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Otis Carter

Providence, Rhode Island Area

Experienced corporate general counsel with extensive private equity, private company and capital raising background (both in a legal and operation role). Deep corporate transactional experience at two top-tier law firms and extensive in-house experience managing operational, legal, transactional and financial matters.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Legal

    Deep corporate transactional experience at two top-tier law firms representing venture capital and private equity firms and private companies in M&A and capital raising activities.

    • Business
    • Legal
    • Venture Capital
    • Private Placements
    • Equity Incentive Plans
  • Employment Issues

    Extensive experience negotiating employment and equity arrangements for executive and senior management level employees in private equity and VC-backed companies.

    • Business
    • HR and Recruiting
  • Capital Raising

    In addition to representing private equity and venture capital firms and private companies in their investment and M&A activities, as a principal investor, I have helped raise in excess of $10M in Series A funding and several million dollars in convertible note funding for two investments in which I am a private investor.

    • Funding Sources
    • Venture capital
    • Venture Capital
    • family offices
    • angel investor
    • corporate VC

Reviews

  • NJ
    Otis was an outstanding private equity/M&A associate at Ropes and was one of the critical additions we made in building the Chicago office. His experience on the business side, coupled with his strong knowledge of deal terms and case law, is a rare and valuable combination, which enables him to take a practical, commercial approach on transactions. In addition, Otis has an unrivaled knack for business devleopment and relationship building and I expect him to excel in his new position, which should allow him to use both his considerable business and legal skill.
    Neill Jakobe
  • WG
    Otis was a key member of a small team at Kirkland & Ellis that handled the majority of our legal work. He was the point person at the associate level and worked tirelessly and without complaint, often juggling up to five or six live transactions involving multiple deal teams. He was professional, reliable, detail oriented and a good communicator. Specifically, he did a great job of interacting with business owners and opposing counsel, maintaining patience and driving things to closure.
    Wade Glisson
  • GN
    Gil Nayot
  • DT
    Otis provides only the highest quality work. He is hard working, reliable, meticulous and detail oriented. I implicitly trust Otis’ guidance.
    David Tedesco
  • PS
    I have known Otis personally and professionally for over 13 years now. Otis’s intellect, business savy, and superior work ethic top his many qualifications as a top quality individual and professional. His diligence in serving his clients and colleagues are only matched by his dedication to family and friends. I highly recommend Otis and would be happy to speak to his competencies.
    Paul Sahagian

Experience

  • Corporate Secretary and General Counsel

    TriMark USA | March 2014 - Current

    Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for TriMark USA, the country’s largest provider of equipment, supplies and design services to the foodservice industry.

  • Managing Director and General Counsel

    Roseworth Capital | August 2012 - March 2014

    Roseworth Capital is a private investment firm that invests principal capital in early stage, growth and small-cap companies in select target industries.

  • Associate, Corporate Practice Group

    Ropes & Gray LLP | January 2009 - August 2012

    Represented private equity funds in mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other investment transactions. Named a "2013 Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers publication.

  • Associate, Corporate Practice Group

    Kirkland & Ellis, LLP | October 2006 - January 2009

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis

    Juris Doctor/MBA | Accounting & Finance | 2001 - 2005

  • Illinois Wesleyan University

    BA, BA | Economics, Finance, with Honors | 1996 - 2000

  • Carmel Catholic High School

    1992 - 1996