E. John Park focuses his practice on debt and equity offerings, public securities offerings, recapitalizations, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He assists clients at every stage of the business cycle, from initial company formation, venture capital financings, and M&A, to initial public offerings (IPOs), public company reporting, and general corporate counseling. In addition, John represents acquirers and targets in public-private and private-private business combination transactions. John focuses primarily on technology companies across various sectors, including artificial intelligence, automotive and mobility, cybersecurity, fintech, semiconductor, and software, as well as biotechnology companies.
John helps venture capital and corporate venture capital clients structure and implement early and late stage investments. He also represents private and public companies providing general corporate and strategic advice on financings, partnerships, joint ventures and M&A transactions, as well as inbound, outbound, and cross-border transactions. In many of these transactions, he draws upon his experience in intellectual property protection, technology licensing, environmental law, corporate governance, executive compensation, labor and employment, and international tax law. In addition, John serves as deputy leader of the firmwide emerging business and technology practice.
John is the chair of the Corporate Venture Capital Working Group at VC Taskforce, an organization that represents the venture capital community, and is a member of the mergers and acquisitions committee of the American Bar Association. He is also on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California. The Legal 500 listed John as a leading emerging growth company lawyer in Silicon Valley.
Clearvision Ventures in its investment in Viridios Group, a company that runs a global carbon credit origination, capital markets, and asset management business focused on the growing voluntary carbon market, with a unique SaaS carbon credit data and analytics platform
GFT Ventures in the $7.6 million financing of Mighty Health, the first all-in-one daily health program designed for adults ages 50 and up
Chamaeleon in the note financing in Dirty Labs, a developer of an enzyme-driven cleaning technology
Translink Capital in the $17 million Series A financing of Lionsbot, a Singapore-based cleaning robot manufacturer
Chamaeleon in the series seed financing of OneRoof, a developer of a communication platform designed to help people living in the same building form a community and become more resourceful
Translink Capital in the SAFE financing of Regent Craft, a company that develops and manufactures all-electric, passenger-carrying, wing-in-ground-effect vehicles to service coastal routes, building on real-world-proven technology
Translink Capital in the $20 million financing of Fox Robotics, the world’s first intelligent forklift that autonomously services the warehouse receiving dock
Translink Capital in the $22 million Series A financing of SINAI Technologies, a company that produces technology to help companies measure carbon emissions and recommends ways of mitigating them
Sandbox AQ in its acquisition of Cryptosense, a developer of software that enables its customers, such as financial institutions, to manage the life cycle of cryptography
Acorn Pacific Ventures in the $15 million Series A financing of REAP, a Hong Kong–based startup that offers an online payments platform that enables small businesses to pay expenses and collect revenue entirely via credit card
Sandbox AQ in its Series A financing of evolutionQ, a quantum-safe cybersecurity company
Premise Data in its acquisition of Grupo Meiko S.A.S., a Colombia-based technology company that generates and analyzes data obtained in establishments of the traditional channel to generate value to its customers: manufacturers, shopkeepers, and consumers
Translink Capital in the $23 million Series B financing of Full Harvest, a produce business-to-business marketplace specializing in surplus and imperfect produce
Premise in its acquisition of Native, a pioneer in market research
Borealis Ventures in the $45 million Series B financing of Ankyra, a provider of cancer therapy services intended to improve both the safety and efficacy of cytokine immunotherapies for cancer patients
A sovereign wealth fund in the Series B financing of Xanadu Quantum Technologies, a quantum computing hardware and software company
A sovereign wealth fund in the Series C financing of MARA Labs Inc., a system integrator company that provides innovative and reliable business solutions in India and the United States
A sovereign wealth fund in the convertible note financing of Shopper.com.br, an online grocery shopping site in Brazil
Premise Data, a market intelligence platform that blends machine learning with human intelligence, making it possible to gather and analyze real-time data from a curated and trusted global network, in its $85 million Series E financing led by WestCap Group with participation from NightDragon, Winslow Capital, DRW, Vista Credit Partners, Valor Equity Partners, 8VC, and Tao Capital
Metal in its acquisition of Lynx, one of the most established and experienced decentralized application (dApp) developers in the world
Parade Technologies in its $37.5 million acquisition of Fresco Logic Inc., a fabless semiconductor company with a focus on high-speed data transport and I/O aggregation chip and technology
Onion ID Inc., a software solutions company specializing in securing cloud servers and applications, in its sale to Thycotic
TransLink Capital in the $12.5 million and the $5 million Series A-1 financing of Gamevice, creator of an attachable gamepad controller that transforms smart devices into hyper-advanced mobile gaming consoles
LG Technology Ventures in the $43 million Series C financing of Deep Instinct, the first and only cybersecurity company to successfully apply end-to-end deep learning to predict, identify, and prevent cyberattacks
LG Technology Ventures in its $10 million Series A financing of Element Energy, a strategic energy consulting company
LG Electronics in its Series A-1 financing of Washlava, a provider of innovative technology allows customers to reserve and pay for laundry machines from their smartphones
CarMax Inc. in its $5 million Series C investment of RepairPal, a provider of auto service and repairs via a network of RepairPal Certified shop
Vidder Inc., a cybersecurity company, in the sale of its PrecisionAccess solution and other software defined perimeter (SDP) related assets to Verizon
Metal in its acquisition of Crumbs, a micro investing app that allows users to invest in digital assets
Target Corporation in its acquisition of Grand Junction, a transportation technology company
TransLink Capital in the $12.5 million Series A financing of Molekule, a maker of air purifiers that use nanotechnology
Harvard University, 1993, M.P.P.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1997, J.D.
Williams College, 1991, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: Venture capital and emerging companies, The Legal 500 US (2022, 2023)
Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2019)
Listed, Leading Venture Capital and Emerging Company Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2009, 2014)
Chair, Corporate Venture Capital Working Group, VC Task Force
Chair, Charter Member Program, AAMA
Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section