John Laco is a seasoned corporate lawyer with 30 years of experience advising public and private companies and financial investors.
He works with some of the best-known Southern California companies global private equity and institutional investors along the full investment cycle, from negotiating initial investments and acquisitions to subsequent tack-on acquisitions, financings, and portfolio company growth counseling.
John is also a boardroom level counselor who provides C-level executives, in-house counsel, and boards of directors with experienced corporate advice on fiduciary duties, corporate structuring, stockholder agreements, complex commercial arrangements and transformative strategic undertakings.
He offers deep knowledge of business and legal issues in the manufacturing, retail, infrastructure, agriculture, aerospace, and technology sectors, and is a founding member of O’Melveny’s Water Industry Practice.
John leads O’Melveny’s Equity Investment Committee, an internal group managing the investment of more than US$180 million of the firm’s retirement funds. He is the Chair of the O’Melveny Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships and mentors to fifth graders at LAUSD’s O’Melveny Elementary School, with the goal of encouraging each “O’Melveny Scholar” to succeed academically and pursue a college education.