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Venture Capital 2014: Nuts and Bolts

Author(s): Curtis L. Mo, Lizette M. Pérez-Deisboeck
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Feb 2014
PLI Item #: 50622
CHB Spine #: B2080

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


Lizette M. Pérez-Deisboeck joined Battery in 2009 from Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a Partner and a member of the Technology Companies and Private Equity Practice Groups. She has over 20 years of legal experience counseling entrepreneurs, public companies and private clients on a variety of matters, including formation, governance, financings, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions in the United States and abroad. Prior to Goodwin, Lizette was Vice President of Legal Affairs and Operations, at Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies. Preceding her work at Idealab, she served as General Counsel at JuniorNet Corporation, a children's online service. Lizette was an associate in the Corporate Departments of Goodwin Procter LLP and Baker and McKenzie. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Telesca of the United District Court of the Western District of New York.

She is a member of the California, Illinois and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Lizette earned a JD from Boston University School of Law and BA from the University of Rochester.