Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands Corporate and Securities Practice

- Kenji Funahashi Joins the Firm's Los Angeles Office -

Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

PALO ALTO, CA (June 11, 2018) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that Kenji Funahashi has joined the firm's corporate and securities practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Funahashi works on a wide range of corporate finance matters, from start-up companies obtaining angel financing to multi-billion dollar transactions for multi-national and Fortune 500 companies. He has handled more than $10 billion in financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and IPOs throughout his career, including hundreds of private and public financing transactions for entrepreneurs and investors. His practice focuses on the representation of technology, life sciences, healthcare, and other growth companies in the U.S. and internationally.

"Ken has established a vibrant practice by representing sophisticated technology and life sciences companies, and his impressive list of M&A and financing deals includes working with respected private equity and investment funds," said Doug Clark, managing partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. "His connections throughout the market in Southern California and his entrepreneurial approach will complement our corporate practice in the region. We are pleased he's joined the firm."

Funahashi is an active member of the Southern California angel and start-up community, and previously served as chair of the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee and Cleantech Subcommittee; president, chair, and board member of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana; co-chair of the Judicial Endorsements Committee and board member of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego; board member of the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC); and pro bono counsel to a number of nonprofit entities. He has also received the State Bar of California's Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award multiple times.

"The combination of Los Angeles' growing technology and life sciences sectors, plus WSGR's reputation as the go-to firm for helping innovative companies navigate all stages of growth, makes for a compelling opportunity," said Funahashi. "I am excited to share the firm's leading expertise in venture capital, IPOs, intellectual property protection, and high stakes litigation with my clients and the technology and life sciences communities throughout Southern California."

Funahashi received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and his J.D. and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. He is admitted to practice in California. He also has lived and worked in Tokyo as an attorney and was a Fund for International Education Scholar at Osaka University School of Law.

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