Dentons announced today that Maria Sendra has joined its Corporate practice as a partner in Palo Alto, enhancing the Firm’s already robust ability to provide complex securities, mergers and acquisitions and foreign markets transactional work to clients from its Silicon Valley platform.

Sendra’s global capital markets practice focuses on emerging technology, life sciences, clean technology and renewable energy. Her strong transactional practice augments the Firm’s substantial national and global capabilities involving private equity markets, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, securities, licensing and venture capital for domestic and global corporations.

“Maria brings a sophisticated Silicon Valley practice and prominent client base that are a natural fit for our Firm,” said Dentons’ US Managing Partner Mike McNamara. “She is a seasoned global player and adept at facilitating multilateral transactions as a result of her recognition and reputation in multiple markets.”

Sendra’s move underscores Dentons’ momentum and continued expansion on the West Coast and across the US, where a number of prominent lawyers have joined the Firm. Recent additions to the Firm include corporate lawyer Steve Benson in Atlanta, bankruptcy lawyer Sam Maizel in Los Angeles and prominent health care lawyer Dan Higgins, who joined the Firm along with a team of lawyers in San Francisco.

Sendra has represented some of the top brands and technologies in transactions tapping emerging markets all over the world, including Latin American, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In the US alone, she has managed more than 50 initial and secondary public offerings on the NASDAQ and NYSE. Internationally, Sendra represented a California private equity investment in Brazilian ethanol markets; a UK private equity investment in a California wind technology company with European and Chinese components; a joint venture with Indian outsourcing components; and a manufacturing joint venture in China.

Sendra is invited annually to participate in Oxford University’s Silicon Valley panel on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship, which attracts key executives from preeminent technology companies from around the world. She earned her JD from University of California, Berkeley, her MA, with distinction, from Indiana University and her BA, magna cum laude, from Yale University.


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