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Nick Foreste

Nick D. Foreste

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As Co-Chair of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) Practice, Nick Foreste has over a decade of experience and is nationally ranked in advising high-growth technology companies and tech-focused private equity, growth capital, and venture capital firms on various corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and financing rounds.

Nick specializes in supporting technology companies throughout their corporate life cycles from early stage and angel funding to growth equity financings, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. He has closed hundreds of financing and both buy and sell side M&A transactions in his career. Nick leverages his entrepreneurial background, having co-founded a technology start-up, to provide strategic and practical guidance to his clients across the technology landscape.

Nick represents early stage and emerging technology companies in a wide range of sectors, including SaaS, Fintech, technology, cryptocurrency, healthcare and media. Nick also has extensive experience representing funds acquiring manufacturing and industrial businesses.

Nick is actively involved in the technology community, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Venture Atlanta Conference and previously serving as an Advisor to the Atlanta Tech Village, a Board member of the Atlanta Technology Angels and a guest presenter at universities and conferences.

Representative Experience

Private Equity / M&A

  • Represented Sparq in its sale of a majority of its equity to Harvest Partners
  • Represented Azalea Health in its sale of a majority of its equity to LLR Partners and in subsequent bolt-on acquisitions
  • Represented MapAnything in its sale to, Inc. for $213 million
  • Represented Mailchimp in several strategic acquisitions
  • Represented Sightplan in its sale to SmartRent for $135 million
  • Represented SSM Partners in its majority investment into Quire
  • Represented K1 Capital, a leading technology-focused private equity fund, in numerous platform and bolt-on acquisitions of technology companies
  • Represented numerous venture-backed and private equity-backed technology companies in exits to strategic acquirors and private equity funds in strategic bolt-on acquisitions
  • Represented Sage Software in the sale of its payments division to GTCR for $260 million
  • Represented QGenda in its sale of a majority of its equity to Francisco Partners
  • Represented Birch Communications in its merger with Cbeyond for $323 million

Venture Capital and Other Financings

  • Nick represents leading venture funds nationally in numerous venture and growth stage investments into technology companies, including: SSM Partners, Bain Capital, Roan Equity, BIP Capital, Kinetic Ventures, and multiple corporate venture arms.
  • Nick represents leading technology companies throughout the country in venture capital rounds in the form of equity, convertible debt and SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity), and venture debt, including: Instant Financial, LeaseQuery, Ekos, Azalea Health Innovations, Flatfile, OneRail, Everyware, and Loyal Health, among many others.


  • Selected, Chambers USA, Startups & Emerging Companies (National), 2023
  • Selected, On the Rise, Southeastern Legal Awards (2023)
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021


  • Selection Committee Co-Chair, Venture Atlanta Conference (2022 – 2023)
  • Advisor, Atlanta Tech Village (2018 – 2023)
  • Board Member, Atlanta Technology Angels (2021 – 2023)
  • Selection Committee Member, Top 40 Innovative Companies, Technology Association of Georgia (2021)

MMMPact in the Community

  • Georgia Pro-Bono All-Star, 2016

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