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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto

  • 650 Page Mill Road
  • Palo Alto
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1050
  • Tel:+1 650 493 9300
  • Fax:+1 650 493 6811
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Larry W Sonsini
  • Managing Partners: Douglas Clark and John T Sheridan
  • Number of partners: 187
  • Number of lawyers: 650
  • Languages: Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese

Firm Overview: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the financial institutions that invest in them. The firm advises and represents clients in a vast array of industries at all stages of development, from venture-backed start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is widely recognised as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. Over the past five decades, the firm has established its reputation by having a superior knowledge of its clients’ industries, as well as deep and longstanding contacts throughout the technology sector.
With roots in Silicon Valley and offices in technology hubs throughout the United States, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati long has had a national presence with a global reach. Currently, the firm has offices in Austin; Beijing; Brussels; Georgetown, DE; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; and Washington, D.C.

Main Areas of Practice: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has developed a wide-ranging international practice, with particular strength in Asia, Europe, and North America. The firm represents clients in a variety of practice areas that include: corporate law and governance; corporate finance – private equity, public equity, and debt finance; mergers and acquisitions (including cross-border M&A transactions); litigation – securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, business litigation and counseling, white-collar crime, internal and government investigations, employment law, and appeals; intellectual property counseling and transactions – technology transactions, trade secret and employee mobility, intellectual property counseling and patents, global outsourcing transactions, trademarks, consumer regulatory and privacy, copyrights, and advertising; antitrust counseling and litigation; employee benefits and compensation; global generics; export controls and economic sanctions; energy and clean technology; privacy and data security; national security; project development and finance; real estate and environmental; and tax.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust Counselling & Litigation
  • Business Litigation & Counselling
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Consumer Regulatory & Privacy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate & Governance
  • Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Employment
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Services
  • Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Fund Services
  • Global Generics
  • Global Outsourcing Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Counselling & Patents
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Internal & Government Investigations
  • Internet Strategy & Litigation
  • Litigation
  • M&A Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • National Security
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Real Estate & Environmental
  • Retail, Consumer & Advertising
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secret & Employee Mobility Litigation
  • Trademarks & Advertising
  • Venture Capital
  • White-Collar Crime

Branches

  • Rue Montoyer 47,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • 1000
  • Tel +32 2 274 57 00
  • Fax +32 2 274 57 99
  • Website : www.wsgr.com
  • Unit 2901, 29F, Tower C,
  • Beijing Yintai Centre,
  • No. 2 Jianguomenwai Avenue,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100022
  • Tel +86 10 6529 8300
  • Fax +86 10 6529 8399
  • Unit 1001,
  • 10/F Henley Building,
  • 5 Queen’s Road Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 3972 4955
  • Fax +852 3972 4999
  • Jin Mao Tower,
  • 38F, Unit 01-04,
  • 88 Century Boulevard,
  • Pudong,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200121
  • Tel +86 21 6165 1700
  • Fax +86 21 6165 1799
  • Email : shanghai@wsgr.com
  • 650 Page Mill Road,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1050
  • Tel +1 650 493 9300
  • Fax +1 650 493 6811
  • Email : wsgr@wsgr.com
  • 12235 El Camino Real,
  • Suite 200,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92130-3002
  • Tel +1 838 350 2300
  • Fax +1 858 350 2399
  • Email : sandiego@wsgr.com
  • One Market Street,
  • Spear Tower,
  • Suite 3300,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105-1126
  • Tel +1 415 947 2000
  • Fax +1 415 947 2099
  • Email : sanfrancisco@wsgr.com
  • Eight West Laurel Street,
  • DE 19947-1424,
  • Georgetown,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • Tel +1 302 856 4235
  • Fax +1 866 974 7329
  • 1700 K Street, NW,
  • Fifth Floor,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-3817
  • Tel +1 202 973 8800
  • Fax +1 202 973 8899
  • Email : washingtondc@wsgr.com
  • 1301 Avenue of the Americas,
  • 40th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019-6022
  • Tel +1 212 999 5800
  • Fax +1 212 999 5899
  • Email : newyorkcity@wsgr.com
  • 900 South Capital of Texas Highway,
  • Las Cimas IV, Fifth Floor,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78746-5546
  • Tel +1 512 338 5400
  • Fax +1 512 338 5499
  • Email : austin@wsgr.com
  • 701 Fifth Avenue,
  • Suite 5100,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98104-7036
  • Tel +1 206 883 2500
  • Fax +1 206 883 2699
  • Email : seattle@wsgr.com
  • 633 West Fifth Street,
  • 15th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Götz Drauz has an excellent reputation in the market owing to his background in merger control at the European Commission. He has advised on a number of high-profile matters, including the Glencore/Xstrata merger.

Brussels office chief Michael Rosenthal advises on both EU and German matters. He recently defended Air France-KLM against an Article 102 complaint brought by Unister before the German competition authority, and has also advised German clients such as K+S on matters before the European Commission.

Paul McGeown receives particular praise from clients for his understanding of the aviation sector: "He quickly understands questions concerning the industry and translates the law back into something which is easy to understand for our business." He advises on matters at both the EU and UK levels.

Data Protection - Europe-wide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Capital Markets - USA

Jeff Saper "commands the respect of boards of directors and provides sensible, practical advice," enthusiastic clients say. He recently represented Guideware Software in its USD260 million follow-on offering.

Competition/Antitrust - USA

Susan Creighton couples "deep experience with the agencies" with her skills as a "phenomenal thinker and writer and very good oral advocate." She regularly represents Google and has recently acted for it in an FTC investigation into its search practices.

Jonathan Jacobson receives a wealth of praise from the market and is regarded as a "brilliant antitrust lawyer" who combines "insightful and practical advice" with "great litigation skills."

Projects - USA

The "truly exceptional" Todd Glass continues to offer a high level of skill in a range of renewable and alternative energy matters. Commentators attest to his active practice over the past year, which has included assisting with the development and financing of several solar projects including on behalf of Clean Path Ventures, TUUSSO Energy and North Star Solar.

Peter Mostow's expertise covers the full range of energy and cleantech matters, and he has been retained by Foundation WindPower in connection with its efforts to facilitate multiple wind projects. Clients say he is "outstanding in all regards, knowledgeable, creative, fair-minded and hard-working." 

"Great talent" Christopher Groobey receives very strong feedback from clients and peers alike. He maintains a national practice advising energy and cleantech clients in project finance and M&A transactions. He recently advised Union Bank in connection with the financing of over 20 landfill gas facilities across the USA.