SAN FRANCISCO — After a decade at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, corporate partner Rezwan Pavri is decamping for Goodwin Procter.
Pavri, a member of the corporate finance practice led by Wilson Sonsini’s vice chairman and corporate partner Jeffrey Saper, will join the 18 partners in Goodwin Procter’s Menlo Park office on Wednesday.
Pavri began his career as an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and London before joining Wilson Sonsini. He specializes in representing public companies in securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting and corporate governance matters. His client roster of Valley tech companies includes Twitter, which he represented with Wilson Sonsini partners Steven Bochner and Katharine Martin in its $2.1 billion initial public offering, Trulia and Gigamon.
Richard Kline, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s technology companies and capital markets practices in the Valley, said Pavri will bolster the firm’s “later-stage practice.”
“Rez is a well-known, respected lawyer. He’ll add to the momentum and credibility that we’ve been building,” said Kline, who worked with Pavri at Wilson Sonsini before jumping to Goodwin in 2011.
Kline also sees synergies between Pavri’s practice and the emerging company practices headlined by Anthony McCusker and partners Caine Moss, who joined from Wilson Sonsini in 2010, Craig Schmitz, who joined the same year, but from Gunderson Dettmer, and David Van Horne Jr., who joined Goodwin’s San Francisco office from Gunderson Dettmer in 2013.
Legal recruiter Avis Caravello, who counseled Pavri on his move from Cravath to Wilson Sonsini in 2004 but not on this move, said luring Pavri is a big win for Goodwin Procter.
“It is very challenging for firms in the Valley to hire someone with Rezwan’s corporate background and experience,” she said. “He is a Valley insider and at the sweet spot of his business development trajectory. He has a substantial practice and will make a significant impact in Goodwin’s Silicon Valley office.”
A spokeswoman from Wilson Sonsini said Pavri has been a “wonderful partner” and wished him well.
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