Kunzler Law Group has added Jon Klassen as a partner in the Corporate group in San Diego. Klassen previously served as EVP, general counsel and secretary of BioMed Realty Trust Inc., a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust focused on providing real estate to the life science industry.
At BioMed, he was a key member of the company’s executive leadership team and trusted counsel to the board of directors. He joined the company shortly after its $400 million initial public offering, and participated in its growth to $8 billion in assets prior to its acquisition by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. in 2016.
He has deep experience advising companies and boards of directors, providing legal and business advice on commercial and financing transactions, corporate governance, risk management and insurance, human resources, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investing, intellectual property and tax matters. He also has overseen the structuring, negotiation and closing of a variety of complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital and commercial transactions.
Klassen began his career in law as a corporate associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, a full-service global law firm, where he focused on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general company representation. His clients included issuers, underwriters and investors in public and private offerings, including venture capital financings and strategic investments, and buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and asset acquisitions. He also acted as regular outside corporate and securities counsel to a number of clients, and represented clients across a variety of industries, including life science, healthcare, communications, wireless, retail and real estate.