Peter Cohn

Senior Counsel

Silicon Valley

Peter Cohn, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.

He represents emerging growth technology companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in a broad range of matters, including initial public offerings, venture capital and other private securities financings, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation matters, as well as technology licensing and general corporate matters.

Representative company clients include Brdseye, Inc., Complete Solar, Inc., DistroScale, Inc., Escalon Services, Inc., dopomo, inc., ESS Technologies, Inc., Flo Water, Inc., MarketNation, Inc., MediSens, Inc., Nocimed, Inc., Ordermark, Inc., PixelTitan, Inc., rENIAC, Inc., Reno Sub-Systems, Inc., Rocket Resume, Inc., Rufus Labs, Inc., SoFi Technologies, Inc., Solarlytics, Inc., Space Plan Wizard, Inc., Summer Robotics, Inc., Tiatros, Inc., Visual EDGE Technology, Inc., Waimana Hydrogen, Inc. as well as public companies such as PDF Solutions, Inc.

Peter joined Orrick in May 1999 and founded Orrick’s Silicon Valley Technology Companies Practice. He previously practiced with Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California from 1995 to 1999; Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco from 1986 to 1995; and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1982 to 1986.

He currently serves on the Board of the Young Adult and Family Center out of the University of California at San Francisco, which provides mental health services to young adults. He has served on the Board of Directors of: Family House, Inc., a temporary home for families of children undergoing cancer treatment at the University of California; San Francisco Medical Center; and KTEH Foundation - Channel 54 (PBS), the San Jose public television station.

  • Peter's major transactions include representation of the following clients:

    • SnapTrack, Inc., in its $1 billion sale to QUALCOMM Incorporated in a stock merger.
    • PDF Solutions, Inc., in its initial public offering and concurrent private placement as well as in various acquisitions of other companies.
    • Integrated Memory Logic Limited in its initial public offering on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the first foreign company to go public on such exchange.
    • ESS Technology, Inc., in its initial public offering, subsequent public offering, various acquisitions, its sale to a private equity firm and continued representation following such sale.
    • EnergyConnect Group, Inc., (ECNG) in its sale to Johnson Controls, Inc.
    • Provade, Inc., in its sale to Pinnacle Technology Resources, Inc.
    • RedAril, Inc., in its sale to iCrossing, Inc.
    • Packet Island, Inc., in its sale to Broadsoft, Inc.
    • BayTSP, Inc., in its sale to Irdeto.
    • MediaQ, Inc., in its sale to NVIDIA Corporation in a cash-out merger.
    • Galvantech, Inc., in its sale to Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in a stock merger.
    • Xemod Corporation in its sale to Sirenza Microdevices.
    • Business Resource Group in its sale to Three Cities Fund III, L.P. pursuant to a tender offer.