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Laurie A. Sanders

Laurie A. Sanders
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
d 510.622.7549
f: 510.834.1928
lasanders@wendel.com

Education

Duke University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

District of Columbia Bar

  • Profile
  • PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • INSIGHTS

Laurie has more than 25 years of experience as a business transactional attorney. A partner in the firm’s Business practice, she serves as outside general counsel, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, venture capital financings, private equity transactions, succession planning, and corporate governance. She guides domestic and international businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle market companies in creative approaches to the challenges of rapid growth.

Business Transactions

A trusted partner to her clients, Laurie advises investors and companies through the lifecycle of a business, from formation, financings, equity compensation and securities transactions to acquisitions and sales of businesses and founder ownership transition. Her experience includes complex licensing transactions, sophisticated joint venture arrangements, and other types of commercial agreements.

Experience

Laurie began her career in the business and corporate law departments of major national and international law firms in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She worked with public and private companies on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, ’34 Act matters, secured financings, and corporate governance. Her experience encompasses a number of industries such as technology, professional services, consulting, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail distribution. Laurie has negotiated cross-border transactions with parties in Europe and Asia, and has clients in England, Australia, and Canada.

Influence

Laurie serves on the steering committee for mergers and acquisitions with IR Global and is an attorney mentor to student teams through U.C. Hastings’ Startup Legal Garage. She has been a frequent speaker and panel moderator for groups including Continuing Education of the Bar, Financial Executives International, the Association for Corporate Growth, Women in Consulting, Provisors, and the Alameda County Bar Association. She served as executive editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law at Duke University School of Law.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented bulk food product wholesaler and distributor in stock sale to private equity firm.
  • Represented distributor of specialty air systems in sale of interests to Canadian publicly traded acquiror
  • Represented exclusive auto parts distributor in asset sale to strategic acquiror.
  • Represented commercial real estate brokerage in proposed asset sale to publicly traded acquiror.
  • Represented successful entrepreneur in simultaneous asset acquisition of online retail goods company and Series A Preferred Stock financing.
  • Represented native advertising startup in sale to market leading competitor.
  • Represented dominant regional residential brokerage firm in asset acquisition of smaller firm.
  • Represented California education and travel company in asset acquisition of privately held New Zealand company.

 

Commercial Contracts

  • Represented national chain retail brand in drafting and negotiation of multiple contracts including exclusive supply agreement and an intellectual property development and license agreement.
  • Represented major operator of multi-family properties in drafting and negotiation of multiple contracts including electronic vehicle charging station installation program and a billing master services agreement.
  • Represent U.K. software company in global contract negotiations related to implementation, licensing, and maintenance of software.
  • Represent a semiconductor-related consultancy and fabrication company in certain IP related contracts with publicly traded company.

 

General Counsel / Emerging Companies / Financings / Ownership Changes

  • Represent global consulting company in corporate governance, equity and stock options, and related matters.
  • Represent wholesale importer of home products in corporate governance matters including purchase of minority shareholder’s interest.
  • Represent emerging wholesale bakery company in corporate governance, options, and preparing for financing or sale.
  • Represented Netherlands company with machine learning performance platform in its Series A Preferred stock financing.
  • Represent emerging leader in the circular fashion economy in corporate governance and preparing for initial financing round.
  • Represent cutting edge technology company developing alternative internet delivery system in preparation of leadership bonus plan.
  • Represented minority owner in sale of shares to majority owners of specialty lab equipment company.
  • Represent serial investor in reviewing documentation relating to advisory board positions and equity compensation as well as seed and convertible note investments.
  • Represent majority owners in acquisition of minority owner’s interests in registered investment advisory firm.
  • Represent family office with North American real estate investments with respect to corporate governance and general contract matters.

 

IR Global

  • Steering Committee Member,  Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Member, 2017 – present

ProVisors

  • Member, 2012 – present

Financial Women of San Francisco

  • Member, 2017 – present

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – San Francisco

  • Member, 2019 – present

The Startup Legal Garage, UC Hastings Law School

  • Attorney Mentor, Spring 2019 – present

Alameda County Bar Association

  • Member
  • Business Law Section, Former Vice-Chair

Featured Speaking

  • FEI (Financial Executives International) online meeting, September 9, 2020; presenter, “CFOs and the Law”
  • Pensionmark webinar, June 4, 2020; presenter, “Roadmap to PPP Loan Forgiveness”
  • Alameda County Bar Association webinar, May 13, 2020; presenter, “Tips for Attorneys Advising Start-Ups and Other Businesses”
  • ProVisors – Silicon Valley M&A Affinity Group, September 23, 2019; presenter, “CFIUS:  The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.”
  • IR Global conference – Tokyo, Japan, May 10, 2019; Discussion Leader, “Cross-Border Transactions;” presenter, “CFIUS:  The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.”
  • FEI (Financial Executives International) San Francisco,May 1, 2019; presenter, “CFOs and the Law”
  • ProVisors – East Bay M&A Affinity Group, February 8, 2019; presenter, “Current Topics in Start-Ups, Financings, and M&A”
  • ACG M&A Forum,May 11, 2018; discussion leader, “Dealing with Known and Unknown Risks”
  • Women in Consulting – Leadership Network, May 23, 2017; presenter, “Planning for the Future of Your Business – Current Trends and Key Tips”

 

Publications

Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 5

Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 5

06/18/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

In Part 1 of this series of posts, we discussed how business owners must think beyond the near term and that certain Buyers may view this as an opportune time…

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Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 4

Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 4

06/11/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

In Part 1 of this series of posts, we discussed how business owners must think beyond the near term and that certain Buyers may view this as an opportune time…

Full Article
Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 3

Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 3

06/02/2020 | Wendel Rosen LLP

In Part 1 of this series of posts, we discussed how business owners must think beyond the near term and that certain Buyers may view this as an opportune time…

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Date Category Publication Title
05/26/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 2
05/20/2020 Publication Wendel Rosen LLP Buying or Selling a Struggling Business (aka the “Distressed” Business) – Part 1
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Events

10 Tips for Attorneys Advising Start-Ups and Other Businesses

10 Tips for Attorneys Advising Start-Ups and Other Businesses

05/13/2020 | Alameda County Bar Association

The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), sponsored by the ACBA Business Law Section, presents “10 Tips for Attorneys Advising Start-Ups and Other Businesses” featuring Laurie A. Sanders on May 13,…

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News

Wendel Rosen Welcomes Laurie A. Sanders as Partner

Wendel Rosen Welcomes Laurie A. Sanders as Partner

08/01/2019 | Wendel Rosen

Firm Boosts Business Offerings with Addition of Experienced, Growth-Focused Corporate Lawyer Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, has added Laurie…

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Education

Duke University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Berkeley; B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

District of Columbia Bar

IR Global

IR Global

Laurie represents Wendel Rosen LLP as the exclusive IR Global member in California for both Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Mergers & Acquisitions.  Laurie also serves on the Steering Committee of the Mergers and Acquisitions Working Group.

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