Robert Y. Chow is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. Mr. Chow also is a co-leader of the firm’s Emerging Growth Practice Group and specializes in providing practical legal advice to entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and venture investors. He advises companies at all stages of development, including, formation and governance issues, equity and compensation matters, venture capital financings, technology licensing, securities law and other regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Chow is also a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team and serves as corporate counsel for, among others, a company developing solutions for mitigating coal ash, a carbon management company that assists clients worldwide with the procurement of carbon offsets and a company developing advanced catalyst technology for petroleum refining that increases the yield of fuels and decreases the amount of waste products produced from refining crude oil.
Mr. Chow represents a variety of software companies, including, among others, companies developing “cloud computing” applications, data quality assurance solutions, mobile applications and collaboration software.
Mr. Chow also represents several social media clients, including one of the top 10 most popular health-related Web sites in terms of Internet traffic.
The following engagements are representative of Mr. Chow’s practice:
- representation of numerous companies in venture capital financings raising an aggregate of over $500 million, including:
- $47 million in financing through several financing rounds for a clean technology company
- $39 million in financing through several financing rounds for a pharmaceutical company
- $26 million financing for a data networking infrastructure company.
- representation of numerous venture capital firms and other investors in investing an aggregate of over $250 million in portfolio companies, including:
- $36.8 million investment in a mobile phone handset manufacturer
- $12.5 million investment in a drug development company
- $11 million investment in a provider of online marketing solutions.
- representation of clients in connection with merger, acquisitions and complex corporate reorganizations, including:
- representation of a bio-manufacturing equipment company in its sale to GE Healthcare
- the spin-out of a dermatological products company from a pharmaceutical company
- a remote IT management software company in its acquisition by Citrix Systems
- an online gaming company in its acquisition by a publicly traded international gaming company
- the reorganization of a carbon offsets and carbon emissions management company based in the United Kingdom under a Delaware holding company and subsequent combination with another U.S.-based company.
- representation of clients in connection with the negotiation of strategic alliances and partnering arrangements with other companies, including:
- negotiation of a strategic alliance for the distribution of a cloud computing company’s applications by Hewlett Packard
- negotiation of a strategic alliance for the use of a client’s proprietary trading solution as the derivatives trading clearinghouse solution for a national commodities exchange
- negotiation of exclusive licenses for technologies developed by universities
- negotiation of a client’s exclusive license to develop and offer online games based upon the television game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
Mr. Chow previously served as vice president and general counsel of Convergent Networks, Inc., a developer of next generation switching equipment for telecommunications service providers. In this position, he was responsible for all legal matters for the company, including negotiations of strategic alliances, sales contracts, license agreements, equity financings and settlements of litigation.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Chow practiced with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in Boston, where he was a member in that firm’s corporate group.
Mr. Chow has organized panels for the MIT Enterprise Forum and has been a guest lecturer at events sponsored by the New England Chinese Information and Networking Association (NECINA). He has participated in the National Venture Capital Association drafting of model venture capital financing documents. His speaking engagements include:
- “Funding Clean-Tech Innovation” Moderator, New England Venture Summit, Boston, MA (December 10, 2014)
- “Finding the Exit: Alternatives to an IPO” Moderator, New England Venture Summit, Boston, MA (December 10, 2010)
- “Start Me Up: Intellectual Property for Start Ups” Moderator, Stay In MA, Boston, MA (November 16, 2010)
- “Start Me Up: Legal Basics for Launching Your Start Up” Panelist, Stay In MA, Boston, Cambridge, MA (September 28, 2010)
- “Capital for Clean-Tech: It’s Plentiful” Moderator, New England Venture Summit, Boston, MA (December 8, 2009)
- “Raising Capital from Friends & Family,” The Capital Network University Series, Babson College (November 13, 2009)
- “Perspectives on Sustainability” Panelist, FD Panel Presentation, Boston, MA (October 6, 2009).