After 8 years at global law firm DLA Piper, Dave joined Certa Legal in 2005 and co-founded the Certa Legal Group, the first full service legal supplier in the Dutch market. Certa Legal expanded to 500+ clients and 120 associates in 5 years across multiple markets. Dave was Managing Partner of the law firm of Certa Legal (CLA) until 2015 and started the Tech Team at the firm in 2012.
Certa Legal’s Tech Team today is one the leading teams in the Dutch market. The team has advised startups, angel investors, venture capital funds and corporates in over 150 financings from Pre Seed up to Series B, around the globe. Next to that, the Tech Team has advised many startups on share exchanges, employee incentive plans and in respect of IP & privacy related matters. Certa Legal today is a hub for connecting startups with investors and corporates.
Dave is often engaged as dealmaker and advisor in financings, next to being engaged as a lawyer. Dave acts as FinTech advisor to financial institutions as well as a public speaker at Tech conventions on topics such as funding, venture capital and FinTech. As Dave is involved as partner at Keadyn and EVO Venture Partners, both seed capital funds, he knows the ins and outs of venture capital investing and has a large network in the startup ecosystem.