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Practice Areas

SLP was formed by partners of leading national law firms to provide the highest quality corporate legal services to start-up, emerging growth, and mid-market companies at reasonable rates.  In addition to our transactional practice, we regularly provide general counsel services to a wide range of clients. 


Mergers & Acquisitions

SLP has one of the leading mid-market M&A practices on the West Coast.  The lawyers at SLP have negotiated and closed several hundred M&A transactions.  Our M&A practice has covered a broad range of deals, from the straightforward sale of a business to mergers with public companies or complex private equity backed roll ups, and a variety of markets and sectors, including software, internet and technology, alternative energy, manufacturing, services, and real estate.  Our M&A clients are often emerging growth to middle market businesses, but we have also represented private equity firms or their portfolio companies  (such as Aurora Capital and Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners) as well as Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange Companies such as Green Dot, IAC, Allied Signal, Ticketmaster, and Perkin Elmer.



SLP has long been recognized as having one of the leading venture capital practices in Southern California.  We have represented a number of venture capital and private equity funds in debt and equity investments, and our clients have received financing from some of the nation's blue chip venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Benchmark and Kleiner Perkins.  Our deals are often based in the technology, software, and internet sectors, but we have also handled financings in retail, alternative fuels, solar energy, medical device, and other sectors.


Technology & Commercialization

SLP’s Technology Transactions and Commercialization lawyers have been helping clients commercialize their intellectual property and technology for more than two decades.  We work with companies at all stages, from pre-investment startups to the fortune 100.  We assist our clients in structuring and negotiating technology transactions and commercial agreements in numerous industries, including software, e-commerce, gaming and digital media, services, medical devices, life sciences, advertising, power and energy, semiconductors, food and beverage and nutritional supplements.  For many clients, we also serve as outside general counsel, helping them effectively manage their legal needs and risks at reasonable and predictable cost.  As former general counsel and executives of public technology companies, each of us has the practical business sense to help our clients succeed.


Emerging Growth Practice Group

SLP has pioneered the Los Angeles emerging growth practice over the past two decades.  Our clients have included some of the most successful ventured-backed companies in Los Angeles history, including Green Dot, Riot Games, Rubicon Project, and Trade Desk.


This practice generally covers everything from formation, employment and equity arrangements, license and commercial agreements, seed and venture financing, governance to liquidity event.


We regularly work with the various incubators and accelerators and other institutions, such as Idealab, Caltech, JPL/NASA, and Mandala Space Ventures, as well as local angel investors and local and regional venture firms.

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Emerging Growth
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