Redwood Shores, California
Redwood Shores, California ()

Covington & Burling continued to make inroads in California this week, hiring technology transactions partner Catharina Min from Reed Smith for its corporate practice in Silicon Valley.

Min, a well-regarded M&A lawyer who will now be based out of Covington’s office in Redwood Shores, California, was vice chair of Reed Smith’s business and finance department and for a time served as managing partner of the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California.

Min, who specializes in cross-border technology transactions, also led Reed Smith’s Korea practice during her decade at the firm, which she joined Reed Smith in 2007 from what is now Squire Patton Boggs. Her clients have included Samsung Venture Investment Corp. and Hyundai Investment Corp., and Min said the fact that Covington has an office in Seoul was a huge selling point for her. So was the Washington, D.C.-based firm’s regulatory and compliance expertise.

“They’re just at the forefront of so many cutting-edge issues,” said Min (pictured right). Most of our clients have regulatory issues, especially tech clients these days … It’s just going to make things a lot easier.”

Min’s longstanding relationships with Covington partners Scott Anthony and Thomas DeFilipps—the latter of whom joined the firm from Sidley Austin last year to lead its West Coast corporate practice—helped convince her that leaving Reed Smith made sense, she said.

“Catharina’s extensive experience representing high-profile clients in negotiating complex cross-border deals adds to our ability to represent innovative technology companies,” DeFilipps said in a statement prepared by Covington. “Her ability to advise companies navigating an ever-changing technology landscape will enhance the firm’s corporate practice as we continue to build our transactional capabilities in Silicon Valley and the rest of California.”

Covington, which saw its gross revenue rise to $838.5 million in 2016, has been keen on expanding its operations in the Golden State. In late March, the firm hired two former judges with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, one of whom joined Covington’s Redwood Shores office, while also bringing on Monica Ramirez Almadani, a former senior adviser to former California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almadani joined Covington’s two-year-old Los Angeles office as special counsel.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., who returned to Covington’s partnership in 2015, is currently leading an internal review of sexual harassment allegations at San Francisco-based ride-sharing giant Uber Technologies Inc. In January, Covington signed a $25,000-per-month legal services contract with California’s legislative to help the state government fend off legal challenges from the Trump administration. That contract recently expired, and it remains unclear whether or not Covington will have it renewed.

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