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Mr. Sullivan focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies and their investors, from pre-incorporation counseling to general corporate representation, through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events. He has broad experience representing private and public companies and their investors and underwriters in a variety of transactions. Mr. Sullivan has a particular focus on the representation of emerging companies in the software, digital media, social media and games, consumer and healthcare spaces. He has handled hundreds of venture capital financings and over 50 public offerings, including Planetout lnc.'s initial public offering, a $1.3 billion public offering for eBay lnc., and an initial public offering for Netcom On-Line Communications, the first-ever Internet public offering. He has also handled numerous mergers and acquisition transactions.
Representative clients have included: eBay Inc., Digital River, Inc., PlanetOut Inc., BandPage, Inc., Lightspeed Ventures, RivalMe, Inc., H5 Technologies, IDG Ventures SF, Walden Venture Capital, PBworks, Inc., Blumberg Capital, Cosmogia, Inc., The Roda Group, Pie Digital, Inc., Empirical Interfaces, Inc., Matterport, Inc., and Sim Ops Studios, Inc.
Mr. Sullivan is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan practiced at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin from 2003 to 2009, Cooley Godward LLP from 1997-2003 and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP from 1984 – 1997.
- Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law (2011-2013)
- Legal 500 US, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2007, 2010)
- PLC Which Lawyer?, Venture Capital—San Francisco & Silicon Valley (2011-2012)
- Super Lawyers (2009-2012)
State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Commissioner for San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, former Board President of Friends of the Urban Forest (a nonprofit organization promoting urban forestry in San Francisco)