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Gilbert H. Davis

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Brent S. Gillett

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Robert R. Joseph

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Andrew J. Kalt

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Robert J. Mottern

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Jerry L. Sims

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William M. Winter

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Gilbert H. Davis

Partner

Phone: (770) 481-7205
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Davis began his legal career in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP in 1984 and organized the firm’s first hedge fund client in 1985. He continues to represent the organizer of that fund today, as well as the managers of private funds ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to several billion. Mr. Davis is a member of the Georgia, New York and District of Columbia Bars, the American Bar Association Securities and Tax Sections and LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities and Private Fund Committees, New York State Bar Association Securities Regulation Committee and the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee, State Bar of Georgia Securities Legislation Subcommittee, and International Bar Association Financial Services Section and Investment Funds Committee.

Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree double majoring in History and Economics from Yale University (B.A., 1981) and law degree from the New York University School of Law (J.D., 1984).

Expertise
  • Counselor to emerging and established funds
  • Experience with complex structures and transactions
  • Skilled at investor negotiations and side letters
Education
  • New York School of Law, Juris Doctor (1984)
  • Yale University, Bachelor of Arts (1981)
Additional Info
  • President, South Eastern Alternative Funds Association
  • Avid tennis player
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Brent S. Gillett

Partner

Phone: (404) 607-6940
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Gillett provides legal representation to investment managers to hedge funds, funds-of-funds, venture capital and private equity funds, real estate funds, and funds trading other liquid and illiquid assets. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the fund formation process, investment advisor registration and compliance, and the process to negotiate with investors and raise capital.

Mr. Gillett previously practiced law at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP in the firm’s investment management practice group. Prior to working as an attorney, Mr. Gillett worked as an equity analyst for Marquis Capital Management. He received his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1991. Mr Gillett was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1995.

Expertise
  • Founding member of ILG
  • Advisor to investment managers and allocators
  • Emerging manager specialist
Education
  • Vanderbilt University, Juris Doctor (1995)
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts (1991)
Additional Info
  • Team lead for allocator outreach initiative
  • Health-tech startup founder (exited 2018)
  • Passionate snowboarder and kite surfer
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Robert R. Joseph

Partner

Phone: (678) 592-4849
Email: [email protected]

Rob Joseph is a Partner in ILG’s Corporate Practice Group with extensive experience in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general business contracting and licensing for technology-related companies. In this capacity, he works with a team of attorneys that represent start-up and development stage companies, established businesses and venture capital and private equity investors. He has represented buyers, sellers, investors and issuers in numerous transactions ranging from small and mid-sized companies to well over $100,000,000.

Rob routinely advises corporate clients with a range of matters that span the life of a company from formation and raising seed money through growth financings and exit events. He also represents companies and investors as outside general counsel, handling all legal issues including employment, licensing, reseller agreements, vendor and customer contracts, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Rob’s clients trust him to give honest, practical and multi-level advice, and to be an all-around trusted counselor.

Previously, Rob worked at Hill, Kertscher and Wharton, LLP from 2005 – 2017; Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP from 2000 – 2005; and Hunton and Williams, LLP from 1998 – 2000. He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Wilber D. Owens, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia from 1996 – 1998.

Expertise
  • Experienced Outside General Counsel
  • Represents both Buyers and Sellers in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Works with Investors and Founders/ Issuers in Venture Capital and Angel Financings
  • Prepares all types of contracts, including Technology Transactions, Licensing, Reseller, and Employment and Equity Compensation Agreements
Education
  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor, with distinction (1996); Emory Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • Rhodes College, Bachelor of Arts (1992)
Additional Info
  • Member, Past Chairman, State Personnel Board, State of Georgia, 2004 to present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Easter Seals of North Georgia, 2015 to 2020
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, various years
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Andrew J. Kalt

Partner

Phone: (404) 607-6932
Email: [email protected]

Andrew assists clients throughout the process to form and operate a wide range of private investment funds. He works with clients to launch domestic and offshore hedge funds, venture capital funds, lending funds, digital asset and cryptocurrency funds, real estate funds, private equity funds, commodity pools, forex funds, and other structures designed to invest in and trade a variety of liquid and illiquid assets. Andrew also advises on the development of marketing strategies for investment managers and has assisted private fund sponsors in an independent advisory and marketing capacity.

Prior to joining the Investment Law Group, Andrew held positions at Burk & Reedy LLP in Washington D.C. and in the equity capital markets group at UBS in Manhattan. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a BBA in Finance and International Business. He received JD and MBA degrees from Emory University School of Law and Goizueta Business School and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society for outstanding academic achievement.

Expertise
  • Skilled in representing private fund sponsors across investment strategies
  • Strategic advisor to investment managers and allocators
  • Experience with complex structures and transactions
Education
  • Goizueta Business School (Emory University), Master of Business Administration (2010)
  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor (2010)
  • George Washington University, Bachelor of Business Administration (2006)
Additional Info
  • Enthusiastic skier, golfer, husband and father
  • Active supporter of Operation Homefront, Unbound, National Wildlife Federation and Haygood UMC (Atlanta)
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Robert J. Mottern

Partner

Phone: (404) 607-6933
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Mottern joined Investment Law Group (ILG) in April 2008, bringing substantial corporate and securities law experience, specifically in the areas of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 compliance work. Prior to joining ILG, Mr. Mottern was a shareholder in Jones, Haley & Mottern, P.C., and before that Weizenecker, Mottern & Fisher, P.C.

Mr. Mottern’s background includes many years of experience in private law practice, representing a variety of public and private companies in corporate, governance, financing and securities matters, as well as corporate disputes, regulatory investigations and securities arbitrations. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mottern practiced at Moore & Peterson, P.C. and Weil, Gotshal & Manges in their corporate reorganization departments. He received his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Mr. Mottern was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984 and the State Bar of Georgia in 1992.

Expertise
  • Skilled securities law generalist
  • Experience with complex structures and transactions
  • Background in reorganization and bankruptcy law
Education
  • Stanford University, Juris Doctor (1984)
  • University of Missouri, B.S.B.A. (1981)
Additional Info
  • Accomplished fly fisherman
  • Resident office horticulturist
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Jerry L. Sims

Partner

Phone: (770) 481-7207
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Sims has more than 30 years of experience in business litigation, workouts, creditor’s rights, and business and asset acquisitions involving bankrupt and financially troubled entities. Mr. Sims represents clients in federal, state and bankruptcy courts and in arbitration matters. He has handled the defense and prosecution of a wide range of business and financial disputes involving carried interest, partnership formations and breakups, securities, commodities, software suitability, construction, real estate, and class-action litigation. Mr. Sims has also represented appellants, appellees and amicus curiae parties in numerous appeals in federal and state courts.

Mr. Sims previously practiced law at Sims Moss Kline & Davis and Holland & Knight. He received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1970 and his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from University of Mississippi. Mr. Sims was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1971. He is also admitted in New York and the District of Columbia.

Expertise
  • Skilled commercial litigator
  • Experience resolving complex disputes
Education
  • Columbia University, Juris Doctor (1970)
  • University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Science (1967)
Additional Info
  • Admitted to practice in Georgia and New York
  • Outdoorsmen and hiker
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William M. Winter

Partner

Phone: (404) 607-6943
Email: [email protected]

Bill Winter is a corporate lawyer.  Mr. Winter advises tech and tech-enabled companies on how to increase revenue, buy and sell companies, and operate efficiently.

Mr. Winter guides business leaders through technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and tax matters.  Mr. Winter offers an extremely practical perspective gained while serving as in-house General Counsel and an executive leader for a global software company (4 years) and a healthcare technology company (5 years). Whether negotiating software license agreements, distribution agreements, or purchase agreements, Mr. Winter is known for effectively balancing business needs with legal considerations to create practical solutions that increase a company’s value.

Examples of Mr. Winter’s work include automating “Master Service Agreements” to enable quick turnaround, creating successful SaaS and PaaS sales programs, negotiating key software license and distribution agreements, securing equity financing, structuring global operations, and successfully leading domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Winter also advises on key tax, privacy and data protection, and insurance matters necessary for successfully operating a business.

Mr. Winter has been involved in the Atlanta tech community since 1999 and has been a featured speaker on topics including video gaming in Atlanta, fund structures for tech, insurance, and global investments, and privacy and data security considerations for healthcare technology.

Expertise
  • Skilled in handling technology transactions
  • Experience with domestic and cross-border M&A
  • Advisor on structural considerations in forming businesses (including equity compensation plans)
  • Significant experience with software and tech-enabled industries, insurance, professional services, and creative industries
Education
  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor (1997)
  • University of Illinois, B.S. (Finance) (1991)
Additional Info
  • Advisor, Kennesaw State University Entrepreneur Program (Fall 2020)
  • Echo Ridge Recreation Club, Board of Directors (Communications Chair) (2016 – 2018)
  • Married 20+ years with 3 children
  • After family, the three things I cannot live without are: daily exercise, an acoustic guitar, and my Big Green Egg smoker

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