Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Silicon Valley office with the addition of new partner Maia Gez. Gez will be part of the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice and a member of its US Public Company Advisory Group.
"The West Coast is home to some of the country's most recognizable public companies, many of which are rooted in the high-tech industry. In 2019, we expect to see this number grow as some of the most highly valued and recognizable tech start-ups transform into listed public companies," said White & Case partner Aalok Sharma, Co-Head of the Firm's Global Technology Industry Group, who is based in both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. "Against this backdrop, Maia's market-leading corporate governance and compliance experience will meet the demand that we have experienced elsewhere in the country for top-notch expertise provided to clients by our US Public Company Advisory Group."
Gez advises public companies and their boards of directors on a wide range of corporate law matters, with a particular focus on evolving and best corporate governance practices, compliance with US federal securities laws and the requirements of major US stock exchanges. Gez also has expertise in advising on director and auditor independence, conflicts of interest, board and executive compensation and pay ratio disclosure, annual meetings and proxy statements, shareholder proposals and activism matters, responses to SEC inquiries and insider trading, and other company policies. In addition, she works with companies going public to prepare them for public company life. She joins White & Case from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
"Having Maia join us in Silicon Valley enables us to offer highly experienced, on-the-ground assistance to public companies on the West Coast," said White & Case partner John Vetterli, Regional Section Head of Americas Capital Markets. "We know that these companies often turn to counsel located on the other side of the country and we believe that Maia's local presence, supported by the national resources of our Public Company Advisory Practice, offers a new alternative for West Coast public companies."
"We are delighted to have Maia join us as Silicon Valley is a key market for public company expertise," said Silicon Valley Office Executive Partner Bijal Vakil. "Maia is highly regarded and will play a valuable role in enhancing our client offering in the region."
Gez's arrival follows the recent expansion of the Firm's US Public Company Advisory Group with the addition of former senior SEC staff member Era Anagnosti as a partner in Washington, DC.
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