Michael J. Sears

Michael J. Sears

Salt Lake City, UT

About Michael

A skilled resource for the leaders of emerging companies, Michael J. Sears focuses his practice on corporate matters, including mergers & acquisitions, financing, and transactional matters. Michael has extensive experience with venture capital and angel investors; his client-centric approach enables him to serve as a trusted advisor to startups, helping entrepreneurs create strategies that attract the investment necessary to bring their vision to life.

In addition to his law practice, Michael is the general manager of the Salt Lake City Angels, a group of accredited investors interested in early-stage, high-growth companies. The Salt Lake City Angels mentor promising entrepreneurs and invest in growing companies. As general manager, Michael works with investors in due diligence efforts, oversees financing rounds and negotiations, and facilitates investments. He also has instituted an investment model that has simplified deal structures and increased the group’s deal flow.

Michael also serves as a volunteer attorney at VentureCapital.Org, a nonprofit venture accelerator. He advises early-stage companies and has helped multiple companies raise more than $1 million in venture capital.

Previously a corporate associate with Matterhorn Legal in Palo Alto, California, Michael’s corporate legal experience includes drafting documents, negotiating Series Seed through Series B financings, and automating workflows that make his practice efficient for his clients.

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  • Supported lead attorneys on multiple buy- and sell-side acquisitions, drafting issues lists, transaction checklists, disclosure schedules and ancillary agreements for each transaction.
  • Drafted and reviewed a variety of corporate documents, including non-disclosure agreements, employment documents, LLC operating agreements pertaining to roll-over transactions, security and master service agreements, and asset sale and stock purchase agreements.
  • Negotiated and drafted documents for Series Seed through Series B financings, using both equity and convertible instruments.
  • Formed SPVs to facilitate investments, drafting original and amended formation, investment, and transfer documents; schedules of investors; and break-point analyses
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Honors & Activities

  • Salt Lake City Angels, General Manager, 2014–present
  • VentureCapital.Org, Volunteer, 2012–present
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Interests and Hobbies

Audiobooks, automating workflows, golfing, strength training and advising investors and entrepreneurs in San Francisco and Salt Lake City

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