Lior Zorea

Lior Zorea represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds with respect to their financing and general corporate needs. He is also a seasoned M&A practitioner and has worked with clients in virtually every information technology industry, including internet, consumer-interfacing and enterprise software, digital media, semiconductor, mobile technologies, health tech, fin-tech, VR/AR and cryptocurrency.

What do you focus on?

Emerging Companies

I help companies advance their business to the next level. I work with emerging technology clients through their entire life cycle—from business formation to funding (from angel to seed to venture financing to late-stage expansion capital) and finally to orchestrating their exits.

Mergers & Acquisitions

I also have extensive experience working with clients on mergers and acquisitions. I have worked on hundreds of transactions with values upwards of $2.5 billion. In addition to working with my private technology companies on sell-side transactions, I have deep experience with a variety of acquisition transaction structures including public/public and public/private transactions.

Fund Formation and Fund Representation

Many of the entrepreneurs I work with go on to form funds, and I work with them to help launch those funds and to manage their portfolio investments. I also work with established venture funds on their portfolio investments.

Quantitative Approach

Utilizing my background in finance, economics and math, I bring a unique, quantitative approach to my practice.

What do you see on the horizon?

Technology is a ubiquitous agent for change and integral to companies well beyond cutting edge Silicon Valley start-ups. Brick-and-mortar businesses are increasingly relying on technology, whether to enhance their operations, customer experience and profitability, or as a catalyst for business transformation. Our team at Nixon Peabody has worked with a wide range of technology companies of all stages. We understand the fast pace and pressures in the ever-evolving business landscape and stay on top of trends to deliver value to our traditional and technology clients across the globe.


  • “What VCs want in a term sheet (and how you can get what you want),” TechCrunch Early Stage 2020, Webinar, July 21, 2020
  • The Premier West Coast M&A Conference 2019, Panelist, San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2019
  • “Breaking Down the Boardroom Door—California’s ‘Women-On-Boards’ Law, SB826: Potential Implications, How to Comply and Best Practices for Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019

How to Get What You Want in a Term Sheet

TechCrunch | August 13, 2020

San Francisco Corporate partner and leader of the West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group Lior Zorea discusses how to negotiate the all-important term sheet and cap table to ensure that all parties benefit. Lior recently presented at TechCrunch’s premier Early Stage event on this subject.


Lior Zorea

Leader, West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8213

Fax: 866-646-2593

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Yale University, B.A., Economics and Mathematics, cum laude


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