Steve Rowles is Chair of the firm’s San Diego Corporate Group, Managing Partner of the San Diego office, and firmwide co-chair of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Group. He has practiced in San Diego for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience as corporate counsel to public and private companies, and the venture capital and private equity funds that invest in those companies. He counsels companies at all stages in their life cycles. He distinguishes himself by achieving successful outcomes for clients utilizing best in class negotiating skills and creative and strategic thinking. He has been instrumental in starting, building and exiting numerous emerging growth companies in a broad range of industries including biotech, medical devices, diagnostic healthcare services, clean technology and renewable energy, cybersecurity, agtech, software, semiconductors, telecommunications, e-commerce, new media and social networking.
Steve has served as lead counsel on myriad mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions, including public offerings aggregating in excess of $2 billion dollars in proceeds and over 100 acquisition transactions.
Steve serves as general counsel and handles ’34 Act compliance, public securities offerings and corporate governance counseling for a substantial number of public companies.
Steve is adept at handling venture capital financings for both companies and investors. His expertise in partnership and limited liability company matters has given him substantial experience in fund formation, joint ventures and other strategic partnering transactions.
Steve was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Northwestern University and was elected to the Order of the Coif at Boalt Hall School of Law.
Steve is active on behalf of Children’s Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors for both EvoNexus San Diego and the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Steve is an avid golfer, a voracious reader and a family man.
Steve has been recommended multiple times as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America for corporate compliance, corporate governance and general corporate law, as well as Legal 500 US for M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Venture Capital and Emerging Companies and Super Lawyers.
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