Brady Mickelsen, former vice president and associate general counsel for Oracle Corp., has joined White & Case as a mergers and acquisitions partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Many of those deals involved foreign companies, Mickelsen said, and that experience will be essential at White & Case. His goal is to work with U.S. clients that want to do business overseas, and foreign clients that want to invest in Silicon Valley. And it doesn’t hurt that he understands first-hand the challenges in-house counsel face, from budget constraints to compliance concerns.

“I just have a better appreciation of what clients need,” Mickelson said. “The last thing you need when you’re in-house is a memo that explains a problem you already understand.”

And White & Case was looking for an M&A partner who could represent companies of all sizes, said Bijal Vakil, executive partner of White & Case’s Silicon Valley office. But potential candidates weren’t easy to find.

“It was a very small list of people with experience as substantial as Brady’s,” he said. “It’s really going to give us the ability to showcase our global M&A capabilities to have a partner with Brady’s background sitting here in Silicon Valley.”

It isn’t Mickelsen’s first stint in private practice, though. Before moving to Oracle in 2005, Mickelson was at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which he joined in 1999. He advised public and private clients with initial public offerings, venture and private equity investments, public filings under federal securities laws, and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and NYSE and NASDAQ corporate governance and disclosure requirements.

He also advised clients about general corporate matters, including litigation, licensing and other intellectual property transactions, commercial and service contracts, and regulatory issues. Mickelsen graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999.

This story was updated.