Angela Kwok

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

LL.M., U.S. Taxation, New York University School of Law

B.B.A., Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Marilyn Morgan (Ret.), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, Aug 2001–Dec 2001

Admissions

California

New York

Profile

English 中文(中国)

Angela Kwok focuses her practice on corporate transactions, concentrating in the areas of VC/PE fund formation and operations, startups, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and related tax matters. Angela also advises companies in the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) on cross border VC investment and IP licensing transactions, joint ventures and other forms of strategic partnerships.

Angela assists startups and founders in business structures, entity formations, general corporate and employee incentive matters, as well as venture capital financings and deal negotiations. Angela has managed numerous VC deals, including SAFEs, convertible notes, seed to series A-E equity rounds.

Angela is experienced in advising clients on fund formation and ongoing operations. She previously served as general counsel of CBC Capital, a venture capital firm, where she was responsible for managing legal matters related to four main funds in various stages with AUM of US$ 2 billion and their investment portfolios in the high-tech industry in both the P.R.C. and U.S. markets.

Being fluent in both English and Chinese, Angela has been able to help U.S. and P.R.C. companies successfully partner together through cross border transactions, joint ventures and other forms of partnerships. Angela is familiar with the venture capital and private fund industry and related regulations, as well as the investment environment in the P.R.C. and has handled many significant cross-border investments. 

Angela also serves clients in the blockchain industry. She is the co-author of the book, “Security Tokens and Stablecoins Quick Start Guide,” which is a beginner’s guide to security token offerings, stablecoins, U.S. securities laws, and building a compliant security token for decentralized application. Angela authored the section which provided an overview of U.S. securities laws.

Angela joined Haynes and Boone from a Silicon Valley based firm, the Royse Law Firm, where she was the Head of China Practice. Prior to practicing at Royse, she was a counsel at an international law firm, King & Wood Mallesons in their Menlo Park office. Angela also previously worked at PwC as part of its U.S. Tax Consulting group and was based in its Hong Kong office.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA Silicon Valley)
  • Member of The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
  • Member of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Startup Financing Strategy During COVID-19," author, Haynes and Boone client alert, July 8, 2020.
  • "Opportunities for U. S. Venture Capital Funds and Start-up Companies Operating Under New FIRRMA Regulations During COVID-19," author, Haynes and Boone client alert, July 1, 2020.
  • "Fund Formation: How to Structure Funds and the Fundraising Process," panelist, The Bar Association of San Francisco CLE Program, December 5, 2019.
  • "Legal Issues Founders Should Consider," speaker, San Jose Public Library Works Center, November 19, 2019.
  • "Basic VC Financing," speaker, San Jose Public Library Works Center, October 15, 2019.
  • "Business Formation: Business and Tax Considerations," speaker, San Jose Public Library Works Center, September 17, 2019.
  • "Issues Founder Should Consider," speaker, San Jose Public Library Works Center, June 13, 2019.

Selected Client Representations

Fund Formation

  • Formed and managed funds at various stages with AUM of more than US$ 2 billion in total.

Venture Capital Deal List

  • Representing an AgTech company in its US$25 million SAFE financing.
  • Representing a SaaS-based cloud security company in its US$8.1 million Series A & B equity financing.
  • Representing a US artificial intelligence company that combines big data, high-performance, and heterogeneous computing in its US$ 6 million Series A equity financing.
  • Representing a leading data intelligence P.R.C. company in its US$ 2.8 million Series A equity financing.
  • Representing a US high-tech company that provides a presentation platform to provide CAD files in 3D, VR, and tour panoramic images in its US$ 2 million Series A equity financing.
  • Representing a high-tech company that provides weather forecast through cell phone apps in its US$ 1.5 million Series A equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a US company that provides innovative technology and curated content which allows direct sales of global brands to customers in its US$ 7.5 million Series B equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a P.R.C. TMT high-tech Company in its US$ 7 million Series B & B+ equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a US SaaS company in its US$ 15 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company that provides cloud platform and big data operation solution in its US$ 20 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company that operates as an online short video content provider in its US$17.5 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a pioneer cloud platform provider that focuses on containers and microservices in its US$ 2.3 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a US high-tech company that provides a global AI+loT developer platform and a world-leading voice Al interactive platform in US$15 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company that provides an online Internet finance marketplace in US$50 million Series C equity financing.
  • Representing a Chinese unicorn that provides shared office space in China and other countries in its US$200 million in its Series D equity financing.
  • Representing an online tutoring center in its USD150 million Series D equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company that provides a mobile payment solution in US$15 million Series D equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company that provides satellite global coverage which allows customers to discover trends and get early indications of change over broad areas and diverse geographies in US$18 million Series D equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a high-tech company providing an interactive online media focused on construction equipment end users through its website in US$10 million Series D equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a leading artificial intelligence high-tech company that provides health care big data solution in US$10 million Series D equity financing.
  • Representing a VC investor in its investment in a US financial services company providing online money transfer and digital payment services in US$20 million Series E equity financing.

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