Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:27 pm

Any thoughts on trying for Fenwick NY (new office) and hoping to transfer to SV? I assume Fenwick NY will not come with great exits.

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:09 pm

TTG associate in NorCal, so no sense of SoCal firms. In the Bay Area, Latham SV and MoFo SF for buy-side tech. WSGR, Fenwick, Gunderson for sell-side tech. Cooley SV and WSGR for life sciences transactions. S&C also does tech-side TTG work as a satellite. They all do a mix of tech and life sciences commercial work and the M&A support work just depends on what corporate brings in.

100% on great exit options, particularly if you're interested in working for a client, so you can't go wrong from a career perspective. Just choose the group you like the most culturally (or if you have to be in SF, hope for MoFo). WSGR does good work, but can be a big hit or miss on culture - anecdotally, I've only heard bad things about their tech-side TTG culture, but very positive on the life sciences transactions half.


How possible do you think it would be to lateral into tech trans as a junior corporate associate? I don't have any background in IP and didn't take any IP classes but have dabbled in a few tech trans assignments as a summer a couple years ago. Yes, pretty limited experience. Now, I'm a first/second year associate doing only corporate work. tech trans appeals to me more, though, but it's not a possibility at my firm. Is it possible to make the switch or is there anything I can currently do to make myself more marketable for tech trans somewhere else (like certain types of assignments I can try to get)? I currently work in the bay area.

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby sgd19 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:10 pm

So is there no way to get into tech transactions, if you don't meet the requirements of T14 school and top x%? Or is it just for biglaw?

If you are coming from a non-T14, can like 2-5 years of experience help you lateral into tech transactions practice?

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby Vincent Adultman » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:35 pm

sgd19 wrote:So is there no way to get into tech transactions, if you don't meet the requirements of T14 school and top x%? Or is it just for biglaw?

If you are coming from a non-T14, can like 2-5 years of experience help you lateral into tech transactions practice?


If you were M&A or general corporate I think you would have an ok shot at getting into tech trans with that much experience.

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:48 pm

sgd19 wrote:So is there no way to get into tech transactions, if you don't meet the requirements of T14 school and top x%? Or is it just for biglaw?

If you are coming from a non-T14, can like 2-5 years of experience help you lateral into tech transactions practice?



I think it is possible to get into tech trans but it is difficult and requires some luck. I went to a T25 with top 15% grades. Worked regional biglaw for a few years. Was lucky enough to do enough tech trans and procurement work to lateral to a biglaw firm.

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Re: Which California biglaw has a good tech transaction practice?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:08 am

Anonymous User wrote:TTG associate in NorCal, so no sense of SoCal firms. In the Bay Area, Latham SV and MoFo SF for buy-side tech. WSGR, Fenwick, Gunderson for sell-side tech. Cooley SV and WSGR for life sciences transactions. S&C also does tech-side TTG work as a satellite. They all do a mix of tech and life sciences commercial work and the M&A support work just depends on what corporate brings in.

100% on great exit options, particularly if you're interested in working for a client, so you can't go wrong from a career perspective. Just choose the group you like the most culturally (or if you have to be in SF, hope for MoFo). WSGR does good work, but can be a big hit or miss on culture - anecdotally, I've only heard bad things about their tech-side TTG culture, but very positive on the life sciences transactions half.

+1 to everything, esp on the WSGR Tech TTG culture. I have friends who work there. They have some very very difficult personalities.



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