Nixon Peabody beefs up corporate practice with new hire

Law firm Nixon Peabody has hired Lior Zorea as a partner to its national corporate practice. Based in the San Francisco office, Zorea represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds. Previously, he worked at Perkins Coie LLP.


San Francisco, CA. Lior Zorea, an experienced, well-regarded emerging growth companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions partner, has joined global Top 100 law firm Nixon Peabody’s national corporate practice as part of a strategic move by the firm to expand its capabilities on the West Coast. The firm has a strong reputation in the areas of securities law, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions.

Based in the San Francisco office, Lior represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds with respect to their financing and general corporate needs. He has worked with clients in virtually every information technology industry, including internet, consumer-interfacing and enterprise software, digital media, semiconductor, mobile technologies, health tech, fin-tech, VR/AR, and cryptocurrency.

Lior also brings extensive mergers and acquisition experience, having worked on over 100 transactions with deals ranging in values upwards of $2.5 billion, both on the buy-side and sell-side. In addition to a broad range of private company and venture fund equity financing transactions, his practice includes debt and other public financings, public offerings, corporate governance, and general business counseling.

David Martland, leader of the firm’s Corporate practice, said Lior’s move to Nixon Peabody comes at a time when the firm is experiencing extraordinary growth in its corporate transactional practice both nationwide and in California. “Lior’s powerful track record and strong background representing emerging growth companies and venture capital funds fits in nicely with many of our areas of strength. Lior brings a fresh perspective as we look to the future, and we’re excited to introduce him to our clients in the Bay Area and beyond,” David said.

“Having Lior on our team is a great asset as we provide strategic legal and business counsel to clients around the world,” added Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office managing partner, Thomas Gaynor, co-leader of the firm’s M&A and Corporate Transactions team.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to be part of a highly regarded national corporate practice that is “on-the-move” and deeply understands the ubiquitous role of technology,” said Lior. “I look forward to continue working with the companies, funds, and other clients with whom I have built strong relationships as well as serving the firm’s clients and supporting the firm’s growth and connections in the Bay Area with outstanding entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, and corporates.”
Lior joins Nixon Peabody from Perkins Coie LLP. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and received his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Yale University, cum laude.