Matteo Daste is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Northern California offices and a member of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital and Capital Markets practices. Matteo is also part of the global Technology industry group. As a veteran Silicon Valley lawyer, his practice focuses on providing strategic advice and finding creative solutions for companies, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clients in corporate and venture finance, governance, organizational and operational matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. He is active in advising companies and investors in a variety of cross-border transactions between Europe and the United States, primarily in the technology sector as well as in the digital asset/cryptocurrency and fintech sectors.

Matteo’s experience also includes representing a variety of issuers, including financial institutions, in US capital markets transactions.

Matteo has authored various articles on topics related to securities regulation. He has also been featured as a speaker on several occasions, appearing at the Italian parliament on venture capital reform, in newspaper interviews, and on television and radio programs both in the US and internationally. Matteo has also held a number of lectures and seminars at universities including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Hastings College of Law, La Sapienza University in Rome, the Università di Genova, the Libera Università di Bolzano and at the Università dell’Insubria in Varese. He is also a Fellow of the Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jönköping University in Sweden.

Matteo is a founder of the Business Association Italy America (BAIA), and was on the founding Board of the Mind The Bridge Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Italian Community Services, a 100-year old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. He is also outside counsel (legale di fiducia) to the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco. In 2015, Matteo was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the President of the Republic of Italy.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italian


London School of Economics and Political Science, Certificate

Pepperdine University, BA

Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law, JD


  • California


  • Fellow, Intentac International Entrepreneurship Academy of the Jönköping University
  • Member, Board of Directors of Italian Community Services