Professional Biography
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Arman Pahlavan Partner

  • Palo Alto

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    Palo Alto

    3150 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1212




Transactional business attorney Arman Pahlavan advises venture capital firms, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies, both private and public, across their legal needs. He counsels them on mergers and acquisitions with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), private equity, or strategic buyers, and in corporate finance and intellectual property transactions, including fund formation for investment funds.

Arman has extensive experience advising corporate clients in cross border transactions, including their listings on U.S. and international stock exchanges. His knowledge encompasses a range of industries including software/mobile, AR/VR, cryptocurrencies/blockchain, digital health/life sciences, and energy technologies. In the private equity arena, Arman’s experience includes representation of consumer packaged goods (IT Cosmetics), food and beverage (Lyfe Kitchen, Sunwink, Archer Roose, Starlite Vineyards), and infrastructure industries (Sigma International). Arman routinely spearheads representation of special committees and board of directors of publicly traded and growth companies in connection with bet-the-company complex litigation matters with Perkins Coie teams.

With an aggregate transaction value measured in billions, Arman has been an active participant in industry symposiums and roundtables, including events sponsored by VentureOne Summit, BayBio, Healthtech Women and Idea to IPO. Arman is active in the investment community and has been able to garner first institutional round investments and CEO placements for his clients over the years to advance their growth and funding prospects.

Arman’s investment fund clients have included Benhamou Global Ventures, The VR Fund, Tomorrow Ventures, Think+ Ventures, Vedanta Capital, Novirian Capital, Invesco Private Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, Canaan Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures and NEA. In addition to establishing traditional private funds, Arman has been tapped by sovereign wealth funds to establish their investment structures in the United States and abroad.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, 2018 – 2023
  • Listed as a "Northern California Super Lawyer," 2013, 2016

Community Involvement

  • Commencement Speaker for the undergraduate class of 2017 at University of California, Berkeley
  • The Arman Pahlavan Scholarship in Iranian Studies. Arman founded the program to support the graduate studies in Iranian studies at UC Berkeley’s Near Eastern Studies Department.

Related Employment

  • Judicial Extern for The Honorable Abner J. Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1990