John Bautista


San Francisco

Santa Monica

Silicon Valley

John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia.

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

The Recorder named John the “2019 Innovator of the Year” for his work as the chief lawyer on the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-approved exchange designed to change the paradigm of traditional stock markets by rewarding entrepreneurs and investors committed to long-term business strategies. Financial Times recognized John as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Individuals of the Year in 2017, calling him “one of the most influential lawyers in the technology ecosystem of Silicon Valley.” He is ranked Band 2 by Chambers USA California, for Venture Capital and Chambers USA Nationwide, ranked him Band 3 for Startups & Emerging Companies.

John is a Board member and co-founder of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which is creating a new stock exchange for public companies supporting long-term investors, as well as an advisor and co-founder of, a company automating legal work for early-stage companies. He is also recognized for his work with Y Combinator companies.

Prior to joining Orrick, John was a founding attorney of Venture Law Group and served on the Executive Committee. John previously practiced at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. John also served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino, California and a council member from 1993-1997, where he helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies.

  • Representative transactions include the following:

    • Twist Bioscience in its $70 million initial public offering
    • IronPlanet dual track IPO and sale process, resulting in its sale to Richie Bros. Auctioneers
    • Sequans Communications initial public offering
    • Codeacademy sale to Sillsoft
    • Clever sale to Kahoot!
    • Genius sale to MediaLabs
    • Second Spectrum sale to Genius Sports
    • Venafi sale to Thoma Bravo
    • Guardian Analytics sale to NICE Actimize
    • Creative Market sale to Dribbble
    • Realm/TightDB sale to MongoDB
    • Citus sale to Microsoft
    • Wrike sale to Vista
    • Simility sale to PayPal
    • Zesty, Inc. sale to Snap
    • Delighted Inc. sale to Qualtrics
    • Stripe, Inc. acquisition of Index
    • Datasift, Inc. sale to Meltwater
    • Zenly sale to Snap
    • SportsAction, Inc. sale to The Chernin Group
    • Disqus sale to Zeta Global
    • Humble Bundle sale to IGN
    • ClariPhy Communications sale to InPhi
    • Yes sale to Twitter
    • Cruise Automation sale to General Motors
    • Stupeflix sale to GoPro
    • Thales acquisition of Vormetric
    • Heyzap sale to RNTS Media
    • Compose sale to IBM
    • Image recognition company sale to major computer hardware and software company
    • Virtual reality company sale to Google
    • eNovance sale to RedHat
    • LaFourchette sale to TripAdvisor
    • Shutl sale to eBay
    • Cue sale to Major computer hardware and software company
    • 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