Chip Lion

Partner, Morrison & Foerster
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Chip Lion is a partner in the Corporate Finance Group with Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto California where he leads the firm’s Palo Alto Corporate Finance Group and is the firm-wide co-chair of firm’s Private Equity Fund Group. Mr. Lion regularly advises institutional investors and fund sponsors in connection with the formation of venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, real estate opportunity and other private equity funds.

Mr. Lion represents both public and private companies in a broad range of industries and sectors, including biotechnology, finance, medical device and the information technology sectors. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of acquisition transactions and related matters, including stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, auction transactions, tender offers, defensive strategies, leveraged buy-outs and cross border transactions.

In addition to representing businesses and business leaders, Mr. Lion has served in numerous leadership positions of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, representing its 50,000 members on cutting edge business issues. Mr. Lion served as Chair of the Section in 2014-2015 and held other officer positions, including Vice-Chair, where he served as editor-in-chief of Volume 68 of The Business Lawyer, the highly regarded journal of the Section, and Secretary of the Section (2011-2012), where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Section's online monthly magazine. He is the Past Chair of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee of the Section.

Academic Background 

LLM, New York University School of Law

JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

BA, University of California, Davis

Academic Background 

LLM, New York University School of Law

JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

BA, University of California, Davis