Exit opps into in-house at tech company

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Exit opps into in-house at tech company

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:13 pm

What are the differences in exit opps if I wanted to work in-house at a large tech company (not startup), between working at somewhere like Cooley/WSGR or a V5 NYC firm?

I am guessing the opps at a SV firm are strong but not sure what the landscape is for the latter.

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Re: Exit opps into in-house at tech company

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:22 pm

It's not so general like that. It depends on the particular firm you're talking about and the particular group within that firm you're working with. One large tech company (Google I think but it could be another one, can't recall which one exactly) had a good amount of in-house lawyers from both WSGR and Cleary. So it's possible to transition in from both the SV firms and the top Vault firms I guess. But whichever firm you're in, you'll want to work for the exact group in that firm that lets you transition into a tech in-house gig. I'd guess tech transactions and employment law could be good options but not as sure of that as other people likely are.

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Re: Exit opps into in-house at tech company

Postby jhett » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:46 pm

I agree with the above. It depends on how your practice area lines up with the needs of the company. Practice areas like M&A, regulatory/government relations, IP, tech trans, labor & employment, and privacy and data security line line up well with tech companies.

It also depends on whether you've done work with similarly situated companies (e.g., M&A for tech companies rather than for retailers). SV tech companies don't exclusively use SV firms for all the work. You'll need to figure out who does what work for whom.



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