MATTHEW SONSINI

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Matthew Sonsini is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on representing private company clients and funds in venture capital finance and private equity matters. He has more than 20 years of experience advising technology and growth enterprises at all stages of development and the investment banks and private equity firms that finance them. He also has extensive experience in public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate formation and board governance.

From 2001 to 2008, Matt was a corporate partner in the firm's Palo Alto office. Prior to rejoining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 2016, he worked at The Sobrato Organization (TSO), one of the largest real estate, investment, and philanthropic organizations in Silicon Valley. During his tenure at TSO, he held several leadership roles, including chief operating officer and, most recently, chief investment officer, foundation trustee, and board secretary. Among other responsibilities, Matt directed the strategy and implementation of TSO's securities investment platform (Sobrato Capital), with a broad range of investments in private equity, venture capital, and public equity.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., History, Dartmouth College, 1988
    Magna Cum Laude
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Advisory Council, Nasdaq Private Market
  • Former Chairman, Venture Capital Subcommittee on Transactional Issues and Documents, American Bar Association
  • Former Lecturer, Securities Regulation, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and at Santa Clara University's School of Business
  • Member, West Coast Peer Exchange
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Member, Executive Committee, Sobrato Development Companies, LLC and Sobrato Family Holdings, LLC
  • Chairman, Investment Committee, Sobrato Capital
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • "Advising High-Technology Companies" chapter in Preparing for an Initial Public Offering, Practicing Law Institute, 2005
  • "Role of a Law Firm" in Going Public: A Guide for North American Companies to Listing on the U.S. Securities Markets, Nasdaq Publication, 2005
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Presenter, "Compensation and Equity Incentives," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Entrepreneurs College, Palo Alto, November 2006
  • Presenter, KPMG Audit Committee Institute Roundtable, Santa Clara, June 2005
  • Presenter, West Coast Peer Exchange
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California