Michael R. Glaser

Partner | San Francisco

mglaser@mofo.com | (415) 268-6427 mglaser@mofo.com
(415) 268-6427

Michael Glaser is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison Foerster and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies + Venture Capital Group.

Described as “one of the finest venture capital lawyers I have ever worked with” by a client in Chambers USA, Michael offers more than two decades of experience advising innovative startup and investor clients. Michael represents startups from formation through exit transactions in multiple industries, including consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, consumer products, sharing economy, cloud services, on-prem software, fintech, and digital health sectors.

Michael has represented startups in hundreds of venture capital transactions, with pre-money valuations ranging from millions to billions of dollars. Michael’s clients have been funded by top tier venture capital firms, such as Sequoia Capital, Greylock, Benchmark, Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and Khosla Ventures. Michael also represents his startup clients in M&A deals, and has advised companies in numerous high-value exit transactions with leading serial acquirers.

Michael is an industry thought-leader and has served on the Model Document Working Group for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Corporate Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, and the ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions. Michael also has significant business management experience. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, he co-chaired another international law firm’s largest practice group, with ten subgroups, over 300 lawyers, and a P&L in the hundreds of millions.

Selected Exit Transactions

  • Represented AddLive in its sale to Snap (NYSE: SNAP).
  • Represented Applifier in its sale to Unity Technologies (NYSE: U).
  • Represented Candywriter in its sale to Stillfront Group.
  • Represented Cloudup in its sale to Automattic.
  • Represented CourseRank in a merger with Chegg (NYSE: CHGG).
  • Represented Freeverse Inc. in its sale to ngmco.
  • Represented GlobalMotion Media Inc. (publisher of EveryTrail.com) in its sale to Trip Advisor (Nasdaq: TRIP).
  • Represented Hackpad in its sale to Dropbox (Nasdaq: DBX).
  • Represented Jambool in a merger transaction with Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG).
  • Represented Liquid Audio (Nasdaq:LQID) in its sale of technology assets to Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT).
  • Represented PullString in its sale to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL).
  • Represented Rupture.com in an acquisition by Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS).
  • Represented Snapcentric in its sale to Verisign (Nasdaq:VRSN).
  • Represented TenMarks in its sale to Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).
  • Represented Wondery in its sale to Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).
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