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Louis Lehot

Partner, Silicon Valley

louis.lehot@dlapiper.comT +1 650 833 2330
M: +1 650 796 7280

I work hard to enable solutions for my clients' legal and business problems, often when forming, financing, investing in, governing, buying and selling companies. Bringing highly innovative businesses from idea to incorporation, from friends-and-family financing to angel to venture financing, from scale to liquidity is what I enjoy doing. 

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I started my legal career in New York, moved to Europe and spent five years advising non-US multinationals on how to access the US markets. I returned home to Silicon Valley in 2005. 

In my law practice at DLA Piper, I am the corporate attorney for companies in all stages of growth and try and serve all of their day-to-day legal needs in the US and all around the world, as well as for venture capital and emerging growth investors in structuring investment and acquisition deals.  I am also the Co-Chair of DLA's Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice.

Among the things that clients appreciate most about me are that I bring a blend of Wall Street experience with a Silicon Valley approach, and am very hands on. My clients can reach me at any time, wherever I am and whenever needed. One person does not always know the answer to every problem, so I surround myself with smart people from different walks of life.

To be effective for both entrepreneurs and investors, I work extensively with each, and I like to be active in all stages of growth.

I enjoy what I do and have fun doing it.

A native English speaker, I am also fluent in French.

Why startups? What I enjoy most about my work is helping businesses and ventures with compelling technologies reach their growth objectives.

Recommended reads: Dan Primack, Fortune's "Term Sheet," From Good to Great by Jim Collins and The Road to Character by David Brooks.

Garage to global: From a guy and a girl with a laptop and an idea to a multibillion-dollar company, to be successful, your idea will transcend boundaries and legal systems.

Helping companies cross borders is what I enjoy most, where appreciation of different cultures, backgrounds and systems is key. 

Passions: Traveling, wine, skiing, tennis

What my clients value: Responsiveness, efficiency and market knowledge. No problem is too big or too small.

Some of my clients:AdKnowledge, Avnet, Binatone Global, Brioche Pasquier, BoydSense, CBRE, Centric Software, CHC Helicopter, CheckALT, Cloud Lending,, GE Ventures, Hanwha Q Cells, HBS Digital, Juniper Networks, Nautilus Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Oak Investment Partners, Penn National Gaming, Petersen Dean, OpenTable, Recvue, Riverwood Capital, Samsung, Securly, SmartThings, SoftBank, Spire Bioventures, Symphony Technology Partners, Vivo Capital

I root for: Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, Georgetown Hoyas, Boston College Eagles

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