Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer Wes
Jones has represented public and private companies in corporate transactions
since 1995. Wes has extensive experience working with venture capital firms and
their portfolio companies in the technology, energy and life sciences industries,
with a focus on emerging and venture-backed technology companies.
In the mergers and acquisitions space, Wes represents both
private equity funds and other strategic buyers, as well as emerging companies
in their liquidation events or IPOs.
Having seen nearly every step in the maturity process of
tech venture-backed companies, Wes brings unique insight to his clients. In
1998, he took a hiatus from law firm practice to help grow the software company
BroadJump through three rounds of venture capital funding and a successful
merger with Motive, and then led Motive through its IPO in 2004. In 2005, he
returned to V&E, where he excels at helping clients build their companies
from the ground up—resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and
significant liquidity for founders and investors.
In representing software company SailPoint Technologies, Wes
has helped the company grow through multiple rounds of venture funding and as
it acquired other businesses before taking it public in 2017. Wes has also
represented Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) through multiple investments in
the U.S. His work has earned him praise from clients and recognition from legal
publications including Chambers USA, where
reviewers described him as "practical and creative" and a "go-to
M&A guy" (2019).