Our Palo Alto office has been a major contributor to the emergence of the Silicon Valley business community over the past two decades.
A cornerstone of our Palo Alto practice is the comprehensive service we offer to venture and private equity investors and to emerging companies, particularly those that are technology-based. Our work for companies spans the entire development cycle, from the organization and initial financing of private start-ups, through subsequent equity and debt financing rounds, to liquidity events, such as mergers, joint ventures, and public offerings. We routinely advise newly formed and well established public companies regarding their disclosure, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters. We also assist these companies with their financing transactions and their M&A activities. Our work for investors, often for private equity and venture funds, is equally comprehensive. It typically includes assistance in both organizing funds and in representing fund and other investors in making, expanding, restructuring and monetizing investments.
Our core competencies line up precisely with the region’s economic focus. These competencies include semiconductors, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical technology, and biotech. Our patent lawyers provide prosecution and counseling advice to inventors, investors, and companies developing and using biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical device, clean technology, chemistry, nanotechnology, electronic, semiconductor, electromechanical and software technologies.
Our litigation practice includes the full range of business and intellectual property litigation and appellate representation — with particular emphasis on private securities class actions, derivative actions, enforcement proceedings and white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, complex commercial litigation for companies, officers and directors, and IP litigation. Our Palo Alto IP litigators are actively engaged in patent and trade secret litigation for technology clients.
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