Mr. Harris is the Managing Partner of the Palo Alto Office and a partner in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group. He specializes in representing startup companies and venture capital firms in corporate and securities matters.
In his startup practice, Mr. Harris advises emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters). He also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in startup companies.
Mr. Harris specializes in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events, helping entrepreneurs and investors analyze possibilities and understand consequences of various transaction structures. Mr. Harris represents startups and investors in a variety of technology sectors, including consumer and enterprise software, financial services technologies, wearable computing, semiconductor design, medical device, consumer retail and transportation industries.
Mr. Harris founded the firm’s Startup Speaker Series, an ongoing, eight session series which educates entrepreneurs on the legal issues they will face over the lifetimes of their startups.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harris designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry.
Mr. Harris was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif at Northwestern University School of Law.
Mr. Harris was named the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.
SoftBank GroupRepresented SoftBank Group in multiple investments, including the $865 million investment in Katerra, the $535 million investment in DoorDash, the $250 million investment in Cohesity, the $200 million investment in Lemonade, and the $120 million investment in Lemonade.
Symbio RoboticsRepresented Symbio Robotics in its capital raising and numerous corporate matters.
Serena & Lily, Inc.'s Venture FinancingsRepresented Serena & Lily, Inc. in over $50 million of venture and private equity financings.
Reflexion Medical, Inc.'s Venture FinancingsRepresented Reflexion Medical, Inc. in over $130 million of venture financings.
Atheer, Inc.Represented Atheer, Inc. in over $10 million of venture financings, the acquisition of OnTheGo Platforms and numerous strategic commercial transactions.
Artivest, Inc.Represented Artivest, Inc. in over $10 million of venture financings.
Treasure Data, Inc.Represented Treasure Data, Inc. in over $20 million in venture financings.
Cassatt Corporations Venture Financings and AcquisitionRepresented Cassatt Corporation in over $100 million of venture financings and its acquisition by CA, Inc.
Sutter Hill VenturesRepresented Sutter Hill Ventures in venture financings of Right Hemisphere Inc., GlassDoor, Inc., Xoft, Inc. and Satmetrix Systems, Inc.
Trinity VenturesRepresented Trinity Ventures in venture financings of Uptake Networks, Inc. and Kixeye, Inc. and OneJackson, Inc.
Split Rock Partners, OrbiMed Advisors and Prospect Venture PartnersRepresented investors in over $50 million venture financings of DFine, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc.Represented Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc. in venture financings of Solaria Corporation, Virident Systems, Inc., Redwood Systems, Inc., Kaltura, Inc., MoBeam, Inc. and OpenX Software Limited.
Sequoia CapitalRepresented Sequoia Capital in venture financing of Mixpanel, Inc.
Khosla VenturesRepresented Khosla Ventures in over $ 20 million of venture financings of Danotek Motion Technologies, Inc., and undisclosed amount of venture financing of Incredible Labs.
Global Cash Access (NYSE: GCA) Public Offerings and AcquisitionsRepresented Global Cash Access in its $225 million initial public offering and its $164 million follow-on public offering, and its acquisitions of Certegy Gaming Services, Western Money Systems and MCA Processing.
FortuNet, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: FNET) Public Offering, Going Private and AcquisitionRepresented the underwriters of FortuNet, Inc in its initial public offering, represented FortuNet, Inc. in its subsequent going private and represented FortuNet, Inc. in its acquisition of the assets of GameTech International, Inc.
SHFL entertainment (Nasdaq: SHFL)Represented SHFL entertainment in its aborted acquisition of Ongame Network Ltd.
SoftBank GroupRepresented SoftBank Group in multiple investments, including the $865 million investment in Katerra and the $535 million investment in DoorDash.
Mr. Harris has been recommended by Legal 500 US (2009–2015) and in 2017 and 2018 for his expertise with both M&A/Corporate and Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.
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