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Perkins Coie hires new partner

Perkins Coie said Monday that has hired Arman Pahlavan a partner in the firm’s emerging companies & venture capital and private equity practice groups. Previously, Pahlavan worked at Squire Patton Boggs where he was a partner.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (July 28, 2014) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Arman Pahlavan has joined the firm’s Palo Alto office as a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital and Private Equity practice groups. Before joining Perkins Coie, Arman was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, where he was co-chair of the private equity and technology practice in Palo Alto.
“Arman adds to our strong and vibrant Emerging Company & Venture Capital practice here in Silicon Valley,” stated Chris Kao, Office Managing Partner for Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office. “He is an ideal fit for us bringing impressive experience and a terrific network of contacts in the local start-up community. Arman’s practice in fund formation and private equity is also a great addition to our office.”

Arman advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He counsels entities on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and fund formation matters. Arman has extensive experience advising clients operating in the information technology, life sciences and energy technology industries representing clients based both in Silicon Valley and throughout the U.S. He has served as counsel to various funds and represented public companies and foreign private issuers. His fund clients have included Leucadia, Invesco Private Capital, Benhamou Global Ventures, Tomorrow Ventures and Vedanta Capital, among others.

“Arman is a great addition to our Silicon Valley emerging company practice and further strengthens our connections with the venture capital and private equity communities,” said Buddy Arnheim Co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Emerging Company & Venture Capital Practice. “His industry experience in the technology and life sciences industries fits perfectly with our current industry focus.
Arman earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings where he was articles editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa). He has been an active participant in life sciences, technology and energy industry symposiums and roundtables. Some of the topics he has spoken on include smart grid investments, term sheet best practices and funding strategies for life sciences companies. Arman has served on the boards of many Silicon Valley organizations promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Perkins Coie is a recognized leader in venture capital transactions, representing both companies seeking financing and venture capital firms seeking to invest. The firm is the only law firm headquartered north of San Francisco with a broad practice representing leading venture capital firms. Perkins Coie’s expansive network enables them to introduce clients to venture capital contacts, which, in turn, helps both the companies seeking funding and the venture capital firms seeking new investments. Perkins Coie attorneys have handled thousands of venture capital deals. Representation of both emerging growth companies and venture capital firms provide broad and deep experience negotiating and closing financing transactions quickly and efficiently. As a full-service firm, Perkins Coie offers emerging growth companies counsel on a wide range of critical early-stage business activities, including structuring outsourcing arrangements, negotiating trade secret and non-compete agreements with employees, and developing key customer and vendor contracts.

The Perkins Coie Private Equity group has a leading practice in the representation of private equity funds and firms. The firm’s attorneys are experienced in all types of private equity transactions, from industry consolidations to leveraged buyouts of private and public companies. The practice emphasizes middle-market transactions, typically involving companies with enterprise values up to $1 billion. In addition, the firm has a substantial practice dedicated to structuring and forming private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds, and advising fund sponsors in connection with formations.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations. For more information, please visit