Greg Seltzer
Greg Seltzer

Gregory L. Seltzer

Partner

seltzerg@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8142
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Gregory L. Seltzer is an experienced transactional attorney who utilizes legal, accounting, and business disciplines to provide practical, creative, and comprehensive business law services. He holds an MBA, is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive), and previously worked as an auditor and tax consultant for Ernst & Young, LLP.

He concentrates his practice on public and private merger and acquisition transactions. He also handles private equity and venture capital financing transactions, a multitude of securities matters, including public and private offerings, and corporate governance and general contract matters. Mr. Seltzer is the practice group leader of the firm’s Emerging Growth and Private Capital Group.

Mr. Seltzer represents entrepreneurs, startup and emerging companies, as well as venture capital firms, private equity funds and angel investors. He has co-founded and leads the firm’s widely recognized accelerator programs: Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurs (BASE) and Project SING.

He represents public and private companies in a variety of intellectual property licensing transactions, including the negotiation and drafting of pharmaceutical and software licensing agreements, mobile application service and development agreements, and SaaS agreements. He also handles distribution, development, supply, and manufacturing agreements for life sciences and technology companies.

Mr. Seltzer has handled a multitude of transactional matters in the sports industry, including both Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL). On behalf of sports franchises, he has handled the acquisition of a new scoreboard, leasing of a stadium owned by an MLB franchise to the NHL for the annual NHL Winter Classic, drafting and reviewing season ticketholder policies, and structuring and negotiating an advertising tower owned by an MLB franchise.

He also has experience in the music and restaurant industry, representing music producers, handled contracts with music festivals and several restaurants, bars, and retail food and drink establishments. He has handled several restaurant opening transactions, including structuring the operating entity, capital raising, documentation and all other aspects of the restaurant opening process.

Mr. Seltzer is an active member of the Community. He is on the Council at the Mann Music Center and the Board of Philadelphia Youth Basketball, a nonprofit organization assisting urban youth by education through basketball.

He is the author of The 1965 Project: The Intersection of History and Music in 1965, which was published on May 4, 2016 and is available at Amazon.com and other retailers.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as the lead attorney and negotiator advising the City of Philadelphia and the Mayor regarding the historic sale of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), a complex auction transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. The transaction documents and negotiation were completed, but Philadelphia City Council failed to vote on the deal. The sale of PGW would have been the largest transaction conducted by the City of Philadelphia and the sale of the largest city-owned utility in the United States
  • Negotiated and closed two public merger transactions, each with a transaction value exceeding $1 billion 
  • Led many private acquisition and disposition transactions ranging in size from $5 million to $500 million, negotiating the definitive agreements and coordinating the Ballard Spahr team of lawyers
  • Represented and represents several emerging companies in convertible note and preferred stock financing transactions
  • Represented large public companies and middle-market private businesses in their investment in emerging companies (cash for convertible notes and cash for preferred stock)
  • Represented a large global public pharmaceutical company in several biotech and pharmaceutical licensing transactions involving patents, trademarks, data, technology, and know-how, as well as in the acquisitions of several private companies
  • Represented a private pharmaceutical company in the domestic and international licensing of its core product, including in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East
  • Represented a large medical device company in the acquisition of technology and the license of key products
  • Representation of a startup cloud-based technology company in a Series A financing, as well as all aspects of corporate formation, intellectual property protection and employee incentive arrangements
  • Represented a large public company in its Series A investment into a start-up renewable energy company
  • Represented two startup companies in the medical device industry, handling all aspects of the legal representations
  • Negotiated and structured several mobile application service agreements, including provisions related to the licensing of technology and intellectual property ownership
  • Led transaction teams in the drafting, negotiation, and closing of software and other technology licensing agreements, both in the United States and abroad
  • Negotiated and advised clients on employment arrangements and agreements, representing both employers and employees, including compensation arrangements, equity plans, and non-compete provisions
  • Represented an MLB franchise in the acquisition of a new scoreboard, including the related service and intellectual property agreements
  • Advised an NHL franchise in the drafting and implementation of a new season ticketholder policy
  • Represented an MLB franchise in the lease of its ballpark for the NHL Winter Classic
  • Negotiated the service and license agreements related to an advertising tower owned by an MLB franchise
  • Represent the executive producer of a nationally-recognized music festival, including business advice and negotiation
  • Represented clients in multiple restaurant and bar openings throughout Philadelphia, as well as in consultation and negotiation of expansions and new ventures

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, "Associate to Watch" in corporate/M&A and private equity law, 2013-2017

Named one of The Legal Intelligencer's 2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Named by The M&A Advisor as a winner of its National 40 Under 40 Recognition Award, Legal Advisor category, 2014

Named "Who's Next" in the Philadelphia legal community by Billy Penn

LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, member, class of 2015

Board Memberships

Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Inc.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Publication

The 1965 Project: The Intersection of History and Music in 1965 (2016)


Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (M.B.A., J.D. 2003, cum laude)
Member, Temple Law Review; Recipient, Benjamin Winderman award for scholastic achievement in Temple University's J.D./M.B.A. program

Pennsylvania State University (B.S. 1998)

Pennsylvania