Clients come to Coblentz because of our strong record of excellence in corporate and commercial matters. And they stay with Coblentz because of the deep bonds formed when a firm really understands their business—and is dedicated to their success.

    We are known for our creative yet practical approach to complex matters, our expediency, and our accessibility. Our clients range from family-owned businesses to emerging growth companies to large multinational corporations.

    For many clients, we serve as outside general counsel providing broad-based expertise required by today’s businesses, including corporate and commercial, employment and labor, intellectual property, licensing, finance and taxation. We also advise entrepreneurs on everything from forming companies to financing expansions, mergers, acquisitions, and sales.

    As a Bay Area firm, we work with virtually every type of company across a broad variety of industries, including venture capital and private equity, e-commerce, hospitality, consumer products, retail, wineries, music and entertainment, automotive, advertising, professional services, real estate, software, and biotechnology.

    Private Equity and Venture Capital

    Our firm has a strong record of representing companies as well as venture capital and private equity firms in financing and other transactions, nationally and internationally. Our representation of both venture-backed companies and venture capital firms provides us with comprehensive expertise in how to negotiate and close financing transactions quickly and efficiently.

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    We have extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions with a variety of U.S. and international clients. We represent both acquiring and selling companies, as well as joint venture partners creating new enterprises out of existing complementary companies. Our experience includes leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations, joint ventures, spin-offs, and restructurings. These transactions have ranged in size from the relatively small, where the value may lie in obtaining a specific technology or a group of skilled employees, to the very large, where the ownership of a substantial, mature business is at stake.

    We also represent clients in acquiring assets and lines of business from companies involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Our clients in this area include publicly held and private companies, venture capital, and private equity investors, and operating businesses.

    Corporate Governance

    Public and private companies have to navigate onerous laws and regulations to do business, and we offer the help they need to operate at their highest efficiency. By partnering with corporate leadership, we get an in-depth understanding of a company so we can provide the most relevant advice on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters.

    Contract Matters

    We provide guidance on a variety of commercial, operational and contract matters. Our team is experienced with drafting, interpreting, negotiating and assisting with the enforcement of contracts with vendors, distributors, customers, suppliers, resellers, wholesalers, consultants, and strategic partners.


    We regularly advise clients about private issuances of various kinds of equity and debt securities, including common and preferred stock, membership interests in limited liability companies, limited partnership interests, and straight and convertible debt instruments of various kinds.