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San Francisco-based Matt Bartus and Boston-based Pat Mitchell lead Cooley LLP’s acclaimed practice, which is well known for advising high-growth technology companies and investors. New hires include Eric Schwartzman in Palo Alto, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in May 2016, and Ron Hopkinson, who joined the New York office from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Recent work highlights include advising Cardlytics, an advertising and technology company that connects buyers and sellers, on its $21m bridge financing. Mike Lincoln of the Reston office led advice to Hyperloop One (formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies) on its $80m Series B preferred stock financing, involving investors such as Khosla Ventures, France’s national rail company SNCF, and GE Ventures. In Santa Monica, Dave Young led Dollar Shave Club’s $75m Series D funding round, which included existing investors Technology Crossover Ventures and Forerunner Ventures and new investor Dragoneer Investment Group. In May 2016, Tom Hopkins led advice to The Honest Company on its $100m Series D financing round. Jim Fulton in New York, Fred Muto in San Diego and Mark Tanoury in Palo Alto are also key contacts, and Boston-based David Bartholomew is an associate to watch.

Fenwick & West LLP is ‘a real pleasure to work with’, says one client, and ‘offers more for your dollar and more partner attention than similar firms’. The technology and life sciences focused firm opened an office in New York in June 2016, in order to service its growing East Coast client base. As an example, it advised New York-based provider of shared office space WeWork on its $400m Series E mega round, placing its valuation at approximately $10bn. Group co-chair Cynthia Hess led the matter and is renowned for handling multimillion-dollar financings. Other co-chair Mark Leahy’s clients include high-growth venture capital-backed companies Ripple Foods and Branch Metrics. Based in San Francisco, Gordon Davidson is a prominent team member whose clients include Facebook, Shutterfly and Workday. Also in San Francisco, Ted Wang advised shopping start-up on its $500m mega round; the lead investor was mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments. New York-based Kristine di Bacco is recommended.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has a particular focus on the life sciences sector and is widely known as a giant in the venture capital and emerging company space, with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Boston, New York and elsewhere in the US and international platforms in China and Belgium. Steven Bochner is a pre-eminent figure in the start-up space, having handled numerous billion-dollar transactions in the past year; Seattle-based Craig Sherman acts for venture capital clients such as Accel, Amadeus Capital Partners, Bessemer, Frazier Healthcare Ventures and Sequoia; Palo Alto-based Yoichiro Taku advises technology and growth companies throughout their development, including private financings, strategic transactions, public offerings and M&A, and also represents investors in venture capital financings; and chairman Larry Sonsini is a renowned figure in the field.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s practice is led by Jeffrey Lehrer in Virginia and Randy Socol in San Diego, with the rest of the team spread nationwide. Lehrer focuses on corporate and securities transactions, domestic and international M&A, venture capital, joint ventures, and corporate finance, while Socol acts for clients from the biotech, healthcare, media and medical device sectors as well as, on the funding side, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Recent highlights include Richard Ginsberg in Chicago leading advice to social media management tool Sprout Social on its Series C financing, led by Goldman Sachs and New Enterprise Associates; Socol advising Llamasoft on its $50m Series B preferred stock financing by Goldman Sachs; Megan Muir in Seattle assisting SEOmoz, a software as a service (SaaS) company, with its $10m Series C preferred stock financing, led by venture capital fund Foundry Group; and Trenton Dykes in Seattle handling a $36m Series A preferred stock financing by venture capital investors ARCH Venture Partners, Polaris Partners and Maveron LLC. Atlanta-based associate Forrest Neal is another key contact. Since publication, Emilio Ragosa has joined the Short Hills, New Jersey office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Goodwin has a team of over 180 lawyers dedicated to venture capital work, advising clients from the life science and technology industries on financing, investing and M&A matters and assisting start-ups originating from Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Boston-based John Egan, Bill Schnoor and Mitchell Bloom jointly head the technology and life sciences practice and Menlo Park-based Anthony McCusker leads the technology companies practice. Work highlights included advising cloud communications platform Twilio on its $150m IPO; advising fintech company Affirm on its $100m Series D financing, which was led by Founders Fed and included existing investors, such as Lightspeed Venture Partners and Spark Capital, as well as new investors; and handling Slack Technologies’ $200m Series F funding round, bringing its valuation to $3.8bn. New hires included William Growney and Michael Russell in Menlo Park - from an in-house position at Rich Relevance and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati respectively - and Richard Hoffman in Boston from WilmerHale.

The team at Gunderson Dettmer LLP is spread across San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Boston, and has an international platform in Beijing that gives it a strong position in China-related transactions. Brian Patterson in San Francisco represents emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles and has assisted clients from a wide range of industries, including software, consumer web, mobile, gaming, entertainment technology, semiconductors, life sciences, and clean and green technology. Richard Blake is another key figure, with expertise in preparing companies for IPOs. In New York, Ward Breeze advises private and public emerging growth companies and leading venture and hedge funds; Jay Hachigian is head of the firm’s Boston practice and specializes in advising life sciences clients; and in Redwood City, Robert Gunderson is a longstanding authority in the field and Scott Dettmer focuses on fast-growing private and public companies in the technology and life science industries.

The ‘best-in-class’ practice at Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for being ‘very responsive, highly knowledgeable, having broad experience and a very strong team’. Co-chairs John Chory, Susan Mazur and Sarah Gagan in Boston are applauded for being ‘incredibly responsive and for giving detailed, practical, common-sense advice’. Patrick Pohlen is also a practice co-chair and is based in Silicon Valley; he represented Andreessen Horowitz in numerous investments, including Nootrobox’s $2m seed funding, TwoXAR’s $3.4m seed funding and Accolade’s $70m Series E financing. New York-based David Concannon advised DemystData on its $7m Series B financing, led by Notion Capital, SingTel Innov8 and MissionOG. Concannon, who joined in April 2016 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, also handled a number of investments on behalf of Bessemer Venture Partners, including in PhishMe’s $42.5m Series C financing, CS Disco’s $18.5m Series C financing, Rocketrip’s $9m Series B financing, and Social Tables’ $13m Series B financing. Alan Mendelson is co-chair of the life sciences industry group and is a key figure.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s practice focuses on early-stage growth companies and their investors, acting for clients involved in, among other things, technology, life sciences, clean energy and financial services. Boston-based Michael Conza and Princeton-based Steven Cohen are the practice co-chairs; both have strengths in financing and exits through M&A and IPO. Recent highlights include assisting PayPal with leading a $30m funding round for investing mobile app Acorns Grow; this was led by William Perkins in Boston, who is a regular adviser to the client. For Acerta Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, New York-based Steven Navarro handled the $4bn sale of a majority stake to AstraZeneca. Joanne Soslow in Philadelphia handled the $35m preferred stock financing for Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, which included investments from Deerfield Management and JW Asset Management. Other clients include Oculus, Infosys, HealthLine Networks and Geekatoo. Since publication, Emilio Ragosa has joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s practice provides ‘outstanding depth of expertise, appropriateness of advice and solid value for money’. The team is co-led by San Diego-based Steve Rowles, San Francisco-based Murray Indick and McLean-based Greg Giammittorio. Thomas Knox and Daniel Kahan in McLean ‘are exceptional; they understand clients’ businesses well and provide practical, timely advice’. John Harper is ‘very strong on transactional structures that optimize tax positions’. Palo Alto-based Timothy Harris assisted Zoox, a robotic vehicle developer, with its $200m Series A preferred stock financing, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Lux Ventures and several other domestic and international venture capital firms. The team recently advised Virtru, a leading provider of email and file encryption services, on its $29m Series A financing, led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation by New Enterprise Associates, Soros Fund Management, Quadrant Capital Advisors, and Blue Delta Capital. It also assisted dermatology-focused biopharmaceutical company Menlo Therapeutics (formerly Tigercat Pharma) with its $45m Series B financing.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a focus on representing on technology companies and has experience in AI, fintech, cleantech, social networking and cloud computing. Harold Yu and Stephen Venuto lead the group, which is also supported by New York-based head of the corporate business unit R King Milling. Yu’s clients include Palo Alto-based analytics company Thoughtspot. Christopher Austin and John Bautista in San Francisco handled global investment manager Coatue Management’s $500m investment in Liberty Broadband; this is related to Coatue’s $4.3bn investment in Charter Communications, alongside Jana Partners and Soroban Partners, in order to finance the acquisition by Charter of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Other highlights included assisting online investment platform Betterment Holdings with its $100m Series E financing, with participation from Kinnevik, Bessemer Venture Partners, Anthemis Group, Menlo Ventures and Francisco Partners. Senior associate Josh Pollick is a notable team member. Augie Rakow was promoted to the partnership, while David Concannon joined Latham & Watkins LLP. Silicon Valley-based Don Keller is another key contact.

In 2016, WilmerHale welcomed two new hires from White & Case LLP; Eric Hwang in Palo Alto and Christopher Rose in Los Angeles. Boston-based Mick Bain is co-chair of the corporate group and is known for advising high-profile investors and venture capital firms and, in Palo Alto, emerging companies practice co-chair Peter Buckland advises clients across the spectrum, from start-up to established corporation, and has an emphasis on software, digital media, energy and clean technologies. Bain led advice to 1366 Technologies, a solar company spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology regarding its $35m Series C financing, and also handled a $68m Series C preferred stock financing on behalf of Kala Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. Other co-chair of the emerging companies practice David Gammell advised Andela, a New York-based start-up that pairs African developers with technology companies, on a $24m Series B funding round led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Samuel Coates departed for an in-house position at Cloudflare.

Covington & Burling LLP’s practice is led by Ellen Corenswet in New York and Paul Rogers in Washington DC. Corenswet focuses on life sciences, technology and media companies, while Rogers focuses on investments and public and private securities transactions. Tom DeFilipps joined the Silicon Valley office in September 2016 as chair of the firm’s West Coast corporate practice and its venture capital and emerging company practice. Scott Anthony and Ingrid Rechtin are prominent in the technology space, advising on cleantech, e-commerce, predictive analytics and fintech transactions. Recent highlights include advising as lead investor on Guideline Technologies’ $4.6m Series A round and handling numerous investments for Salesforce Ventures, including the Series B financing of BugCrowd, the Series A financing of Amplero, the Series E financing of Quid, the Series A financing of Simplus and the Series D financing of SessionM. IFM Therapeutics, Kit Check, Athyrium Capital Management and Tencent Holdings are all clients.

Victor Boyajian leads Dentons’ practice and is a prominent adviser of emerging growth technology companies and major investors. The team advised a real estate portal for the purchase and sale of residential properties on its combination with a provider of solar panels and related technologies, and its subsequent $60m Series A financing; this was led by John Cleary. New York-based Jeffrey Baumel handled a $20m public offering of common stock and warrants for Asterias Biotherapeutics, and, in a cross-border matter, led advice to Innocoll Germany, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, regarding its merger with Innocoll Ireland, which was preceded by a $40m underwritten public offering of ordinary shares on the Nasdaq. James Jasaitis assisted Sungevity with its $50m Series D preferred stock offering to Apollo, IKEA and others. The team also handled a $4m Series A financing round for protein company Exo, led by AccelFoods’ new fund and Collaborative Fund, a syndicate headed by angel investor Tim Ferriss. Chip Korn is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells US LLP has an ‘excellent practice; the lawyers show extreme care and repeatedly excel in providing timely and expert advice’. Practice chair Jeffrey Hurlburt has extensive experience advising clients from the cleantech, foodtech, energy and life sciences sectors. Jon Layman, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is a key partner in the team and handles start-up financings and IPOs as well as corporate finance and other capital-raising transactions. He recently advised Founders Fund on numerous investments, including, as lead investor, a $30m investment in Flexport’s Series B financing, a $5m investment in the series seed preferred stock financing of Homee Interiors, a $2m investment in the series seed preferred stock financing of Ayar Labs, and a $30m investment in the $52.3m Series C preferred stock financing of Nu Pagamentos. Babak Nikravesh joined from Jones Day in June 2016 and Laura Berezin departed for a position at Cooley LLP.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Northern California emerging technology practice is led by Warren Lazarow and Paul Sieben. The pair focus on early-stage growth companies and their investors and have handled over 75 successful exits in the past three years. Mobile telecoms and cleantech are areas of particular focus, and clients include high-profile start-ups such as Coursera,, Houzz, Kabam, Lookout Mobile Security and Palantir. Silicon Valley-based Portia Ku has expertise in advising public and private companies from the technology, life sciences, healthcare and financial services sectors. Eric Zabinski, who splits his time between Beijing and Century City, is another key contact and focuses on China-related transactions.

The practice at Choate, Hall & Stewart focuses on life sciences and primarily advises investors with their interests in start-ups, including on financing, capital markets transactions and M&A. The key contacts are co-chairs of the private equity practice, Brian Lenihan and TJ Murphy, who both have extensive experience advising investors and start-ups. Prominent member of the team Laurence Naughton advised Capstone Ventures and Petrillo Capital in connection with a seed round investment in Cybric, a Boston-based software security firm focused on developing a SaaS platform. The firm has a notable cross-border practice with Canada; examples include Murphy assisting Summit with a growth equity investment in Mi9 Retail, a US and Canadian retail software company, and with its preferred stock investment in Vestmark, Kevin Tormey advising Canadian investment firm XPV Water Partners on its second investment in an environmental solutions company, and Christian Atwood handling a growth equity financing of a Canadian target on behalf of a US-based private equity fund.

Los Angeles-based Bradford Weirick and Palo Alto-based Gregory Davidson co-lead Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice, with Weirick focusing on M&A, private equity investment as well as public and private securities offerings, and Davidson advising on equity and debt private placements as well as assisting venture capitalists and corporate strategic investors. Weirick recently handled two investments for Eminence Capital: a $40m Series C financing in Whipclip, a mobile platform for sharing video clips of television shows and music videos, and a $17m Series B financing in Quartzy, a lab supplies marketplace. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr is another core team member and advises pharmaceutical, technology and biotech companies on strategic transactions, including tender offers, public and private mergers, stock and asset purchases, and licensing transactions. He recently advised bioTheranostics, a cancer treatment developer, on a Series A preferred stock investment into the company led by MVM Life Science Partners, as well as handled numerous matters for healthcare investor Kearny Venture Partners, including an $8m Series C investment in AliveCor, a $73m recapitalization of Wellpartner, and a $15m Series D investment in Newbridge. Lisa Fontenot in Palo Alto is another key contact.

Locke Lord LLP’s key contacts include Andrew Capalbo, Douglas Gray and Michael Newquist in Providence, Tamer Tullgren in Chicago, and Walker Clarke in Houston. The team recently advised Biohaven Pharmaceutical on its oversubscribed $80m private financing, which was led by Venrock along with other leading biotech investors. Newquist advised HealthCor Partners Fund on its Series E investment in ApaTech Limited, a UK-based company focused on the development of new bone growth technologies. Other highlights included advising Coral Reef Capital, a New York-based private investment firm, on its investment in Krewe Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Los Angeles. David Lange moved to Winston & Strawn LLP.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP’s key partners include New York-based Anthony Pergola, who is an expert in advising clients from the IT, software, communications, financial services, and life sciences and biotech industries; New York-based Raymond Thek, who handles financings and exits primarily on behalf of IT companies; and Kathi Rawnsley in Palo Alto, who leverages her background as general counsel of Intel Capital to advise emerging companies on financings and contracts. Recent work for Rawnsley includes assisting Continuuity with its seed and Series A preferred stock financing, advising VigLink on its Series A and Series B preferred stock financings, and advising Andreessen Horowitz in connection with its investment in Zulily. Other clients include BirchBox, Advance Publications, Google Ventures and First Round Capital.

Healthcare and life sciences are key industry sectors for the team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, whose West Coast attorneys handle venture capital work and advise a number of Asia-related emerging companies. Chicago-based Bernard Kramer is ‘a highly capable attorney who understand how to move a process forward, organize his team and be a highly effective advocate for his clients’. Led by Silicon Valley-based corporate partner and practice head Mark Mihanovic, the team advised Lumiata, a Silicon Valley-based health technology business, on its $10m Series B preferred round. Miami-based Fred Levenson advised Capricorn Healthcare & Special Opportunities in connection with the acquisition and financing of Altruista Health. Based in Dallas, Wilson Chu led a corporate team on multiple acquisitions and transactions, including a series of cross-border equity investments on behalf of NYSE-listed Chinese social media company Renren regarding its entry into the fintech market. Samuel Wales in Washington DC and Harris Siskind in Miami are also key contacts.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s team is headed by New York-based Daniel DeWolf, Boston-based Lewis Geffen, and Jeremy Glaser, who splits his time between San Diego and San Francisco. The team regularly advises venture-backed companies in middle-market M&A transactions across a broad range of industries, including technology and software, medical devices and life sciences, industrial and manufacturing, and retail and consumer products. Recent work for Geffen includes advising numerous investors on the $21m Series B financing of Aura Biosciences, assisting Opsonix with its $8m Series A financing, advising Macrolide Pharmaceuticals on its $22m Series A financing to develop novel antibiotics, and handling various financings for Tarsa Therapeutics to develop treatments for osteoporosis.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice is spread across New York, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where practice head Jorge del Calvo is based. The team recently advised Lanza TechVentures on its investments in start-up companies, including a Series E investment in Jasper Design Automation and an $8m financing of Numerate. San Francisco-based Patrick Devine assisted Industry Ventures with its purchase of membership interests in Nueronotics, TearScience, NuPathe and Arista Networks, and also advised the client on the purchase and sale of its interests in Costanova Venture Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures. Other clients include NexGen Angels, Capital Integral SA de CV and Co=Creation=Capital.

The ‘exceptional’ team at Sidley Austin LLP is led jointly by Hank Barry, who is ‘always available; his key strengths are business acumen and balanced counsel’, and Deborah Marshall, who is known for her strength acting for biotech clients. The team assisted Nektar Therapeutics, a Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical company, with its $200m public offering. Barry advised The RealReal, a luxury consignment marketplace, on its $40m Series E financing, which brought in new investors Greenspring Associates, Broadway Angels, Next Equity and Springboard Fund. Other highlights included handling cybersecurity product developer Shape Security’s $40m Series D financing, and handling the $80m financing of privately held Biohaven Pharmaceutical on behalf of Venrock and other investors. Joshua Hofheimer and Sam Zucker are other key team members, and Wendy Lazerson is ‘a great employment counsel’.

Gabor Garai heads Foley & Lardner LLP’s practice and is known for advising emerging life science companies, including biotech, medical device, pharmaceutical and medical service businesses. The team is primarily located in Boston and regularly advises incubators, accelerators and angel groups, in addition to assisting strategic investors with structuring their individual or joint investment funds. Paul Wrycha in the Madison office is vice chair of the private equity and venture capital practice, and has expertise in the organization, development and financing of start-up, emerging-growth and development-stage companies. Susan Pravda, who is head of the firm’s venture fund practice, represents high-growth and emerging businesses involved in telecoms, software, wireless and services, as well as healthcare IT, life sciences and biotechnology. Clients include Carbonite, Stage 1 Ventures, SavingStar, BlackDuck Software, Sky Analytics and RainKing Software. Todd Boudreau and Thomas Hickey are other key members of the team and have strengths in fund formation and investment management.

Jones Day’s practice has strengths in representing emerging-growth and public technology companies in public offerings particularly from the software, e-commerce and life sciences industries. Timothy Curry, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, represents a broad range of clients including BioQuiddity, a developer of specialty pharmaceuticals, three Nasdaq-listed companies including Five9, a cloud-based call center software company, Intersil, a power management and analog solutions provider, and flash storage solutions provider SanDisk. Venture capital funds, strategic investors, and investment banks are also a feature of the client roster including Adams Street Partners, Artiman Ventures, Endeavour Vision, Nokia Growth Partners, and SoftBank. Stephen Gillette recently handled several strategic investments by Verizon, Total, AbbVie, Gfk, and Citi Ventures and Cleveland-based John Saada advises private and emerging-growth companies in the healthcare, technology, information services, and consumer products sectors. San Diego-based Kenneth Polin is another key contact.

Silicon Valley-based Judith O’Brien is head of King & Spalding LLP’s team, which has a depth of expertise in company-side venture financing, including bridge loans and preferred stock financing. Recent work includes advising a cloud-based point-of-sale software solutions provider on the initial closing of its Series B preferred stock financing, advising a Nashville-based palliative care company on its Series A preferred stock financing, and advising a healthcare company on completing its Series D preferred stock financing. San Francisco-based Tom Duley led advice to Jounce Therapeutics on a strategic collaboration with Celgene for the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology treatments for cancer patients, under the terms of which Celgene will make an upfront payment to Jounce of $225m. GE Ventures, Montage Ventures, Lightstone Ventures, Nurix, Mission Bio and Omni Projects are all clients.

Response times are ‘excellent’ at Reed Smith LLP and, according to one client, ‘it always feels like the best interests of the client are kept in mind’. Silicon Valley-based Donald Reinke ‘is one of the best venture capital lawyers in the group’, which is co-led by Matthew Mohn in Pittsburgh and Matthew Peterson in Chicago. The team works with companies from inception through to incorporation and financing, and also handles exits via acquisition or IPO. Paul Jaskot in Philadelphia recently led advice to Essex Woodlands Health Ventures as an investor on the $5m Series B preferred stock financing of Encore Dermatology. Los Angeles-based Michael Sanders, who ‘has terrific industry knowledge and is very trustworthy’, handled Sonendo’s $45m Series D preferred stock financing, and Catharina Min advised Ascent Services as an investor on the $16.2m Series F preferred stock financing of WiTricity Corporation. Co-founder of King & Wood Mallesons’ New York office Parik Dasgupta recently joined and is known for his venture capital fund formation work.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s San Diego-based practice head Michael Umansky recently advised Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV) on the spin-out of Blue Cedar Networks from Mocana and assisted BGV, as lead investor, with its investment in Blue Cedar Network’s Series A preferred stock financing. Other highlights included advising Accelerate-IT Ventures as lead investor on Fanbread’s series seed preferred stock financing, assisting WiserCare with its $1.7m preferred equity financing led by Okapi Ventures, and advising Project Cloudkey on its $6m Series A-1 preferred stock financing. Stephen Cohen recently joined the New York office and Jeralin Cardoso in San Diego was promoted to the partnership in February 2016. Stephanie Zeppa and Tobin Dommer are other key contacts.

Vinson & Elkins LLP had a number of hires throughout 2016; Eric Klein, Todd Landis, Michael Simons and Fred Williams joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Craig Tyler and Paul Tobias joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. William Volk heads the practice from the Austin office and other key contacts include Keith Fullenweider and David Palmer Oelman. Recent highlights include advising Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures on its $10m lead investment in NanoMech’s Series C financing, and for the same client it handled its $12m lead investment in Maana’s $26m Series B preferred financing. Tobias advised Cognitive Scale on raising $3.3m through the sale of its Series B preferred stock, while Austin-based Wes Jones advised Spredfast on its $50m Series F financing led by Riverwood Capital.

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