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Our Emerging Companies & Venture Capital team offers one of the nation’s premier legal resources for entrepreneurial companies seeking opportunities in high-growth industries. We represent venture capital funds and high-growth, venture-backed companies in a number of regions and industries. Please select the office to see the related attorneys:

Palo Alto
New York
Los Angeles
Chicago
Boise

Seattle
San Francisco
San Diego
Portland
Phoenix

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Chairs


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Buddy Arnheim, Palo Alto

One of the premier practitioners in the venture capital industry, Buddy Arnheim is the founder and co-chairman of the firm’s ECVC practice. He represents emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and other early-stage investors, and investment banks. Buddy’s experience includes hundreds of venture capital transactions, private equity, M&A, and public equity and debt offerings.
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Fiona Brophy, San Francisco

Fiona Brophy represents startups through all business-cycle phases, serving as virtual general counsel from formation to their ultimate exit through an IPO or merger. Her clients include emerging companies and venture capital funds focused on consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, information technology, internet and social media, cloud services and life sciences. Fiona is co-chair of the ECVC practice.
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Boise


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Melanie Rubocki, Boise

Melanie Rubocki represents clients through their entire life cycle, from startup formation to exit, in a variety of industries, including automotive aftermarket, cleantech, e-commerce, energy, interactive entertainment, manufacturing, mining, retail and consumer products and software and other web-based businesses. Melanie regularly advises clients in relation to emerging growth company issues, entity and fund formation, and licensing and technology transfer transactions.
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Chicago


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Steve Ducommun, Chicago

Steve Ducommun acts as primary outside counsel to a number of early and growth-stage companies in the healthcare, life science and cleantech industries. Steve counsels clients on formation issues, research and development arrangements and commercial matters, including technology commercialization, licensing, manufacturing and distribution.
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Bruce Zivian, Chicago

In a career spanning 30 years, Bruce has counseled numerous venture capital funds and syndicates, private equity sponsors, corporate strategic acquirers and entrepreneurs, principally engaged in life sciences, healthcare, software, material sciences and other “high tech” industries.
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Los Angeles


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Jon Atzen, Los Angeles

Jon Atzen represents public and private technology companies and entrepreneurs in the Internet, e-commerce, software, mobile technologies, life sciences and alternative energy industries. Previously serving as in-house counsel at a venture capital fund and a publicly traded biotechnology company, Jon has extensive experience advising startup companies, angel investors, private equity/venture capital funds and technology accelerators.

 

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Don Karl, Los Angeles

Don Karl has worked extensively with companies in the intersection of technology and entertainment, particularly in augmented and virtual reality, video games and other interactive entertainment, software and the Internet. He advises on key transactions, including venture capital, joint ventures and strategic relationships in the retail and consumer products, technology, media and communication industries.

 

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George Colindres, Los Angeles and San Diego

George Colindres counsels venture capital firms, private equity firms, angels and angel groups, strategic investors and real estate funds in connection with fund formation, governance matters, investing and M&A transactions. His clients work in a range of industries, including social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software, hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and real estate.
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New York


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Charles Torres, New York

Charles Torres leads the firm’s New York ECVC practice and focuses on the New York tech community. He counsels emerging companies and entrepreneurs on general corporate and governance issues throughout all phases of growth. Charles also advises venture capital, angel investors and private equity clients on their minority and control investments, M&A and other portfolio dispositions.

 

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Palo Alto


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Buddy Arnheim, Palo Alto

One of the premier practitioners in the venture capital industry, Buddy Arnheim is the founder and co-chairman of the firm’s ECVC practice. He represents emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and other early-stage investors, and investment banks. Buddy’s experience includes hundreds of venture capital transactions, private equity, M&A, and public equity and debt offerings.
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Troy Foster, Palo Alto

Business attorney Troy Foster has focused on emerging companies for his entire career. He has particular depth representing technology startups as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that support them. Troy provides legal leadership for emerging growth businesses on all of their legal, compliance and related matters, working with numerous mid-to-late stage emerging growth companies and pre-IPO candidates. He has significant domain experience in cleantech/renewable energy, biotech and fintech/secondary trading.

 

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Jim Jensen, Palo Alto

A leader of the firm’s China Emerging Company practice and the Investment Fund Formation practice in Silicon Valley, Jim Jensen represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in the cleantech, digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software industries. Jim is a former technology entrepreneur and the former general counsel for emerging markets with VantagePoint Capital Partners.
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Lowell Ness, Palo Alto

Focused on high-growth emerging companies, Lowell Ness advises company-side and investor clients on venture capital financings, M&A, public offerings and private placements. Lowell’s clients range from startup companies, including Blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency clients, in the earliest stages to well-established public companies, private equity and venture capital funds.
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Arman Pahlavan, Palo Alto

Arman Pahlavan advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies across their legal needs. He is active in the investment community and garners first institutional round investments and CEO placements for his clients to advance their growth and funding prospects. Arman’s emerging company clients include Aditive, eCullet, NeoAccel, PlayFirst, RODO Medical, Sonitus Medical, Signal Digital, VerticalResponse and Voyage Medical.

 

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Jason Schneiderman, Palo Alto

Jason Schneiderman advises startups, venture-backed companies and a number of search funds, with experience at all stages from formation, acquisition of targets, debt financing, general corporate matters and follow-on investments to liquidation of the search fund. Jason has a special practice helping Australian companies, venture funds and joint partnerships “flip” into the U.S. and assisting U.S. companies in establishing an Australian presence.
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Ed Wes, Palo Alto

Ed’s practice includes capital formation (including private financings of debt and equity securities, as well as public offerings), mergers and acquisitions and business transactions including joint ventures and technology transfer transactions. In his position as general counsel for many of his clients Ed also oversees the work of litigation and IP law specialists.
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Lior Zorea, Palo Alto

Lior Zorea represent emerging growth companies in their formation, funding and exit, whether through a sale or public offering. He has led clients in hundreds of financing transactions ranging from seed stage through mezzanine financings and initial public offerings. Lior’s clients have been financed by top-tier and early-stage venture capital firms, strategic investors, super-angel firms and individual investors.
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Phoenix


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Raj Gangadean, Phoenix

Through his representation of emerging and established companies based in Arizona and the surrounding region, Raj Gangadean has built significant networks with tech and venture capital communities across the West. Known for his hands-on approach and accessibility, Raj’s industry experience includes high tech companies, app makers, restauranteurs, medical device makers, transportation providers, entrepreneurs and a range of tax-exempt organizations.
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Portland


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Brent Bullock, Portland

Brent Bullock advises emerging growth companies, established public and private companies, and venture capital and private equity investors. With more than two decades of experience, Brent has advised several prominent Pacific Northwest–based emerging companies and been involved in hundreds of strategic transactions nationwide, including venture capital and angel financings, ranging in size from under $10 million to over $1 billion.

 

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Neil Nathanson, Portland

Neil Nathanson advises some of the region’s hottest startup companies, as well as more established emerging growth companies, in venture, angel, crowdfunding and other private and public equity and debt financings, M&A, securities law and corporate governance. Neil’s activity in the tech startup community includes representing venture capital funds, strategic investors, angel investors and private equity firms on their investments.
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San Diego


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George Colindres, Los Angeles and San Diego

George Colindres counsels venture capital firms, private equity firms, angels and angel groups, strategic investors and real estate funds in connection with fund formation, governance matters, investing and M&A transactions. His clients work in a range of industries, including social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software, hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and real estate.
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San Francisco


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Fiona Brophy, San Francisco

Fiona Brophy represents startups through all business-cycle phases, serving as virtual general counsel from formation to their ultimate exit through an IPO or merger. Her clients include emerging companies and venture capital funds focused on consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, information technology, internet and social media, cloud services and life sciences. Fiona is co-chair of the ECVC practice.
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Jason Crain, San Francisco

Jason Crain advises startups and emerging companies on corporate issues, financings, debt transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Jason has managed the challenges entrepreneurs and emerging companies face while in his former role as general counsel and chief financial officer of Say Media, an international internet-based media company.

 

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Michael Glaser, San Francisco

Chair of the Corporate practice, Michael Glaser was named by Inc. in 2016 as a top Silicon Valley attorney for tech entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. He has guided clients in the consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, cloud services and premise-based software sectors through hundreds of venture capital transactions, with valuations ranging from less than $10 million to more than $2 billion.
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Teresa M.L. Tate, San Francisco

Teresa (Poulsen) Tate represents emerging companies in all aspects of their growth, from formation to exit, and provides day-to-day corporate advice and general counsel. In addition to advising emerging companies in their financing activities, she represents several angel investors and venture capital firms in connection with their investments in private companies.

 

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Ed Wes, San Francisco and Palo Alto

Ed Wes focuses his practice on emerging growth companies. He advises on capital formation, including private financings of debt and equity securities, public offerings, M&A and business transactions, including joint ventures and technology transfer transactions. Acting as general counsel for many of his clients, Ed also oversees the work of litigation and IP law specialists.
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Seattle


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James (Jim) T. Carroll, Seattle

Jim Carroll is a counsel in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice and focuses his practice on the representation of start-up and high-growth technology companies in matters of corporate finance and securities, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.
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David Clarke, Seattle

David Clarke represents technology companies and investors in corporate finance transactions, including seed and venture financings, expansion/growth rounds, IPOs, and follow-on public equity and debt offerings. In addition to company-side work, David represents leading private equity funds, venture capital funds and family offices in both minority and control investments.
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Kha Dang, Seattle

Kha Dang has advised startups and high-growth companies since 1999 in both outside and in-house counsel roles. He focuses on corporate and transactional matters, including corporate formation and founders issues, angel and venture capital financing, corporate governance and M&A. Kha advises clients on fundraising and strategic transactions in the internet and software, digital media, cloud services and cleantech industries.
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David McShea, Seattle

David McShea represents high-growth technology companies, public companies and venture capital firms. In more than 20 years of practice, David has handled numerous venture capital financings and significant transactions, including the initial public offerings of Amazon.com and Zillow Inc. David is co-author of The Initial Public Offering Handbook: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Executives, Directors and Private Investors.
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Lee Schindler, Seattle

Lee Schindler serves as corporate counsel to high-growth technology and life science startups and companies. His background includes representing A123 Systems, Agios Pharmaceuticals and LogMeIn as private VC-backed companies, through their initial public offerings and as public companies after their IPOs. Lee has counseled companies through more than 100 preferred stock financings and 25 M&A transactions.
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Ben Straughan, Seattle

Ben Straughan assists high-growth technology, venture-backed, and emerging and early-stage companies in an array of industries, including digital and traditional media, mobile, gaming, e-commerce, software as a service (SaaS), hardware, optical and light-related companies, outsourcing and offshoring and technology transfer spinouts. Ben advises clients on angel investments, venture capital and other finance transactions, board matters, M&A and corporate and limited liability company formation and structuring.
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