David B. Hoppe

Managing Partner

David B. Hoppe is the founder and managing partner of Gamma Law.  Mr. Hoppe is an experienced international transactional lawyer and a recognized authority on emerging legal issues in high-growth media/technology sectors, including video games and esports, blockchain and digital assets,VR/AR/XR, and digital media/entertainment.

Over a career spanning nearly three decades, based in New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stockholm, and Helsinki, Mr. Hoppe has advised clients ranging from the world’s largest corporations to founders and early-stage startups on matters ranging from international debt and equity financings, venture capital and M&A transactions, to high-value content and technology licensing agreements, film/TV option agreements, and crypto/blockchain regulatory compliance. 

Mr. Hoppe is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally on cutting-edge legal topics and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Law, and CNBC. He is the author of Esports in Court, Crimes in VR, and the 51% Attack (Vision 2020 Press, 2020), a collection of observations, anecdotes, analyses, and opinions concerning current news stories in media/technology.

Prior to founding Gamma Law, Mr. Hoppe was a senior associate with the global law firm White & Case LLP, based in New York, and was in-house international counsel for Excite.com, a Nasdaq-listed internet portal, in Silicon Valley.  He also served as North America general counsel for Capcom, the Japanese video game publisher while maintaining his outside law practice.

Proficient in spoken and written Japanese, Mr. Hoppe lived and worked in Japan for several years. He is a member of the Japan Society of Northern California and a frequent presenter at the Japan Online Game Association (JOGA) in Tokyo.  He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, among various other professional and industry organizations.

Mr. Hoppe is a Northern California Super Lawyer (2020).  He is licensed in California and New York.

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I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of contexts, in the largest financial centers, on billion-dollar deals with market-moving clients, as well as in-house in Silicon Valley during a period of dramatic change. Challenges and opportunities evolve quickly. Companies can go from startup to international exposure almost overnight. In my experience, these companies are best served by a professional with a broad, international background that specializes in their specific market.

The scope of Mr. Hoppe’s representation includes the following specialties:

• Media and technology licensing
• Venture capital financing (both investor and company sides)
• International and domestic M&A and joint ventures
• Intellectual property
• Corporate governance and shareholder matters
• Early-stage company support

I’ve worked with David on a number of occasions on both sides of the table. He was instrumental in making a recent acquisition happen flawlessly. I continue to use David for his deep knowledge in the digital media space and Asia. I’d happily recommend David to anyone looking for a great attorney who’s easy to work with and has sound legal advice in key verticals and markets.

Derek Wise, currently VP of Technology at Oracle Data Cloud

These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

Bar Admissions:
California, New York

Education:
Georgetown University Law Center, JD

Memberships:

Blockchain Games Alliance
Esports Trade Association
Inter-Pacific Bar Association
International Bar Association
Japan Society of Northern California
Video Game Bar Association
VR/AR Association

Contact: dbhoppe@gammalaw.com

Esports in Court, Crimes in VR, and the 51% Attack