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Patrick A Pohlen

Latham & Watkins LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA

Patrick A. Pohlen

Patrick 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. He is the global Co-chair of the firm's Emerging Company Practice.
Partner, Silicon Valley


Mr. Pohlen's 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 & Watkins, Mr. Pohlen ran a start-up. This experience makes him especially attuned to the business and legal issues facing emerging growth companies today.

In the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, Mr. Pohlen is described as “incredibly well connected” where “clients benefit from his consummate ‘operational experience’ as a former businessman,” which makes him “super practical at solving problems” on behalf of his numerous private and public company clients.

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 and publisher of materials for several Practising Law Institute seminars:

  • Securities Offerings
  • Securities Laws
  • Internet
  • Venture Capital: Planning an Exit

JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1984
BA, Iowa State University, 1981

Bar Qualifications
California, Missouri, New York

English, Spanish

Recognition Highlights
Patrick Pohlen is "incredibly well connected" around Silicon Valley. Clients benefit from his consummate "operational experience" as a former businessman, which assists him in being "super practical at solving problems." Chambers USA 2013

Mr. Pohlen was named one of America's Leading Business Lawyers in Chambers USA from 2006-2013 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Pohlen is described as "in a league of his own; he really understands the business and knows what it takes."

Patrick Pohlen was named a "Life Sciences Star" for transactional work by Euromoney’s Legal Media Group 2013.


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