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Lars E. Johansson

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Lars Johansson is a corporate partner in the firm’s Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. He represents U.S.-based and international public and private companies, as well as investors, in connection with corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, joint ventures, and international business transactions. He works with clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, fintech, telecom, data analytics, information technology, software, medical device, nanotechnology, clean technology, and viniculture.

Mr. Johansson actively counsels boards of directors, special committees, and management executives with respect to corporate governance, fiduciary duties, strategic issues, privacy issues, securities laws, and general corporate and business matters.

In the corporate finance and securities areas, Mr. Johansson’s experience includes public and private equity and debt financings, representing both U.S. and foreign issuers and investors, ranging from simple debt and equity offerings to more complex financings coupled with recapitalizations and rights offerings.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Johansson was a business law partner in a U.S. national law firm with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Professional/Civic Activities

For the Public Good

  • Friends of the Earth - counsel and board advisor in combination with Blue Water Network
  • European Innovation Center - counsel and board advisor, 2015-present
  • ISSIP (www.issip.org) - counsel and board advisor, 2013-present
  • U.S. Friends of Chalmers - counsel and board advisor, 2012-present
  • Lund University - counsel and board advisor, 2013-present
  • Silicon Vikings - pro bono counsel, 2011-present
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Silicon Vikings
  • Board of Directors, 2003-2005
    • Montessori Children’s House of the West Coast
      • Board of Directors, 2004-2005
    • Svenska Skolan, Walnut Creek, CA
      • Board of Directors, 2014-2015
    • Divorcee Parenting, Inc - counsel and board advisor, 2015-present

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Johansson is a frequent speaker and panelist on subjects related to domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, joint ventures, and international business transactions. His recent presentation topics include:

  • “Combining a Non-Profit with a For-Profit - How to Finance Mission when Donations Diminish”
  • “Buying or Selling a Business:  Understanding the Fundamentals”
  • “Fiduciary Duties under Delaware GCL vs California GCL”
  • “Five Issues to Think About When Structuring and Negotiating a Pay-to Play Financing”
  • “Global Expansion: Getting it Right the First Time”
  • “Corporate Governance and Contract Issues”
  • “Five Things to think about When Your Portfolio Company Migrates to SV”
  • “Planning for Complete Corporate Flip Without the Tax Issues”
  • “Migrating Portfolio Companies to SV”
  • “How Contracts are Formed and How to Minimize Contract Liability”
  • “Issues and Challenges when Expanding Globally”
  • “Roadmap for Success”
  • “Dong Business in the U.S.”
  • “Innovation for Jobs: Investing in Innovation”

Additional Information

  • C.E.P., Institut d’Etudes Politiques a l’Universite d’Aix, France, 1995
Financing Transactions
  • Represented Brilliant Telecommunications in connection with several VC-backed preferred equity and debt financings, and the sale of its business to Juniper Networks.  Lead investors were Onset Ventures, Draper Fisher & Jurvetson, and Asset Management.
  • Represented Teijin Ltd., a Japanese publicly-traded company, in connection with its $15MM investment in Applied Water Technology.
  • Represented APTWater, a California-based clean tech company, in connection with its recapitalization and Series A Preferred Stock financing led by Kleiner Perkins.
  • Represented RPM Mortgage in connection with $25 million credit facility with PE Firm and $15 million financing of servicing loan portfolio.
  • Represented Uptake Medical Corp., a medical device company, in its (i) $9.5 million Series A financing, and (ii) recapitalization and $7 million Series A-1 financing.
  • Represented Sberbank Ventures as lead counsel in its investment in the Series B financing and two follow-on debt financings of Sequent Software, Inc.
  • Represented Sberbank Ventures in connection with its investments in Walkbase Ltd., RedZebra Ltd. and SCCP Group Limited.
  • Represented Aspen Avionics, an avionics manufacturer, in connection with significant credit facility with major bank.
  • Represented IP Networks, Inc., a telecom business, in connection with its secured debt financing, restructurings of the debt financings and recapitalization, Series A financing, Series B financing, Senior Common Stock financing, a corporate restructuring, a credit facility with major bank, and a secured debt financing.
  • Represented Method Products, Inc., in connection with a Series A financing, Series A-1 financing, Series B financing, Series B-1 financing, Series C financing, bridge to Series B financing, bridge to Series C financing, and credit facility with SVB and US Bank.
  • Represented Southampton Photonics, Inc. in its $55 million Series A financing and combined debt and pay-to-play Series B financing.
  • Was lead counsel for their bridge financing of Seqent, and investment in IDM Global, Inc.
  • Represented Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc. in connection with its bridge financing, subsequent spin-off and reorganization, and Series A and B financing.
  • Represented AirPrime, Inc., a supplier of high speed CDMA wireless products, in connection with a bridge and Series C financing, and secured debt financing.
  • Represented REAL D, a film and 3D tech company, in its  Series C financing, and various other finance and technology related transactions.  Developed and helped implement world-wide licensing program. 
  • Represented Octolytics, a telecom company, in connection with its bridge financing and common stock financing.
  • Represented EIE Materials, a biotech company, in connection with bridge financing and Seed Preferred Stock Financing.
  • Represented Talent Earth, a social media and networking company, in connection with its convertible debt financing and common stock financing.
  • Represented PowerGenix, Inc. as lead investor in Series C Financing.
  • Represented lead investor in Series A round of YLX Corp.
  • Represented Applied Process Technology in its $15 million cross-border convertible debt financing.
  • Represented lead investor in Series B financing of Plato Networks, Inc.
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Represented REAL D in its $32 million acquisition of ColorLink.
  • Represented UCBH in its (i) $220 million bank acquisition by merger, (ii) $50 million stock acquisition, (iii) $35 million asset purchase, and (iv) $250 million structured financing.
  • Represented Brek Manufacturing, developer of Aerospace technology, in its $85 million cross border sale to a foreign buyer, Taurus Aerospace Group, LLC. 
  • Represented telecommunications equipment manufacturer in its $260 million sale by way of triangular merger.
  • Represented RPM in connection with its stock acquisition of Regency Mortgage Bank, Mortgage Financial Inc, and American Eagle Mortgage LLC, with combined loan originations of more than $10B.
  • Represented Teijin in its acquisition of NanoGram, a California-based nanotechnology company.
  • Represented Olympic Steel in connection with its acquisition of Goldstar Holdings Limited, a steel company.
  • Represented AirPrime in connection with the $35 million sale of its business to Sierra Wireless by way of reverse triangular merger.
  • Represented Hourglass / Looking Glass Vineyards, a winery, in their financing; acquisition of vineyards, business combination, and sale of Inn in St. Helena.
  • Represented SiSinc, Inc., a semi-conductor company, in connection with its corporate restructuring and migration, bridge to Series A financing, and sale of the Company.
  • Represented U.S. high tech bidder in connection with $250 million cross-border tender offer to shareholders of well known high tech company.
  • Represented Pokka Sapporo Food & Beverage Ltd, Japanese food and technology company, in sale of significant farming property in California.
Joint Ventures
  • Represented Teijin Ltd. In connection with licensing matters and multi-year, multi-billion dollar joint venture and technology development with GM.
  • Designed and executed on several international joint venture and licensing arrangements for REAL D
  • Represented Mortgage Services Professionals II, a real estate and mortgage bank joint venture, in connection with formation of joint venture and financing of mortgage bank.
  • IP Networks, I’m representing IPN in connection with its sale. 
  • Represented EvoRx Technologies in its spin out from USC and various collaboration arrangements.