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Mark A. Leahy

Mark A. Leahy

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA

Mark Leahy, a seasoned advisor to technology companies on a broad range of corporate transactional matters, focuses on providing legal solutions that advance his clients’ business objectives. With a deep understanding of each client’s business and competitive landscape, Mark provides practical guidance through the complex legal and business hurdles of company growth. He enjoys learning about each of his clients, understanding their needs, and playing a central role in their business transactions.

Mark’s practice focuses on venture capital financings, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. His expertise spans a wide range of technologies, including software, semiconductor, internet/e-commerce, and data management and storage.

His client roster is comprised of companies at all stages of development – from entrepreneurs  seeking company formation advice, to startups seeking additional funding, to public company acquirers in search of targets in the technology space.

Representative Clients:


  • Adesto
  • LedEngin
  • SeaMicro
  • AVOS Systems
  • Nimble Storage
  • Solera Holdings
  • Baynote
  • Nvidia
  • Synopsys
  • Force10 Networks
  • Omneon
  • Transmeta


Mark is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his B.S. in industrial engineering in 1983 from Stanford University. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. in 1989 from the University of Chicago.  Mark worked as an engineer prior to attending law school.

Representative Transactions:

  • Represented ParAccel, a company in the big data analytics space, in its last set of financing rounds and its acquisition by database vendor Actian.
  • Represented Pulse news reader maker Alphonso Labs in all of its financing rounds and its acquisition by LinkedIn.
  • Over the last three years Mark has represented approximately 50 startup companies in their various types of financing transactions.
  • Professional Achievements:
  • Mark was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the 2013 Top Legal 500 in the areas of Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.
  • Mark served for eleven years as a board member of the Churchill Club, a Silicon Valley business and technology forum, and is a Board Emeritus member.
Mark A. Leahy is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey Second Quarter 2017 - Advanced Venture Capital 2017, Monday, December 04, 2017
Explanation of Certain Terms Used in Venture Financing Terms Survey (February 23, 2012) - Advanced Venture Capital 2017, Monday, December 04, 2017
Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey First Quarter 2017 - Advanced Venture Capital 2017, Monday, December 04, 2017
Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies (2016) - Advanced Venture Capital 2017, Monday, December 04, 2017

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