Spencer Ricks advises entrepreneurs, start-ups, and emerging companies in the technology, life sciences, and clean energy sectors from formation through all stages of growth and beyond.

Mr. Ricks advises and guides companies throughout the entire corporate life cycle, including in: 

  • Early-stage formation and strategy
  • Venture capital financings
  • Other debt and equity financings
  • Employment matters
  • Commercial and strategic transactions
  • Securities law compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public offerings

He also regularly represents mature companies in strategic investments and commercial collaborations.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Ricks is involved in the local community, including representing, on a pro bono basis, asylum petitioners, U visa applicants, and survivors of domestic violence seeking refuge in the United States. He has also served as Massachusetts Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and as a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference Committee.

Mr. Ricks’s recent experience includes advising:

Technology

  • ReliaQuest, a cybersecurity company, in its US$300 million growth financing led by KKR
  • Education.com, an education technology company, in its sale to IXL Learning
  • IXL Learning, an education technology company, in various financing, corporate and strategic transactions, including the acquisition of Rosetta Stone
  • Axonius, a cybersecurity asset management company, in its US$200 million Series E financing
  • Teradyne, a supplier of automation equipment for testing and industrial applications, in its US$460 million private offering of Senior Convertible Notes
  • TravelPerk, a travel management software company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including early-stage and venture capital financings totaling more than US$409 million and multiple acquisitions
  • Flowmill, a cloud network company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its sale to Splunk
  • Cherre, a real estate information technology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including growth financings totaling more than US$75 million 
  • RealBlocks, an alternative investment technology platform, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including early-stage and venture capital financings
  • TetraScience, an R&D data cloud company, in various financing, corporate and strategic transactions, including its US$80 million Series B financing

Life Sciences

  • T2 Biosystems, an in vitro diagnostic company, in its:
    • US$66 million initial public offering
    • US$34 million follow-on offering
    • US$40 million private offering to Canon
  • Fractyl Laboratories, a biotechnology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including venture capital financings totaling more than US$265 million 
  • IntelyCare, an on-demand, app-based healthcare staffing company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including venture capital financings totaling more than US$168 million
  • Africa Health, a healthcare development company, in its US$18 million Series A financing
  • Enko Chem, a crop protection technology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its US$70 million Series C financing 
  • Invetx, a veterinary therapeutics company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its US$60.5 million Series B financing
  • LifeVault (GoodCell), a biotechnology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its US$18 million Series Seed financing
  • Uniqarta, a microLED technology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its sale to Kulicke & Soffa
  • Omthera Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company, in its US$64 million initial public offering

Clean Energy & Sustainability

  • Form Energy, a long-duration energy storage technology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including early-stage and venture capital financings totaling more than US$115 million
  • Syzygy Plasmonics, a chemical reactor technology company, in various financing, corporate, and strategic transactions
  • Form Energy, a long-duration energy storage technology company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including multiple acquisitions, and its: early-stage and venture capital financings 
  • Voltus, a distributed energy resources management company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives, including its US$31 million Series C financing
  • Vayda, a regenerative farming company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives
  • Syzygy Plasmonics, a chemical reactor technology company, in various financing, corporate and strategic transactions, including its US$23 million Series B financing
  • Divert, a resource recovery solutions company, in various corporate and strategic initiatives

Other

  • Solo Brands, an outdoor lifestyle company (owner of Solo Stove, Chubbies and others), in its US$219 million initial public offering
  • Various underwriters participating in a US$811 million equity offering by J.C. Penney Company, Inc. 
  • Goldman Sachs Private Capital, as underwriter in a US$25 million preferred stock financing of Factor Systems, Inc. (d/b/a Billtrust), a payment cycle management solutions company
  • Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., in its acquisition with TPG Capital of a majority interest in Ellucian, a provider of higher education software and services 
  • Scientific Games, a developer of technology-based products and services for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets, in a variety of bond offerings totaling over US$3.5 billion

Bar Qualification

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Education

  • JD, New York University, 2012
    cum laude, Annual Survey Editor
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 2009
    magna cum laude

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish