Lara Alice Pender, a lecturer at Michigan Law, specializes in structuring, negotiating, and managing multijurisdictional acquisitions, divestitures, and minority- and majority-stake investments.

For several years, Pender worked in London, where she focused on complex, sponsor-backed acquisitions for global private equity sponsors.

Since moving to the United States in 2014, she has split her time between the Bay Area and the Midwest—and deepened her commitment to advising growth-stage companies. She acts chiefly for international corporate venture capital, sovereign wealth, and pension funds. Pender is deeply engaged in the burgeoning Midwest venture scene, helping founders and venture capitalists navigate initial funding rounds and other early-stage legal and strategic issues.

Pender is a partner in Gunderson's Ann Arbor office and is admitted to practice in England and Wales, California, and Michigan.