Selecting the Appropriate Business Entity & Forming a Company

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Location: 34 Chambers Street
Speaker: Steven Spielvogel and Richard Smith


The Keller Center is pleased to welcome back to the Hub Steven Spielvogel, co-founder of  NYC law firm Gallion & Spielvogel, to discuss company formation and choosing the appropriate entity for your startup. Undergrads, grads, postdocs, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. The session will run from 5-7pm. Registration is required and dinner will be served.

Topics to be discussed will include: (i) distinguishing between, and pros and cons of, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations (C & S), limited liability companies (LLCs), including liability and tax considerations; (ii) entity formation and corporate governance: certificates of incorporation, certificates of formation, bylaws, operating/shareholder/partnership agreements.



Steven Spielvogel received his Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989; he was awarded his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. 

Following law school, Mr. Spielvogel earned two federal court clerkships: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Owen, J.); and United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (Holloway, J.). Following these clerkships, he joined the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he represented such companies as Goldman, Sachs & Co., the Exxon Corporation and Reuters. 

He has held principal executive and managerial positions with leading corporations, including serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at a major Wall Street financial institution and as Vice President and General Counsel of a prominent Silicon Valley technology company. In addition, Mr. Spielvogel has taught or presented lectures on numerous subjects (e.g., Entrepreneurship and the Law, The Emerging Role of the General Counsel at Technology and Internet-Based Companies, Federal Courts, Constitutional Litigation and Introduction to the U.S. Legal System) at several of North America’s most prestigious law schools, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2016, he was selected as a “Super Lawyer” in New York City  (and, previously selected 2010-2011, 2013-2016).

Mr. Spielvogel is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commerce For Humanity Charitable Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) dedicated to alleviating suffering across the globe), and is a Member of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and Metropolitan Opera Guild.  He is the Founder and former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors (2004-2014), and presently President Emeritus, of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), the largest association of boutique law firms in the world, with members in approximately forty countries and forty cities in the United States.  He also founded and served as the President of the International Association of Networks (IAN), and is a former member of the Institute for Business Law & Technology’s Advisory Board, former Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, former Co-Chairman of the Business & Technology Law Committee of LISTnet (New York's largest technology organization), and former Advisory Committee Member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). 

Richard Smith is the Managing Partner of the New York office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he practices with the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and capital markets.

He has represented clients in M&A and strategic transactions involving banking, sponsor finance, healthcare, technology, telecom, mortgage, broker-dealer, mining, insurance, trade processing, investment advisory, asset management, real estate, energy, entertainment, shipping, market maker, servicing, and commodities businesses. His M&A experience also includes counseling financial institutions with regard to fairness opinions and advisory engagements. He has also advised several clients on M&A related disputes and arbitrations.