- Cornell University (B.S.,I.L.R 1996)
- Columbia University (J.D. 1999)
- Fmr. Committee Chair – New York County Lawyers’ Association
Committee on Corporations Law
- Fmr. Board Member of Cornell
Asian American Alumni Association
- Advisory Board–Heart Gallery of
- Southern District of New York Bar
Kaiser Wahab is a corporate / business lawyer that recognizes his value proposition is dependent not only being able to advise, but to innovate.
Experience: Mr. Wahab has represented Fortune 500 to startup clients on the range of corporate transactional issues confronting businesses competing in technology, media, brand, and intellectual property driven environments. Beginning his career with Pryor Cashman, Sherman & Flynn LLP, he later joined Day Pitney LLP, where he handled licensing, trademark/copyright, and contractual issues for companies like Microsoft and UTC. In addition, he clerked at the US Court of International Trade and dealt with multibillion dollar anti-dumping claims involving importation of technology related goods.
Practice: Mr. Wahab counsels clients on negotiating/drafting technology, content, media agreements, in connection with outsourcing, licensing, contracting, e-commerce, social media, advertising, user relationships and other scenarios. He negotiates cloud computing and other technology services arrangements on behalf of enterprise customers, and advises clients on privacy and data security. He also advises on corporate structuring, including partnership agreements, equity incentive plans, and investor agreements. Finally, he structures venture capital and investor rounds into early stage technology ventures, brand ventures, and film and media ventures.
Academia: Mr. Wahab believes that being firmly committed to academia is critical to providing better client service and expanding his knowledge base. He teaches continuing legal education seminars to other practitioners, including those featured through Lawline.com and New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA). At NYCLA he was the chair of the Corporate Law Committee and is dedicated to providing access to other knowledgeable practitioners in the realm of corporate governance, litigation, technology via monthly seminars. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and adjunct faculty at NYU in the areas of media venture capital and media contracts.
Publishing/Speaking: Mr. Wahab also believes that legal publishing is key to rendering informed counsel to his clients. He is published regularly in the New York Enterprise Report on the topics of data privacy, business securities, and other topics. He has been published in Mashable and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. In addition, he has spoken at Wikimania at the Harvard Law School, South by Southwest, Columbia University, Widener Law School, the School of Visual Arts, New York Law School, and other venues on law, policy, technology, and other topics that he has written on.
Community: Mr. Wahab’s service commitment extends to the community as well. He served on the Board of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association where he worked to leverage Cornell’s infrastructure for community events (including a 300 person annual banquet to fund student scholarships), and events geared towards entrepreneurial learning. He also sits on the advisory board for Heart Gallery NYC, a non profit devoted to placing foster children with families. Finally, Mr. Wahab provides pro bono legal services to high profile online and social media driven ventures as a participant in Harvard Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network.
- Represented regional HMO in $20MM preferred unit financing.
- Represented pair of founders in $150MM acquisition of online gaming company.
- Represented founder in $50MM acquisition of exchange connectivity company.
- Represented various companies (from mid market to startup) in strategic deals, including licensing and service engagements, with Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, New York Times, Ubisoft, JetBlue, Salesforce and Gallo.
- Represented various startups in seed financings with angel investors, incubators, accelerators, ranging from $25,000 to $400,000.
- Represented various companies in up to $1,000,000 of convertible note financing.
- Represented various entertainment and film production vehicles in equity financing rounds of up to $5,000,000.
- Represented various mid-market companies in private equity financings and debt financings.
- Formed and established myriad startups.
- Does Liability Enhance Credibility?: ODEFLLA and the Lessons from the DMCA, Olivera Medenica & Kaiser Wahab, 25 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1 (2007).
- How the Web Has Changed Our Perception of Copyright Law Mashable March 2011
- Kaiser is a Regular Contributor to the New York Enterprise Report
- South by Southwest, Reconciling YouTube and Grokster: Business Models for Web 3.0,Panelist, March 2011
- Social Networking and Advanced E-Commerce Issues CLE, Lawline.com, Panelist, April 2008; 2011.
- New York Law School Fashion Law Summit, 2011
- New York County Lawyers Association, Corporations Law Primer CLE 2010
- Basics of Operating an Online Business CLE, Lawline.com, Speaker, Aug. 2007.
- Section 230: At the Gates between Liability for Harmful Speech and Wikipedia, Wikimania, Panelist, Harvard Law School, Aug. 2006.
- Issues Concerning Self Distribution, Foundation for Accounting Education, May 2007.
- PPM’s for Film Ventures, International Institute for Film Financing, December 2006.