Patrick A. Pohlen is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Silicon Valley office, where he is the global Co-chair of the firm's Emerging Companies Practice and a member of the firm's Corporate Department. Mr. Pohlen is one of the nation's leading attorneys in representing technology, life science and cleantech companies and the financial institutions (venture capitalists and investment banks) that finance them. His practice focuses on company representation (public and private), general corporate counseling, corporate governance, private finance, public offerings, securities, mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Pohlen ran a venture-backed technology company. This experience makes him especially attuned to the business and legal issues facing emerging growth companies today.
Mr. Pohlen works with many private and public companies, advising them on corporate governance and other legal matters.
Mr. Pohlen has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities matters. He has represented companies, underwriters and investors in private financings and public offerings. Mr. Pohlen is consistently ranked as one of the country's top IPO lawyers.
In the area of mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Pohlen has represented public and private buyers and targets in both friendly and hostile acquisitions.
In addition to serving on the Corporate Laws Committee of the ABA, Mr. Pohlen has been a guest lecturer on numerous topics, including corporate governance. He has also published materials for several Practising Law Institute seminars: Securities Offerings; Securities Laws and Internet; and Venture Capital: Planning an Exit.
Mr. Pohlen has also been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership and Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Pohlen was named a “Most Innovative Corporate Lawyer” in 2014 and a “Top Emerging Companies Lawyer” in 2014 by the Daily Journal. He has been named one of America's Leading Business Lawyers in Chambers USA from 2006-2015 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In Chambers USA 2011, Mr. Pohlen was described as "in a league of his own; he really understands the business and knows what it takes."