Louis A. Wharton

Co-Chair of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Practice


  • B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University
  • J.D. from Stanford Law School

Louis Wharton is a Partner of the Firm and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth practice group.

Louis counsels clients in the technology, e-commerce and digital media industries, among others.  His practice focuses on advising middle-market, emerging growth, early-stage and public companies in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance and general corporate matters.  Louis also represents venture capital funds, angel networks and other professional advisors in connection with a variety of investment transactions.

Louis serves as a strategic advisor to his clients, marshalling his decades of experience to assist with navigating the complex business issues they face.


  • Structuring and negotiating venture-backed financing transactions;
  • Strategizing with and negotiating on behalf of clients on a variety of public and private mergers, strategic stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, both buy- and sell-side;
  • Structuring and negotiating public offerings and private placements of both equity and debt securities, including PIPEs;
  • Advising public clients on a variety of ’33 Act and ’34 Act compliance matters, including reviewing and filing current, quarterly and annual reports; and
  • Counseling clients on other aspects of their business activities, including commercial transactions, executive employment agreements, incentive compensation and corporate governance.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California
  • Previously President of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA)
  • Previously President of the Preccelerator Program
  • Previously member of Board of Trustees, San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

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