John V. Bautista

Technology Companies Group

John Bautista, a partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of Orrick’s Board of Directors and previously led Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. John leads Orrick’s international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.

Mr. Bautista focuses his practice on advising emerging companies and investors, and represents both public and private high-tech companies in many areas, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company representation, and technology licensing.

Mr. Bautista is an advisor to, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies.

Mr. Bautista is recognized for his work with Y Combinator in helping to create the SAFE (Simple Agreement For Equity).

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Bautista was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. Mr. Bautista previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

John Bautista

Representative M&A transactions include the following:

  • Cruise Automation sale to General Motors
  • Stupeflix sale to GoPro
  • Thales acquisition of Vormetric
  • Compose sale to IBM
  • Image recognition company sale to Apple
  • Virtual reality company sale to Google
  • eNovance sale to RedHat
  • LaFourchette sale to TripAdvisor
  • Shutl sale to eBay
  • Cue sale to Apple Computer
  • Flutter sale to Google
  • Neolane sale to Adobe
  • Posterous sale to Twitter
  • BackType sale to Twitter
  • Cardpool sale to Blackhawk
  • Scoopler sale to Google
  • CitizenSports sale to Yahoo!
  • CubeTree sale to SuccessFactors
  • Xoopit sale to Yahoo!
  • eTacts sale to Salesforce
  • Heroku sale to Salesforce
  • Vhayu Technologies sale to Thomson Reuters
  • Movity sale to Trulia
  • Scoopler sale to Google
  • Talkbin sale to Google
  • Zenbe sale to Facebook
  • Centrality Communications sale to SiRF Technology Holdings
  • Purisma Incorporated sale to Dun & Bradstreet
  • French
  • Spanish
Admitted In
  • California

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991
  • Visiting Scholar, International and Comparative Law, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Trusted Advisor, The Recorder, 2016
  • Innovation Award, The Recorder, 2015
  • Ranked Tier 3, Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital, Chambers and Partners, 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014
  • "Leaders in Their Field," Chambers USA, 2013
  • Top 30 Under 30 Political and Social Leaders in Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • State Bar of California
  • Council Member, City of Cupertino, California (1993-1997)
  • Mayor, City of Cupertino, California (1996-1997)

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