In addition to representing large corporations in a full range of business law matters and transactions, John Horton has worked with investors and entrepreneurs throughout the life cycle of portfolio investments and business ventures. Based out of Redwood City, California, Mr. Horton understands the legal needs of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the start-up company growth progression. Because many emerging companies have limited in-house legal capacity, he has embraced the role of outside counsel by working alongside executive teams to manage risk, oversee corporate governance and help identify and capitalize on commercial opportunities. Mr. Horton’s venture capital legal representation has included fund-based investors and strategic investors, as well as corporations seeking funding.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Horton was a senior associate in the Silicon Valley office of Hogan Lovells US LLP.
- Represented Founders Fund in 24 venture capital equity and debt strategic investments, in addition to numerous follow-on investment transactions.*
- Represented Sky plc in 23 venture capital equity and debt strategic investments, in addition to numerous follow-on investment transactions.*
- Represented 3M Company in 18 venture capital equity and debt strategic investments, in addition to numerous follow-on investment transactions.*
- Represented a Massachusetts-based medical device company in its Series A-2 Preferred Unit private placement offering and governance matters.*
- Represented a Maryland-based private information technology company in its simultaneous Series A-3 Preferred Stock financing and acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a Washington-based information technology consulting company.*
- Represented a private equity fund on a $20 million secured term loan to a mobile phone service franchising company in exchange for a 67.5% membership interest in the company.*
- Represented numerous emerging companies in corporate matters, venture capital transactions and securities matters.*
* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin
- Represented Synopsys, Inc., in its acquisition of cybersecurity company, Black Duck Software, Inc. for more than US $550 million.*
- Represented Cisco Systems, Inc., in its acquisition of the data analytics product platform of Saggezza Inc.*
- Represented international-based public company, Foxconn., in its multi-jurisdictional, cross-border, acquisition of Microsoft’s feature phone business for US$350 million.*
- Represented Aurelius, LLC in the sale of its assets to DataStax, Inc.*
* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.
During law school, Mr. Horton served as the Business Editor of the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, and as President of the Santa Clara University Law & Business Club.