Firm Leases Office Space in the Gherkin Building in the City of Lon…

Firm Leases Office Space in the Gherkin Building in the City of London

(LONDON) 12 February 2007 – LAWFUEL – Technology Law News – Only weeks after Heller Ehrman LLP announced the opening of an office in London, the firm announces today that Europe’s leading emerging technologies corporate practice has joined the firm. The team, who represent venture capitalist firms, investment banks and technology companies, includes Richard Eaton, Christopher A. Grew and Struan Penwarden, all of whom are recognised as being among the top emerging company and technology corporate lawyers in Europe. Eaton, Grew and Penwarden were formerly partners in WilmerHale’s London office.

On 16th January, Heller Ehrman announced that it was opening a London office in a move that extended three of its core practices – corporate, real estate, and competition – and bolstered Heller Ehrman’s status as a leading legal services provider to emerging, technology industry companies. One week later, the firm announced that Lawrence (Larry) W. Keeshan, the former Global General Counsel for the PricewaterhouseCoopers organisation, had joined the firm and would oversee the development and implementation of Heller Ehrman’s business strategies in Europe and Asia and lead the firm’s Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice.

The team joins Heller Ehrman’s Corporate/Venture Law Group (VLG) practice and will anchor the London business practice with Stephen Ferruolo, a Heller Ehrman Corporate/VLG shareholder who is relocating to London from San Diego, Calif. Ferruolo focuses his practice on corporate finance, governance, and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on representing emerging growth and public life sciences and technology companies.

“Richard, Chris and Struan have a technology-centered practice and client base that is identical to that of our Corporate/VLG practice,” said Heller Ehrman’s Chairman, Matthew Larrabee. “Their addition to our firm gives us a leading emerging company practice in London and underscores our initiative to create the best platform in the world for representing technology companies.”

Heller Ehrman represents more than 400 emerging private and public technology companies. The firm is consistently ranked among the top law firms in venture financings by Dow Jones VentureSource. Heller Ehrman ranked as the #6 issuer legal advisor for global IPOs by U.S. issuers, and the #7 issuer legal advisor for U.S. IPOs, in Thompson Financial’s 2006 year-end survey of global and U.S. equity capital markets. The firm was also recently ranked by Thomson Financial among the top 25 U.S. law firms for M&A activity in 2006 based on number of deals.

Larrabee also said that the addition demonstrates that Heller Ehrman is executing on the firm’s strategy to build on three core practice area strengths in the U.K.: corporate/VLG, real estate private equity/hotels, and competition. The firm expects to remain opportunistic, but will focus on building the London office with these three areas as cornerstones.

“The addition of this team means that Heller Ehrman will have centers of excellence in emerging and technology company issues in Asia, Silicon Valley and London, among other places,” said Keeshan. “The geographic span of this practice, and the collaborative opportunities it offers for cross-border transactional activity in this sector, distinguishes Heller Ehrman from any other American firm in London.”

The firm has arranged to lease office space on the 29th floor at 30 St. Mary Axe, which is also known as the Gherkin building, in the City of London. When the London office opens in March 2007, it will be the firm’s fourth outside of the United States. Heller Ehrman has three offices in Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Richard Eaton’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities law (including public and private securities offerings), as well as a range of international matters, including public and private placements for U.K. issuers and inward- and outward-bound acquisition transactions. His clients include companies engaged in a wide range of technology sectors such as optical, semiconductor design, alternative energy, software and security products. After attending Guildford College of Law, Richard qualified in 1990.

Christopher A. Grew is an American who has practiced in London since 1992. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. (Hons.) in law from Downing College, Cambridge. Chris advises technology companies in venture capital transactions, public offerings, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has been recognised by Business XL as one of “The Power Top 50” – the 50 most influential venture capitalists and advisors in the technology industry in the U.K.

Struan Penwarden received his legal education from the Guilford College of Law, qualifying in 1995. His practice focuses on domestic and international corporate transactions for technology companies involving mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and public offerings.

Timeline
• 16th January 2007: Heller Ehrman LLP announced its plans to open an office in London.

• 22nd January 2007: Heller Ehrman LLP announced that Lawrence (Larry) W. Keeshan, the former Global General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, had joined the firm and would oversee the development and implementation of Heller Ehrman’s business strategies in Europe and Asia and lead the firm’s Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice.

• 12th February 2007: Heller Ehrman announced that the firm has added the leading European emerging company and technology practice to the new London office with the addition of Richard Eaton, Christopher A. Grew and Struan Penwarden, who were formerly partners at WilmerHale.

About Heller Ehrman LLP
Heller Ehrman LLP has more than 700 attorneys and professionals in 12 offices worldwide – Anchorage, Alaska; Beijing; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Singapore; and Washington, D.C. Heller Ehrman represents a wide range of industry leaders, from entrepreneurial, technology-driven enterprises to established, multinational conglomerates. The firm’s core values are Excellence, People, Teamwork, Innovation, Community and One Firm. For more information, visit www.hellerehrman.com.

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