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Shawn Atkinson, a partner in the London office, is a member of the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Technology Companies Group, which advises leading private equity, venture capital and growth funds and high growth technology companies. He leads Orrick’s London Corporate practice and our Global Emerging Markets practice. He also co-leads Orrick’s global Fintech team.
Among the leading investment funds he has represented are Acton Capital Partners, ABRY Partners, Accel Partners, Apax Partners, Bain Capital, Balderton Capital, Battery Ventures, Beringea, Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue Management, Columbia Capital, CommerzVentures, Evolvence, FTV Capital, Global Finance, Golden Gate Capital, Greenspring Associates, Headway Capital Partners, Innova Capital, Kinnevik, KPS Capital Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, M/C Partners, Piper Private Equity, Piton Capital, Rho Ventures, Russia Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Summit Partners, Tectonic, Vostok New Ventures and Vostok Emerging Finance.
A cross-border transactional lawyer by trade, his experience includes UK multi-jurisdictional and complex corporate transactions for both public and private companies, including countless acquisitions and disposals, cross-border mergers, bankruptcy infused asset sales, recapitalisations and reorganisations.
He has a particular depth of experience in technology and IP rich businesses and is a recognised leader in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions in Europe and the emerging markets.
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Seattle; Silicon Valley
Christina Catzoela is a senior associate in the Technology Companies Group. She focuses her practice on advising emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.
In the four years prior to joining Orrick, Christina acted as Senior Corporate Counsel to Zillow Group, Inc. While at Zillow Group, Inc., Christina focused her practice on technology transactions, public reporting and compliance.
She started her practice as a corporate associate in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuvue, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP.
Glynna Christian, Co-Head of Orrick’s Global Technology Transactions practice, helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with emerging and transformative technology and data.
Glynna has more than 20 years' experience advising clients in corporate and commercial deals across virtually all operational and strategic areas of their businesses, including:
Glynna co-leads the firm’s Automotive Technology & Mobility group and also participates in the firm’s AI and blockchain working groups. An active and sought-out thought leader, she regularly speaks with clients and professional organizations on technology and data matters.
Gregory Heibel, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group, which advises emerging and public technology companies, venture capital firms and other technology investors, as well as Orrick’s Energy Group.
Greg's practice includes the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of rapidly growing technology companies; the representation of venture capital firms and other investors in private and public offerings, as well as other complex transactions related to high growth companies.
Greg has completed hundreds of financings, mergers, acquisitions and intellectual property transactions for clients in the networking, wireless, Internet, software, life sciences and consumer industries. Additionally, Greg has represented numerous publicly traded companies in their public offering, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing corporate governance needs, including Life360 (ASX:360), Foundry Networks, Virage Networks, Adeza, Laserscope, Intellisync and Preview Systems.
Greg also was an Assistant Investment Manager for Genevest, a venture capital firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he participated in the first organizational meeting of the European Union World Wide Web Consortium. In addition, Greg has worked with a number of venture capital backed technology companies in operational and advisory roles, including Intellimeter, eT Communications and Metering Technology Corporation.
Blake Ilstrup, a Partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, entrepreneurial, and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.
Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, fintech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and retail. He has counseled high-growth companies on hundreds of venture capital financings and M&A transactions, numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.
Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including A Place for Mom (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Deutsche Bank, fatfoogoo (sold to Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Square Enix, Storm Ventures, Targeted Growth, TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX), U.S. Venture Partners, Xcyte Therapies, Zumobi, and Zipwhip.
Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.
As Managing Director of Orrick's global corporate development efforts for technology companies, Neel drives new client opportunities through coordinated strategies across the sector.
Neel frequently consults with technology companies on financing and business strategy and manages Orrick’s venture capital relationships.
Neel is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (JD/MBA, International Business). He has served in senior strategy roles at some of the world’s leading law firms and Fortune 500 companies and has experience in strategic international growth, deal negotiation and risk management.
Currently, Neel is the Co-Chair of the La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco Development Committee, a board member of the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Hillsborough Chapter, and serves on the Watermark SF HOA board as Secretary. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Margaret, their son, Hayes, and their two dogs, Hagrid and Chloe. In his free time, Neel enjoys hiking, skiing, cars, travel, and wine.
Andrew Thorpe, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Corporate group. Andrew’s practice focuses on securities regulation, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.
His diverse industry experience spans semiconductors, software, fintech, life sciences, medical devices, clean technology, financial services, telecommunications and internet.
Andrew is one of the top IPO counsels to issuers, according to statistics from IPO Vital Signs. Andrew has been involved in over 40 IPOs. In the Legal 500 rankings, it was noted that Andrew "is great to work with: he's knowledgeable, has excellent capital markets and regulatory experience, and is creative, smart and always keeps his cool."
Andrew provides clients with his valuable perspective from having extensive experience on all sides of the table in capital markets transactions – issuer, underwriter and the SEC. Prior to entering private practice, Andrew worked in the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was responsible for reviewing public companies' Securities Act and Exchange Act filings. From January 2001 to April 2005, Andrew served as special counsel with the Office of Rulemaking within the Division of Corporation Finance. While in this position, he played a significant role in drafting many of the regulations emanating from the Division, including those mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as Securities Act Reform.
Before joining Orrick, Andrew was a partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP.