Angel Investor," Band of Angels, 2014
  • "Cleantech Past, Present and Future: Solutions for a Troubled Planet?," AJC Business and Technology Series, California, 2013
  • "Insight into innovation," Environmental Business Cluster's CEO Roundtable, San Jose, California, 2012
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Managing Your Early-Stage Startup through the Initial Valley of Death," MIT, Boston, 2012

Prior Experience

Earlier in his career, Jonathan practiced corporate law in New York and Washington, DC, and held legal clerkships with the SEC and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.