Orrick announced today that Ali Ramadan has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Technology Companies Group, resident in the London office. Ali is the 6th partner and 20th lawyer to join Orrick’s London Technology Companies team.
The Orrick team has ranked #1 for European venture capital volume for the past seven quarters and ranks #1 for venture-backed exits according to Pitchbook. In addition, the Orrick team was recently recognized as 2017 Service Provider of the Year by Investor AllStars.
“Ali is a rising star in the European tech ecosystem and we are thrilled to add him to our team. Many of us at Orrick have worked across the table from Ali and we’ve long been deeply impressed by his legal and commercial acumen,” said Chris Grew, head of Orrick’s London Tech Companies team.
Ali, previously a partner with Bird & Bird in London, focuses on advising start-ups, growth companies and investors (both institutional and corporate) in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions in the tech ecosystem. In 2016, Financial Times selected him as a Young Legal Innovator of the Year for creating a digital growth accelerator. Chambers UK ranks him as “Up and Coming” and Legal 500 UK singles him out as a "Notable Practitioner."
“Orrick’s dominant position in the tech, venture capital and M&A space, in London, Europe and globally, drew me to the firm. Orrick is the only firm globally that could offer my clients market leading advice across Asia, Europe and the US. I could not be more excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Chris Grew, Shawn Atkinson, Ylan Steiner, Jacqui Hatfield and Kolvin Stone and to leverage the firm’s tech presence in London, across Europe and Silicon Valley, as well as the key U.S. tech markets, for the benefit of our clients,” said Ali.
Ali’s arrival follows the addition to Orrick’s London tech team of Jacqui Hatfield, a leading advisor on UK and European Fintech and payments regulation from Reed Smith, in September, and Ylan Steiner, the former head of the London VC team at King & Wood Mallesons, in January.
Orrick recently supported the “State of European Tech” report, published by Atomico, a leading venture capital firm, and Slush, alongside Silicon Valley Bank.
The firm has published several additional thought leadership pieces in this space, including the “Startup M&A Report 2017,” in collaboration with Mind the Bridge and Crunchbase, that highlights the tremendous growth of the European market, and “Go West,” a guide for German tech companies navigating the U.S. markets.
Orrick also recently launched a Silicon Valley Europe Desk to enhance its growing focus on advising European companies seeking to connect with the Bay Area growth and venture capital, as well as M&A, markets.
Orrick counsels more than 1,800 high growth companies and 100 VC firms globally. In 2017, the firm closed more than 600 venture capital financings across 35 countries valued at over $12.4 billion. The firm ranks in the top 10 for global M&A volume, according MergerMarket.