Matthew (Matt) Rossiter represents fast-growing innovative businesses, ranging from entrepreneurs with a vision to established later-stage companies. With all his clients, large or small, he seeks to provide practical, creative and thoughtful advice to help them navigate legal challenges and pivotal transactions and achieve their business objectives.
Matt is passionate about working with companies that are developing technological, scientific and business innovations that will transform industries and improve lives. He is a dedicated, responsive counselor and advocate for his clients, and seeks to be a long-term partner in the growth and success of his clients’ businesses.
Matt’s clients include leading public and private life sciences and technology companies, as well as many prominent venture capital firms. His life sciences experience spans a broad range of biopharmaceutical technologies and indications, as well as genomic and medical device technologies. Matt also has extensive experience with digital health and technology-enabled healthcare businesses. In the technology sector, Matt’s experience includes enterprise software, virtual currencies, autonomous vehicles and other industrial technologies.
A central aspect of Matt’s practice is representing private and public companies through multiple rounds of funding and other significant transactions. In the past five years, Matt has handled more than 125 private financings, including seed, venture and other institutional rounds, accounting for over $2.5 billion in capital raised. Representative recent and ongoing engagements include:
Matt also advises clients on pivotal transactions, including M&A transactions, IPOs and strategic collaborations. Representative recent examples include:
Matt also frequently negotiates licenses on behalf of clients from leading universities, including Stanford University, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley.
Clients look to Matt as a dedicated business partner and trusted legal advisor for the long run, and someone who will sweat the details so that they can stay focused on running their business. With Matt as your lawyer, you can expect to work with someone who will dig in and seek to deeply understand your business and the people involved, and use this knowledge to provide actionable, business-savvy legal advice. In addition, Matt is able to draw from his broad range of experience, across transaction types and industries, to help provide well-informed judgments and creative solutions for his clients.
Matt operates as part of a team, and seeks to bring to bear the full range of resources, collective knowledge and connections offered by Fenwick & West to assist with his clients’ success. He feels fortunate to work with and be backed by a law firm with a deep knowledge and core strategic focus on working with fast-growing innovative businesses, and with an exceptional and long-standing culture of collaboration.
Matt is an enthusiastic student and learner, who is continuously grateful for the learning opportunities presented by his clients and his practice. He is also a frequent lecturer and teacher, who has taught semester-long courses on negotiation at Stanford Law School and on legal issues for entrepreneurs at Wharton San Francisco.
In the early days of his practice, Matt served part-time as the acting general counsel for Virgin America, as the company prepared to launch a new commercial airline service. In this capacity, Matt helped negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements, ranging from the purchase of coffee makers to outsourced maintenance services for the entire airline fleet. He also advised on the complex financing and corporate restructuring arrangements that enabled Virgin America to obtain the federal regulatory approvals necessary to begin operations.
When he is not caring for his clients or his family and two fast-growing children, Matt can be found trying to squeeze in a bit of exercise, be it a P90X workout in the garage or an early morning mountain bike ride, occasionally plunking on a musical instrument or cooking up a creative meal.