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Venture capital and emerging companies
- Cooley LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Steven Bochner -
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- John Chory - Latham & Watkins LLP
- Ellen Corenswet - Covington & Burling LLP
Gordon Davidson -
Fenwick & West LLP
Scott Dettmer -
Gunderson Dettmer LLP
- Jim Fulton - Cooley LLP
Robert Gunderson -
Gunderson Dettmer LLP
Cynthia Hess -
Fenwick & West LLP
- Don Keller - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Alan Mendelson - Latham & Watkins LLP
- Fred Muto - Cooley LLP
- Bill Schnoor - Goodwin Procter LLP
Larry Sonsini -
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Mark Tanoury - Cooley LLP
Ted Wang -
Fenwick & West LLP
- Steven Bochner -
Cooley LLP’s renowned practice covers all areas of the venture capital market, including financing, fund formation and dispute resolution, with clients drawn from all areas of technology market. Craig Jacoby heads the team from the San Francisco office, advising clients in the hi-tech, cleantech, software and medical devices fields, among others. The firm’s CooleyGo business, an online tool for entrepreneurs, demonstrates its commitment to start-up companies. In January 2015, the firm established its London office, providing stronger links to the European venture capital market. In recent highlights, San Francisco-based Peter Werner, whose practice specializes in assisting high-growth companies with financings and M&A, advised Temasek Holdings on its participation in Airbnb’s $1.5bn financing, taking Airbnb’s total worth to $25.5bn. The client, an investment firm based in Singapore, was one of the largest investors in the deal. Also in the San Francisco office, David Peinsipp, who frequently assists clients in formation and financing mandates, advised Insidesales.com on its $60m financing round that included Salesforce.com and Microsoft. Seattle’s Gordon Empey and Palo Alto’s Mehdi Khodadad acted for a group of investors, including Vivo Capital and OrbiMed, in its $120m Series B financing of Nabriva Therapeutics. Other clients include SpaceX, Facebook and Jawbone. Steven Tonsfeldt joined the Palo Alto mergers and acquisitions practice from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. New York’s Jim Fulton is a name to note.
Fenwick & West LLP is a leader within the venture capital market, and advises technology and life sciences sector clients across the range of life cycle stages. The ‘responsive, experienced and dependable’ Cynthia Hess chairs the practice with Mark Leahy; both lawyers are experienced in venture capital financings, formation matters and public offerings. The well-regarded Ted Wang, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and public offerings, advised South Korean e-commerce company Coupang on its $1bn Series H financing from Japanese telecoms company Softbank. This was one of the biggest investments in a private technology company in 2015, as well as the largest online investment in South Korea’s history. Hess was the lead attorney advising WeWork Companies on its $400m Series E financing that valued the client at $10bn. San Francisco-based Michael Brown, who is experienced in debt financings and public offerings, assisted Illumino with its $100m Series C financing. Other clients include Airbnb, Dropbox and Uber. The firm had a busy year for hires, with several new partners joining the practice in California: Daniel Becker from Dechert LLP, David Johanson from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and San Francisco-based Michael Dicke, formerly of the SEC. Kristine Di Bacco – who recently relocated to New York from the firm's Mountain View office – and Dawn Belt both made partner. All lawyers are based in the Mountain View office, unless otherwise stated.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has multiple offices in the US, including in Palo Alto, San Francisco and New York, and this base is supported by an international presence that includes offices in China and Belgium. The firm, a giant in the venture capital market, has broad experience in all aspects of emerging company growth, particularly focusing on the life sciences sector. It opened an office in Boston in February 2016 to tap into the city’s flourishing technology market and its well-established life sciences market. Mark Fitzgerald is a key figure in the new office, with experience in seed and angel financings and venture capital financing. In the San Francisco office, Robert O’Conner was lead counsel to Powerhive in its $20m Series A financing round, led by Prelude Ventures. O’Conner also worked with Palo Alto’s Scott McCall, Calise Cheng and Jon Avina to advise Sunrun on its IPO at $14 per share, totaling $251m; Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Securities acted as lead managers for the offering. San Francisco-based Todd Cleary assisted with FanDuel’s $275m Series E financing, which was led by KKR, Google Capital and Time Warner Investments. In Palo Alto, the renowned Larry Sonsini and Steven Bochner are key figures. David Segre, Michael Danaher and Jeffrey Saper are also prominent names in Silicon Valley. Jeana Kim and Jason Skolnik joined the Seattle and San Diego offices respectively in February 2016; both are a part of the corporate and securities practice.
The US venture capital group at DLA Piper LLP (US) is connected to an international network of offices, providing global outreach for all stages of a company’s life cycle. The large team is led from the Northern Virginia and San Diego offices respectively by Jeffrey Lehrer and Randy Socol. In San Diego, Jay Rains advised Qualcomm Ventures on several financings, including the Series C financing of 3D Robotics, and the Series A financing of Open Signal. Northern Virginia-based Eric Grossman was lead attorney to Virtustream in its $1.2bn sale to EMC. Other clients include Yik Yak, Andreessen Horowitz and Zoomdata. Jonathan Axelrad joined the San Francisco office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and frequently advises venture capital and private equity funds as well as angel investors. Louis Lehot joined the Silicon Valley office from Cooley LLP, while Lauren Murdza and Fahd Riaz were hired into the Philadelphia office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Thomas Hendershot, David Richardson and David Schwartz were promoted to partner in the Northern Virginia, Sacramento and New Jersey offices respectively.
Goodwin Procter LLP covers all aspects of M&A, acting for clients in the financial, healthcare and software industries. The firm has a strong track record in life sciences and its venture capital and emerging companies practice is mainly located in the Boston office. The team, numbering over 180 lawyers, includes Boston-based John Egan, William Schnoor and Mitchell Bloom, who jointly head the technology and life sciences practice, and Anthony McCusker, who leads the technology companies practice from Silicon Valley. In San Francisco, David Van Horne advised Slack Technologies on its $160m Series E financing, with Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures as some of the key investors. Another highlight for the team was Egan acting for longstanding client AppNexus in several acquisitions, including those of advertising companies Alenty and Open AdStream, and handling a $110m financing. MyoKardia and Blueprint Medicines are also clients. The firm expanded in numbers in 2015, with six partner promotions as well as the arrival of Andrew Goodman to the New York office from Kean Miller. Goodman has experience in mergers and acquisitions in the technology and life sciences industries.
Gunderson Dettmer LLP has a solid reputation for its work with start-up companies, supporting all their business law needs. The practice has a team of more than 200 lawyers that is reinforced by the firm’s corporate, IP and tax departments, assisting clients in the financial, life sciences and transport sectors. The firm has domestic offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Boston, and a further office in Beijing linking it to the China market. New York-based Steven Baglio advised on a cross-border deal for client Saavn, an Indian music streaming company, in its $100m financing led by Tiger Global Management. Baglio also advises on companies’ initial rounds of financing and on public offerings. Kenneth McVay, also in the New York office, was the lead attorney for razor company Harry’s in its $77m Series C financing, with Wellington Management as the lead investor. The well-regarded Jay Hachigan assisted Spark Capital and Andreessen Horowitz’s with their Series B investment in fintech company Affirm. Spark Capital was the round’s leader. Other clients include Warby Parker, Flexus Biosciences and Ola Cabs. Founding partners Robert Gunderson and Scott Dettmer are key contacts in Silicon Valley, as is Steven Franklin.
Latham & Watkins LLP’s clients praise the firm as ‘an incredibly responsive, practical and comprehensive legal partner’. The practice regularly supports clients across the technology, life sciences and emerging growth sectors from its Boston, New York and numerous California offices. Patrick Pohlen and John Chory, who lead the team from the Silicon Valley and Boston offices respectively, are both highly experienced in advising on all aspects of M&A work. Boston-based Susan Mazur was lead lawyer for LogMeIn in a series of acquisitions, including the high-profile $100m acquisition of password management service provider LastPass, and its purchase of Zamurai. New York’s Stephen Amdur advised Raine Securities on its several growth-stage investments in portfolio company DraftKings, which - through Latham’s contacts - resulted in an affiliation with ESPN. Other clients include Fantex, Duolingo and Ascendis Pharma. Life sciences specialist Brian Cuneo was made partner in Silicon Valley at the end of 2014, and in March 2015, Evan Smith in Boston, who regularly advises entrepreneurs in early-stage company formation and strategy, was promoted. Alan Mendelson is a key figure.
In late 2014, the ‘very responsive’ Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP completed its merger with Bingham McCutchen, taking on 750 lawyers across the entire firm. Its venture capital practice gained from an increased presence on both coasts, particularly in the Boston office, where the move bolstered capabilities in the life sciences and emerging technology sectors. In total, eight lawyers - spread across the Silicon Valley, Boston and Washington DC offices - were added to the 90-strong team, which draws on the tax, financing and governance practices to provide a comprehensive service to clients from various sectors. The practice is headed by Steven Cohen in Princeton and Michael Conza in Boston. San Francisco’s Scott Karchmer advised Third Point as lead investor on its $200m preferred stock private placement for Social Finance. In Boston, James Carrigan led advice to private equity firm venBio as lead investor in its $50m Series A financing of gene-editing platform technology developer Precision BioSciences. Other clients include Rhythm Metabolic, Welltok and Cerecor. Emilio Ragosa in the Princeton office is recommended.
The team at Morrison & Foerster LLP possesses ‘phenomenal business acumen’, coupled with ‘instant response times’. The team covers all areas of technology, including life sciences, fintech and cleantech, and advises start-up companies throughout their life cycles as well as investors. The ‘competent and effective’ Murray Indick in San Francisco arrived from Crowell & Moring LLP to become joint head of the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital practice, joining Northern Virginia’s Greg Giammittorio and San Diego’s Steve Rowles. In Palo Alto, senior counsel Mike Phillips advised Mirantis on its $75m Series B-2 preferred stock financing, with Intel Capital as the lead investor. Rowles handled South Korean e-commerce company Coupang’s Class G preferred unit private placement round, led by BlackRock Private Equity Partners, among others. Other clients include Credit Shop, Axel Springer and Higher Learning Technologies. Washington DC’s Stephen Thau has a ‘fierce intelligence’ and ‘first-class demeanor’; he regularly advises on public and private financings, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions. San Francisco’s John Campbell is also well regarded.
The ‘innovative’ Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, praised for its ‘good response times’, had a busy year in the emerging companies sector, advising clients focusing on education, finance, healthcare, life sciences, advertising, and computing, among other things. Global technology companies practice head John Bautista, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, has experience in venture capital financings, M&A and public offerings. In Silicon Valley, Stephen Venuto worked with San Francisco’s Anik Guha in advising Pinterest on its $367m Series G financing from Andreessen Horowitz and Bessemer Venture Partners, giving the client an aggregate value of $11bn. Bautista led advice to French multinational Thales in its agreement to buy Vormetric for $400m. Other clients include Ooma, Zenefits and IronPlanet. Michael Sullivan, who advises on all aspects of issues affecting emerging growth companies and their investors, joined the San Francisco office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, while equity and debt financing specialist Peter Lamb joined the Silicon Valley office from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
WilmerHale has a team of over 100 lawyers dedicated to venture capital work, advising clients from the life sciences and technology industries on financing, investing and M&A matters. The firm’s key offices for this work are Palo Alto, New York and Boston, with international support provided by its lawyers in Germany, Belgium and China. David Gammell is co-chair of the emerging companies practice; he specializes in angel and venture capital financing transactions as well as M&A. Mick Bain, co-chair of the corporate and energy and cleantech practices, advised CounterTrack on its $35m Series C financing rounds, with Goldman Sachs, Siemens Venture Capital and Razor’s Edge Fund as the lead investors. Jeff Stein advised LoopPay on its $318m sale to Samsung to become a part of financial technology system Samsung Pay. Other clients include Blue Apron, Spark Capital and Khosla Ventures. Silicon Valley-based Peter Buckland, also co-chair of the emerging companies practice, is another name to note. Samuel Coates, who focuses on joint ventures, M&A and equity offerings, joined the Silicon Valley office from Cooley LLP. All attorneys are based in the Boston office unless otherwise specified.
Covington & Burling LLP complements its traditional strength in life sciences with expertise in the financial, security and cleantech sectors. Ellen Corenswet in the New York office and Paul Rogers in the Washington DC office lead the practice; Corenswet focuses on emerging companies in the life sciences and technology and media industries, while Rogers is experienced in investments and public and private securities offerings. On the West Coast, Ingrid Rechtin and Scott Anthony operate from the San Francisco and Redwood Shores offices respectively. Corenswet advised AstraZeneca on its $40m Series C preferred financing of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, and also acted for Pfizer in its $43m Class B preferred unit financing of Nimbus Therapeutics. Other highlights included Anthony assisting LanzaTech with its $60m Series D financing, and advising JD.com on its convertible note investment and joint venture with Zest Finance. Other clients include Prosper Marketplace, Kit Check and Forkcast.
The venture capital practice at Dentons is part of a vast global network, making it an excellent choice for cross-border deals. The firm is particularly adept in the mobile telecoms and financial technology sectors, providing an ‘outstanding level of service’ to both start-ups and investors. Practice head Victor Boyajian ‘is an excellent team leader’; he was lead counsel to Sandbox Partners in its acquisition of the Family Education Network from Pearson, and also acted for Scanadu in its $35m Series B financing investment round. James Jasaitis advised Bench Accounting on its $7m Series A financing, led by Altos Ventures. Jasaitis also assisted Contour Ventures with its participation in the Series A financing round for Pendo.io. Chip Korn and John Cleary in the New Jersey office are highly recommended. Randolph Adler, Michael Chung, joined the firm from their start-up RK Adler, and Maria Sendra in the Silicon Valley office joined from Jones Day’s San Diego office. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise specified.
Hogan Lovells US LLP has sector strengths in cleantech and life sciences, which it complements with its expertise in US and UK-related regulatory issues. The team also has an increasing presence in the emerging technology sector. Practice head Jeffrey Hurlburt, who splits his time between New York and London, recently advised Northzone Ventures on its participation in Spotify’s $500m private placement led by Goldman Sachs. Silicon Valley’s Jon Layman handled several of The Founders Fund’s investments, including its $10m investment in the Series A preferred stock financing of Flexport and the series seed preferred stock financing of Elemental Machines. Other clients include Five Prime Therapeutics, Venrock Associates and ABS Capital Partners. Nate Gallon and Laura Berezin in Silicon Valley as well as Washington DC-based Kevin Clayton are key contacts.
Jones Day’s venture capital practice leverages the firm’s private equity expertise, regularly assisting clients with their investments in start-up companies. New York’s Randi Lesnick advised Goode Partners on its acquisition of a minority stake in Incipio, a mobile device accessories designer and manufacturer. In the Silicon Valley office, Stephen Gillette handled Peterson Partners’ purchase of Series A preferred units in a private placement by Blue Raven Solar. Timothy Curry, who splits his time between the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable and thorough’. He was the lead attorney advising Endeavour Vision on its purchase of Series D convertible preferred stock in ReShape Medical. Other clients include EDBI, The Riverside Company and DBS Bank. John Saada in Cleveland and Kenneth Polin in San Diego are other names to note.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice focuses on early-stage growth companies and their investors, acting for clients involved in, among other things, mobile telecoms and cleantech. Several key lawyers are involved in cross-border deals. Qualified in California, New York and Taiwan, Portia Ku splits her time between the Silicon Valley and Shanghai offices, while Eric Zabinski is based in both the Century City and Beijing offices. Silicon Valley’s David Makarechian, who also regularly works with the firm’s Singapore office, advised Cedexis on its $22m Series B funding round, with Ginko Ventures as lead investor. Kabam, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Apache Design Solutions are also clients. Silicon Valley’s Warren Lazarow and Paul Sieben are additional key contacts.
The venture capital group at Choate, Hall & Stewart forms part of the firm’s private equity practice, with Boston’s Brian Lenihan and TJ Murphy as heads. The team has a focus on life sciences, revolving around its strong Boston office, where it mainly assists investors with their interests in start-ups, including financing, capital markets work and M&A. Lenihan advised Spectrum Equity on its majority investment in Definitive Healthcare, and also handled Symmetric Capital’s minority growth equity investment in a tutoring company. Also based in the Boston office, Christian Atwood advised Tricore Solutions on its sale of a majority stake to an affiliate of BV Investment Partners. Other clients include Riverside Partners, Century Capital and Windjammer Capital. Howard Rosenblum joined the Boston office from DLA Piper LLP (US).
Foley & Lardner LLP has a strong presence in Boston, and advises several life sciences clients, and it also provides advice to investors and start-ups in relation to private equity matters. Practice head Gabor Garai splits his time between the Boston and New York offices; he advised Clear Ballot Group on its series B financing, valued at $2m. Also in the Boston office, managing partner Susan Pravda advised start-up company The Whistle on its $30m series B round financing. Other clients include Carbonite, MHB Labs and Kids Sports Entertainment. Andrew Kurzon, who is experienced in private equity transactions, joined the Boston office from WilmerHale. Beni Surpin joined the San Diego office from Paul Hastings LLP, and focuses on technology licensing and acquisitions. Wisconsin’s Paul Wrycha is recommended.
Foley Hoag LLP’s offices in Boston and Washington DC are the central hubs of its venture capital practice. The firm is experienced in advising clients from the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors, providing advice on fund formation, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mark Haddad advised Datadog on its $95m series D funding round, which was led by ICONIQ Capital. Matthew Eckert was one of the lead lawyers for Onshape in its $64m investment round financing, with participation from NEA, North Bridge and Commonwealth Capital. Rinovum Women’s Health is also a client. Paul Sweeney and Gil Arie are other key practitioners. All named lawyers are based in Boston.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises both investors and start-ups on public offerings, investment financing and M&A. In the US, the main offices for the practice are in Palo Alto, Boston and Los Angeles. Gregory Davidson and Bradford Weirick lead the emerging companies practice group from Palo Alto and Los Angeles respectively; Davidson advised Intel on its $25m investment in Vuzix, while Weirick handled Rubicon Project’s $100m IPO and its $122m acquisition of Chango. San Francisco-based Ryan Murr advised Arrowhead Research on its acquisition of Novartis’ RNAI research and development portfolio. Other clients include TeleSign, Riverbed Technology and March Capital. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Bellah Maguire as well as Palo Alto-based Christopher Dillon and Joseph Barbeau are recommended.
Locke Lord LLP completed its merger with the now defunct Edwards Wildman Palmer in early 2015, strengthening the firm’s positions in the Midwest, Asia and the UK. The practice focuses on advising clients active in life sciences and emerging technology, and regularly acts for venture capital investors on all aspects of private equity and M&A matters. Based in the Providence office, Michael Newquist assisted Zayo Group with its $675m acquisition of Latisys Holdings, a data center company. The firm had a busy year for staff changes, with Tamer Tullgren in Chicago, David Lange in Dallas, Walker Clarke in Houston, and Andrew Capalbo in Providence all promoted to partner.
Lowenstein Sandler LLP’s venture capital, angel investing and M&A practice advises on all stages of investments, working with clients in the financial and life sciences sectors. The firm has offices in Palo Alto, New York and Washington DC, covering several major hubs for venture capital activity. The well-regarded Ed Zimmerman is a key figure in the New York office; he advises clients both in the start-up and investing communities, with personal experience as an angel investor. Palo Alto’s Kathi Rawnsley and New York’s Raymond Thek and Anthony Pergola are all key attorneys. Clients include Google Ventures, First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.
The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP provides an ‘excellent level of service’ on a range of private equity matters, advising growth companies and investors from the seed stage to public offerings and beyond. The firm recently added a corporate group to its Dallas office, creating further support for venture capital clients. The ‘excellent and thoughtful’ practice head Mark Mihanovic, based in the Silicon Valley office, has clients in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. He also has strong ties to the China market, serving as corporate liaison partner for allied firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. Dallas-based Wilson Chu advised Chinese social networking platform Renren on several acquisitions in the fintech space. Washington DC’s Samuel Wales and Miami’s Harris Siskind handled several acquisitions for H.I.G. Growth Partners, including the purchase of Centerfield Media Holdings. Fireman Capital Partners, 23andMe and Corindus Vascular Robotics are also clients.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. regularly assists clients in the technology, healthcare and advertising sectors, handling issues spanning the entire life cycle of start-up companies. The practice is supported by the firm’s capital markets, securities and tax groups. Daniel DeWolf, Lewis Geffen and Jeremy Glaser jointly head the team; DeWolf is based in the New York office, Geffen is based in Boston, and Glaser splits his time between San Diego and San Francisco. The team advised VisibleWorld on its sale to telecoms giant Comcast, and also assisted digital agency Laundry Service with its sale to Wasserman Media Group. It also handled life sciences company AdvanDx’s sale to OpGen. Former practice head Brady Berg left for an in-house position at Cylance.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is experienced in business and technology law, providing its emerging company clients with advice throughout their growth stages. Practice head Jorge del Calvo is based in Silicon Valley, which is a key office for the firm’s venture capital work. He recently advised Memoir Systems, a technology memory company, on its acquisition by Cisco Systems. In the San Diego office, Christian Salaman is a key figure and regularly works with emerging companies, acting on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and technology licenses. Additional clients are ApplePie Capital, Wicked Fun and Piston Cloud Computing.
Sidley Austin LLP has a ‘terrific’ team which is well versed in all aspects of financing and M&A for start-ups and investors. It has a strong presence in Silicon Valley, which is complemented by the firm’s New York and Boston offices. Hank Berry, Tom DeFilipps and Deborah Marshall jointly head the practice. Sam Zucker advised CytomX Therapeutics on its $80m IPO and its $70m series D preferred stock financing. New arrival Martin Wellington, who joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and focuses on M&A and public offerings, advised Vessel Group on its $75m series A and $57m series B financing rounds, with backing from Benchmark, Greylock Partners and Bezos Expeditions. All lawyers are in the Palo Alto office unless otherwise specified.
King & Spalding LLP advises both emerging-growth companies and established multinationals from the communications, biotech and financial industries. The team regularly handles M&A, public offerings and fund formations, with support from the its IP, tax and regulatory groups. Judith O’Brien, based in the Silicon Valley office, is the practice head; she advised SightCall on its series A-3 financing from a group of French investors, and acted for Nivalis Therapeutics in its $88m IPO. Linda Lorenat joined the Silicon Valley office in 2015 from Latham & Watkins LLP, and focuses on general corporate and securities law matters, while technology and life sciences expert Geoff Leonard joined the San Francisco office from Ropes & Gray LLP.
Reed Smith LLP couples traditional strengths in the life sciences sector with a growing presence in the technology sector. The team regularly advises investors and start-up companies on public offerings, venture capital financing and general corporate issues. Silicon Valley’s Robert Stefanski, who heads the emerging growth venture capital group, advised Nebbiolo Technologies on its series A financing round, with investors including KUKA and TTTech. In Los Angeles, Michael Sanders advised healthcare technology company Glaukos on its $108m IPO, while Philadelphia’s Paul Jaskot advised Essex Woodlands Health Ventures on the $10m series A financing round for Encore Dermatology. Other clients include Lonestar Heart, Sonendo and Fjord Ventures.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is experienced in advising companies and investors on the entire life cycle of a growth company, with a strong presence in the media, software and health-tech industries. San Diego-based practice head Michael Umansky advised Accelerate-IT Ventures in several investments, including as lead investor in Zanbato’s $8m series B preferred stock financing. In the Palo Alto office, Stephanie Zeppa advised HealthLoop on its preferred equity financing, while Tobin Dommer advised BlueLine Grid on its series A-1 financing, which was led by In-Q-Tel. The firm’s growing team had five new partner hires this year: Craig Mordock from Jones Day and Joshua Dean from the defunct Bingham McCutchen joined the Orange County office; Joe Daniels from Loeb & Loeb LLP and Adam Freiman from King & Spalding LLP joined the New York office, and Adam Ettinger joined from an in-house counsel role. Zac Turke in the Los Angeles office was made partner.
Vinson & Elkins LLP advises investors and growth companies in the energy, private equity and financial sectors on venture capital financing, M&A and joint ventures. William Volk leads the technology group from the Austin office, while Houston-based Keith Fullenweider and David Palmer Oelman are joint heads of the capital markets and M&A practice. Austin’s J. Wesley Jones advised Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures on its lead investment in 908 Devices’ $12m series C financing, while Volk assisted CS Disco with its $10m series B financing round, with Bessemer Venture Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners as lead investors. Dallas-based John Grand, who focuses on private equity investments and M&A, was promoted to the partnership.