Michael concentrates on strategic counseling to companies, ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature publicly traded corporations, and venture capital firms in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings, debt financings, and corporate reorganizations. His experience in structuring a wide range of complex capital markets transactions includes representation of Coinbase on its direct listing, the first major crypto company to go public and the first technology direct listing on Nasdaq. Michael was named among the top attorneys in the United States under the age of 40 by Law360 and he was recognized among the United States’ leading lawyers for venture capital and emerging companies and for companies in the fintech industry by The Legal 500. He has also been named an LMG Life Sciences Star and been honored by Super Lawyers in each of the past five years.

  • Representative Venture Financings
    • Multiple financings for Databricks, including its $1.6B Series H, $1B Series G, $400M Series F, $250M Series E and $140M Series D
    • Multiple financings for Relativity Space, including its $650M Series E, $500M Series D and $140M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Tanium, including over $600M in common stock financings and its $120M Series G financing
    • Multiple financings for Carta, including its $500M Series G, $180M Series F, $300M Series E and $80M Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Illumio, including its $225M Series F, $65M Series E, $125M Series D and $100M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Side, including its $150M Series D financing and additional $50M financing
    • Multiple financings for Bolt, including its $393M Series D, $120M Series C and $68M Series B financings
    • Multiple financings for Dragos, including its $200M Series D and $110M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Uber, including its publicly-announced $3.5B investment by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Series F, Series E and Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Airbnb, including its publicly-announced $1.5B Series E and $475M Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Doctor on Demand, including its $75M Series D and $74M Series C financings
    • Securonix in its $1B+ financing led by Vista
    • MOLOCO in its $150M Series C financing
    • Nurix in its $120M Series D financing
    • Nylas in its $120M Series C financing
    • Multiple investments representing Agilent Technologies, Alpha Edison, Fidelity Investments and NEA:
      • Agilent Technologies in its $80M investment in and $105M acquisition of Lasergen, in its investment in Mission Bio’s $30M Series B and Purigen’s $26M Series B
      • Alpha Edison in multiple deals, including Parsley Health's $26M Series B, United Dwelling's $10M Series B and Caba Design's $7M Series A​
      • Fidelity Investments in connection with 50+ investments, including Epic’s $1.78B and $1B late-stage financings, ThoughtWorks’ $720M growth round, Stripe's $600M Series H, Bowery Farming's $300M Series C, Sonder’s $170M Series E, and Inscripta’s $150M Series E
      • NEA in multiple investments, including Senti Bio’s $53M Series A, Coursera’s $49.5M Series C and Qpex Biopharma’s $33M Series A
  • Representative Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Cepheid sale to Danaher ($4B)
    • Multiple acquisitions for Cisco Systems, including its acquisition of WebEx Communications ($3.2B)
    • Data Domain sale to EMC ($2.4B)
    • Opsware sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.6B)
    • ArcSight sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.5B)
    • Wealthfront pending sale to UBS ($1.4B)
    • Dermira sale to Eli Lilly ($1.1B)
    • OpenDNS sale to Cisco Systems ($635M)
    • ScoutRFP sale to Workday ($540M)
    • ThousandEyes sale to Cisco Systems
    • Doctor On Demand in its merger with Grand Rounds
    • Kareo in its merger with PatientPop
    • Voyage Auto sale to Cruise
    • Reaction Commerce sale to Mailchimp
    • Chubbies sale to Solo Brands
    • Invoca acquisition of DialogTech
    • Coinbase acquisitions of Cipher Browser, Keystone Capital, Earn.com, Memo.AI, Paradex and Tagomi
    • Alteryx acquisitions of Yhat, Semanta and ClearStory Data
    • Airship acquisitions of Accengage, Apptimize and ReplyBuy
    • Carta acquisitions of Yearend, Preferred Return, MarketGrid and Kik Interactive
  • Representative Initial Public Offerings and Capital Market Transactions
    • Informatica initial public offering (underwriters’ counsel)
    • Coinbase direct listing and convertible senior notes offering
    • Nurix Therapeutics initial public offering and follow-on public offering
    • Alteryx initial public offering and follow-on public offering
    • Dermira initial public offering and multiple follow-on public offerings
    • Marin Software initial public offering and its at-the-market offerings
    • Silver Spring Networks initial public offering
    • ArcSight initial public offering
    • Dexcom multiple follow-on public offerings
    • Glu Mobile follow-on public offering
    • Alteryx, Cepheid, Coinbase, Dermira and Dexcom convertible debt offerings pursuant to Rule 144A

Representative Clients

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Airbnb
  • Airship
  • Alpha Edison
  • Alteryx
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Anyscale
  • Bellhop
  • Bolt Financial
  • Bugcrowd
  • Carta
  • Cobalt Robotics
  • Coinbase
  • Databricks
  • Dexcom
  • Dragos
  • Espressive
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Illumio
  • Invoca
  • Kentik
  • Matroid
  • Modern Animal
  • Moloco
  • Narvar
  • Nava
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Nurix Therapeutics
  • Nylas
  • Relativity Space
  • Ruggable
  • Scopely
  • Side Real Estate
  • Simbe Robotics
  • Sonar Software
  • Tanium
  • Tebra
  • Ursa Major
  • Wealthfront

Education & Admissions

J.D., Concentration in Business Law
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration
California State University, Chico

Admitted to practice in California


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