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Matthew Wells

Partner

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Matt Wells advises entrepreneurs, growth enterprises and their investors from entity start-up through exit.

As an active participant in Utah’s vibrant technology community since 2000, Matt has facilitated the formation, financing, and harvest of hundreds of successful companies in the region. Matt embraces early stage clients that benefit from his expertise in venture capital, growth equity, private equity, and M&A transactions. Matt also represents national and international clients making in-bound equity investments and middle market acquisitions of private companies nationwide. 

Before joining Holland & Hart as a partner in 2009, Matt spent seven years with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Salt Lake City, and was a shareholder at Ray Quinney & Nebeker, P.C. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Matt was a management consultant with International Technology & Trade Associates, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Experience

Matt works with growth companies in a variety of industries, including software, technology, consumer products and services, ecommerce, internet-of-things, tech-enabled services, media, analytics, edtech, fintech, biotech, medical device, healthcare and specialty foods. Matt frequently serves as the relationship partner to connect clients with attorneys throughout the firm with expertise in areas such as intellectual property, tax, benefits, labor, licensing and litigation.  

His day-to-day counseling includes:

  • Choice of Entity / Formation
  • Corporate Counseling
  • Equity Financings (Angel, Seed, Financial VC, Corporate VC, Growth Equity, Private Equity)
  • Convertible Debt Financings
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
     

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law, 2008-2018  
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Venture Capital Law – Salt Lake City, 2012, 2018 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2011-2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Securities & Corporate Finance, Rising Star, 2009
  • Utah Business Magazine, “Forty Under 40”
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Corporate Law and Transactions; Mergers and Acquisitions
  • “Next Generation Fellow” of the American Assembly; delegate to the Mountain States Assembly
  • “Young Leader” of the American Council on Germany; delegate to the Hamburg conference
     

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • California State Bar, Member
  • Utah State Bar, Member
  • Utah Technology Council, Board of Trustees
  • Silicon Slopes/Start Foundation, Advisory Board
  • BYU Cougar Capital, Advisory Board
  • BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School (Securities Regulation classes), BYU’s Marriott School of Management (MBA classes), University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business (MBA classes), Guest Lecturer
     
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