Zimmermann Joins Sonneschein Nath

Daniel Zimmermann has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a Palo Alto-based partner in the firm’s Venture Technology group.


Daniel R. Zimmermann has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP as a partner in its Venture Technology Group, the global law firm announced today. Zimmermann will be resident in Sonnenschein’s Silicon Valley office, located in Palo Alto. His practice focuses on the representation of significant, high quality U.S.-based technology companies with U.S. venture backing and key international business, as well as foreign issuers with inbound U.S. business. Zimmermann is the second partner to join the group here in the past month, following Craig A. Menden, who started at the firm on March 31.

“The international aspect of Dan’s practice, including his focus on overseas funds, helps to solidify a key component of our venture practice,” said Victor H. Boyajian, national chair of Sonnenschein’s Venture Technology Group. “Dan’s expertise adds another critical competitive differentiator to our practice mix globally as we continue to expand our Silicon Valley office and our client base in the technology and life sciences sectors.”

Zimmermann has extensive experience with global expansions and offshore acquisitions by U.S. companies. He also regularly advises non-U.S. investors and acquirers with their transactions in the United States, particularly with respect to California-based technology companies. He recently spent time on loan at a London-based European law firm, working on private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.

“With its offices in Europe and an international reach stretching to Asia, Sonnenschein is well positioned for continued global expansion of its venture work,” said Zimmermann. “The firm’s growing presence in Silicon Valley will be a very positive development for my overseas clients.”

Zimmermann received an LL.M. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He received a pre-diploma in law from the Free University of Berlin and later passed the First State Examination at the University of Freiburg (Germany) Law School.

Sonnenschein’s Silicon Valley office opened in 2007 to serve the firm’s growing list of major clients in the technology sector. With a client roster that includes many of the region’s top technology companies, venture capital funds and investment banks, Sonnenschein’s Silicon Valley attorneys provide sophisticated representation on the business and legal issues that companies face.

Sonnenschein’s Venture Technology Group is among the leading national venture firms as ranked by Chambers USA and one of the top 10 firms nationally in venture capital deals as reported in Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst. The interdisciplinary team comprises more than 200 attorneys with a robust network of venture capital and investment banking firms from Silicon Valley to Boston and New York. The Venture Technology Group is unique among its peers for its multidisciplinary focus on finance, strategy, intellectual property protection and patent litigation, outsourcing, public policy, healthcare, information intelligence, anti-piracy and Asia-Pacific, as well as its deep expertise in information technology, life sciences and medical devices, digital media, clean technology and telecommunications.

With 800 lawyers and other professionals in 14 offices in the United States and Europe, and a global reach throughout the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Sonnenschein serves the legal and public interest needs of many of the world’s best-known and most admired businesses, nonprofits and individuals. Founded in 1906, Sonnenschein is a leader in innovative legal services, serving our clients through integrated, inter-office cooperation and teamwork among practice groups to provide efficient, effective and timely legal services and business counseling. For more information, visit www.sonnenschein.com.