Nothing inspires us more than helping our clients develop novel strategies and push boundaries. We invest in understanding the company’s vision, values and goals, and then partner with companies to address financing strategies, protect intellectual assets, retain talent and advocate for innovation-friendly policymaking.
Because we focus on high growth companies within a global tech law practice, we are able to tap into sector focused thinking not only in capital markets, M&A, compensation and benefits, IP, and cybersecurity law, but also in areas like securitization, international trade, state regulation, financial compliance, energy and a whole host of other opportunities and challenges that disruptors confront. In recognition of the comprehensiveness of our tech practice, Law360 has named us Tech Group of the Year for 2015 and 2016.
The tech market is truly global – and so is our team. While our largest teams are based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, we have tech-focused lawyers based in 12 markets worldwide. In 2015, we advised on venture financings in 21 countries, from Egypt and Estonia to Kenya, Ghana and Japan. Our Silicon Valley/San Francisco teams closed more than 195 financings last year, while our London team completed more than 100 venture financings. In China, we counsel some of the most successful tech companies, such as JD.com and Baidu, and represent the leading private equity investors.
We advise on all stages of the company life cycle, scaling with your needs from launch through exit. Since 2013, we have helped our clients put $11 billion in capital to work worldwide. This includes nine-digit financing deals for companies such as Pinterest and SoFi – deals which earned us 2016 "Corporate Department of the Year: Emerging Companies" from The Recorder. We have advised on some of the largest private company sales, including Nest’s sale to Google, Cruise Automation’s sale to GM, Instagram’s sale to Facebook and Yammer’s sale to Microsoft. And our tech IPO team has helped longtime clients ring the bell in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Disruptors often need to play bigger than they are – it goes with forging new space. We help our clients tap into strategies and techniques deployed by more established enterprises. To enable Upstart Network, a peer-to-peer lender, provide loans to emerging talent, we crafted a trust structure inspired by a model used in the asset-based lending market. This strategy shielded investors from originator liability and gave Upstart more efficient access to capital.
We’ve brought this kind of tactical and strategic insight to our work with many other companies – helping our clients build winning businesses while making meaningful social impact.
Our Total Access program offers a range of tools for companies just starting out. Through our panel events, we’ll connect you with leaders in the venture community, including founders, venture investors, tech bankers and incubators, as well as mentors and advisors. We’ll help you access the best thinking out there. Through our fundraising series and coaching sessions you’ll get direct feedback from leading investors on your business plan. We also offer teach-in sessions on strategic and legal considerations as you grow. Our Startup Toolkit, including a market-recognized Forms Library and Term-Sheet Generator, contains the resources you’ll need to get off the ground efficiently and effectively. And the Total Access blog is a great way to stay on top of developments.
Inspired by our clients, we’re proud to be recognized as innovators ourselves. With Stripe, we are collaborating on Atlas, a program to help startups from around the world incorporate more easily in the U.S. In Paris, we’re teaming up with Partech Ventures on "Europe Made Easy," a new service to help international tech businesses enter the European market. And we joined up with Y Combinator to create a fresh form of early startup financing known as Simple Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs). A more flexible and efficient alternative to convertible notes used in capital raising, SAFEs have been quickly adopted by the market. We’ve also helped pioneer the private company restricted stock units and broad-based stock option extension programs that are in use at some of the most successful and fastest-growing growth companies. The Recorder recently gave us its Innovators Award in tech because of our groundbreaking work in these areas.