Break to Educate: Advisory Board Do’s and Don’ts with Vinson & Elkins

Join us for a session led by Vinson & Elkins LLP on best practices and strategies to consider when building your first advisory board.

If you are planning to raise your first round of capital, building an Advisory Board is a key first step. Do you know what considerations you need to make when hiring your first Advisory Board?

Today it is a common practice for early stage founders to recruit an Advisory Board to augment the team, make meaningful introductions into industry, and provide a third party perspective for investors and customers. Aside from finding a Co-foundering, brining on an advisory board is one of your first, largest investments in Human Capital.

Hear from Vinson & Elkins on the best practices when recruiting your Advisory Board, from selecting the right people to determining how to handle important conversations around equity and IP.


  • James Garrett, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Vinson & Elkins
  • Wesley C. Watts, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Venture Capital, Vinson & Elkins

James Garrett:

James’ principal areas of practice are private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. He counsels private equity and venture capital investors and their respective portfolio companies, entrepreneurs, and other public and private companies in connection with corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, growth equity and private financing transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations, as well as on general corporate matters.

James’ extensive experience includes representing private equity and venture capital investors such as Clovis Point Capital, Cottonwood Venture Partners, Crestview Partners, EIV Capital, EnCap Investments, EnCap Transition Fund, and Prime Natural Resources. He has a diverse transactional experience and frequently counsels clients across a broad range of industries, including energy (upstream, midstream and oilfield services), renewables, industrials, technology, software and healthcare, among others.

James is a lead partner in the firm’s technology transactions practice area in Houston. Additionally, he serves on the Founding Advisory Board of Greentown Labs Houston, Houston’s first climatetech and cleantech-focused startup incubator.

Wesley Watts:

Wes’ practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and venture capital investors in the formation, financing, and operation of technology and growth companies. He also advises emerging companies with respect to strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, spin-outs, and buying and selling assets, in addition to general corporate and governance matters.

Prior to practicing law, Wes obtained significant business experience. His work ranged from managing the marketplace sales and operations of a Fortune 500 company to being responsible for all aspects of a successful, locally-owned restaurant.

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Jul 22 2020


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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