Michael K. Barron represents technology and life sciences companies and advises companies, entrepreneurs, and investors in the areas of formation and governance, early and later stage debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, employment and executive compensation, and intellectual property matters, including trademark and technology licensing.
Michael serves on the board and as general counsel to several trade associations that focus on promoting and developing companies and professionals in the technology and life sciences industries. One of these organizations is the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), a trade association serving more than 7,000 New England professionals involved in Internet and digital technologies industry. Michael founded MITX in 1995 to help promote the development and growth of the Internet and digital technologies industry in New England.
Michael is recognized by Boston magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and is included in the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America. He is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest designation available.
Wayfair LLC (f/k/a CSN Stores LLC), a top 100 online retailer of home and office goods, in its $165 million Series A financing from Battery Ventures, Great Hill Partners, HarbourVest Partners and Spark Capital – recognized as the largest venture capital financing closed in the United States in the second quarter of 2011 by The Boston Globe
Aras Corporation, a leading provider of PLM software solutions, in the sale of its Series B Preferred Stock to current and new angel investors
New Science Ventures, a venture capital company, in several portfolio investments, including:
Series A in Achronix Semiconductor Corporation
Series D investment in BioScale, Inc.
Series B investment in Dali Systems Co. Ltd.
Series F investment in Ikonisys, Inc.
Series D investment in Oxyrane UK Limited
An early-stage biotechnology company in a series of private placements of its common stock raising $200 million prior to its IPO
Mergers and Acquisitions
Createthe Group, inc., a leading digital agency specializing in providing services to luxury and fashion brands, in its acquisition of Morpheus Media, which provides strategic digital media services including display media, paid search, natural search optimization, social media management, mobile and pay-for-performance marketing
Racepoint Group, Inc., a global public relations agency, in its acquisition of PPR Greater China, a leading integrated communications public relations company with headquarters in Hong Kong and offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., a leading publisher of children’s books, in the purchase of all the assets of Imagine Publishing, Inc., including children’s books by musicians Neil Sedaka and Peter Yarrow
abeo Management Corporation, a healthcare billing services company, in its acquisition of Ahma, Inc., a Maryland corporation providing healthcare billing services
Wayfair LLC, a top 100 online retailer, in its acquisition of Buyster Pty Ltd., an online retailer based in Australia
Digital Cement, Inc., a professional services firm that provides relationship management strategy and services to help companies acquire, retain, manage and grow their customer relationships, in its acquisition by Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Lexigen Pharmaceuticals Corp., a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel cancer treatments, in its acquisition by Merck KGaA
eMed Technologies Corporation, a medical images technology company, in its acquisition by Cedara Software Corp.
ZapThink LLC, a recognized authority on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), in its acquisition by Dovèl Technologies, Inc.
Negotiated a license agreement for the development of a novel treatment for HIV/AIDS between a small private biotechnology company and a large public biotechnology company
Negotiated a research, development and license agreement providing $100 million in funding over a several year period between an early stage private biotechnology company and a large international pharmaceutical company to develop novel treatments for schizophrenia
Negotiated numerous patent license agreements between early stage biotechnology companies and universities
Negotiated a patient management and billing outsource agreement between a national healthcare company and a major computer services company
Developed numerous license agreements, terms of service and privacy policies for software and Internet companies
Counseled and managed a portfolio of trademarks for a major technology company
Developed a merchandise licensing program for a popular children’s character
Represented publishers and authors with respect to publishing agreements
Established and grew a substantial trademark practice for a national law firm
Boston University School of Law, 1985, Juris Doctor
Northwestern University, 1982, Bachelor of Arts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Awards and Affiliations
AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2017)
Listed, Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004–2006, 2011–2017)
Recipient, Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Industry Achievement Award (2016)
Member, Biotech Industry Organization (BIO)
Member, Boston Bar Association
Member, Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Member, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Member, Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) (Founder, Director and Clerk)
Member, Mobile Monday America, Inc. (Director and Clerk)