From start-ups through public offerings and beyond, Jon Layman represents companies in all stages of development, in a variety of industries, including technology, media, life sciences, and consumer products.

Numerous public and private companies and their boards have benefited from Jon's substantial knowledge and insights on corporate and corporate governance matters, especially corporate finance and capital-raising transactions. He's experienced with equity, debt, and equity-linked transactions, such as public offerings, 144A transactions, private placements, and Private Investment in Public Equities (PIPEs).

Jon also regularly advises on general corporate and securities law matters, and he regularly advises public companies on '34 Act reporting and disclosure requirements, annual meeting and proxy-related matters, compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

Jon also advises clients on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, as well as on a variety of other corporate matters, including joint ventures, strategic investments, spin-offs, and recapitalizations.

Jon also represents venture capital and private equity funds as well as strategic and corporate investors on debt and equity financing transactions as well as liquidity events and exits.

In addition, Jon represents entrepreneurs and private companies on financing matters, company formation, start-up activities, and more.

Jon served as a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati before he joined Hogan Lovells.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
Legal 500 US


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies
Legal 500 US


Private Equity Buyouts
Legal 500 US


M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1996

B.A., University of Michigan

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Representative experience

Represented FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Co. Ltd./Foxconn) on the acquisition of the former Nokia global mobile phone business from Microsoft.

Represented Foxconn and its related entities on a global branding deal with Nokia Technologies Ltd.

Represented Founders Fund on numerous investments and exits.

Represented Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers on various equity investments and exits.

Represented Sky plc on various investments and exits.

Represented Deutsche Telekom on numerous investments and exits.

Represented Vivus, Inc. on general corporate, corporate governance, and SEC reporting as well as multiple debt and equity financings.

Represented Sanmina Corporation on general corporate, corporate governance, SEC reporting, and more than 30 public and private M&A transactions.

Represented International Finance Corporation on various equity investments.

Represented Zevia LLC on general corporate and various equity investments.

Represented Hixme Insurance Solutions on general corporate and financing transactions.

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