Aaron Woo

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Partner

Email: woo@vanguardlegal.io

Phone: 281.797.1217

EDUCATION
  • J.D. from University of Texas
  • M.B.A from University of Texas
  • B.A. from University of Texas
ADMITTED TO BAR
  • State Bar of Texas, 2002
ORGANIZATIONS
  • Treasurer – State Bar of Texas International Law Section
  • Hyperledger Houston – Officer
  • Former Gala Chair – AABA of Houston
BIOGRAPHY

Aaron Woo represents companies from diverse sectors including energy, software and high-tech. As a former corporate counsel for several global, public high-tech companies, he has guided executives on a variety of corporate strategic matters spanning from negotiation tactics to international transactions. By balancing the protection of legal interest with the achievement of business initiatives he has maximized revenues and mitigated risk on high stakes deals and cross-border operations.

Being an entrepreneur himself, Aaron works as a business advisor and is actively involved with early stage companies in Texas. As a strong proponent of entrepreneurship, he advises emerging technology companies from startup through acquisition by developing IP strategy, implementing business development objectives, and obtaining the necessary financing to position businesses for growth by representing high-tech startups in the investment and fund-raising process.

Aaron is an avid sports enthusiast and volunteers his time to work with individual athletes, coaches and teams on contract negotiations, labor issues, and professional endorsements.

PRACTICE AREA

• Technology Transactions
• Venture Capital
• Private Equity
• Cybersecurity
• Privacy
• Blockchain, Digital Assets, Cryptocurrencies and Distributed Ledger Technology
• Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestitures and Due Diligence
• Healthcare Transactions
• General Counsel Services

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Represented biotechnology services company in cross-border membership interest acquisition by multi-national chemical producer
  • Led the diversiture and acquisition of blockchain technology company to Web3 platform
  • Represented national cybersecurity firm in cross-border acquisition by multi-national information security and technology provider
  • Formation for early stage, multi-national venture capital fund
  • Represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, financings and restructurings in various industries including technology, energy, oil and gas, biotech, chemical, services, retail, entertainment, and software industries
  • Represented Seller in an acquisition of $95.6 Million Private Energy Services Company
  • Outside General and Business Counsel
  • Represented mid-size regional technology company in an Asset Purchase for over $15M
  • Led and represented oil and gas technology company in a $5M cross-border technology acquisition
  • Represented mid-size engineering services firm in a Stock and Cash Asset Purchase
  • Led the divestiture of privately held subsidiary to a public company in a stock-for-stock acquisition for over $20M
  • Represented mid-size metals company in $10M capital restructuring transaction
  • Led due diligence and HSR review for multimillion dollar corporate acquisitions
  • Coordinated nationwide roll-up and strategic divestitures of major retail services provider
  • Represented public companies with periodic disclosures in compliance with SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations
  • Coordinated pre-IPO due diligence and Form 10 registration process with auditors, underwriters, and financial officers in preparation for listing on various exchanges
  • Advises and counsels small to mid-size companies in the Energy, Technology, and Healthcare industries on day-to-day strategic and operational matters
  • Oversees various transactional and employment related matters
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS; PUBLICATIONS
  • IT, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Confidentiality Issues:  30th International Law Institute | Houston, Texas | April 6, 2018
  • Anatomy of a Technology Transaction | State Bar of Texas International Law Section | International Newsletter | Volume 1, No. 4., Summer 2019
  • Navigating Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Smart Contracts:  Legal Issues in an International Setting | State Bar of Texas – International Law Section | Austin, Texas | September 23, 2019
  • Digital Healthcare in a COVID-19 World | State Bar of Texas – International Law Section | ILS Monthly Connection | Austin, Texas | July 2020
  • Blockchain vs. UCC | Texas Blockchain Council | Austin, Texas | August 2020
  • Blockchain and Smart Contracts | The Intersection of Technology and Law | Cloud Security Alliance | Seattle, Washington |  January 2021
  • Blockchain:  How Not to Go to Jail | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) | Houston, Texas | August 18, 2022
  • Current Issues, Risks and Opportunities in Data Privacy | Information Security Systems Association – South Texas | Houston, Texas | April 13, 2023
  • Handling Your First (or Next) Blockchain Transaction | State Bar of Texas | Austin, Texas | April 19, 2023