Consistently recognized as one of the leading corporate attorneys in Southern California, Ellen S. Bancroft has more than 25 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, IPOs, follow-on and secondary public offerings, PIPEs and registered direct offerings. Ellen has closed more than 70 public and private acquisitions, ranging in size from several million dollars to more than $1 billion, and has advised clients in more than 50 registered public offerings.
Ellen’s practice includes a broad range of corporate and securities transactional matters, SEC regulatory matters, NYSE and NASDAQ listing and compliance matters and corporate governance matters. Her clients range in size from venture backed private companies to large, well-established public companies.
Ellen serves as outside general counsel to many of her clients and their management and boards of directors, helping to shape and execute their business strategies and advising them on day-to-day legal and other strategic issues.
Selected Public Offerings and PIPE Transactions
ATL Products, Inc. (IPO)
Barrett Business Services, Inc. (Follow–on)
Broadcom Corporation (IPO and Follow–on)
Buy.Com Inc. (IPO)
CN Biosciences, Inc. (Follow–on)
CRAiLAR Technologies, Inc. (Follow-on)
ECOtality, Inc. (PIPE and Follow–on)
eDiets (Registered direct offering)
The Ensign Group, Inc. (IPO)
Exult, Inc. (IPO)
HireRight, Inc. (IPO)
IMPCO Technologies (Follow–on)
ISC8, Inc. (multiple PIPEs)
Iteris, Inc. (multiple PIPEs)
Interpore International (IPO)
Omnivision Technologies (IPO)
Pinnacle Micro, Inc. (IPO)
Premier Laser Systems, Inc. (IPO and Follow–on)
RightNow Technologies, Inc. (IPO)
State Of The Art, Inc. (IPO)
SysteMed, Inc. (Follow–on)
T3 Motion, Inc. (Follow–on)
US Auto Parts Network, Inc. (IPO)
Veritone, Inc. (IPO)
Volcom, Inc. (IPO)
WebSideStory, Inc. (IPO)
Wireless Ronin Technologies (Registered direct offerings)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (Follow-on)
Zoo Entertainment (Follow–on)
Selected Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments
Accurate Background, Inc. (Mezzanine debt and private equity financings)
Advanced ICU Care (Series C and bridge financings)
AD PathLabs, Inc. (Series C)
Buy.Com, Inc. (Series A, B and C)
Broadcom Corporation (multiple investments in private companies)
CodeRyte, Inc. (Series D)
CoreObjects Software, Inc. (Series A)
DispenseSource (Series D)
E–dn.com, Inc. (Series C)
HireRight, Inc. (Series D and E)
HomDNA, Inc. (Series Seed)
Iken Tissue Therapeutics (Series A)
Inphi Corporation (Series A, B, and C)
IPNet Solutions, Inc. (Series C)
Irvine Sensors Corporation (Multiple convertible debt financings and bridge financings)
M86 Security (Series A)
M–Stream, Inc. (Series A)
MedManage Systems, Inc. (Series C and multiple bridge financings)
M-Audio, Inc. (Series A)
MineShare, Inc. (Series A)
Nuelight Corp. (Series A)
OHMx Corporation (Series A and multiple debt financings)
Ovacore (Series A)
PreDx Corporation (Series A)
QMerit, Inc. (Series C-1 and C-2)
scripsense, Inc. (Series seed and bridge financing)
TechSpace Inc. (Series B and C)
UnBOOKed Appointments, Inc. (Series Seed and bridge financing)
Welltok, Inc. (Series B, C, D, and E)
Veritone, Inc. (Series B and bridge financings)
Verteq, Inc. (Series AAA, AA, A and B and multiple debt financings)
VXI Global Solutions, Inc. (Class A, B, and C)
Mergers and Acquisitions
8e6 Technologies, Inc. – merger with Marshal Limited
Accurate Background, Inc. – of Hirease, LLC and SelectForce, Inc.
ATL Products, Inc. – acquisition by Quantum Corporation
Bar Code Specialties, Inc. – sale of RFID Resolution Team, Inc. and sale to Quest Solution, Inc.
Broadcom Corporation – more than 20 acquisitions and 13 Fairness Hearings before the California Department of Business Oversight
Colorbus, Inc. – acquisition by Star Imaging and acquisition of CDS International, B.V.
CoreObjects Software, Inc. – acquisition of Jopasana Software (India)
EACO Corporation – merger with Bisco Industries, Inc.
Enfrastructure, Inc. – acquisition of TechSpace Inc.
Firstrax Pet Products – acquisition by United Pet Group
GlobalOne Pet Products – asset sale to Nestlé Purina
Glidewell Laboratories – acquisition of IOS Technologies, Inc.
HireRight, Inc. – sale to US Investigations Services, Inc.
Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. – acquisition of Customer Effective Inc.
Innotech Solar USA, Inc. – acquisition of Geckologic USA
ISC8, Inc. – acquisition of Optex Systems and sale of thermal imaging business to Vectronix
Iteris, Inc. – sale of Zyfer, Inc. subsidiary, acquisition of Meyer, Mohaddes & Associates and roll–up of Iteris subsidiary
Jonathan Engineered Solutions – acquisition by Industrial Growth Partners
M–Audio Inc. – acquisition by Avid Technology, Inc.
O'Neil Product Development, Inc. – sale to Dover Technologies
SRS Labs, Inc. – sale to DTS Inc.
TechSpace, Inc. – management buyout
Teradek, LLC – acquisition by The Vitec Group plc
United Online, Inc. – Sale of Simpli.com
Vastera, Inc. – acquisition of Speed Chain Network, Inc.
Welltok, Inc. – acquisitions of IncentOne, Inc., Mindbloom, Inc., Predilytics, Inc., Silverlink Communications, LLC, and Tea Leaves Health, LLC
Willard Marine, Inc. – acquisition by Future Mobility Solutions
Indiana University, 1987, B.S., with High Distinction
Vanderbilt University Law School, 1990, J.D.
Awards and Affiliations
Lawyer of the Year, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2019)
Recognized, OC 500, Orange County Business Journal (2018, 2019)
Recipient, Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League, Orange County/Long Beach Region (2018)
IPO Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire (2016 and 2018)
Recognized, OC 500, Orange County Business Journal (2017)
Recognized, Corporate Law, Costa Mesa; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Costa Mesa, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2019)
Recognized, California Super Lawyers, Law and Politics Magazine (2009–2013, 2015–2018)
Top Woman Lawyer, by Best Lawyers (2016–2017)
Honoree, 2016 Leadership Award,Girl Scouts of Orange County (2016)
Recipient, “IPO Lawyer of the Year – California” by CorporateAmerica Legal Elite (2015)
Recipient, “Best for Finance Law” award byAcquisitions International (2014)
Recognized, Top 100 Women Lawyers in California, The Daily Journal (2014)
Recommended, Project Finance, The Legal 500 US (2014)
Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Orange County, The Best Lawyers in America (2011)
Recipient,Women in Business Award by the Orange County Business Journal (2012)
Chairperson, Semiconductor Venture Fair, San Jose, CA (2001–2007)
Steering Committee Member, CEO Roundtable for the University of California, Irvine
Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County