West Coast Expansion Continues; Corporate and Securities Group
Adds Another High-Profile Partner
(March 3, 2008, San Francisco, CA) – LAWFUEL – The West Coast expansion of Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms worldwide, continued today with the addition of Robert B. Dellenbach, who joins the firm as a San Francisco-based Partner in the Corporate & Securities Group. Mr. Dellenbach joins Reed Smith after nearly two decades in the Corporate Group of Fenwick & West LLP, where he represented venture-backed companies and investors and served as one of the early managing partners of the firm’s San Francisco office.
“Rob has long been a key player in the Silicon Valley and global venture community, where he enjoys a great reputation and maintains a loyal base of clients and professional contacts,” said David Thompson, Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s San Francisco Office. “Rob is also an exceptionally well-rounded and versatile lawyer who has advised the boards of directors of startup and publicly-traded technology, media and life science companies. His arrival is consistent with the firm’s strategy to grow our transactional practice worldwide and here on the West Coast with top flight, well-connected and experienced talent.”
Mr. Dellenbach’s professional mission has always been to help companies and entrepreneurs with the potential for high growth, as well as significant economic and social benefits, to articulate and achieve their business objectives. In a career that has spanned the technological and information revolutions, Mr. Dellenbach has represented more than a hundred software, communications, Internet, biotechnology, semiconductor, and other cutting-edge businesses and their investors in the full spectrum of corporate matters, including angel and venture capital financing, M&As, and IPOs, as well as strategic intellectual property transactions and business partnerships.
“I am looking forward to expanding my practice on Reed Smith’s international platform with colleagues who provide expertise in myriad pertinent disciplines,” said Mr. Dellenbach. “All of the clients I am privileged to work with are expanding their operations globally, and Reed Smith is in an ideal position to help with the full range of their legal needs in the new global economy.”
“There is certainly a great deal of synergy in Rob joining us at this time,” said John Iino, Reed Smith’s firmwide Corporate & Securities Practice Group Leader. “Our diverse international platform is ideally suited to help his clients, and he is a seasoned resource for our technology, life science, venture and private-equity-backed clients throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”
Mr. Dellenbach received his J.D. in 1989 from Stanford University, where he focused on technology and international law. He also holds a B.A in Political Science from the University of Utah, where he graduated, Summa Cum Laude.
A frequent champion of the disadvantaged and underrepresented, Mr. Dellenbach frequently offers pro bono services for investment funds aiding the development of emerging economies in Latin America and Africa, and, on the home front, for the Climate Protection Campaign, the Golden Gate Bridge Foundation and a number of other Bay Area non-profits. Currently, he is secretary to the Board of Trustees of Astia, a San Francisco-based non-profit that promotes women as entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. He is also an advisor to the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Dellenbach is the third partner to join Reed Smith’s West Coast Corporate and Securities Group in the last few weeks, with John Zhang and Charles Pak joining the Group in Los Angeles last month. The firm also added three litigation partners in its Los Angeles and Century City offices in February, and, in January, welcomed three more laterals statewide, including Structured Finance Partner Colleen McDonald in San Francisco. With the recent additions, Reed Smith has nearly 350 corporate attorneys and 1600 lawyers worldwide.
About Reed Smith
Reed Smith is one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, with more than 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its attorneys provide litigation services in multi-jurisdictional matters and other high stake disputes, deliver regulatory counsel, and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising and media, shipping, international trade and commodities, real estate, manufacturing, and education. For more information, visit reedsmith.com
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