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Patrick A. Pohlen

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Patrick A. Pohlen is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Silicon Valley office, where he is the global Co-chair of the firm's Emerging Companies Practice and a member of the firm's Corporate Department. Mr. Pohlen is one of the nation's leading attorneys in representing technology, life science and cleantech companies and the financial institutions (venture capitalists and investment banks) that finance them. His practice focuses on company representation (public and private), general corporate counseling, corporate governance, private finance, public offerings, securities, mergers and acquisitions.


Corporate Partner


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Venture capital and emerging companies

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Patrick Pohlen - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

As well as being a top international law firm with a significant market share of big-ticket transactions and large-cap clients, Latham & Watkins LLP also maintains a strong focus on the start-up, emerging company and venture capital sector. The team was reinforced by the arrivals of Jack Sheridan and Page Mailliard to its Silicon Valley office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Chris Shoff to its Century City office from Cooley LLP. The firm is hailed variously as ‘the best’, ‘phenomenal’ and ‘flawless’, and its strong focus on start-ups and growth companies, as well as its breadth of resources across the US and globally, enables it to handle all the requirements of an emerging company throughout its life cycle. Clients include Ginkgo BioWorks, GoEuro, Hearsay Social, Memphis Meats, Formation 8, Eclipse Ventures, Home Chef, Zavante Therapeutics, Catalant Technologies, Tetrascience and Bessemer Venture Partners. It advised 3-D printing company Desktop Metal on its Series C and Series D financings in 2017. Other key partners include Alan Mendelson, who is global chair of the life sciences industry group, and Patrick Pohlen, who impresses in life sciences and tech. Boston’s John Chory is also a key name in life sciences and tech.

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