Ed Zimmerman

Ed Zimmerman Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network

Ed Zimmerman of Lowenstein Sandler & Founder of First Growth Venture Network in the vineyard

Edward M. Zimmerman, Founder/Chair Tech Group
Lowenstein Sandler

Edward M. Zimmerman chairs the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler. Ed represents venture and private equity funds and tech/life sciences-based businesses in venture/private equity deals and M&A and related matters.

The Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2008) accorded Ed the highest possible ranking in Corporate and M&A; the 2007 edition noted:
“One of the best venture capital lawyers in the country – period,” is how clients describe Edward Zimmerman; with a practice covering the East and the West Coast, Zimmerman enjoys a superb reputation across America, and has also worked on deals abroad. “A great businessperson’s lawyer,” Zimmerman “takes a genuine interest in our business,” say satisfied clients. “He knows how to get deals done in a way that best serves the interests of his clients while at the same time fostering good working relationships with the other side.”

In 2007, Ed was listed in the Investment Dealers’ Digest “40 Under 40″ — as being “among the brightest, hardest-working people in the financial arena” in the United States for his work in venture/private equity and M&A. This was the fourth (and final) “40 Under 40″ listing for Ed. Ed is also listed among The Best Lawyers in America in both the M&A and buyouts/private equity categories. Ed represented a NY-based tech company in a venture round which Dow Jones’ VentureWire Alert described as “one of the largest single venture capital investments of [2005],” and represented another client in a series of venture and strategic transactions which FutureBanker Magazine later listed among the “Top 10 Technology Deals of 2000.”

Ed is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University Business School where he teaches Venture Capital to MBA candidates. Ed is an active angel investor and he co-founded and co-leads Grape Arbor LLC, an angel vehicle investing in tech and financial services companies. He has angel-backed 12 companies in the last 2 years. In addition to his personal investing, Ed founded and co-chairs AngelVineVC, a network of angels and more than 30 venture funds dedicated to assisting early stage ventures. Ed serves on the National Venture Capital Association’s Working Group on Model Legal Documents, where he is part of a select team of venture lawyers responsible for revising the industry standard venture capital transaction documents.

Ed is also very involved in community and professional organizations and currently chairs several charity and professional boards, including Hoop-A-Paluza, Inc., a charity for children which has raised more than $2.5MM since Ed and his wife founded it in 2002. Ed was a board member of (and has, continuously since 1994 served as pro bono counsel to) the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Dance Company founded and run by Bill T. Jones who won a 2007 Tony Award (Spring Awakening), a MacArthur “Genius” Award and who has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine.

And anyone who has spent any time at all with Ed knows that he really likes to talk about and drink wine — so much so that Ed was the host of Radio Uncorked, a radio show about wine produced by Infinity Broadcasting (available as podcasts at KYOU Radio). In June 2007 at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot in France, Ed was inducted as a Chevalier in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, where he is a member of (but can’t necessarily pronounce) the Chapitre de la Vigne en Fleur.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1992), Comment Editor, Journal of International Business Law
  • Haverford College (B.A., 1989), Phi Beta Kappa, John P. Garrett Prize

Angel Investor

www.grapearborVC.com