Viq Shariff


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Drawing on 25-years’ experience in law and business, Viqar Shariff helps entrepreneurs and investors finance and grow early and later-stage companies.

A veteran of New York City’s startup and tech scene, Viq served as a partner at an international law firm, counseling on venture capital, private equity and M&A deals during the Internet 1.0 and 2.0 eras. He later joined investment firm Rizvi Traverse as a Managing Partner, leading the firm’s emerging growth technology strategy and directing investments in companies such as Twitter, Square, Flipboard, Facebook, and Pinterest, partnering with O’Melveny on most of these investments.



Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., English Literature, 1988

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O’Melveny Advises Surf Air Mobility in Merger with Southern Airways Corporation and its US$1.42 Billion Business Combination with Tuscan Holdings Corp. II to Make Surf Air a Public Company

May 18, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Dragonfly Energy in Business Combination with Chardan NexTech Acquisition 2 Corp. to Make Dragonfly a Public Company

May 17, 2022

O’Melveny Advises ReKTGlobal in Merger with Metaverse Pioneer Infinite Reality

April 12, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Ripple Health Group in Acquisition by Calm

February 3, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Blackstone Products in US$900 Million Business Combination with Ackrell SPAC Partners to Make Blackstone a Public Company

December 23, 2021

O’Melveny Advises fuboTV in Acquisition of Molotov, France’s Leading Live TV Streaming Service

November 10, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Cepton in Combination with Growth Capital Acquisition Corporation

August 9, 2021

Veteran Technology Dealmaker Viqar Shariff Joins O’Melveny’s Emerging Companies Group in New York

October 29, 2020

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