Pillsbury today welcomed Armando Castro as a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities – Technology practice in Silicon Valley. With a broad client base ranging from formation stage and emerging companies to established public companies, Castro focuses on advising technology clients on a variety of both domestic and international matters.

“Armando is highly-regarded in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area,” said Pillsbury Chair James Rishwain, Jr. “His background advising emerging and mature industries coupled with his in-house experience make him invaluable to both our regional and global technology clients.”

Castro has represented and counseled companies and their boards of directors, investors, placement agents and underwriters in numerous public offerings and private placements, ranging from small seed financings to Rule 144A transactions. Over the past two decades, he has counselled numerous public companies on reporting matters related to the Securities and Exchange Commission and various stock exchange requirements. Castro also has extensive experience representing both acquiring and target companies in corporate reorganizations, mergers and asset acquisitions, including serving as General Counsel of Cyras Systems in negotiating its merger with Ciena Corporation.

“As the global economy bounces back and regulators increase their scrutiny, our clients are looking for seasoned corporate attorneys, like Armando, who have deep experience,” said Stan Pierson, firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s Corporate & Securities – Technology practice. “Since 2000, Pillsbury lawyers have advised on 800 underwritten and other public offerings valued at more than $238 billion. Armando also adds depth and breadth to our strong technology practice. Armando’s practice helps boost the firm’s capabilities in several areas, including cybersecurity, payment technologies, software-as-a-service (SAAS), enterprise software, renewable energy technologies, electronics, and wireless and networking technologies.”

“I’m very much impressed by Pillsbury’s collaborative, team-oriented approach and its preeminent technology practice,” Castro added. “These along with the firm’s commitment to client service make Pillsbury a natural fit for my practice.”

Castro earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1992, and he has an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He has been recognized by Legal 500 for his venture capital and emerging companies practice and currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member for the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. Castro joins Pillsbury from DLA Piper, where he was a partner.



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