Jana Kovich advises life sciences and technology startups and venture capital investors on a full range of transactional and operational matters throughout the company lifecycle.

Market savvy and technically skilled, Ms. Kovich serves as a trusted advisor to emerging and growth companies on all aspects of the private company lifecycle, from formation through financings and exit planning. She also helps private and public companies, as well as institutional and strategic investors, navigate a range of corporate transactions, including structured investments, mergers, and acquisitions. Ms. Kovich brings experience across a variety of high-growth sectors, including life sciences and technology.

Ms. Kovich regularly advises on:

  • Company formation and structuring
  • Corporate governance and investor relations
  • Venture capital raising, from seed stage through late-growth equity
  • Day-to-day corporate advice
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and compliance

Ms. Kovich regularly acts as an “outside inside counsel” to startup companies by developing a sophisticated understanding of their long-term business objectives. She draws on extensive transactional experience to deliver commercial, business-oriented advice to founders, management, and investors. Her work encompasses dozens of venture capital financings every year, across a wide range of geographies and industries.

In addition to her commercial work, Ms. Kovich lectures on a variety of topics related to venture capital issues, including at Duke University School of Law and as part of the WiSTEM program at 1871. She also moderated a panel discussion about the future of venture capital outside of New York and Silicon Valley, at the 2020 Kellogg Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference.

Ms. Kovich is an active contributor to Latham’s recruiting, diversity, and training and development programs, and is a former leader of the Chicago Women’s Lawyers Group. She is an auxiliary board member of the Center for Conflict Resolution Chicago, a not-for-profit helping individuals, communities, courts, and other institutions resolve conflict through mediation.

Ms. Kovich’s experience includes advising:

Venture Capital Financings

  • Baxter Healthcare Corp. in various investments
  • DNS Capital in various lead investments
  • Dragoneer in its lead US$355 million investment in the ManoMano group
  • Drive Capital in various lead investments
  • TPG in its lead investment in Monogram Health
  • Finite State in multiple venture capital financings
  • GreatPoint Ventures in various lead investments, including Even Financial, Extend, Recogni, and Truvian
  • Homie Technology in multiple venture capital financings
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners in its lead investment in Calm
  • Meritech Partners in various lead investments, including Flock Security
  • Rivian Automotive in multiple venture capital financings
  • Root Insurance in its Series E financing
  • Sequoia Capital in its lead US$85 million Series F investment in 23andMe
  • Softbank in its lead investment in ShipBob

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Cradlepoint, a provider of wireless networking products and docking solutions, in its US$1.1 billion sale to Ericsson
  • Headspace, a meditation and wellness app, in its combination with Ginger, a virtual healthcare platform
  • Keybase, a secure messaging and file-sharing service provider, in its sale to Zoom Video Communications
  • M*Modal MModal, a provider of clinical documentation solutions and clinical transcription service, in its US$1 billion sale of its technology business to 3M

General Corporate Advice

  • Archean Biologics
  • Heavy.AI
  • Kandji
  • Mantium.AI
  • Tegus
  • Unlearn.ai
  • VillageMD
  • ZenBusiness

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois

Education

  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2015
    cum laude
  • LL.M. (International and Comparative Law), Duke University School of Law, 2015
    cum laude
  • BS in Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2012
    With Honors in Business and With High Distinction