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Advanced Venture Capital 2013

Author(s): Curtis L. Mo, Jason Doren
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Dec 2013
PLI Item #: 42910
CHB Spine #: B2068

Curtis Mo is a recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley.

Curtis has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors.


Among Curtis' clients have been such companies as Cisco Systems, Digital Island, Doubletree Hotels, E*TRADE Group, JetBlue Airways, Restoration Hardware, and many top-tier investment banks and venture capital funds.

He has handled pro bono projects that have had significant impact on the technology sector, including the spin-off of Firefox from Mozilla, the establishment of the Wordpress Foundation, and the creation of the Internet of Things Consortium.


  • Understanding Structuring Your “A” Round, San Francisco, 14 Oct 2013
  • "Secondary Sales and Private Company Trading Markets," Practising Law Institute's Silicon Valley Corporate Law Update: Start-Ups, Financings, IPOs, M&A, Palo Alto, January 12, 2012


Curtis was the founding and managing partner of the Palo Alto office of two different national law firms, and co-chair of the Corporate group in Silicon Valley for a third.


  • Board Member, Blue Planet Network
  • Founder and Co-chair, PLI''s Venture Capital conferences, Co-chair, Annual Institute on Securities Regulation (2001 – 2006)
  • Advisory Board, Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego
  • Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Network


  • M&A Advisor 2013 Award for Technology, Media, Telecom dealmaking (under $100 mm)—Acquisition of by Target Corporation
  • Chambers USA has recognized Curtis as a leader in Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia and in Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital. Chambers commented that he is "a respected figure in the financing of emerging growth companies, both within the USA and abroad." He "maintains a notable China-based cross-border practice" and is well recognized for his technology, "biotech and cleantech expertise." Clients called him "a dynamic individual who has his finger on the pulse of the industry," "extremely dedicated and extremely hard-working," as well as "willing to go the extra mile." He "'understands financing in the Valley: how to pitch to potential investors, what is practically negotiable, how to 'get through' Silicon Valley.' He is highly regarded in venture capital matters, [clients have highlighted] his ability to strategize, along with his 'intelligence, creativity, initiative and coolness under extreme pressure'"
  • The Legal 500 United States has repeatedly recognized him for his venture capital and emerging companies practice. He is "well connected," "highly reputed" and has been revered as "experienced and simply fantastic." Legal 500 also hailed Curtis' arrival at DLA Piper as "game changing"
  • San Jose magazine, Top Lawyers in Silicon Valley
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal, Who's Who, 2008
  • AlwaysOn: "100 Top Deal Makers of 2008" list
  • American Lawyer "Dealmaker of the Year," 2003
  • California Law Business "Top 20 Lawyers in the State of California under the Age of 40"
  • IPO Vital Signs, Top 100 Lawyers



Columbia University School of Law J.D.

Columbia University B.A.


New York


Jason is responsible for all legal matters related to SVB’s venture capital investing division and its venture capital funds. He is also Assistant General Counsel of SVB Financial Group where he has responsibility for SVB’s wealth advisory business, strategic investments and government affairs matters. 

Jason has over 20 years of legal and venture capital industry experience. Prior to joining SVB in 2006, he was with Cooley LLP where he represented venture capital and private equity funds and emerging growth companies. Jason co-chairs the NVCA General Counsels Subgroup and the PLI Advanced Venture Capital seminar, and has been a speaker and Advisory Board member for the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College. Prior to Cooley, Jason was a trial attorney with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon LLP in San Francisco.

Jason earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois.  He is also a licensed aircraft pilot and proud father of two young children.