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.