Recognized among top women leaders in technology law, Dawn shepherds emerging and high-growth companies through key moments in their lifecycle. She assists clients with startup formation, venture financings and evaluating exit opportunities, and provides guidance on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, SEC compliance and corporate governance.

Dawn is co-author of the firm’s Gender Diversity Survey, a benchmark report on women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index and the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index.

Over the last decade, Dawn has worked on a wide range of tech transactions. These include Bill.com’s $216 million IPO, Facebook’s $16 billion IPO (the largest tech IPO in history at the time), GoPro’s $490 million IPO, Proterra’s $640M de-SPAC, ServiceNow’s $241 million IPO, Silver Peak Systems' $925 million acquisition and Nimble Storage’s $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and significant venture financings for consumer and enterprise-facing technology companies, including BuzzFeed, Dropbox, Forward, ICEYE, Mainspring Energy, Material Bank, Minerva Project, Optimizely, Persefoni, Proterra and Tempus Ex.

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  • Representative Venture Financings
    • Mainspring Energy in its $150M Series E financing
    • Persefoni in its $101M Series B financing
    • Material Bank in its $175M Series D financing
    • Forward in its $225M Series D financing
    • Proterra in its $200M and $155M later stage financings
    • Large company-side venture financings for Bill.com, BuzzFeed, Dropbox, Facebook, Silver Peak Systems and the Alliance of American Football
    • Investor-side representations for Redpoint, NEA, Nexus Ventures, Sequoia, Mayfield and other major venture capital firms
  • Representative Public Offerings and Capital Markets Transactions
    • Bill.com in its $216M IPO, $615M follow-on offering and its concurrent $1.38B public offering and $575M convertible senior notes offering
    • Proterra in its transaction to become publicly listed through ArcLight Clean Transition Corp., a SPAC, for a post money valuation of $1.6B
    • Buzzfeed in its transaction to become publicly listed through 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, a SPAC, for a post money valuation of $1.5B
    • ServiceNow in its $241M IPO, $451M follow-on offering and $750M convertible senior notes offering
    • GoPro in its $491M IPO, $894M follow-on offering and $175M convertible senior notes offering
    • Nimble Storage in its $193M IPO
    • Facebook in its $16B IPO
  • Representative Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Streamlit in its acquisition by Snowflake
    • Wurl in its acquisition by AppLovin
    • Bill.com in its $625M acquisition of Invoice2go and in its $2.5B acquisition of Divvy
    • Mystery Science in its acquisition by Discovery Education
    • Optimizely in its acquisition by Episerver
    • Silver Peak Systems in its $925M acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Representative Clients

  • Adara Media
  • AltSchool
  • Baobab Studios
  • Bill.com
  • Brandless
  • BuzzFeed
  • Eventbrite
  • Farfetch
  • GoPro
  • Minerva Project
  • Prezi
  • Proterra
  • Quantcast
  • rewardStyle
  • ServiceNow
  • Silver Peak Systems
  • Streamlit

Education & Admissions

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
Order of the Coif

M.B.A., Haas School of Business

B.A., Economics and American Studies
Stanford University

Admitted to practice in California

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