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Nicholas J. Outman - Shareholder

Nicholas J. Outman

Education

New College of Florida, B.A., 2005
New York University School of Law, J.D., 2008

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division 
    • Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee 
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
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Nicholas J. Outman - Shareholder

Nick is a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group, practicing in the areas of venture capital and private equity, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.  His principal focus is on corporate financing transactions, particularly angel and venture capital investments, acquisition and leveraged finance, and commercial lending.

Nick frequently represents venture capital and private equity funds, family offices, and high net worth individuals in negotiating and documenting debt and equity investments in early- and growth-stage companies, from term sheet to closing, and through subsequent financing rounds and recapitalizations.  Recent representative transactions include:

  • Representing a family office as the lead investor in a $75 million Series A financing of a wellness real estate and technology firm.
  • Representing a venture capital fund in a preferred equity investment to fund a carve-out acquisition of a digital health and wellness business.
  • Representing angel investors in a Series Seed financing and a subsequent convertible debt bridge financing of a data management software company.

Nick also has extensive experience advising private equity funds, companies, and financial institutions in leveraged buyout and recapitalization financings, as well as asset-based, cash flow, and other commercial loans.  Recent representative transactions include:

  • Representing a NASDAQ-traded apparel company in connection with senior secured credit facilities totaling $77 million.
  • Representing a private equity-sponsored government and defense contractor in connection with senior and mezzanine credit facilities totaling over $100 million, to fund a recapitalization of the company.
  • Representing a private equity sponsor in connection with senior ABL and term loans and mezzanine debt to fund the acquisition of and working capital for a restoration contracting company.

In addition, Nick regularly assists startup, venture/PE-backed, and other private and public companies with general corporate, financing, and commercial matters throughout the business lifecycle.

Passionate about technology, Nick sits on the firm’s Technology Committee and devotes much of his time outside the office to tinkering with computers and being involved with the area’s technology startup and investing community.  He has served as a speaker, panelist and coach at organizations including Florida Venture Forum, Tampa Bay WaVE and their FirstWaVE Accelerator, and USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, where he focused on banking and financial transactions.

Honors & Recognitions

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Professional Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-2019)

Professional Associations

  • Florida Venture Forum
    • Board of Directors (alternate)
    • 2015 Early Stage Conference: Presenting Company Coach
    • 2015 Venture Capital Conference:
      • Presenting Company Coach
      • Company Presentations Panelist
    • 2014 Early Stage Conference: Presenting Company Coach
    • 2014 Venture Capital Conference: Presenting Company Coach
  • American Bar Association, Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee

Publications & Presentations

  • 2015 Venture Capital Bootcamp Tampa: “Experienced VC Counsel Reviews a Term Sheet.” September 29, 2015.
  • FirstWaVE Accelerator: “HWH Startup Legal Essentials Series,” organizer & panelist.
    • “Legal Traps for Startup Entrepreneurs.” February 19, 2015.
    • “Who Manages the Managers: Co-Founder Relationships, Corporate Governance and the Role of the Board.” April 7, 2015.
  • Tampa Bay Technology Incubator: “Working with Investors, for Early Stage and Growth Companies.” November 6, 2013.