Matt Wells
PEOPLE

Matt Wells

Partner
wells.matt@dorsey.com

Overview

MATT 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.

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  experience in areas such as intellectual property, tax, benefits, labor, licensing and litigation.

Education & Admissions

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2000), Virginia Law Review, Managing Editor; Rex E. Lee Law Society, Co-Founder; Virginia Society of Law and Technology, President; Best Brief Award

Brigham Young University (B.A., 1995), summa cum laude; With University Honors; Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar; BYUSA Associate VP for University Relations; Chair, United Club Council

Admissions

  • Utah

Experience

Representative Work

Matt’s 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

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • California State Bar, Member
  • Utah State Bar, Member

Community Involvement

  • 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

Accolades

Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Matt Wells 2019  Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Matt Wells 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America© Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law, 2008-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, M&A Law – Salt Lake City, 2019
  • 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, Tier 1 - 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
Matt Wells