Aria Kashefi

Associate | San Francisco | (415) 268-6232
(415) 268-6232

Aria Kashefi is an associate in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.

Aria’s practice focuses on emerging company and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions of technology companies and other corporate, securities and commercial matters.

He primarily represents companies in various stages of their life cycle, from pre-seed and seed to emerging growth, as well as venture capital and corporate venture capital investors in minority investments in start-ups.

Aria earned his B.A.Sc. (with distinction) in mechatronics, robotics and automation from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and received his J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2011, where he served as an Executive Member of the Business Law Students Association. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Aria was an associate at an international law firm headquartered in Canada.

Aria is admitted to practice in California and in Ontario, Canada.

Representative Matters

  • Transcend, in its $25 million Series A financing led by Index Ventures and Accel
  • OptiScan Biomedical in its $20 million Series E financing by a consortium of investors
  • Visa in various strategic investment, including in YellowPepper, ChargeAfter and NovoPayment
  • Blackstone Life Sciences in its $350 million strategic investment in Reata Pharmaceuticals
  • SoftBank Vision Fund in its $225 million Series D+ investment in Klook
  • Ekso Bionics in various underwritten, registered direct and private placement offerings
  • Auris Surgical Robotics in its $80 million acquisition of Hansel Medical and concurrent $49 million investment by certain selling stockholders
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