Spencer Markel is in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities and Merger and Acquisitions groups, based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.  His practice focuses on counseling public and private companies, and in corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, company-side and investor-side venture capital financings, formation and corporate governance, and other general corporate matters.

Spencer also counsels private equity funds and their portfolio companies on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of public and private companies, corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, and debt and equity financings

Spencer has extensive experience leading local counsel on complex, cross-border business transactions.

Spencer is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law where he co-teaches Mergers and Acquisitions.