Venture Capital and Emerging Technologies
O’Melveny’s Venture Capital and Emerging Technologies Group focuses on supporting the highly innovative community of disruptive technology startups and the venture capitalists who finance their growth.
We understand that the process of bringing novel technologies to market is not a short-term affair. As such, we prefer to act as trusted advisors to our clients over the full corporate cycle—we advise on formation and early stage funding, we facilitate the growth of developing companies through our network of investors and entrepreneurs, we aggressively protect and enforce key intellectual property rights and trade secrets, and we act as board-level strategic advisors in considering and executing “liquidity” transactions. We regularly rank among the most active law firms for venture capital and private equity transactions closed in league tables by Private Equity Analyst. But the strongest validation of our commitment to emerging technologies is the success of our clients—The Legal 500 observes that “[O’Melveny’s] success in the sector is illustrated by the number of key clients that have risen from start-up status to major global brands.”
What differentiates us from the technology practices of other major law firms is our deep immersion in the key centers of innovation around the world—from fast-growing technology zones in China to the dynamic Silicon Valley technology community. Our lawyers have decades of on-the-ground experience, affording our clients an exceptionally deep understanding of how business is done in specific growth industries (including the internet, mobile, media, entertainment, biotechnology, software, clean and renewable technology, consumer, and software sectors), as well as access to our vast network of contacts.