Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Lyman Thai has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner in its Transactions Practice Group and Innovative Technology Sector and a member of its Venture & Growth Capital team. Thai is the 11th attorney added to Foley’s Bay Area firm’s roster since February of last year, further strengthening the firm’s presence in Northern California and demonstrating its commitment to providing effective business solutions to clients in the region’s growing companies and venture capital fields.
Thai focuses his practice on representing founders, venture capital firms and corporate investors in a wide variety of transactional matters at all stages of growth. He draws on previous experience as a general counsel for a venture capital-backed technology startup to advise business clients on corporate governance, federal and state securities laws, stock and option administration, intellectual property protection, employment and compensation, business contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions, including equity, debt, and convertible financing and investments.
“Growing core transactions practices in the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Silicon Valley remains a strategic focus for the firm,” said Michael Okaty, co-chairman of Foley’s Transactions Practice Group. “Lyman’s understanding of the region’s startup space and his proven success in delivering practical solutions to high-growth technology companies adds significant value to our team and increases the depth of our offering for innovative technology companies, an important strategic focus for the firm.”
Thai has represented entrepreneurs, executives and management teams of high-growth technology companies in a variety of industries, including cloud computing, cyber security, digital media, enterprise software, financial technology, mobile applications, on-demand services, online travel, social media, software. -as-a-service (SaaS), video games, and other emerging businesses and technologies. In addition to advising on general business matters Thai leads client teams and coordinates specialists to address matter including licensing, patent and trademark prosecution, tax, employee benefits, employment and general business litigation, real estate, privacy, CFIUS/national security, HSR/antitrust and other regulatory matters.
“Lyman is a highly regarded attorney in the Bay Area and will play a key role in the continued growth of our emerging companies and venture capital capabilities in Northern California,” said Thomas Carlucci, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “We are thrilled to welcome Lyman to the team and look forward to building on our momentum in California with his addition.”
“Like my clients, I thrive on building and innovating,” Thai said. “Foley’s entrepreneurial culture and strategic focus on the technology sector, supported by the firm’s extensive and diverse legal expertise across its national and international platforms, resonates strongly with me and will enable me to best serve my clients. I am eager and energized to partner with my talented new colleagues at Foley to develop a destination law practice for the Northern California startup ecosystem and global Silicon Valley.”
Thai joins Foley from Wilson Sonsini in San Francisco and is the latest in a series of corporate lateralists to join Foley’s Northern California offices. Last year, the firm announced the addition of nine transactional attorneys to its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, including partners Louis Lehot, Natasha Allen, Brandee Diamond and André Thiollier and welcomed Alidad Vakili in San Francisco in August 2022.
Foley’s Venture & Growth Capital attorneys understand the complex and diverse needs of venture funds and their portfolio companies and offer a wide range of services at every stage of development. The company started operations at the beginning of this year Foley Ignitea technology-enabled platform designed to support the needs of startups, founders, emerging growth companies and the entire investor community.
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