Cooley is expanding its patent counseling & prosecution practice with the arrival of acclaimed partner Mika Reiner Mayer, whose practice focuses on patent due diligence, strategic portfolio management and patent prosecution. Mayer joins from Morrison & Foerster, where she co-founded and led the venture intellectual property group and also led the medical device patent group. She will be based in Palo Alto. (more…)

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Simpson Thacher represented the underwriters, led by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated in connection with the registered public offering by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) of $3.5 billion aggregate principal amount of additional notes over three tranches with maturities ranging from 5 to 30 years. The additional notes constituted a reopening of the $12 billion aggregate principal amount of notes initially issued on February 23, 2016, increasing the aggregate principal amount of the series to $15.5 billion. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, including repurchases of common stock and payment of dividends under Apple’s program to return capital to shareholders, funding for working capital, capital expenditures, acquisitions and repayment of debt. (more…)

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The Firm represented Microsoft Corporation in connection with its offering of $13 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and its $5 billion senior unsecured credit agreement. (more…)

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Kao and Tsai come to V&E from Perkins Coie LLP. Kao will serve as Managing Partner of V&E’s Palo Alto office while also working out of the firm’s San Francisco office, where Tsai will be based. In addition, Kao and Tsai have an extensive roster of clients in the Asia-Pacific region and will oversee V&E’s Taiwan practice. (more…)

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Global law firm K&L Gates LLP is bolstering its leading intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of partner Jeff Randall, whose representations include many of the world’s most successful and recognizable technology companies as well as numerous other industry-leading enterprises. Randall, who arrives from Paul Hastings LLP, handles patent, trade secret, and other IP litigation for clients located in and outside the Silicon Valley. (more…)

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Alston & Bird has strengthened its patent prosecution capabilities with the addition of Ardeshir Tabibi as partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

“Ardeshir is a distinguished lawyer with deep technical expertise and a wealth of experience assisting clients in expanding and capturing the real value of their patent portfolios,” said Jason Cooper, Alston & Bird partner and co-head of its Intellectual Property Practice. “He knows what it takes to strategically build and leverage a patent portfolio, in the United States and around the world, and will be a tremendous asset to clients in helping them develop and execute patent strategies that align with their business objectives and reflect a clear understanding of market opportunities and threats.” (more…)

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DLA Piper announced today that Brian Wheeler has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate practice in Northern California working in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

Wheeler focuses on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate governance. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and has worked in Tokyo and London for more than a decade. Wheeler has worked on international transactions and matters for clients across a wide array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, energy and financial services, as well as a particularly strong focus on the technology sector. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Walker was previously the leader of Simpson Thacher’s IP Transactions Group in Palo Alto, and will now be practicing in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Austin offices.

“Josh’s addition to Greenberg Traurig is a true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit so strongly encouraged at the firm,” said Chuck Birenbaum, chair of the firm’s offices in Northern California. “He is one of the first lateral hires recruited via Facebook messenger, where Josh reached out to Ian Ballon directly to learn more about the firm’s atmosphere and what it’s like to split time between two offices.” (more…)

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Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Dr. Tamara Fraizer has joined the firm’s global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice as principal, based in Palo Alto. Dr. Fraizer was previously with Fish & Richardson P.C.

“The Intellectual Property & Technology practice of Squire Patton Boggs reaches across five continents with deep expertise locally, allowing us to represent regional as well as multinational companies in IP disputes. Tamara’s experience, particularly in the areas of digital health, biomedical devices and life sciences, will enhance the range of services we offer our clients in these areas and further bolster our patent litigation practice,” said David Elkins, Squire Patton Boggs partner and leader of the global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. (more…)

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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.” (more…)

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP is expanding the capabilities offered in its Palo Alto office with the arrival of four lawyers. Joining the firm as a partner is Laurie Edelstein, whose broad practice focuses on commercial litigation, along with energy litigation, government investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings, and white-collar criminal defense. Also joining Steptoe’s Palo Alto office as of counsel are Sarah Jackel and Margaret “Meg” Pirnie Kammerud, and associate Seth Sias. Both Ms. Jackel and Mr. Sias focus their practices on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, while Ms. Kammerud focuses her practice on intellectual property. (more…)

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