Mark Lau

Managing Director at SVB Financial Group

Mark Lau

Mark Lau

Managing Director at SVB Financial Group

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Mark Lau is a managing director and leads Silicon Valley Bank’s private equity services group. In this role, he manages the company’s relationships with venture capital and private equity firms, providing banking services and debt financing for these firms based on a deep understanding of their needs.

Prior to this role, Lau was a senior relationship manager for Silicon Valley Bank, leading a technology lending team for the company in the Bay Area. Focusing primarily on venture-backed software and services companies, he provided specialized debt financing, commercial banking products, venture capital assistance, international financing and products, and M&A advisory services for his technology clients.

Prior to joining SVB in early 2004, Lau was vice president for GATX Ventures, Inc., a unit of GATX Capital that provided venture debt financing to start-up technology and life science companies across the U.S. and Canada. In this role, Lau was responsible for transaction and portfolio management, credit analysis and underwriting and managing the risk assessment process.

Previously, Lau also served as senior manager and management consultant with KPMG LLP’s credit risk management group in San Francisco, and as a bank examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of the Currency.

Lau earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University. He served as a board member and treasurer for East Bay Habitat for Humanity from 1998 to 2002. Lau is currently a member of the Investment Committee for the Diocese of Oakland and is a board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Capital Region.

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Managing Director at SVB Financial Group
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Head of Venture Capital Practice
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Silicon Valley Bank is the California bank subsidiary and the commercial banking operation of SVB Financial Group. Banking services are provided by Silicon Valley Bank, a member of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System. SVB Private Bank is a division of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB Financial Group is also a member of the Federal Reserve System.

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SVB Financial Group provides diversified financial services to emerging, growth and established technology companies and the life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine markets. Through its focus on specialized markets and extensive knowledge of the people and business issues driving them, SVB Financial Group provides a level of service and partnership that measurably impacts its clients' success. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company offers its clients commercial, investment, merchant and private banking, as well as value-added services using its knowledge and networks. Founded in 1983, SVB Financial Group serves clients around the world through 26 domestic offices, and international subsidiaries in the U.K., Israel, India and China, and an extensive network of relationships with venture capitalists worldwide. With solid understanding of the true risks and rewards faced by companies in dynamic markets, the company is widely recognized for its ability to develop innovative approaches to meet the unique financial needs of its clients. SVB Financial Group began serving the technology and life science markets at a time when they were not well-understood by the financial services industry and when many of the leading companies in these industries were just getting started. At that time, many of these companies had yet to show profits and were not considered creditworthy by local community or regional banks. Over nearly three decades, SVB Financial Group has become one of the most respected names in the financial services industry. The company has created innovative solutions for some of the world's most successful technology and life sciences companies. These companies face unique challenges and require special services, such as finding the right venture capitalist or angel investor, securing capital to support rapid growth, or driving overseas expansion. SVB Financial Group offers products and services specifically tailored to meet our clients' needs at every stage of corporate growth. SVB Financial Group's businesses include Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Capital, SVB Analytics and SVB Private Bank. Today, SVB Financial Group has more than 1,400 employees and $19.4 billion in total assets. The company operates offices throughout Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, Menlo Park — the center of California's venture capital community, Palo Alto and Pleasanton. Other regional offices within California include Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, St. Helena, and Sherman Oaks. Across the country, SVB Financial Group operates in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Beaverton, Oregon; Broomfield, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Minnetonka, Minnesota; Morrisville, North Carolina; New York, New York; Newton, Massachusetts; Radnor, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Tempe, Arizona; and Vienna, Virginia. International subsidiaries are located in Bangalore, India; Mumbai, India; Herzliya Pituach, Israel; Beijing, China, Shanghai, China; and London, United Kingdom

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Mark Lau is affiliated with Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Financial Group

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