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Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.

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Amanda Galton

I work with high-growth companies and investors who love to invest in them. On the company-side, I aim to support entrepreneurs and their teams implement and scale their vision, with a healthy amount of linebacking to anticipate and counsel the various challenges that regularly arise as companies are doing big and bold things. I particularly enjoy teams and investors that are positively transforming how the world works.

Clients I've worked with: CelLink | NfX | Perfect Day | Noya | New Frontier Foods/Ocean’s Halo

Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5738
  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    I enjoy being part of a team of people that empower the dreamers, the doers, and the bold, and the people that want to invest in those visionaries. I believe that corporate lawyers get to be at the triangle of change with one corner being brains, the other being money, and the other being the lawyers that can help scale and strategize and keep things moving.

  • Where do you find inspiration in life?

    Connections. Connections with people - both those moments where I get an opportunity to connect with someone (be it a friend, a client, a new person in the community), or those moments where you can help connect someone (including clients!) with another person who will be helpful to them. Connections within space (within a city, trail system, a new way to get from here to there). And connections of process – clients are always helping me better understand how one process can improve the other. Those “ah ha” moments.

  • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

    I had the honor of exploring Egypt with Ann Kerr, Steve Kerr's mom (current coach of the Golden State Warriors) and widow to Malcolm H. Kerr, statesman. I received a scholarship in Professor Kerr's name and the experience in Egypt in high school was life changing. So many moments from the trip are vivid and etched in my brain, including Ann Kerr running us confidently jaywalking across busy intersections in Cairo, her heels sinking into the hot melting pavement, introducing us dignitaries across all party lines, and introducing us to villages of Nubians during a Nile boat ride.

  • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

    The technology and ideas behind reusability, circularity, and what we can do with all the stuff we have created (and continue to create). Said another way, come talk to me about trash, recyclables and the things we throw away, and how we can do more with it for the world and its future. I'm also loving all the self-driving cars in San Francisco (though I personally also love to drive manual, classic cars).

  • What is your ideal weekend?

    My ideal weekend would be outside and in a bustling house with the doors wide-open. There would be some cooking, friends, kids playing, dog walking, and quiet sitting on a mountaintop.

  • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

    Omnilingualism.

  • What's the best advice you've ever received?

    We over-index on confidence. Courage is the power to try things before you have the confidence.

  • What's your mantra?

    Let's do this.

    Matthew Gemello

    Matthew Gemello

    I've spent the last 25 years helping tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and financial sponsors advance their businesses. I am a deal junkie, problem solver and fixer. I love getting stuff done with a team.

    Clients I've worked with: Workday | Apple | Trimble | Bayer | Zynga | Marvell

    Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7329
    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

      The eternal optimism that is the foundation of our clients' creative and strategic vision.

    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

      Collaboration. Few things inspire me more than good people working together to help others.

    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

      A shepherd.

    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

      I'm a fourth generation Silicon Valley resident.

    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

      Be nice.

      Andy Gong

      I advise startup companies of all sizes with respect to incorporation, day-to-day corporate governance matters, venture capital financings, and exit transactions. I also represent venture capital, growth equity and private equity investors in a variety of different transactions. My clients span a wide range of industries, including consumer services, AI, blockchain, life sciences and edtech.

      Clients I've worked with: Crossbeam | Volley | Coatue | Trail Mix Ventures

      Contact me Associate, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 3538
      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

        Working with tech companies requires me to exercise creative thinking on a daily basis. It's exciting to partner with brilliant founders and young companies to help them grow.

      • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

        Starting to see friends building their own companies, and all the successes and struggles, was a real motivator. I wanted to understand the ecosystem and help them out!

      • Where do you find inspiration in life?

        My loved ones make me want to be the best version of myself. It's an incredible thing to watch the people in your life grow, and to grow along with them.

      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

        Scuba instructor, easily.

        Gabriele Greco

        Initially, I made my way into the fields of M&A and private equity. However, captivated by transformative power of technology, I turned also to venture capital law, where I now assist technology companies in their growth and financing stages. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for innovation, I enjoy providing tailored legal solutions to support clients in their most strategic transactions.

        Clients I've worked with: CERBA Healthcare | Healthware Group | Panakes

        Contact me Associate, Milan [email protected] +39 02 4541 3884
        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

          Working with tech companies is incredibly inspiring due to the dynamic nature of the industry and the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation. The tech sector is a place of rapid growth and constant evolution. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities to solve complex problems that can have a significant impact on society and the way we live. The passion and energy of entrepreneurs who are truly committed to making a difference, is contagious and energizing. Being a part of their journey, from the startup phase to becoming industry leaders, is not only professionally rewarding but also personally fulfilling.

        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

          My aspiration to specialize in emerging companies and venture capital law stems from my passion for entrepreneurship and a desire to be a key contributor to the innovation ecosystem. This legal field provides a unique platform to support the entrepreneurs through their pivotal stages of growth. My legal skills in this area help companies navigate the complex legal landscape, securing funding, and build a solid foundation for their future endeavors. It's rewarding to know that through my role, I am helping to shape the industries and technologies that will define our future.

        • Where do you find inspiration in life?

          I find inspiration in a variety of sources, but primarily through the lens of human resilience and creativity. Observing people who overcome adversity, relentlessly chase their passions, and commit to a cause that is greater than themselves always continually motivates me to strive for excellence, make meaningful contributions, and make a difference. Additionally, nature is another source of inspiration for me. The complexity and beauty of the natural world serve me as a reminder of the importance of harmony, balance, and sustainability in both personal and professional life. Lastly, the ever-evolving landscape of human knowledge and achievement is a profound source of inspiration. History's great thinkers, leaders, and innovators serve as a powerful reminder of what is possible when we apply ourselves, work together, and dare to dream big.

        • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

          The technology that excites me the most is AI, particularly its applications in healthcare. I believe AI has the potential to revolutionize medical diagnostics by providing faster, more accurate analyses, which can lead to better patient outcomes and more personalized care. Moreover, I am enthusiastic about the progress in renewable energy technologies. As these technologies become more efficient and cost-effective, they have the potential to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and playing a crucial role in the fight against climate change.

        • What is your ideal weekend?

          My ideal weekend is spent either on a peaceful hike in nature or exploring the sights and sounds of a new city.

        • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

          If I could choose one superpower, I would choose the ability to stop time. Time is one of the most precious asset that we have, but it's limited and beyond our command.

          Sven Greulich

          Sven Greulich

          I head Orrick's German technology companies group. With a dual background in business and law and the experiences from literally hundreds of start-up financings I guides technology companies of all stages and their financial sponsors through transformational transactions. These deals include venture capital financings, technology acquisitions, buy-out M&A of technology companies and strategic cross-border joint ventures.

          Clients I've worked with: GIC | Energy Impact Partners | Coatue | Haniel | Kärcher

          Contact me Partner, Düsseldorf [email protected] +49 211 3678 7142
          • Tell us about one of your mentors.

            The last partner I worked for before joining Orrick as a Senior Associate - he taught me to ask a few important questions to get my priorities in life right (kudos Axel, you are right: "the one thing you can't recycle is wasted time").

          • Where do you find inspiration in life?

            My kids, my wife and during very long hikes.

          • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

            I hope I could put LEGO models together for a living.

          • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music.

            "Range" from David Epstein, one of a handful of books I read twice.

          • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

            As a kid, I preferred Batman, no superpowers, just an amazing array of tech gadgets.

          • What's the best advice you've ever received?

            Get your act together and propose to her.

          • What's your mantra?

            This season I will not get emotional over my favourite football team (Hamburger Sport Verein) - I will never succeed.

            Christopher Grew

            Christopher Grew

            I help entrepreneurs and investors drive technological innovation throughout Europe. For more than three decades, I have been advising companies in venture capital transactions, public offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. I also advises high-growth companies, investment banks, and venture capital firms on fundraising, international business operations and transactions.

            Clients I've worked with: Graphcore | Terrapay | TopHat

            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

              I live vicariously through working with tech companies. I enjoy working with companies that "move fast and break things" because they keep us on our toes. There is never a dull day when working with tech companies.

            • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

              I'm a reformed capital markets lawyer -- I used to take a lot of tech companies public during the dot com boom. I think that it is more interesting to act for the companies and investors at the earlier stages of the financing life cycle.

            • Tell us about one of your mentors.

              Each of my mentors were seasoned lawyers who had lived through prior life cycles of the technology ecosystem and were able to provide perspective on how transactions have evolved over the course of time.

            • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

              Having a favorite client is like having a favorite child -- that is not possible! They are all favorites. Having a "least favorite client" is another story.

            • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

              I'm often found "on the rail" at rock concerts.

              Gregg Griner

              Gregg Griner

              I work with companies in all stages of their life cycles, from start-ups to public companies, and in a variety of industries including, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health services, software, hardware, information services, financial services, financial technology, consumer goods, fashion, media, and energy. I advise these companies in many facets of their businesses including financings, corporate governance, employment matters, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and distribution arrangements, and joint ventures and strategic partnerships. I also represent venture capital firms in connection with their investments in early and later-stage operating companies.

              Clients I've worked with: Vanda Pharmaceuticals | Partner Therapeutics | Win Reality, Inc. | Third Rock Ventures | RA Capital

              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                I love working with tech and life sciences founders who are developing cutting-edge technologies and therapies that are changing the lives of millions of people, or in the case of pharmaceuticals, sometimes it's just a handful of people ... but those few patients have no other hope. The work that we do for these clients makes all of that possible.

              • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                I've been interested in technology since I got my first Atari 2600 video game system back in 1977! After a brief stint in investment banking, I pivoted and focused my attention on developing a set of skills that would allow me to work with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to build innovative companies, products, and therapies.

              • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                I learned a lot from my father, who had a long and successful career as an investment banker and venture capitalist. He was one of the smartest people I have ever known and taught me an important lesson that has guided my life ever since ... if you're not doing something that makes the world a better place, then you're wasting what little time you have here.

              • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                I would be the oldest player-manager in Major League Baseball history. Given my advanced age and the loss of a step or two, I'd probably have to play first base ... for the Cubs, of course. If I weren't able to pull that off, I think I'd be a venture capitalist.

                Anik Guha

                Anik Guha

                Since 2005, I've represented tech startups on just about every kind of problem, transaction or opportunity that a high-growth company encounters on its journey.

                Clients I've worked with: Betterment | Confluent | HashiCorp | Nest | Pinterest

                Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5751
                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                  Our clients constantly challenge and surprise me. What was once a source of stress is now (mostly) an inspiration.

                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                  Based on the magnitude of the loans I took out for law school, probably a different kind of lawyer.

                • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                  Depending on when you pinpoint the invention of the internet, either the NBA 3-point shot or the sequencing of the human genome.

                • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                  To play guitar like Trey from Phish.

                • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                  Don't go to grad school. My colleagues at my first post-collegiate job were refugees from academia, and when I told them I was planning to get an English Ph.D. they made it their mission to change my mind.