THE FIRM This national firm has an excellent reputation for representing emerging growth and technology companies and their investors, and in Colorado frequently advises on licensing, M&A and securities transactions, including IPOs. Recent work includes advising Alexza Pharmaceuticals on its $16.1 million follow-on public offering.
Sources say: "It's a very good firm; we have a lot of interactions - different people around the country give us support - it would be easier for them to focus on bigger clients but they are supportive of our interests."
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Linfield "is very experienced and can translate difficult issues into layman's terms," according to sources. A senior figure within the practice, he "keeps his hand in the action" and "remains one of the best lawyers in town." He has recently advised Abound Solar on an equity financing.
Francis Wheeler is "a first-rate lawyer - very intelligent, industrious, careful and thoughtful." His practice encompasses a broad range of corporate law matters.
Michael Platt recently represented Ping Identity over its $10 million venture financing with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Catalyst Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. He is "a good sounding board," is "great at deal-making" and has an excellent "understanding of the inherent risks involved in building an early stage business."
Brent Fassett is praised for being "extremely bright, service-oriented and practical" and for keeping a good balance between the legal and business aspects of a deal. Clients also appreciate his "ability to propose a series of methods for addressing a problem." Recent work includes advising Arca Biopharma on a public offering and leading on the Alexza Pharmaceuticals work mentioned above.