Robert Y. Chow is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston office. Mr. Chow is also a co-leader of the firm’s Emerging Company 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 also is 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.
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.
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.
Before 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.