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About Me

My practice focuses on advising public and private companies and their financial sponsors and investment banks in capital raising transactions, public offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked and debt securities, M&A transactions, as well as corporate governance, disclosure, financial reporting, proxy, stock exchange and securities law compliance matters.  I have represented both public and private clients in the United States and globally, with a focus on cross-border transactions. Mr. Lehot regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. registrants before the SEC, FINRA, NYSE and NASDAQ.  Most recently, I represented RealD in its $230 million initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange and RadNet in its $545 million debt refinancing and high yield note issuance.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, I practiced with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in its Silicon Valley office and with Shearman & Sterling in its New York, London and Paris offices. I speak fluent French.


Languages Spoken: French

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Practice Areas


  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 25%
    15 years
  2. Venture Capital: 25%
    15 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
    15 years
  4. Securities Offerings: 25%
    15 years

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Eric Darnell Anderson

    Louis' intelligence and focus was evident from day one in law school. Since that time he has become a master of both subject matter and the ability to convey that knowledge to others. More importantly, Louis has a firm grasp on the practical applications of law to business and vice versa. Capable of understanding the esoteric in a short amount of time and delivering for his clients, I am highly endorse Louis.


    Eric Anderson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

DLA Piper LLP (US)

2000 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA, 94303-2215


NYCurrently registered 200103/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Debt and Equity Capital Markets Lawyer (California) (Band 3)Chambers USA2015
Top Debt and Equity Capital Markets Lawyer, California, Band 3Chambers & Partners USA Guide2014
Top Debt and Equity Capital Markets Lawyer, California: Band 2Chambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Up and Coming Debt and Equity Capital Markets Lawyer, CaliforniaChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Up and Coming Debt and Equity Capital Markets Lawyer, CaliforniaChambers & Partners USA2011
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
MentionLegal 500N/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Corporate PartnerDLA Piper LLP (US)2015 - Present
PartnerSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton2009 - Present
Corporate Law PartnerCooley LLP2013 - 2015
Senior AssociateSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP2005 - 2009
AssociateShearman & Sterling LLP2003 - 2005
AssociateShearman & Sterling LLP2000 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
French American Chamber of Commerce of San FranciscoMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee, Merger and Acquisition Trends SubcommitteeMember2007 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Georgetown UniversitySchool of Foreign ServiceB.S.F.S1994
Institut d'Etudes PolitiquesInternational LawCEP1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Corporate and Securities Law Committee MeetingGetting Ready for your Annual Meeting 20152015
Corporate and Securities Law CommitteeWorking Capital Adjustments in M&A Transactions2014
OnDemand 2011M&A in the Cloud2011
ELEVATE Online Video Advertising SummitHow Private Companies are Benefitting from the Gold Rush in Online Video2011
Third Thursday Emerging Company WebinarsThe Return of the IPO as a Viable Exit - Key Indicators, Considerations and Early Action Items2010