Squire Sanders has hired a new partner who will be dual-based in its Sydney and Silicon Valley offices.

Richard Horton was previously a partner in the East Palo Alto, Calif., office of DLA Piper. Dual-qualified in Australia and in the U.S., Horton focuses on intellectual property, venture financings, and mergers and acquisitions related to the technology industry. He frequently advises Australian technology companies moving into Silicon Valley or U.S. tech clients on their Australia deals.

Before joining DLA Piper in 2007, Horton was a partner in the now-closed San Francisco office of Australian firm Minter Ellison. Earlier in his career, he also worked for the firm now known as King & Wood Mallesons and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Cleveland-based Squire Sanders opened its Sydney office last October. According to its website, the office has five lawyers, including Horton. The firm, which has 1,200 lawyers worldwide, also has a Perth office in Australia.