- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1999, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- B.A., Pepperdine University, 1994, cum laude
Stephanie Zeppa is a partner in the Corporate & Securities Group in the firm's San Francisco office. Her corporate expertise spans businesses in a variety of industries including software and information technology, life sciences and healthcare and food and beverage.
Areas of Practice
Nationally recognized as a leading venture capital and M&A lawyer, Chambers USA’s Guide to Leading Lawyers noted Ms. Zeppa is described by clients as "a very solid ally on your team," "a very logical and fast thinker" and "an excellent negotiator" with a "broad understanding of issues."
Ms. Zeppa has extensive experience representing both private and public companies in a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, investments and strategic transactions as well as corporate governance matters. She also represents emerging growth companies, founders, institutional and strategic investors in connection with formation, financing and exits of emerging growth and technology companies.
Ms. Zeppa is a Leader of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Team.
- Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2014-2018
- Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital, Chambers
Representative Financing Transactions
- Represented top tier venture capital investors in their investments in the $50 million preferred stock financing of a leading immunology company.
- Represented leading venture capital investors in their investment in the $65 million preferred stock financing of a bio-technology solutions company.
- Represented venture capital arms of domestic and foreign companies in strategic investment transactions with values between $10 million and $100 million.
- Represented private equity syndicate in investment in encryption software company providing security solutions for governmental entities and defense contractors.
- Represented private equity fund in connection with its ownership interest in California based beverage company.
- Represented leading venture fund investors in multiple debt and equity financing transactions in early and later stage technology companies including Liquid Space, SV Tools, Kiip, Bitfinder, Delighted, InvoiceASAP, MobilePD, Ekahau, DNA Direct and Reaction Housing Systems.
- Represented a diverse range of technology companies in connection with equity formation and financing matters including Optera Therapeutics, 11 Honoré, Finexio, Captians Panel, WiserCare, HealthLoop, LivWell Health, Jurni, PrazoNow, Synthicity, ServiceMesh, Urban Canvas, Caressa.ai, Tutor Mundi, Theia.IO, BillForward, and Zordera.
Representative M&A Transactions
- Represented HealthLoop Inc. in its sale to GetWell Network.
- Represented Gigavac in its sale to Sensata Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ST).
- Represented a leading private equity fund in connection with its acquisition of California based food and beverage company.
- Represented Diageo Plc in its sale of Chalone Estate Vineyard (producer of award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Chalone appellation in Monterey County) to Foley Family Wines.
- Represented Diageo Plc in the acquisition of its U.S. and British wine units by the Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE.AX).
- Represented cloud management startup ServiceMesh in its $300M acquisition by CSC (NYSE: CSC).
- Represented Walz Group in its sale to LenderLive Services.
- Represented Synthicity, the maker of Urban Canvas, in its acquisition by Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK).
- Advised on Sony Computer Entertainment America's separate acquisitions of Incognito Entertainment, Red Zone Interactive, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch Productions and Zipper Interactive, developers of consumer software entertainment products.
- Advised on Experian's separate acquisitions of MetaReward, a leading online customer acquisition company; PromiseMark, a developer of online consumer protection software; and ThermoMedia, an Internet-based marketing company.
- Represented Essence Digital, an award winning digital agency with global reach and Fortune 100 technology clients, in acquisition of mobile advertising company Point Reach, and digital media group Black Bag.
- Advised on the sale of Paymo to Boku, a mobile payment provider.
- Represented DNA Direct in its sale to Medco Health Solutions.
Representative Intellectual Property, Commercial Debt & Other Strategic Transactions
- Acted as company counsel in spin-outs of therapeutic and related intellectual property assets and software development and related intellectual property assets from UCSF, UCLA and UC Berkeley.
- Represented digital play studio Toca Boca in a licensing deals with Amazon and Microsoft.
- Represented multibillion dollar European consumer products company in connection with strategic partnership agreement with digital media and content publisher.
- Represented clients in negotiation and completion of credit facilities with commercial lenders.
Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts
- "Applying a Legal Bandaid to Defective Acts: Delaware Law Creates New Procedures to Ratify Defective Corporate Acts," March 26, 2014
Healthcare Law Blog Posts
- "Go For De Novo: FDA’s Revised Approach to Medical Device Accessories," February 19, 2015
- "Interface without Regulation – FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies," February 12, 2015
- "FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products," January 23, 2015
- "Proposed health IT strategy aims to promote innovation," June 11, 2014
- "Mobile Medical App Regulations on the Move – Proposed Bills To Further Alter the Regulatory Landscape of Mobile Medical Applications," March 31, 2014
- "The FDA Releases Long-Awaited Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications," September 24, 2013
Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts
- "U.S. and China Strike Visa Deal," November 11, 2014
Venture Law Blog Posts
Video Game Law Blog Posts
- "Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry," December 1, 2014
- Daily Journal, June 4, 2019
- Global Legal Chronicle, May 23, 2019
- Getting In With the Emerging CrowdThe Recorder, May 9, 2015
- Wearable Technology Poses Regulatory QuandariesLaw360, May 5, 2015
- Synthicity Sells to Autodesk With Help From Sheppard MullinDaily Journal, April 30, 2015
- Sheppard Mullin Guides Toca Boca Licensing With AmazonDaily Journal, December 30, 2014
- Sheppard Mullin Helps Toca Boca in AgreementDaily Journal, October 23, 2014
- Sheppard Mullin Guides App Developer in Tablet AgreementThe Recorder, October 16, 2014
- Is Video Game Money Subject to Taxation?Daily Journal, September 23, 2014
- Law360, August 13, 2013
- Speaker, "Working with advisors: Key Terms and Equity Grants," Nex Cubed, August 2019
- Speaker, "Term Sheet Overview: Top Terms To Understand," NexCubed, September 13, 2017
- Moderator, "Nobody Accomplishes Success by Themselves: Building and Motivating Teams," San Francisco, April 7, 2016
- Panelist, "Digital Health Innovation: Project to Product, Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, May 14, 2014
- Ten Employment Law Mistakes Every Startup Should AvoidVia GlobalMeet, February 21, 2019
- VLAB Founders' SeriesSan Francisco, March 27, 2018
- April 6, 2017
- UCLA School of Law, May 16th - May17th, 2016
- October 15, 2015
- Presented by Runway and Sheppard MullinJune 9, 2015
- Intellectual Property, Regulation, and FinancingGladstone Institute, San Francisco, May 14, 2014
- Sheppard Mullin & SVBApril 22, 2014
- Advisor, VLAB
- Advisor, Nex Cubed Digital Health program
- Catalyst Award Program Advisor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute - UCSF
- Advisor, Astia
- Board Member, Compass Family Services
- Member, California Bar Association