M&A and Partnerships Law


Ian Edvalson is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto and San Diego offices. He assists private and public companies in creating and implementing strategies to optimize their technology and other assets, advising them on a variety of legal and business issues.

Ian represents clients in domestic and international transactions involving intellectual property or product rights, including collaboration, development, manufacture, supply and distribution agreements, technology acquisitions, university licenses and the formation of joint ventures and other types of strategic alliances. Ian has a wide variety of business and legal experience covering a full range of issues and transactions facing technology companies, particularly in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He works closely with his clients in setting strategic direction and structuring and negotiating mission-critical business arrangements.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2002, Ian was senior vice president of corporate and business development at Third Wave Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for implementing and managing its product development and licensing strategies for both research and clinical markets. Additionally, he played a significant role in Third Wave's financing strategy (including its February 2001 IPO) and developing and maintaining significant customer and collaborator relationships. Because of Ian's company-based experience, he is particularly attuned to issues faced by emerging company clients. Ian acts as a legal advisor for our portfolio company, Aelan Cell Technologies.