Michael Torosian

DLA Piper

Michael Torosian is a partner in the Corporate group of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. He focuses on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters in the high technology, clean tech and life sciences industries. Mr. Torosian has represented both private and public companies, venture capital and private equity firms and investment banks.

Mr. Torosian regularly acts as outside general counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, and his general company representation includes advising management and boards of directors regarding assisting with business plans, company formation issues, equity and debt offerings and credit facilities, federal and state securities law compliance, employment matters, equity incentives, commercial arrangements, public company compliance and disclosure matters and corporate governance matters.

His transactional finance practice consists of venture capital and growth equity financings, private equity transactions, public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

He has represented companies and investors in all stages of financings and has completed a large number of venture capital and growth equity financings , recapitalizations and reorganizations, strategic corporate investments, bridge financings and private equity transactions.

His public securities experience includes representing companies and investment banks in initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary equity offerings, and registered 144A debt offerings.

His mergers and acquisitions experience includes representing private and public acquirers and targets in numerous merger and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Torosian is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to his law practice was a supervising senior auditor at a Big Four accounting firm, working with the management and boards of directors of private and public companies.


·         California


·         Co-author, "When venture funding is debt, not equity," The Recorder, June 22, 2011

·         Co-author, "After the Credit Crunch: Venture Credit Facilities at the Term Sheet Stage,"Latham & Watkins Client Alert, June 20, 2011