Belsley

Eric D. Belsley, Ph.D.

Partner
Co-Chair, Private Funds Practice Group
Boston
Dr. Eric Belsley, a partner in our corporate department, is a co-chair of our private funds practice. Eric’s practice focuses on the representation of private equity (including buyout, credit, and other strategies) and venture capital funds and their sponsors in all aspects of their business, including fund formation, management company/GP structuring, and transactions. He represents a wide range of fund managers, from well-known managers with billions of dollars in AUM to start-up and emerging managers.

Eric brings to bear perspectives and skills not traditionally found with many private fund lawyers. Eric’s unusual background (for a lawyer) as a math Ph.D. provides him with a differentiated toolset for solving clients’ issues analytically and creatively. He also has deep insight into clients’ need for practical, efficient, business-oriented advice, grounded in his experience founding the Mac Resource Page, a daily e-zine about Macintosh computers he sold to Price.com in 2001.

Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1993
  • Yale University, B.A. in Mathematics, magna cum laude, with distinction in the major, 1988

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Massachusetts

Experience

  • Represents Mill Road Capital, a private equity firm focused on publicly traded micro-cap companies in the U.S. and Canada, including in its formation and the formation and operation of its flagship series of buyout funds
  • Represents a market-leading middle-market lender with over $30 billion under management, including in the formation of private credit funds and its internal operations
  • Represents Clean Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage clean energy innovations, including in its formation and the formation and operation of its initial venture capital fund
  • Represented Wamda MENA Ventures, a venture capital firm headquartered in the UAE and Jordan focused on making investments in technology companies in the MENA region, including in its formation and the formation of its initial venture capital fund
  • Represented True Green Capital Management, an institutional asset manager specializing in distributed power generation, in the formation of a private equity fund holding a portfolio of commercial solar PV projects
  • Represents Cue Ball Capital, a venture capital firm, in its investments, acquisitions, and exits, including serving as general outside counsel to its portfolio company MiniLuxe, Inc., a high-end chain of nail salons, and representing its portfolio company ShapeUp, Inc. as general outside counsel and in the sale of ShapeUp to Virgin Pulse, Inc., a leading provider of social wellness solutions to organizations worldwide
  • Represented OMNI Orthopaedics, Inc., a pioneer in robotic-assisted total knee replacement, as general outside counsel and in its acquisition by Corin USA Limited, an affiliate of U.K. international orthopedic company the Corin Group, backed by the private equity firm Permira
  • Represented Chiral Technologies, Inc. (a part of Daicel Corporation), the global market leader in enantioselective chromatography, in its acquisition of Arbor Biosciences, a pharmaceutical services firm that generates oligonucleotide pools using massively parallel DNA synthesis technology
  • Represents Nic+Zoe, a women’s clothing retailer and wholesaler, as general outside corporate counsel
  • Represents Dumpling Daughter, a Boston-based restaurant

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (2022 to Present) 
  • Teaching Assistant for Professor Jane Kent Gionfriddo, Boston College Law School (2004-2005)
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Miami, FL (1995-1999)
  • Course Head and Teaching Fellow, Harvard University (1989-1993)

Publications

  • "Rates of convergence of random walk on distance regular graphs," PROB. TH. AND REL. FIELDS 112, 493-533 (1998)

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • Senior Editor, UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE REPORTER-DIGEST (2004-2005)
  • Fellow, National Science Foundation (1989-1992)
  • Bok/Danforth Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (1990-1993)
  • DeForest Prize for Proficiency in Math, Yale University (1987)
  • Anthony D. Stanley Prize for Excellence in Math, Yale University (1988)
INVOLVEMENT
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Former Trustee, Kinhaven Music School
  • Violinist (previously in the Yale and Newton Symphony Orchestra)