Jason K. Berger is a Partner and Co-Head of CDAS’s Corporate Practice Group.
Mr. Berger has over two decades of experience representing clients on complex corporate legal matters and transactions, including, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, equity and debt financings, partnerships, joint ventures and licensing deals.
Mr. Berger represents companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, family offices and high net worth individuals across a broad range of industries. He has particularly deep experience in the branded consumer products and entertainment industries, including celebrity influencer and endorsement arrangements, and regularly represents some of the most well-regarded investment funds in the consumer brands space. Mr. Berger also represents foreign investors in U.S. investments and the establishment of special purpose vehicles. On the company side, Mr. Berger represents businesses in the full life-cycle of corporate and commercial transactions and advises founders on choice of entity, executive compensation, and early-stage financing. Mr. Berger serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients, who rely upon him for strategic business guidance in addition to legal advice.
Prior to joining CDAS, Mr. Berger was the founder of Berger Law LLC, a boutique corporate law firm focused on small to middle market private equity transactions and was VP of Business and Legal Affairs of NXTM (sold to Outrigger) where he led transactions for the company with ABC (for Jimmy Kimmel Live!), SXSW, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Prior to founding his firm in 2006, he was a partner in the corporate group of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and was an associate in the private equity group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Berger was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and served as Deputy General Counsel to the 1999 New York City Charter Revision Commission.
Select Investment Fund Representations*
Represented Abundance Partners in its investments in Kickstarter, Livestream, Siemplify, and Socure, among others.
Represented Alliance Consumer Growth in its investments in Bark Thins, Blaze Pizza, BRADY Brand, Clio, Good American Apparel, Harry’s, Herschel, The Honest Kitchen, Krave, Ouai, Pacifica, Safely, Shake Shack, SKIMS, and Tata Harper, among others.
Represented Aria Growth Partners in its investments in Hero Cosmetics and Inkey.
Represented Goode Partners in its investments and acquisitions including Lacrosse Unlimited, among others.
Represented Imaginary Ventures in its investments in Cerebelly and Cann + Botl Company.
Represented Spring Mountain Capital in its investments in Hurel and Onceceutics.
Represented family offices and high net worth individuals in investments and dispositions in Crumbs Bakeshops, Juul, Kings County Distillery, NYDJ Apparel, Sevenrooms and Spirits Network, among others.
Select Company Representations*
Represented Aviation Gin in connection with its financings and its endorsement arrangements with Ryan Reynolds.
Represented Betty Buzz in connection with its formation and financings and its endorsement arrangements with Blake Lively.
Represented Davos Brands in connection with its acquisitions and financings.
Represented Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare in connection with its recapitalization and joint ventures.
Represented Gregory’s Coffee in connection with its equity financing.
Represented Lua Technologies in connection with its sale to Life Biosciences.
Represented Liberty Skis in connection with its equity financing.
Represented Major Food Group (Carbone, Parm, ZZ Clam Bar) in connection with financings and joint ventures for various high-end restaurants, including Carbone Miami.
Represented Marolina Outdoor in connection with its acquisitions of Fishworks and Huk.
Represented MILK Make-Up in connection with its equity financings and strategic partnerships.
Represented PRESCRIBEDsolutions in connection with its sale to Biopelle.
Represented Shout! Factory in connection with its financings and content acquisitions.
Represented Sombra Meszcal in connection with its financings and influencer arrangements with Jonathan Goldsmith (a/k/a “the most interesting man in the world”).
Represented Superdraft in connection with its acquisitions and strategic partnerships.
Represented TY KU in connection with its financings and acquisitions, and its influencer arrangements with CeeLo Green, Perez Hilton and Patti Stanger.
*Representations at Berger Law LLC prior to joining CDAS in February 2022