Robbie G. Yates is a member of the firm’s Corporate section and is a leading advisor to institutional investors, emerging companies, and strategic acquirers in various industries. Mr. Yates focuses his practice on negotiating investments in venture capital funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds. He also focuses on merger and acquisition transactions and venture capital financings. Mr. Yates assists clients with general securities law compliance, corporate governance issues, and general corporate matters, along with advising entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies on business formation and founders’ issues.

Mr. Yates is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Utah’s Legal Elite for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

  • 2024 Chambers - RYates


Prior to joining Kirton McConkie, Mr. Yates was an associate and partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City (2005-2015); an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in Washington, D.C. (2003-2005); a law clerk at Sullivan  & Cromwell LLP in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles (2002); a law clerk at Stoel Rives LLP in Salt Lake City (2001-2002); and an extern for Chief Judge Dee V. Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (2001).

News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, Auditor Liability
    University of Utah, Sept. 22, 2009, June 7, 2010 and Sept. 9, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Navigating an IPO
    Salt Lake City, 04.09.2013
  • Co-Presenter, Legal Due Diligence for Opinion Letters
    Salt Lake City, 08.14.2008
  • Co-Presenter, Minimizing the Risk of Loss: Choosing a Corporate Structure
    Salt Lake City, 03.22.2007
  • Presenter, Contract Landmines: An Overview of What Business People Must Know When Entering into a Contract
    Salt Lake Small Business Development Center, 11.13.2006
  • Co-Presenter, Legal Issues for Small Businesses
    Salt Lake Community College, 05.23.2006
  • Presenter, Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
    Salt Lake Community College, 11.01.2005


  • Legal Matters
    The Enterprise, 12.11.2006
  • Note, "Aurora Credit Services, Inc. v. Liberty West Development, Inc.: An Analysis of Shareholder Derivative Suits in Closely Held Corporations"
    BYU Law Review, 2002
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