Mr. Rowles is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, a global law firm with 17 offices in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia and Europe. He is Chair of the San Diego Corporate Group and firmwide co-chair of the firm’s Venture & private Equity Group. He has practiced in San Diego for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience as corporate counsel to public and private companies, and the venture capital and private equity funds that invest in those companies. Mr. Rowles has extensive industry experience in telecommunications, software, internet, semiconductors, entertainment, clean tech/renewable energy, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer and healthcare services.
Mr. Rowles handles ’34 Act compliance, public securities offerings and corporate governance counseling for a substantial number of small to mid-cap issuers.
Mr. Rowles regularly handles and supervises venture capital financings for both companies and investors, fund formation, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic and commercial partnering transactions.
Mr. Rowles has served as lead counsel on myriad mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions, including public offerings aggregating in excess of $2 billion dollars in proceeds and over 100 acquisition transactions.
Mr. Rowles was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Northwestern University and was elected to the Order of the Coif at Boalt Hall School of Law.
Mr. Rowles is active on behalf of Children’s’ Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors for CommNexus San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank.