Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has expanded its Bay Area corporate finance practice with the additions of Justin Bastian and Nora Gibson. Justin, based in Palo Alto, will serve as head of the California Capital Markets practice, and Nora is based in San Francisco. Both have extensive experience with company-side and under-writer-side public offerings, securities compliance and M&A transactions.

“Justin and Nora are great additions to the Capital Markets team,” said Michael Glaser, firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate practice. “They will expand and strengthen the capabilities of our California Capital Markets practice. I am delighted to welcome them into the firm partnership.”

Justin has worked on both the company and underwriter-side of over 80 public offerings for a vast array of industries, including software, communications, clean tech, Internet, semiconductor and semiconductor equipment, and real estate investment trusts. He regularly lectures at seminars and conferences on various ’33 Act and ‘34 Act law matters. Justin earned his J.D. and received his B.A and MBA from BrighamYoung University.

Nora has acted as the lead attorney for growth-oriented technology and biotechnology companies in over 100 initial public offerings. Nora earned her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of San Francisco School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Before joining Perkins Coie, Justin was a partner with Sidley Austin LLP and Nora was a partner at Covington & Burling LLP.

“Justin and Nora will be a great adjunct to our premier Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice” said Buddy Arnheim, chair of Perkins Coie’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice. “I am excited to have them as a resource to our startup technology clients.”

Perkins Coie’s Corporate practice is comprised of nearly 200 attorneys who provide finance, transaction and counseling services for businesses ranging in size from startups to FORTUNE 50 companies. The experience we have gained from representing businesses of all types and sizes enables us to provide cost-effective advice that is in line with our clients’ strategic and economic objectives. In addition, as part of a full-service firm with offices across the country, we have the depth and breadth to advise on virtually every legal area important to businesses, including tax, real estate, intellectual property and antitrust.

Perkins Coie’s Capital Markets lawyers represent multinational and domestic public companies, underwriters, private equity sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in a wide variety of capital-raising activities throughout the world. Our clients turn to us to handle initial and follow-on public offerings and an array of other transactions involving common and preferred stock, high-yield and investment grade debt securities—including first mortgage bonds and other asset-backed debt securities — convertible securities, derivatives and equity-linked securities, mutual fund shares, tax-exempt bonds and other securities.


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