Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. (“RQN”), one of Utah’s largest law firms and winner of the “Best in State” award for legal services in Utah for each of the last two years, today announced the formation of The Venture Practice group within its Business Law Section, comprised of five lawyers joining the firm from the national law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (“WSGR”). They will join the firm at the end of June.
Mark Bonham, a long-time corporate and securities partner at WSGR, and Matthew Wells, a leading venture capital attorney, will become shareholders at RQN. They will be joined by senior associates Aaron Murdock, Chris Shoff and Justin Judd along with some associated members of their staff. These lawyers will join the RQN Business Law Section and continue to represent technology and life science companies, many of which are backed by institutional venture capital investors.
“We are thrilled to add to our corporate practice the tremendous skills of this group,” said James S. Jardine, RQN managing director. “We see many opportunities to share with our clients the things they’ve learned from their Silicon Valley practice while at the same time giving their clients access to local expertise in a much broader way.”
The formation of The Venture Practice at RQN is designed to combine Salt Lake City’s largest group of technology and venture capital lawyers with a strong, full-service local platform to focus on the local market, adapting to the economics and needs of Utah and Intermountain Region companies and venture funds while delivering legal services of national caliber. The lawyers spearheading The Venture Practice at RQN bring deep experience in venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings (including Utah IPOs for Omniture, Altiris, Overstock and Sonic Innovations). Both Bonham and Murdock are named in Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as are RQN corporate attorneys Gary Winger, Michael Spence, Mark Cotter and Scott B. Finlinson. Bonham and Winger have been named in the Chambers Guide as leading Corporate/M&A attorneys in the region.
“We have long admired this team and are looking forward to integrating them into our existing corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisition practice,” said R. Gary Winger, chair of the business law section at RQN.
The Venture Practice group of lawyers has acted as legal advisor in completing nearly 100 venture capital transactions, 80 bridge financings, 46 M&A deals and more than a dozen public offerings in the past decade, primarily in Utah and the Intermountain West. They join RQN’s Business Law Section, which has acted as legal advisers in more than 100 M&A transactions and numerous private placements of securities during the same period.
“We are pleased to join the outstanding team at RQN. This is a terrific platform and will allow us to continue our focus on Utah’s important venture practice. We are confident we will maintain a strong relationship with WSGR and look forward to working with them on projects in Utah and elsewhere,” said Bonham. The Venture Practice at RQN will continue its market-leading practice in start-ups, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and intellectual property transactions.
Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C., with a history dating back to the 1940s, is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Utah and the Intermountain West. RQN is a recognized leading law firm in employment, litigation and real estate. The firm has expanded rapidly in recent years and will have over 100 attorneys with the addition of The Venture Practice group. The new RQN attorneys will be working in RQN’s principal office in Salt Lake City, Utah, and its branch office in Provo, Utah.