Lior Zorea represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds with respect to their formation, financing, and general corporate activities. He is a seasoned M&A practitioner, with extensive experience on both the buy-side and sell-side. Lior has worked with clients in nearly every information technology industry, including consumer-interfacing, enterprise, digital media, semiconductors, mobile technologies, health-tech and telemedicine, fin-tech, VR/AR, cryptocurrency, and AI.
My practice focuses on companies that advance their businesses to the next level. I guide 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 exit strategies. My Emerging Companies practice provides a holistic approach to all aspects of a start-up’s business, for example, with respect to securing intellectual property rights, providing advice on commercial and regulatory aspects of the business, equity compensation, executive employment agreements, and immigration matters. Since the entrepreneur’s journey is rarely, if ever, a straight line, I also counsel founders, executives, and boards in addressing those difficult situations that come up along the way, whether a founders’ dispute, a difficult employment matter, or a funding or commercial arrangement where there is asymmetry in the parties’ leverage.
I have extensive and deep experience with mergers and acquisitions transactions and worked on numerous mid-market to larger transactions. Regardless of the acquisition transaction structure, whether public or private, my approach focuses on the key aspects of the deal, ensuring that management and the board are well informed throughout the process, while moving the transaction through its pivotal steps toward a successful and timely conclusion.
My background in finance, economics, and math, provides me the tools to assess the legal aspects of a transaction in a uniquely quantitative way and cut through the “legalese” to provide clients with a practical and efficient approach to execution of the deal. In the sell-side context, emotions can run high as the exit is a culmination of many years of hard work, and I am well attuned to that dynamic, balancing a client’s long-term interests with the desire to achieve immediate liquidity at all costs. Nixon Peabody’s nationally recognized M&A practice provides outstanding capabilities on all non-corporate areas as well, particularly in the key areas of tax, intellectual property, and executive compensation.
Many of the entrepreneurs I represent go on to form angel and venture funds, and I work with them to launch those funds and, thereafter, make their portfolio investments. As part of the technology ecosystem, I also work with a select group of established venture funds on their portfolio investments.
In addition to a uniquely quantitative approach to my practice, I bring a high-level of care and attention to all matters. While not all situations require creativity, some pose special challenges that require a different problem-solving approach than the traditional methods. I also enjoy working with international founders who move to Silicon Valley to turn their dreams into reality, and in the past have included founders from Israel, India, South Africa, England, France, Australia, Turkey, and others.
*Indicates experience from prior firms.
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, profitability, or as a catalyst for business evolution or 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 and “market” terms to deliver value to our traditional and technology clients across the globe.
This article covering S&P Global Mobility’s purchase of automotive pricing and incentive intelligence company Market Scan, mentions NP for advising Market Scan in the sale. The NP deal team was led by San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea, leader of the firm’s West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital team. The team also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester and Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles; San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Ian O’Banion and Alison Torbitt; Corporate counsels Michael Fitzpatrick of Boston and Matthew Goedert of San Francisco; Washington, DC Complex Disputes counsel Brian Whittaker; Rochester Cybersecurity & Privacy counsel Jenny Holmes; Corporate associates Robert Pethick of Boston and Brian Kenney of Washington, DC; and Washington, DC Construction & Real Estate Litigation associate Martha Medina.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
Yale University, B.A., Economics and Mathematics, cum laude
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