Webinar | March.23.2021 | 9am - 1pm (Pacific Standard Time)Webinar (Not Orrick Hosted)
DeputyGC is a private, invitation only, community for senior in-house counsel at high growth technology companies and venture funds and is part of the TechGC network of over 2,000 in-house legal counsel.
Samir Bakhru, Laura Bloxham, Christina Catzoela, Blake Ilstrup, Amy Lauren, Kate O'Laughlin, Josh Pollick and Ramin Tohidi will lead breakout sessions on March 23rd at 9:10am PT on “Dual-Tracking the Deputy GC Role: Balancing the Day-to-Day with Longer-Term Strategic Thinking”.
CLE Credits Available: Y
Samir Bakhru helps startups and high growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.
Samir has represented early and late stage companies in over $1 billion worth of venture financings and has advised clients in over $3.5 billion worth of M&A transactions. He has experience in advising founders on structuring their companies to maintain control and frequently counsels executive teams in maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.
Samir’s notable company-side representations include Airtime, Betterment, Brainly, Chime, Codecademy, Frontier Car Group, Genius, Insomnia Cookies, ResearchGate, Sailthru, Shiphawk, SKIP, Spell, Teachable, Upworthy (until sold) and Warby Parker, among others.
In addition to his company-side representations, Samir has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, Coatue Management, Heavybit Industries, TPG Growth, Vista Equity Partners, Walden Venture Capital, Warburg Pincus, and Y Combinator Continuity Fund.
Before joining Orrick, Samir was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in the General Corporate and M&A group.
Laura represents high growth technology and life sciences companies from inception to exit. She advises entrepreneurs in company formation, venture capital financing, and a variety of corporate and governance matters.
Laura is a founding member of Orrick’s technology companies practice in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about working with founders to grow their business at every stage. She serves as a trusted advisor to her clients in multiple capacities: providing strategic advice in the boardroom, designing and executing financing strategies, negotiating complex transactions from venture financings to successful exits, and supporting day-to-day legal needs of executive teams.
She represents companies and their investors in a variety of verticals, including automotive and logistics (Civil Maps, Convoy, Getaround), consumer applications (AppSheet, Life360, Mylio), financial technology (Credible Labs, Ladder Financial, SoFi), information security (Critical Informatics, Zimperium) and life sciences (Cortexyme, Inmedix), among others.
Prior to joining Orrick, Laura worked in New York as a leveraged finance attorney at Milbank, and in-house at Goldman Sachs and the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to start-up representation, she regularly provides pro bono legal advice to charitable organizations regarding non-profit incorporation and tax exemption applications.
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.
Blake Ilstrup is the founding member and leader of the Technology Companies Group practice in the Pacific Northwest. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their 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 fast-growing 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 AppSheet (acquired by Google; Nasdaq: GOOGL), Arris Composites, Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Coatue Management, DimensionalMechanics, fatfoogoo (acquired by Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), OncoSenX, PATH, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Varian Medical (NYSE: VAR), 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.
Amy Lauren, an Of Counsel in the IP Licensing & Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development within a wide range of industries and business models. Amy helps clients understand key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations.Amy advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries, including software licensing and development (including artificial intelligence), blockchain networks, cryptocurrency, cloud services, IoT products, online and mobile payments, intermediary products and services, wearables, fintech, e-commerce, emerging technologies, consumer products, and digital media and entertainment.
Clients and their success are Kate’s focus. As Director, Tech and Investment, Kate works with emerging and high-growth technology companies at each stage of the company’s lifecycle, from making impactful, targeted introductions to strategic investors to advising on key hires to identifying core attorneys with the precise subject matter expertise.
Kate brings a macro perspective when strategizing with founders, CEOs, general counsels and other executives on a company’s immediate, medium and long-term needs, drawing on her market knowledge and experience as both an in-house and firm attorney. It is important to Kate that clients have the right connections and resources in place at the right time. She focuses on identifying and facilitating such connections by leveraging Orrick’s extensive, global network so clients can focus on running a successful business.
Kate began her career as an in-house lawyer for a private, high-growth tech company, supporting the business through its IPO. During her years there, she juggled scale and rapid growth with budget constraints, KPIs and legal risks, developing her practical, collaborative, business savvy approach. She then joined Orrick’s Technology Companies Group, where she counseled fast paced technology companies cutting across all sectors from HealthTech and Life Sciences to Robotics and FinTech.
Kate relies on her experience as a mediator not only to craft creative solutions to challenging issues, but also to build alliances. Her background in fundraising and political organizing for high impact local and global non-profits has instilled in her an ease for asking the tough questions and partnering with a variety of influencers.
Josh Pollick, a founding member of Orrick’s Santa Monica office, is a partner in Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Josh represents high growth technology companies and venture capital firms in many areas, including corporate and securities law, corporate formations, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and secondary offerings.
Josh has been recognized by Legal500, Chambers and Partners USA and Super Lawyers for his work representing startups and venture capital funds.
Josh’s company-side representations include, among others, 15Five, Cloud9, CREXi, Criteria Corp, Dave, Descartes Labs, FabFitFun, PlayVS, Stripe and Warby Parker.
In addition to his company-side representations, Josh has represented leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors, including Bonfire Ventures, Coatue Management, Menlo Ventures and Pathbreaker Ventures.
Ramin Tohidi is a member of the IP Licensing & Technology Transactions practice at Orrick, and a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Ramin focuses on technology transactions and other commercial and licensing matters. He helps clients maximize their intellectual property and technology portfolios in a variety of ways, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on development, production, supply, procurement, and other technology licensing arrangements. In addition, he advises clients on open source licensing and intellectual property issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He represents both mature and emerging companies in a variety of industries, including in SaaS, software, hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, and data intelligence.
Ramin previously served as in-house counsel at a public SaaS and software company in the Bay Area, where he advised on technology transactions, product and regulatory issues. He also was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he focused on complex business and intellectual property related litigation.