We’re partnering with experts in corporate and securities law to shape the future of private market transactions.
FENWICK AND WEST
Dawn Belt is a partner in Fenwick and West’s Corporate Practice and co-chairs the firm’s Hiring Committee. Dawn guides companies through key moments in their lifecycle and advises on topics like mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, SEC compliance, and corporate governance.
Over the last decade, Dawn has worked on several major tech transactions, including Facebook’s $16 billion initial public offering (the largest tech IPO in history at the time), GoPro’s $490 million IPO, and Nimble Storage’s $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She has also worked on significant venture financings for companies like Bill.com, Brandless, Dropbox, Minerva Project, Optimizely, Silver Peak Systems, and Proterra.
WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
John Brust is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on advising technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies in corporate and securities law.
John has advised entrepreneurs and growth companies on a range of topics including company formation, private financings, secondary sales, initial public offerings, and other strategic transactions. In addition, he also represents investors taking minority or majority equity stakes in high-growth companies.
Cammy Contizano is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department and a member of its Private Equity group and Impact and Responsible Investing practice. Her practice involves a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, and venture capital financings.
In addition, Cammy is an expert in structuring and executing secondary transactions for private companies and institutional investors. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including technology, media, business services, healthcare, education, consumer products, financial services, biotechnology, and energy.
Greg Volkmar serves as head of the corporate group and is a partner in Gunderson Dettmer’s New York office. He co-chairs the firm’s growth equity practice, representing emerging and growth companies, venture capital firms, and growth equity funds.
In his company practice, Greg supports companies from formation, through financings, secondary liquidity, mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings. In his venture capital and growth equity practice, he supports clients’ investment activities in the US and internationally. Greg’s experience includes leading investments into companies in nearly 20 jurisdictions worldwide.
LATHAM AND WATKINS
Ben Potter is a partner at Latham and Watkins. He advises private and public companies, venture capital and private equity firms, and investment banks involved in technology, life sciences, and other growth industries. He serves as Global Vice Chair of the Emerging Companies Practice and co-chairs the Technology Industry Group.
He guides his clients on topics like financings, mergers, acquisitions, formation issues, equity incentives, securities law compliance, and corporate governance. In addition to his legal background, he draws on his prior experience at IBM Global Services and two education startups.
Bradley Libuit is a partner at Cooley where he practices corporate and securities law. He represents companies of all stages, from startups to large public companies, as well as venture capital firms and other institutional investors. His practice covers a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance, and SEC reporting and compliance.
In particular, Bradley works closely with late-stage private companies preparing for their initial public offerings. Prior to joining Cooley, Bradley was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.
David Concannon is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ New York office, where he’s a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies Practice. David’s practice focuses exclusively on emerging companies, representing both companies and venture capital firms. He advises companies from formation, through growth, and exits.
David also advises on cryptocurrency and initial coin offering, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Task Force. In addition, his pro bono clients have included Liberty & Justice, Only Six Degrees, and Be Social Change. He is also an affiliated attorney and guest lecturer with the University of Michigan School of Law Entrepreneurship Clinic.
LATHAM AND WATKINS
Jason Flaherty is a partner in the Orrick San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Compensation and Benefits Group. He advises his clients on the design, implementation, and taxation of compensation plans for executives and employees.
He also counsels clients on all aspects of employee benefits, like equity compensation and retirement plans, with a particular focus on compliance. His practice supports public and private companies. Prior to attending law school, Jason served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.