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Shoshannah D. Katz

Fax +1.949.253.0902
Fax +1.310.552.5008
Ms. Katz practices in the areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions, finance and general corporate matters, focusing on providing day-to-day client support and coordination of governance issues, transactional needs and specialty counsel. She advises private and public companies in connection with raising capital and issuing securities, compliance with corporate and securities laws and corporate governance practices, debt financing, and negotiation and documentation of a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions.  Ms. Katz has significant leadership experience in coordination, negotiation and documentation of equity and debt financings for early stage and mature private companies; private and public company mergers, asset acquisitions, stock purchases, and tender offers; PIPEs and public offerings (including IPOs and shelf offerings), representing issuers, placement agents and underwriters; preparing filings for and negotiating with the SEC, FINRA and national securities exchanges; and assisting publicly traded companies with periodic reporting requirements, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and going private/going dark.  Ms. Katz also provides substantial client support through coordination of specialty counsel in tax, employment (guidance, benefits and litigation), intellectual property, litigation, antitrust and international matters, and advising on clients' post-closing contractual compliance and post-acquisition integration efforts.  Ms. Katz works with companies in a variety of industries, such as food and beverage, medical technology, telecommunications, internet-based services, alternative energy, financial services, auto electronics and insurance.


Ms. Katz has been recognized as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 Southern California Rising Star, as noted in Los Angeles Magazine. She was also recognized as a Rising Star in 2012 by the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • UCLA Chancellor's Associates

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Successful Strategies for a Food & Beverage Exit,” K&L Gates and OCTANe - The Science Behind a Food and Beverage Business: From Growing Your Brand to Minimizing The Biggest Risks, November 2015
  • Panelist, “Avoiding Post-Closing Disputes in M&A Transactions,” Exit Planning Institute, June 4, 2015
  • Workshop Co-Leader, “Alternative Sources of Early Stage Financing,” OneMed Forum San Francisco, January 2013
  • Workshop Co-Leader, "Alternative Approaches to Financing For Today's Turbulent and Risk Adverse Markets," OneMed Forum New York, July 2012
  • Presenter, "Overview of the JOBS Act and the Impact on Emerging Businesses and Their Investors," UCLA Anderson Alumni Century City Networking Lunch, May 2012
  • Moderator, “Private Company Succession Planning,” The Presidents’ Forum of Southern California (sponsored by The Entrepreneurship Institute), March 2012
  • Panelist, “When Boilerplate Is Not Boilerplate – Practical Things In-House Counsel Need to Know,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, January 2012
  • Panelist, “Katherine Blair and Shoshannah Katz of K&L Gates Discuss Securities Issues in Acquisitions Involving Private Companies,” LexisNexis Corporate and Securities Law Center Podcast, November 2011
  • Panelist, “Capital Investment and Access to Capital,” The President’s Forum of Southern California (sponsored by The Entrepreneurship Institute), April 2011
  • Panelist, “Being An Effective Corporate Secretary,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, January 2011