John A. Meltaus - Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

John A. Meltaus

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 617-248-5092

John Meltaus is partner in the firm’s Business & Technology Group.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Practice Focus

Business & Technology:
  corporate, executive and board advice on key legal, financing and business matters, company representation, international expansion, corporate governance, intellectual property and major commercial transactions for businesses ranging from start-ups, to pre-IPO companies, to global public companies. 

Corporate & Securities:  public and private financings, underwritten offerings, venture capital and private equity transactions, corporate investments, debt financings and SEC and market compliance.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  public and private mergers, buyouts, strategic acquisitions, cross-border expansions and trade sales, exit transactions, tender offers, leveraged buyouts and spin-offs across a range of industries.

Representative Engagements

· Venture capital financings and private equity transactions for companies in US, Canada and European Union.
· Acquisitions of public and private operating companies in US, Europe and Asia. 
· Sell-side M&A transactions, including public-to-public mergers and private sales of venture-backed companies, with proceeds ranging to $4 billion.   
· US expansion through new operations and through acquisitions, for companies headquartered in the European Union and Asia.
· Company-side IPOs and secondary offerings for technology and manufacturing companies. 
· Underwriter-side IPOs and secondary offerings for major investment banks. 
· SEC compliance for Nasdaq National Market companies.
· Key license, distribution and OEM deals for technology vendors. 
· Management compensation, equity and liquidity plans.

Publications and Presentations

· "Crossing the Border: Key Legal Considerations in Acquiring a US-based Company", co-author, Enterprise Ireland, February 2010.
· "Boardroom Dynamics in 2010: Changing Roles for Management, Independent and Investor Directors," moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel Conference - Northeast Chapter, Boston, January 2010.
· “Six deadly M&A sins,” quoted, Chief Executive magazine, October 2009.

Boston UniversityBA 1983Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. 1987

Office Location

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
United States


Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Mergers & Acquisitions)
Technology Law
Venture Capital Law