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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Markets

David Schwartz Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

David’s practice focuses on M&A transactions and providing strategic advice to an array of clients and industries.  His practice is built on relationships – and he is passionate about working closely with clients to gain a deep appreciation of their business culture, operations, and objectives.  David prides himself on serving as a trusted advisor who delivers valued execution and results.

David regularly advises clients on complex M&A transactions, including:

  • private and public deals, ranging from hostile and negotiated transactions, special committee representations and affiliated transactions, to corporate defense advice and proxy contests;
  • domestic and cross-border transactions with a worldwide reach; and
  • buy-side and sell-side representations.

He also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, securities law and compliance obligations.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group

Erin Sedloff Managing Associate Technology Companies Group

Santa Monica

Erin Sedloff helps start-ups and high-growth technology companies successfully raise capital and build their business from formation through exit.

Erin represents early- and late-stage companies throughout all stages of growth and development, including formation, cross-border restructuring, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate and securities law matters. She has experience advising founders on structuring their companies and frequently counsels executive teams on maintaining and managing a successful board of directors.

In addition to her practice, Erin dedicates time to supporting the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna College where she is a guest lecturer for the CIE Fellows program. Further, Erin spends her time on projects that address her interest in global economic development, and she is an active member of Orrick’s Impact Finance Group, which supports investors and entrepreneurs focused on social and environmental impact.

Before joining Orrick, Erin was a litigation associate focusing on complex commercial disputes and real estate litigation. Prior to receiving her legal education, Erin worked for a global travel company where she was responsible for field and office operations, product development, and management for global itineraries, including throughout Central America and Alaska.

372670

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Fintech

Alexander Smith Associate Technology Companies Group, Corporate

London

Alexander advises on a broad range of corporate practice areas, with a primary focus on venture capital, growth equity and private equity transactions in the technology sector.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alexander trained and qualified with a specialist corporate and technology law firm and he also has notable experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Alex Sobolev Managing Associate Technology Companies Group, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

London

Alex Sobolev is an associate in the Technology Companies Group in London. He advises technology led companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on the intellectual property and commercial aspects of technology transactions, as well as general IP and data privacy strategy and compliance.

Alex's work centres on e-commerce and software, and covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised companies at all stages of the corporate lifecycle, from software development and product launch, through technology licensing, sale and purchase, to mergers and acquisitions of IP and tech-heavy businesses. He has assisted organisations with the implementation of their brand strategy, advising on infringement claims and risk management, as well as product compliance, liability and recalls.

Alex is also engaged in assisting clients with the design, development and implementation of global data protection and compliance policies, as well the management of risk and security associated with data retention, processing and transfer.

350459

Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Ylan Steiner Partner Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity

London

Ylan is recognised as a leading advisor across private equity investing, specialising in venture and growth capital financings and related exits, including portfolio/ secondary disposals.

Following an earlier career as a computer software programmer, Ylan has a passion for the technology industry and advises financial investors and growth companies in a number of other sectors including:

  • Technology, including FinTech and Media
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy and infrastructure
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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Fintech

Hiroki Sugita Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Tokyo

Hiroki Sugita is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo Office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He works on a wide range of cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging companies and venture capital transactions, and private equity investment especially in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.

He also has extensive experience in fund formation, real estate and various types of finance transactions.

Hiroki has a deep understanding of clients’ needs from his secondment experience with a U.S. investment bank in 2005 and a Japanese major trading house from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to joining Orrick, Hiroki worked at O’Melveny’s Tokyo office as a counsel where he mainly worked on cross border M&A.

He is recommended in various publications and rankings including Corporate and M&A in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020) and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 and 2017).

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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Mike Sullivan Partner Corporate, Technology Companies Group

San Francisco

Mike Sullivan is a partner and head of the Corporate Group in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing emerging companies, entrepreneurs and angels/venture capital funds. Mike has led hundreds of financing and M&A transactions for emerging companies in a wide variety of industries, including the software, life sciences, mobile, digital media, cleantech and food/wine/spirits sectors.

Mike is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute's Venture Capital series, and a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Some of Mike's clients have included:

  • AIMotive, Inc. (autonomous vehicle software; funded by Robert Bosch Venture Capital; Tim Draper and others)
  • Bandpage (cross-web tool for managing musician presences; funded by Mohr Davidow; GGV Capital; acquired by Google)
  • Content Analytics (big data solutions; funded by Almaz Capital, Visionnaire Ventures and others)
  • EarnUp (loan optimization platform; funded by Blumburg Capital and SignalFire)
  • Earth.AI Inc. (AI-enabled platform for mineral discovery; Y Combinator)
  • Fountain Therapeutics (discovery and development of treatments for aging-associated diseases; undisclosed investors)
  • Grabango Co. (computer vision for commerce; backed by Propel Ventures and Ridge Ventures)
  • Goodly Inc. (student loan repayment as an employee benefit; Y Combinator)
  • Hangar One Vodka (acquired by Jose Cuervo)
  • H5 (e-discovery solutions; funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson; IVP; Walden Venture Capital)
  • Hungry Root (vegetable-based packaged foods; funded by Crosslink and Lightspeed)
  • Kalibrr (platform for online skills-based hiring; funded by Y Combinator; Kickstart Ventures; Learn Capital)

  • Matterport (3D scanning solutions; funded by Y Combinator; Lux Capital; Felicis Ventures; Greylock; Qualcomm Ventures; and others)
  • Mayfield Robotics (home robots)
  • Medcorder Inc. (healthcare tech; funded by Future Ventures)
  • Movidius (computational image processor chips; funded by DFJ Esprit; Atlantic Bridge and others; sold to Intel)
  • PBworks, Inc. (online collaboration tools; funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures; Seraph Group; Ron Conway and others)
  • Planet Labs (earth imagery satellites and data; funded by Yuri Milner; Draper Fisher Jurvetson; OATV; Data Collective, International Finance Corporation and others)
  • Quidnet Energy Inc. (energy storage; funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Evok Innovations)
  • Roostify (automated home loans; funded by Cota Capital and USAA Ventures)
  • SquareTwo (casual games; funded by Walden Ventures and Translink)
  • St. George Spirits (spirits company focused on single malt whiskey, bourbon, agricole rum, absinthe, gin, brandies and liqueurs)
  • Unison (fintech company pioneering new ways to fund home purchases; funded by F-Prime, Citi Ventures and RBC)
  • Zeguro Inc. (insuretech - cyberinsurance; funded by Mosaik Partners; Healthy Ventures, Social Capital and others)

Mike also represents a number of venture capital firms, including Blumberg Capital, DFJ, Evok Innovations, Ridge Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, Northgate CapitalThe Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Energy
  • Fintech

Janine Suttie Senior Associate Technology Companies Group, Energy

London

Janine specialises in venture and growth capital transactions, whilst also dealing with all aspects of private equity and private M&A work.

She takes a leading role on UK and international transactions for individual and syndicates of venture capital investors, start-up and growth companies, private equity houses and management on all aspects of their corporate transactional work.
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Practice:

  • Corporate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Stephen Tallon Managing Associate Corporate, Technology Companies Group

London

Stephen is a managing associate and part of Orrick's Technology Companies Group in London. He works with early stage and growth companies looking to build exciting new businesses and is focussed on providing innovative and pragmatic advice to his clients.

Managing transactions in an efficient and productive manner and providing clear and concise advice is at the core of Stephen's approach to work. He actively engages with clients to understand the key issues and concerns in order to provide tailored advice that really adds value. Stephen is driven by being a trusted advisor to his clients, not just another service provider.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Markets

Stephen Thau Partner Technology Companies Group, Life Sciences

New York; Silicon Valley

Stephen Thau is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He is a strategic advisor to life sciences and technology companies, guiding them through various milestones of their life cycle.

Stephen’s practice focuses on the representation of life science, medical device, health IT, and other technology companies in transactional matters, including public and private financings, licensing, collaborations and strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents venture capital and investment banking firms in public and private financing transactions.

Stephen has served as a member of the Board of Tech Council of Maryland, the leading technology and life science association in that state, and of BayBio, Northern California’s leading life sciences association. He is a frequent speaker on venture capital financings and served on the faculty at the 2005 and 2007 Emerging Entrepreneurs workshops at Stanford University.

Prior to joining Orrick, Stephen was a partner at Morrison & Foerster, Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman. He began his legal practice as a litigator, focusing on securities and intellectual property.  He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California.  Stephen graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in Biology.

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Practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Antitrust/Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Counseling & Compliance
  • Global Compliance & Regulatory
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Defense
  • Fintech
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

James Tierney Partner Antitrust & Competition, Antitrust/Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.

The former chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Networks and Technology Enforcement Section (Net Tech), Jim focuses his practice on antitrust and competition law, advocating before federal agencies on behalf of the firm’s global clients in the technology, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors.

Jim is a well-recognized figure inside the Beltway and an accomplished antitrust lawyer, with expansive knowledge of regulatory issues facing the technology and finance sectors.

As Net Tech chief, Jim oversaw all civil antitrust enforcement in the tech and financial services sectors, reviewing, investigating and, when necessary, litigating, every major strategic technology transaction and conduct issue in the past decade. He oversaw civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of computer hardware and software, high-technology component manufacturing, financial services, securities industries, and professional associations. Jim also led the agency’s cooperation with antitrust and competition authorities worldwide.

Jim is a five-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction, and also received the prestigious Roberts Award in 2011 for excellence, leadership and dedication in the enforcement of antitrust laws. Prior to becoming Net Tech’s chief, he served for three years as assistant chief of the Antitrust Division’s Litigation 2 section and was a trial attorney in the agency from 1994 to 2003. He also served in the Antitrust Division’s Professions and Intellectual Property section. He clerked for Washington State Supreme Court Justices James A. Andersen and Fred H. Dore.