SAN FRANCISCO — Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has bolstered its capital markets practice group with a partner from Goodwin Procter.
Christopher Austin, who will split his time between Orrick’s New York and Silicon Valley offices, works with technology and life sciences companies from venture funding to final exit, including initial public offerings.
Austin, who was a partner with Ropes & Gray for 16 years, helped that firm establish its San Francisco office. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2010, working in the firm’s New York and Boston offices. While his New York practice will include companies in all stages, Austin said his California practice will focus on companies that are getting ready for an IPO.
“As one of the top 10 most active U.S. law firm partners advising on tech IPOs, Chris brings deep experience in technology capital markets and M&A transactions and strong relationships with leading underwriters,” Mitchell Zuklie, chairman and CEO of Orrick, said in a statement.
Zuklie said the firm intends to add more lawyers to its East Coast corporate practice. “We’re going to it in a deliberate way,” he said.
Austin has recently advised on the IPO of Benefitfocus Inc. and Paylocity Inc., as well as multiple public offerings of Intercept Pharmaceuticals stock and the sale of Mashery Inc. to Intel, according to Orrick spokeswoman Adi Weisman. Austin also advises venture capital firms and investment banks such as Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in connection with public stock offerings.
“A big part of the appeal for me is both to introduce [Orrick] to my connections and bring my deals to a great platform,” Austin said, noting Orrick’s West Coast tech company practice and the firm’s international presence. “They are a phenomenal tech firm and they have been for many years, with a bunch of really nice people.”
Austin’s move to Orrick follows the additions of San Francisco-based capital markets partner Andrew Thorpe last year and London-based corporate partner Shawn Atkinson last week.
Austin was advised on the move to Orrick by San Diego-based legal recruiter Roxana Foxx of Hunter International.
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