International Society of Primerus Law Firms
Charles B. Hughes
Practice Areas:

New York Attorney
Charles B. Hughes

Phone: 212.687.6262


Languages: English

Charles is a leading practitioner in the areas of venture capital and private equity transactions and fund formations. He has extensive experience representing funds in the prep, 1986aration for and completion of their fundraising processes as well as with respect to the funds’ investments. He has handled several hundred Series A, B, C, D, and convertible debt financings for venture funds and emerging growth companies. He regularly handles the purchase and sale of portfolio companies.

Charles’ expertise includes advising institutional investors and family offices regarding equity investments and purchases of senior and mezzanine debt. His experience includes extensive work on cross-border transactions.

Charles serves on numerous Boards of Directors and regularly advises Boards on corporate governance matters and with respect to their fiduciary obligations.  He has vast experience in advising the Boards and negotiating the full spectrum of corporate infrastructure documentation, including charters and by-laws, stockholder agreements, investor rights agreements, voting agreements, employment agreements and incentive compensation plans.

Prior to joining Barton, Charles served for ten years as a Partner and General Counsel of Easton Capital where he has held a seat on the investment committee of each of Easton’s five primary venture funds.  He continues to serve on those investment committees as well as on the Boards of several Easton portfolio companies in the areas of healthcare, information technology and digital media.

Charles currently serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations and foundations.  He has spoken at numerous venture capital and private equity conferences including the annual ILPA conference and the New York Capital Roundtable.

Prior to joining Easton, Charles spent twelve years as a partner at Torys LLP and its predecessor firm where he was a nationally recognized corporate and transactional partner concentrating on venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and fund formations.


  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Formation, Governance, and Compliance
  • Financial Services, Investment Funds, and Securities Regulations
  • Industry Experience
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Investor Relations
  • Technology


  • Board of Trustees, St. Bartholomew School (Chairman, 2014-Present)
  • Board of Directors of River House Inc. (Chair of Audit Committee, 2010-Present)
  • Board of Trustees of Tower Foundation (1988-Present; Vice Chair 2006-Present)


  • Distributions and Clawbacks in Venture Capital Limited Partnership Agreements – Annual ILPA Conference
  • State of the Venture Capital Industry – New York Capital Roundtable


  • Princeton University, A.B.
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. (Taxation)

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York


  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2018 to present

Contact This Firm

Barton LLP

711 Third Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
United States

Law Firm Contact: Roger E. Barton

Tel: 212.687.6262

Fax: 212.687.3667



Member Since: 2016

Send Us An Email

Preferred Contact Method?

 Email Phone - AM Phone - PM

Disclaimer: Primerus and our member law firms welcome your emails, contact forms, phone calls and written letters. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to Primerus or its member law firms until an attorney-client relationship has been established. Thank you and we look forward to serving you.

* Denotes Required Field