Q. Ellis Telford

Q. Ellis Telford
Partner / Corporate
Boston Office
617-692-3468 fax

Ellis practices corporate and securities law, concentrating in representation of lending institutions and debt capital funds in their acquisition and disposition of equity interests in borrowers, including initial and follow-on investments, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, and liquidation of equity securities. In addition, Ellis represents corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities in all phases from formation to sale, including initial structuring among founders, debt and equity financings, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, licensing and distribution agreements, intellectual property management and protection, employment matters (including non-competition and intellectual property assignment), and mergers and acquisitions. Ellis also counsels lenders, investors and business entities on federal and state securities law compliance in connection with the issuance, acquisition and disposition of debt and equity securities, and has represented numerous executives in employment matters.

Ellis's clients highly value his expertise, responsiveness and ability to explain complex legal matters so that they can understand risks and make effective decisions. Ellis's years of experience as in-house counsel give him the ability to quickly identify and prioritize issues and problems in transactions so as to minimize time spent by clients in time-consuming and unproductive negotiations.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented personal services corporation in acquisition by national firm
  • Represented private equity fund and senior subordinated lender in sale of assets of national gaming technology company
  • Developed standard equity investment documents for numerous lender and debt finance company clients
  • Represented debt finance company in liquidation of its Warrant portfolio
  • Represents numerous lending institutions and private venture debt capital funds in their direct equity investments
  • Represented closely held corporation in buyout of a founder
  • Represented Canadian marketing technology company in formation and operation of U.S. subsidiary
  • Developed standard domestic and international agreements for licensing, sales, custom manufacturing and distribution for multiple U.S. technology company clients
  • Represents major regional bank in review and negotiation of in-bound technology licensing and development contracts
  • Represented major national bank in review and restructuring of student loan portfolio
  • Represented major national bank in Chapter 11 reorganization of historic Las Vegas casino
  • Represented wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages in major asset sales and acquisitions
  • Represented buyer of dietary supplements distribution company, then represented company in subsequent sale of all assets

Massachusetts Bar Association

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1990
Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 1987