Christopher Shoff

  • Partner
  • Echris.shoff@lw.com
  • 10250 Constellation Blvd.
  • Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90067
  • USA
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Profile

Chris Shoff is a partner in the Century City office of Latham & Watkins. He is a leading advisor to emerging companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms and strategic acquirers in the technology, life sciences, cleantech and energy industries.    

Chris Shoff focuses his practice on the representation of technology companies from start-ups to global corporations in a broad range of industries, including software, digital media and entertainment, mobile, consumer Internet, medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare services. He regularly represents clients throughout their entire life cycle from formation to exit. In this role he advises entrepreneurs and companies on corporate formation, equity incentives, convertible note and preferred stock financings, securities law compliance, corporate governance, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr. Shoff has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience having worked on over 100 M&A transactions. He regularly represents some of the world’s top private equity firms and strategic acquirers in their acquisitions. This experience representing acquirers helps him more effectively advise emerging companies through their growth cycle in preparation for an exit.      

Mr. Shoff has significant experience advising clients with respect to venture capital financings and has represented companies and venture capital firms in hundreds of financings. Mr. Shoff is currently an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School, teaching a course on venture capital and emerging companies.

Experience

A selection of Mr. Shoff’s representations include:

  • Altiris in corporate governance matters and general company representation, in its acquisitions of Pedestal Software, Tonic Software and Wise Solutions, and in its US$1.038 billion sale to Symantec*
  • AnalytX in its acquisition by eFront*
  • AWR in general company representation, in its acquisition of STAAR and in its sale to National Instruments*
  • Blind Squirrel Games in general company representation
  • Carbon 38 in general company representation and in corporate governance matters
  • Clarabridge in its acquisition of Market Metrix*
  • Coherex Medical in its Series A, Series B and Series C financings, in general company representation and in its sale to Biosense Webster, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson*
  • Core Mobility in its acquisition by Smith Micro Software*
  • DreamWorks Animation in its acquisition of Awesomeness TV for up to US$150 million*
  • Homie in its preferred stock financing and in general company representation
  • Estech in its Series C and Series D financings and in general company representation*
  • Fallbrook Technologies in its Series D and Series E financings, in general company representation, in its acquisition of Hodyon and in its proposed initial public offering*
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its acquisitions and investments, including its investments in My Fit Foods and Predictix and in its acquisition of Blue Hornet Networks
  • Oaktree Capital in its investments in TenK Solar and in its acquisition of Horizon Solar* 
  • Olive Medical in general company representation and in its sale to Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes*
  • Pfizer Ventures in its venture capital investments, including its investments in Aureon Laboratories, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Celladon, DVS Sciences, Neuronetics, Nodality, Novocure and TetraLogic*
  • Predictix in general company representation and in its sale to Infor*
  • Qualcomm in its acquisitions and investments, including its acquisitions of Empowered Careers, Integrated Device Technology, Kooaba, Orb Networks, Pixtronix, Summit Microelectronics, Ubicom, Ultra Scan and Wilocity, and in its investments in Silicon Image and Brain Corp*
  • RadPad in its Series A financing and in general company representation*
  • Reimagined Ventures in its venture capital investments
  • ScaleFunder in general company representation and in its sale to RuffaloCODY*
  • SDL in its acquisition of Language Weaver*
  • Super Bit Machine in its preferred stock financing and in general company representation
  • Smiletime in its preferred stock financing and in general company representation
  • Venafi in its Series B, Series C, Series D, Series E and Series F financings and in general company representation*
  • VoyageOne in its Series A financing and in general company representation
  • Vow to be Chic in its Series A financing and in general company representation
  • ZEFR in its sale of the Movieclips business to Fandango*
  • ZELTIQ Aesthetics in its Series D financing and in general company representation*
  • Ziprecruiter in general company representation

*Denotes experience from prior firm

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Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2002
  • BS in Economics, Weber State University, 1999
    summa cum laude
Industries
  • Cleantech
  • Information Technology – Systems & Solutions
  • Internet & Digital Media
  • Life Sciences
  • Semiconductors
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Emerging Companies