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Joe Wyatt

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Joe Wyatt is a corporate lawyer who represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in complex business transactions throughout their lifecycle. For almost 20 years, he has advised startup and public company clients and investors in Silicon Valley and across the nation in a variety of transactions. His clients span the technology and biotech sectors—including AI, internet, mobile, e-commerce, social, software, consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices.

Mr. Wyatt's practice focuses on startup company and general corporate counseling, and equity and debt financings for startup companies and sell- and buy-side mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Wyatt helps clients navigate the legal issues and business challenges they may encounter as they grow. Learn more about Mr. Wyatt's practice and how he can support your startup on WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Wyatt was an associate in the Silicon Valley offices of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Recent Highlights

Mr. Wyatt's recent transactions include representing:

  • Azuro, Inc. in its sale to Cadence Design Systems, Inc.;
  • Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of BN Ranch;
  • Metamind, Inc. in its sale to salesforce.com, inc.;
  • Red Hat, Inc. in its acquisitions of 3Scale, Inc., Ancible, Inc., Gluster, Inc., Inktank Storage, Inc. and ManageIQ, Inc.;
  • Seeo, Inc, in its sale to Bosch LLC;
  • SiliconBlue Technologies Ltd. in its sale to Lattice Semiconductor Corporation;
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its acquisition of the Alfa Aesar business from Johnson Matthey PLC; and
  • numerous startup companies in their equity and debt financings. 

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Middle-Market ($500m-999m)
  • Recognized in the 2010-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his corporate practice

Professional Activities

Mr. Wyatt is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he works extensively with entrepreneur associations and incubators associated with the university. He regularly serves as a presenter, panelist and judge for organizations such as The Foundry@Citris, Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Launch: The UC Berkeley Startup Competition and SkyDeck.

Publications & News

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June 14, 2017

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

Deal Lawyers published this article by David Westenberg and Joe Wyatt in its June-August 2017 issue.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

April 28, 2017

2017 M&A Report

Our 2017 M&A Report provides a detailed global M&A market review and outlook. Other highlights include takeover defenses for public companies; key lessons for buyers and sellers considering earnouts; recent developments in merger control regulation; common interest privilege protection among deal parties; special considerations in California M&A deals; acquisition financial statement requirements for IPO companies; a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; and key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 29, 2015

WilmerHale Reps Thermo Fisher Scientific in Agreement to Acquire Alfa Aesar

On June 25, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alfa Aesar, a leading global manufacturer of research chemicals.

October 9, 2014

SEC Enforcement Actions Emphasize Importance of Stock Ownership Reporting Obligations for Public Companies and Insiders

On September 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major stockholders of public companies for violating Section 16(a) and/or Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

July 16, 2013

Palo Alto Attorneys Featured in 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers

Twenty-two WilmerHale attorneys ranked in the tenth annual Northern California Super Lawyers listing for 2013.

May 6, 2013

2013 M&A Report

Our 2013 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a discussion of the challenges and benefits of selling your company in a “dual-track” IPO, a comparison of public and private acquisitions, an analysis of issues and opportunities in California M&A deals, and a review of takeover defenses adopted by public companies. It also takes a look at the facts of life in M&A deal litigation, and survey key terms  in sales of VC-backed companies.

October 21, 2011

2011 M&A Report

January 1, 2009

WilmerHale Names New Partners and Counsel for 2009

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and counsel.

Speaking Engagements

May 24, 2017

QuickLaunch University: Successfully Launching Your Startup

Palo Alto, California

May 18, 2016

WilmerHale QuickLaunch University: Successfully Launching Your Startup

Palo Alto, California

March 9, 2016

UC Berkeley - LAUNCH: The First 100 Days

Berkeley, California

March 9, 2016

Berkeley SCET and CITRIS Foundry: Unpaid Internships

Berkeley, California

February 10, 2016

Berkeley SCET and CITRIS Foundry: Mock Term Sheet Negotiation

Berkeley, California

February 12, 2014

Hattery Labs: Offering Unpaid Internships Legally

San Francisco, California

January 22, 2014

StartupHouse: January 2013 Legal Panel with WilmerHale

San Francisco, California

March 1, 2012

California Lawyer: M&A Roundtable Series

Palo Alto, California

Practices

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Education

MBA, Santa Clara University, 1998

JD, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1998

BA, History, University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Bar Admissions

California

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