Trenton C. Dykes


701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Tel: +1 206 839 4834


Trent Dykes is a Partner in the Seattle office of DLA Piper, he concentrates in general corporate law, securities and corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions.

His experience ranges from advising startup companies about formation and venture financings to representing public companies with SEC compliance, corporate governance and other related issues. Trent has worked on numerous initial and secondary public offerings and hundreds of seed and venture financings. Trent also advises clients on securities law compliance related to emerging financing trends, such as incubation strategies, convertible securities (such as SAFEs and KISSes) and initial coin offerings (ICOs), token generation events or similar distributed ledger or blockchain-enabled means for raising capital. His clients include individual entrepreneurs, early stage, venture-backed and public companies and venture capital investors.

Trent is an editor and contributor to The Venture Alley, a blog about business and legal issues important to entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists and angel investors.

Trent is the Seattle Office Hiring Partner and a member of the firm’s National Leadership Group of the US Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice.

  • Sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts
  • Sale of CitizenHawk to CT Corporation, a Wolters Kluwer business
  • Sale of Clipboard to
  • Sale of Noetix to Silverback Enterprise Group
  • Sale of Botanical Laboratories to Schwabe North America
  • Sale of Micronics to Sony
  • Sale of Pinkberry to Kahala Brands
  • Acquisition of ZipZapPlay by PopCap Games
  • Sale of Northstar Neuroscience assets to St. Jude Medical
  • Acquisition of Jaros Technologies by Noetix
  • Sale of Kinetix Living to Regence BlueShield
  • Sale of Pacific Edge Software to Serena Software
  • Sale of NetMotion Wireless to Padcom
  • Sale of Topline Solutions to NaviMedix
  • Sale of Scout Analytics to ServiceSource International
DLA Piper’s global corporate lawyers support the world’s leading enterprises, emerging startup companies and financial institutions in their development and investment activities.

From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, we assist clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes.

As a full-service global business law firm, DLA Piper provides a complete range of business legal services in all of the jurisdictions in which we operate.

Our clients benefit from a valuable combination of global insight and local knowledge that allows us to handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Understanding the industry and the day-to-day issues faced by our clients is critical to our success.

That is why alongside their legal experience, our corporate lawyers have additional industry-specific focus – whether it is Banking, Energy, Healthcare, Hospitality and leisure, Insurance, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Technology or other sectors.

Furthermore, in addition to the corporate lawyers with primary transactional responsibility, our deal teams include sophisticated practitioners with experience in key practice areas, such as Corporate governance, Intellectual property, Technology, Antitrust, Compensation, Tax, Financial services, Regulation, Employment, Pensions, Securities compliance, and Real estate.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

“Sources say that Trenton Dykes is a “rising star” in the securities and corporate law arena, with “substantively great” skills in venture financing, SEC compliance and public offerings. In the words of a client: “He gives us tremendous service and is always available and very responsive. When we bring things to him at the last minute, he always pulls through. His advice is practical and sound. He understands our business and our culture and a lot of the subtle things that go on within our company. He feels like an extension of my internal legal department.””
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