Laird concentrates his practice in initial public offerings (for both domestic and foreign corporations), follow-on offerings and ongoing securities advice and counseling for public companies. He was chair of the securities group for 18 years, a member of the executive committee for eight years and managing partner for four years at Fenwick.

Laird has co-chaired the Practising Law Institute's multi-city program on initial public offerings for 20 years, and is a regular speaker on a variety of securities topics.

  • Representative Initial Public Offerings

    Laird has worked on more than 80 IPOs for a wide range of high technology companies, including:

    • @Home
    • Alliance Semiconductor
    • Autoweb.com
    • Broadbase Software
    • Cadence Design Systems
    • CardioGenesis
    • Cooper & Chyan Technology
    • eBay
    • Edify
    • Elantec Semiconductor
    • Electronic Arts
    • ESS Technology
    • Exodus Communications
    • Genelabs Technologies
    • Glu Mobile
    • GoRemote Internet Communications
    • Green Dot
    • HNC Software
    • Information Storage Devices
    • Insignia Solutions
    • Integrated Systems
    • Infoblox
    • Intuit
    • Macromedia
    • Macrovision
    • NetScreen Technologies
    • Oak Technology
    • Ocular Sciences
    • ONSALE
    • Oracle Systems
    • Prism Solutions
    • Sierra On-Line
    • Symantec
    • Talarian
    • Technology Modeling Associates
    • The 3DO Company
    • VeriSign
    • VERITAS Software
    • Versant Object Technology

    He has also worked on more than 40 follow-on offerings for the above and other companies.

  • Representative Underwriters

    Laird has represented a number of underwriters, including:

    • Cowen
    • Credit Suisse First Boston
    • Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown
    • Deutsche Bank Securities
    • Deutsche Morgan Grenfell
    • Goldman Sachs
    • Hambrecht & Quist
    • JPMorgan
    • Lehman Brothers
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities
    • Needham & Company
    • Piper Jaffray
    • RBC Capital Markets
    • Robertson Stephens
  • Additional Recognitions
    • America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA (2001, 2003 – 2006)
    • Best Corporate Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel (2006)
    • Silicon Valley's Top Lawyers, San Jose Magazine (2003)
    • One of 12 Dealmakers of the Year, The American Lawyer (1999)

Education & Admissions

M.B.A., with distinction, Harvard Business School

J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., with honors, Haverford College
Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to practice in California

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