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Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith

Partner, Austin

jenifer.smith@dlapiper.comT +1 512 457 7037F +1 512 721 2212

There is something incredible about helping a team of entrepreneurs turn a great idea into a company that improves the world. My passion is partnering with founders to help them position their companies at every stage for success in fundraising, impact and, ultimately, a high-value exit. I have represented companies in hundreds of seed, venture capital and private equity financings and public offerings and over 100 buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.

Our emerging growth clients tell me that one of the reasons they appreciate working with a global firm is that, quite simply, they can't outgrow us. They take comfort in knowing that as they continue to scale, they will have a dedicated team by their side who understands their business and can help them solve almost any legal challenge they may encounter, or capitalize on almost any opportunity they decided to pursue, virtually anywhere on the planet.

When I'm not working with my clients to help them achieve their thrilling goals, I am usually spending time with my husband and our three boys, exploring our wonderful hometown of Austin and as much of the rest of the world as we can. 

Between work and home, you will find me trying to make the most of my commute by listening to my latest Audible download.  Some of my recent favorites include Bad Blood (John Carreyrou), The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas), How to Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie) and One of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus).