Perkins Coie adds a partner in its emerging companies and VC practice

Law firm Perkins Coie has appointed Matt Kirmayer as a partner in the emerging companies and venture capital practice. Previously, Kirmayer worked at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in the Palo Alto, California office where he was a member of the tech group.


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (January 22, 2018) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Matt Kirmayer has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner in the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) practice. Matt was previously a partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in Palo Alto, where he was a member of The Tech Group.

Matt has more than 25 years of experience in the emerging company and venture capital ecosystem, including numerous seed and venture financings for technology and life science companies. He also has a background in guiding clients in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Matt represents emerging technology companies and the investors who fund them across a range of industries, including software, educational technology, digital media, social media, artificial intelligence systems and life sciences.

Active in the technology and investment communities in Silicon Valley and the East Coast, Matt often works with emerging companies as their outside general counsel, managing legal, financial and operational issues, from formation and angel and capital investment through to and exit, that arise when entrepreneurs enter the marketplace.

“Matt is nationally recognized for his exceptional support of and strategic counsel to innovative technology start-ups,” said Buddy Arnheim, Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s ECVC practice. “He is a trusted advisor to clients and a respected mentor to entrepreneurs. I am delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

As part of his commitment to gender equality, Matt is actively involved with Astia, a nonprofit organization that invests in companies with women in positions of equity and influence. He is a mentor at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Matt is also an adjunct professor at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his LL.M from New York University School of Law, earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

“Matt joins a robust and growing cadre of Perkins Coie ECVC attorneys in the Bay Area,” said Barbara Schussman, Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office. “His successful leadership and guidance of clients through securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions reflects the breadth and depth of his knowledge of the entrepreneurial and financing worlds. Matt is an asset to the firm both regionally and nationally.”

Perkins Coie is a recognized national leader in technology and venture capital transactions, representing both companies seeking financing and venture capital firms seeking to invest. The firm’s attorneys handle hundreds of venture capital deals representing both emerging growth companies and investors each year with teams of ECVC attorneys centered in eleven offices. As a full-service firm, Perkins Coie not only counsels emerging growth companies on matters such as formation, financing and exit strategies, but also advises its clients’ companies on matters such as patent prosecution, brand strategy, privacy and data security, licensing and regulatory compliance for disruptive business models.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging growth startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.