John Menton

  • John Menton
  • PARTNER, COMMERCIAL
  • +353 1 920 1205
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland

Expertise

John is a partner in the Commercial Department in Arthur Cox – the Commercial Department includes a broad range of non-contentious corporate disciplines including tax, employment, pensions, construction, projects, company compliance, competition, technology and intellectual property. John was formerly head of the Technology and Innovation practice group and specialises in representing a broad range of technology companies from domestic Irish technology companies through to multinational household names with operations in Ireland (or engaging in technology transactions through Ireland). He gained his primary experience dealing with technology companies from North America establishing in Ireland when he was in charge of the Arthur Cox New York Office for over three years from 1996 to 1999 and he is also responsible for the operation of the San Francisco Office. He pioneered the development of the Irish “TopCo” structure for US VC backed projects locating in Ireland. In addition to practising law John is also a keen sportsman and represented Ireland in the Discus at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Experience

John provides strategic advice to clients in the following areas:

  • Venture capital financing (both domestic and NVCA formats)
  • Venture debt transactions
  • Convertible loan notes and bridge financings (including use of SAFE’s)
  • Company formation and equity structures
  • Share option and incentive schemes
  • ISO treatment for options in Irish TopCo’s granted to US based employees
  • Strategic warrant pools
  • “Partial Exits” and “Secondary Sales” in VC-backed companies prior to full exit
  • Exits (from mergers and acquisitions to IPOs)
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Corporate governance
  • Tax and intellectual property driven corporate structures
  • Navigating export controls and sanctions on dual use and other high technology products

Sample Transactions

  • FIRE1 – Medical device company on $7.5m million Series A fund raising and $50m Series B.
  • Carrick Therapeutics – $95 million Series A fund raising.
  • Openet Telecom – Various rounds of equity funding over $50m+.
  • NeuroTronik – Medical Device Company on $13m Series A and $23m Series B.
  • Accel – Series A $50m investment in Browerstack.
  • Genomics Medicine Ireland – Series A $40m.
  • Alexo – biotechnology company on its $61m equity fund raisings.
  • Circle Internet – $250m+ in Series A, B, C, D and E fund raisings.
  • Frazier Healthcare – US$40m Series A investment in Iterum.
  • Roomex – Series A/B financings – €11.5m.
  • Venture Debt transactions – multiple transactions for clients involving lenders such as Silicon Valley Bank, Square1, Comerica, Kreos Capital and BlueBay.
Education
  • BCL, 1991, University College, Dublin
Professional
  • Licensed as a foreign legal consultant in New York (non-practising), 1999
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (non-practising), 1996
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1995
  • Qualified as an Irish and European Trade Mark Agent
  • President, TechLaw Group, Inc. 2018