Sarah Fergusson Chambless is a partner with the corporate and finance practice group in the Los Angeles office. Sarah practices in the areas of start-up company formation, early-stage finance, governance and compliance, intellectual property licensing, venture capital investment transactions and fund formation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sarah advises emerging companies in the digital media, technology, consumer products, social enterprise and nonprofit sectors in issues related to company formation, corporate compliance and intellectual property licensing. She represents both emerging companies and venture capital investors in seed and venture capital financings (both equity and debt), and has represented buyers, sellers, issuers and investors in investments, business combinations and buyout transactions in the digital media, technology, consumer products and healthcare sectors. Sarah also has experience in the planning, structuring and formation of venture capital funds and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Manatt, Sarah taught elementary school in Compton, California, as a Teach for America corps member. She continues to represent special needs students on a pro bono basis in matters relating to access to free and appropriate public education and school discipline.