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Brian Covotta

Partner


Brian Covotta is a partner in O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Brian’s practice focuses on corporate and securities laws primarily in the context of entrepreneurial, emerging growth and public technology companies. He works with companies in a variety of industries on a wide range of matters, including initial formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, the periodic reporting requirements of publicly held companies and general corporate counseling. His experience also includes the representation of both acquirors and targets in a variety of public public, public-private, and private-private business combination transactions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. He also represents venture capital firms in various corporate and securities transactional matters.

Brian helps his clients’ management and boards of directors shape and execute their business strategies and provides experienced counsel on legal issues ranging from day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters to corporate governance and critical strategic matters, including acquisitions and capital market strategies.

Illustrative Professional Experience

Brian’s representative transactions include:

  • Public securities offerings ranging in size from $40.0 million to over $1.0 billion for issuers or underwriters in a variety of industries including flash memory, internet, networking, semiconductor, software and telecommunications
  • Representation of acquirors and targets in merger and acquisition transactions ranging in size from under $1.0 million to over $1.0 billion and including multi-jurisdictional transactions in a variety of industries including biotechnology, clean technology, electronic design automation (EDA), flash memory, internet, gaming, media, medical devices, mobile, networking, security, semiconductor, software and telecommunications
  • Representation of issuers in PIPE transactions ranging in size from $4.5 million to $125 million in a variety of industries including biotechnology, medical devices, software, telecommunications and retail
  • Representation of companies and venture capitalists in over 200 venture investments ranging in size from under $100,000 to over $160 million and including multi-jurisdictional transactions in a variety of industries including biotechnology, clean technology, electronic design automation (EDA), flash memory, internet, gaming, media, medical devices, mobile, networking, security, semiconductor, software and telecommunications

Professional Activities

Member, California Bar Association
Publications, “Pro CD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg: A Case Comment,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 13:1; “Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet: An Introduction,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 13:1

University of California, Berkeley,  J.D.:  American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts and Representing Technology Companies; Prosser Award in Corporations; Honorable Mention for Brian M. Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy

Syracuse University ,  B.A., Psychology: summa cum laude; Outstanding Research Achievement in Psychology; Outstanding Academic Achievement in Psychology; Dean's List; Chancellor's Scholar


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