Robert V. Jahrling  III - Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Robert V. Jahrling III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Bob Jahrling, a partner in the firm’s Business & Technology Group, concentrates primarily in the areas of securities law, corporate finance and acquisitions.

Mr. Jahrling is listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and has been named in The Legal 500 United States, a guide to the preeminent law firms in the US.  He is also named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Practice Focus

Mr. Jahrling has over 29 years of experience in representing publicly-held as well as venture-backed, family-owned and other privately-held companies.  He has worked with numerous companies from their initial financing through initial public offering or acquisition.  He regularly advises companies with respect to strategic business matters, public and private securities offerings, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance, strategic partnerships and joint ventures and executive compensation matters.  Mr. Jahrling represents companies in a wide range of industries, including alternative energy, enterprise software, telecommunications, market research, medical devices and healthcare services.  His public company work includes serving as counsel to boards of directors and board committees.

Mr. Jahrling also represents leading venture capital and private equity firms in connection with portfolio company transactions, including minority investments, buyouts and leveraged recapitalizations.

Representative Engagements

· General counsel to public business process management (BPM) and customer relationship management (CRM) software company.
· General counsel to public technology and market research firm.
· General counsel to satellite-based Internet backbone infrastructure solutions company.
· Counsel to special committee of board of directors of vitamin and supplements company in connection with sale of company.
· Hospice care company in connection with its initial public offering of common stock.
· Leading private equity firm in connection with its spinout and financing of software business.
· Manufacturer of semiconductor components with applications for defense industry in connection with its sale to public company strategic buyer.
· Financial services market research firm in connection with its sale to public company strategic buyer.
· Private equity sponsor in connection with leveraged buyout of nursing home chain.
· General counsel to hydrokinetic power generation company.

Publications and Presentations

· “Linchpins of a Successful Special Committee,” co-author, Securities Law360, October 2012.
· “Making Successful Investments in Clean-tech,” quoted, Financier Worldwide Magazine, July 2009.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Jahrling is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  He is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, an Advisory Board member of Boston Rising, an innovative anti-poverty charitable organization, and is active on a variety of other community boards.

Dartmouth CollegeAB 1979University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1983

Client Comments

"Bob provided excellent and thoughtful counsel on a wide range of issues. His approach is to take the time to truly understand the business context for the issue in question and provide clear and concise feedback. Bob pays very close attention to the details. Bob was regularly accessible and available, particularly when the company was working with tight timetables. "

"Bob is a very practical, experienced attorney who is both accessible and easy to work with. He brings sensitivity to people issues and strong commercial judgment to issues that need to be addressed."

"I have worked with Bob for many years, and always found him to be an insightful and intelligent advisor. Bob understands the importance of learning the details of a client's business, and his in-depth knowledge of our business gives his advice strong relevance and credibility. He invests the time to visit our offices regularly and stay updated on what is happening. Bob also has an amazing attention to detail and helps to ensure that we are adhering to a high level of quality and accuracy on any matter of real importance."

-Shawn Hoyt
General Counsel
Pegasystems Inc.

"As a private equity firm, Ampersand is in the business of investing as well as acquiring and selling companies. In that context, I have worked with Bob for the better part of 20 years in numerous companies and in many transactions. Our interactions have included key corporate events, such as the acquisition of a business, the sale of the business, complimentary acquisitions, IPO, stock option plans, etc. Through those transactions, I have come to trust Bob's judgment, not only in a legal context but also in a business setting. I think this is what distinguishes him from other senior lawyers with whom I have had the opportunity to work with. There are plenty of very reputable firms in Boston that do outstanding legal work, and Bob and Choate Hall are among them, but we should all expect that. It's the insight and judgment at a crucial moment in a transaction, or in the midst of a difficult board/corporate decision, where I have found Bob to be helpful. Beyond that, the other quality I have always respected about Bob is his concern for my pocketbook. It's all too often that I come across lawyers who are prepared to provide me legal advice at any cost. Instead, Bob has always shared with me the trade-offs of additional legal work; he pushes when he thinks it is necessary and waives it off when he believes it is marginal. In short, I give my wholehearted and unqualified endorsement of Bob as a senior corporate lawyer."

-Charles Yie
General Partner
Ampersand Ventures

"I started working with Bob in early 2005 and have now used him in four major transactions. Working with Bob has been the best attorney-client relationship I have had in my 25-year career. Bob is extremely sharp and very careful in his work and the work of his firm. He has found many subtle flaws in contracts that would have worked to my significant disadvantage. Despite the heavy workload of a senior partner, he has consistently been available for critical work in a timely manner and his work is completed when promised. Too many lawyers I have interacted with are capable of advising me of potential issues or problems, but are either unwilling or unable to provide practical advice and concrete recommendations about the underlying issues and trade-offs being presented. While Bob will limit himself to just presenting the issues if that is what you want, he is also willing and able to provide valuable recommendations and suggestions while effectively considering the underlying business issues related to the legal issue at hand. This one of the traits I value most highly in Bob. Finally, in addition to technical competence, Bob is simply a tremendous pleasure to work with."

"Bob Jahrling has been my corporate council for over 20 years. I have recommended him to many other business colleagues. The following is a summary of my opinions: 1. He is always available, for both routine issues or corporate crisis. 2. He is timely in his response 3. He is very ethical and has solid business judgment. 4. He plays an excellent role as devils advocate; he probes deeply into issues and will test the business assumptions. 5. He is very detailed and thorough in his legal work; he leaves no material stone unturned. 6. He is a clear thinker; he succeeds in understanding the business and the elements that will make it successful, not just the legal aspects. 7. He is open and honest; if he doesn't possess the expertise he will tell you and help find the expert. "

-Sebastian Sicari
President & CEO
kSARIA Corp.

Office Location

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Practice Areas

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law (Bankruptcy, General Corporate, IPO, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Publicly-Held Companies, Securities, Transactions, Venture Capital)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law