Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Alfredo Silva is a partner in the Corporate Group, is co-chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group, and a member of the Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Silva represents public and private companies and investors in a broad range of corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Silva’s practice includes initial public offerings, primary and secondary offerings, private placements, preferred stock financings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and ICOs.
In his public company practice, Mr. Silva also counsels issuers on corporate governance issues, compliance with the U.S. federal securities laws, and compliance with the listing standards of Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange.
In his private company practice, Mr. Silva has served as company or investor counsel in venture and late-stage financings, minority strategic investments and impact investments in dozens of private companies, including representation of Intel Corporation in its $740 million acquisition of an 18% stake in Cloudera, Inc. and Temasek in its $800 million minority investment in Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company.
In addition, Mr. Silva represents nonprofit organizations, providing advice on fiduciary issues, entity formation, structuring and other corporate matters, and assists small businesses pro bono. He incorporated and continues to work with Illuminate, the nonprofit producer of The Bay Lights, a 25,000 LED sculpture on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, in structuring, corporate governance, and project management matters.
Mr. Silva is recognized by The Recorder as a 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track, in 2014 was the inaugural recipient of the firm’s Kathi Pugh Award for Pro Bono Service, and is a 2017 Lawyers Committee for Legal Diversity Fellow.
Mr. Silva received his B.S. degree, cum laude with distinction, in Engineering Sciences (Chemical) from Yale College in 2004. He received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2008, where he was chair of the Student/Faculty Alliance for Military Equality and helped establish the school’s Litigating for Gay Rights seminar. Mr. Silva speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese, and spent a year at China’s Tsinghua University researching issues in intellectual property protection on a Fulbright Fellowship.