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Kyle R. de Neve

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Kyle de Neve is an associate in the firm’s Tokyo office.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. de Neve worked in the Silicon Valley office of an international law firm where he represented a broad spectrum of companies (from startups to multinational corporations); private equity, venture capital and strategic funds; and angel investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and other complex corporate transactions. Mr. de Neve has particular experience in counseling venture-backed high-tech, mobile app and software development, health sciences, and internet companies of all stages. He is experienced not only in complicated transactional work but also in the day-to-day legal needs of his clients, including early-stage convertible debt and seed financing rounds, board meeting administration, employment issues, and general corporate governance.

  • Represented the investment arm of a major global technology company in a series of convertible debt and equity financings in U.S. and Asian technology companies. These deals involved significant challenges related to client’s particular corporate and confidentiality requirements and were often designed as launch pads for future acquisitions.
  • Represented a major U.S. institutional venture capital firm in a series of convertible debt and equity financings involving U.S. (primarily Silicon Valley) and international start-ups and mid-stage technology companies. Particular emphasis placed on targets operating in the bitcoin and mobile app spaces.
  • Represented an India-based retail management software company in connection with its acquisition by a major private equity firm. This deal was structured as a short-term convertible equity issuance followed immediately by a simultaneous equity financing, with unusual equity-as-debt terms, and global restructuring and corporate recapitalization; the ultimate goal was acquisition of a controlling interest by investor. Immediately following the investment, the client entered into a second global restructuring in order to obtain substantially improved tax treatment.
  • Represented a U.S.-based search engine developer and provider in the sale and transfer of substantially all of its assets to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
  • Represented a U.S.-based cloud computing and server design company in its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.
  • Represented a U.S. multimedia phone application company in its acquisition by Apple Inc.
  • Represented a U.S., China and South Korea-based wireless technology company in the sale of substantially all of its United States assets to another U.S.-based wireless technology company.
  • Represented a U.S. and France-based keyless entry company in the acquisition of its global business by a major ride sharing firm.
  • Represented a U.S.-based health care services software company in the sale of shares of its equity securities to numerous institutional and angel investors through three separately negotiated investment rounds. Ongoing litigation and industry factors resulted in unique pay-to-play and anti-dilution protection terms.
  • Represented a wireless technology company in its sale and issuance of equity securities for financing purposes. This financing preliminarily required a complete overhaul of the client’s existing capitalization structure, principally accomplished by way of a multi-tiered conversion and reclassification of several prior equity series and a corresponding investment pull-through mechanic.
  • Represented a limited liability company in the sale of preferred units to a global investment entity. This deal was complicated by the particular compliance requirements of investor.
  • Represented a cloud-content and technology company in its acquisition of a South Asian content streaming device provider and its simultaneous issuance of a significant equity interest to third-parties for financing purposes.
  • Represented a U.S.-based video game design company in the sale and issuance of shares of its equity securities to a group of investors including several key, high net-worth individuals and led by a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
  • Represented issuer, an open-source geospatial technology company, in a series of convertible note and preferred stock financings. This company was spun-off from a non-profit following conceptualization of its core business technology.
  • Represented several South American companies, including a Brazil-based transportation software company and a Colombia based three dimensional-cartography and data analytics company, in their corporate restructurings, convertible note financings and preferred stock financings.