François G. Laugier

François is a corporate transactions and international attorney who specializes in technology-related transactions while still advising clients in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. As Co-Chair of the Corporate Transactions Department, François has been based in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years, and heads the Paris satellite office. François helps technology and international entrepreneurs, investors and companies build, finance and sell their US or foreign operations, and get past every legal challenge they encounter along the way. He has handled numerous cross-border acquisitions and equity financings and brought many companies from their inception to successful exits for founders and investors alike. François advises companies in all aspects of corporate law, including entity formation, equity financing, technology licensing, corporate structure inversions (“flips”), mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, stock options, employment, commercial leasing, intellectual property protection, negotiation and drafting of virtually any business contract.

François is admitted to practice in California, Washington D.C., and in the European Union. He is a partner of RMKB, a law firm with 4 offices in California, one in each city in Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Paris, Seattle, and with an affiliate in Hong-Kong. François was noted by the San Francisco Bay Area Lawyer Magazine as one of the “Top lawyers in the Bay Area” for mergers and acquisitions. An advisor to the board of several technology companies, François is also an adjunct professor of international business law at the HEC School of Business in Paris and is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship, technology and international law. For many years, François served as President of the Committee of foreign trade advisors (“Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur”) to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance for the Northwestern region of the United States. François graduated from Université de Montpellier and University of San Diego law schools.