Scott Joachim is global Vice Chair of the Private Equity practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Joachim’s practice focuses on advising private equity, growth capital and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies, and entrepreneurs in complex financial and strategic transactions in the technology sector. His work highlights the convergence of the technology sector with the broader economy, and bridges cultural deal-making approaches within and outside of Silicon Valley.
Mr. Joachim represents many of the largest banks and financial institutions in connection with consortia, singular investment, M&A and financing matters. He also represents FinTech companies throughout all stages of their life-cycle, including emerging companies partnering with banks and other financial institutions.
Mr. Joachim has advised clients including technology-focused growth capital and buyout sponsors; many of the largest financial services firms in connection with consortium transactions, strategic investments and M&A transactions; emerging Fintech companies; and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in sell-side acquisitions.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Joachim was a partner at another international law firm. He previously was the founder and chair of the private equity practice and head of the Fintech practice at another international law firm.
Mr. Joachim has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he has taught a course entitled “Mergers & Acquisitions: Law and Practice.” In addition, Mr. Joachim has served on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, where he has regularly spoken on M&A topics.
Mr. Joachim served on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Community Fund, a philanthropic endowment that provides grants to Palo Alto-area nonprofit organizations across every area of philanthropy, including social services, housing, education, healthcare, environment, youth and family support, community development, seniors, and the arts.
- IFLR1000 US, Notable Practitioner, Private Equity (2023)
- The Legal 500 US, Recommended for Fintech (2021-2023)
- Super Lawyers, Northern California “Super Lawyer” (2013-2015)
- The Deal, “Middle Market Technology/Telecom Deal of the Year” for the representation of e-Builder in its $500 million sale to Trimble Navigation (2018)
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif), 1997
- Stony Brook University, B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1993
- Accel-KKR in connection with various buyouts and growth equity transactions
- Blackstone in connection with various financings
- Goldman Sachs in connection with various M&A and financing transactions
- CapitalG (formerly Google Capital) and Google Ventures in multiple growth capital financings
- Twitch Interactive investors in connection with its $1 billion sale to Amazon.com
- Symantec in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Systems and related convertible debt and syndicated bank financing transactions
- General Motors in connection with its acquisition of Cruise Automation
- Microsoft in connection with multiple acquisitions
- Consortium of 35 financial institutions, including HSBC, ING, Natixis, Barclays, UBS, and Wells Fargo, in their investment in R3
- Consortium of 15 banks, led by Goldman Sachs, that invested in Symphony Communications
- Consortium of three financial services firms, led by J.P. Morgan, that invested in Cloud9 Technologies
- Consortium of six financial institutions in a multi-faceted transaction that included an investment in SIMON Markets, a platform to access structured products and provide a comprehensive suite of services related to those products
- Responsys in connection with its $1.5 billion sale to Oracle
- Keynote Systems in connection with its $395 million sale to Thoma Bravo
- Ray Kurzweil (renowned futurist) in connection with the sale of Patterns to Google
- Katerra in multiple M&A transactions
Mr. Joachim has also represented startup companies including Symphony Communications, Daqri, Two Bit Circus, InfusionSoft, and bkr.
Mr. Joachim’s capital markets experience has included representations in connection with the IPOs of Google, Digital Theater Systems (DTS), Kinetic Concepts (KCI), and Rigel Pharmaceuticals; follow-on offerings by Rainmaker Systems, DTS, and KCI; 144A offerings by Ciphergen and Mercury Systems; and PIPEs for Warburg Pincus and various hedge funds.
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