Further expands Firm's best-in-class M&A offerings in Silicon Valley
Global law firm Baker McKenzie has added leading IP transactional lawyer Marcela Robledo as a Partner in its Northern California offices, as the Firm continues to expand its high-end transactional capabilities in the Bay Area.
Based in San Francisco, Marcela joins Baker McKenzie's renowned Intellectual Property & Technology practice. Marcela brings extensive experience managing the intellectual property and technology aspects of a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including M&A transactions, financings, debt arrangements, licensing and joint ventures. She joins the Firm from Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, where she led the IP aspects of some of their largest technology M&A transactions.
"Marcela has served as lead adviser on some of the largest and most transformational technology transactions of the last decade, and she is another star addition to our team in Silicon Valley," said Leif King, Baker McKenzie's Head of Corporate/M&A for California. "Marcela's quality and experience perfectly complements the top-notch M&A team we have built in Northern California. I could not be more delighted to have Marcela on our team."
Added Pamela Church, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America IP & Technology Practice, "Marcela brings a unique and sought-after level of experience on technology matters that perfectly complements our market-leading Chambers Global Band 1 practices in Intellectual Property and Data Privacy. This move furthers our goal of delivering clients the highest-quality IP transactional advice in the US and globally."
Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer, said, "We’ve built a powerhouse M&A team in California, and Marcela’s expertise is key to our offering, particularly to our technology clients. We welcome her to the Firm, and we are proud of the team we have built here."
Marcela joins Baker McKenzie's growing M&A team in Northern California. In recent months the Firm has added several highly regarded M&A practitioners, including Partners Leif King, Lisa Fontenot, Derek Liu, Lawrence Lee, Tom Asmar and several new associates. The total number of M&A lawyers in Baker McKenzie's Northern California offices is now 24, making it one of the largest M&A practices in the Bay Area.
Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2,500 deal lawyers and expertise in more than 46 countries. The Firm does more cross-border transactions than any other law firm in the world, and is ranked No. 1 in cross-border deals by volume over the past decade.
Marcela is a member of the American and California Bar Associations, as well as the Hispanic National Bar Association and the International Trademark Association, and she has spoken often on intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions. Marcela was a 2013 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow, a 2015 Leading Women in Technology Willpower recipient, a 2018 “Top Lawyer under 40” recipient from the Hispanic National Bar Association and a Legal 500 “Next Generation Lawyer” in 2018 and 2019. She began her career as a lawyer in Colombia.
“I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie and be a part of its leading M&A team in Silicon Valley," said Marcela. "Especially in these uncertain and difficult times, our clients need more support than ever, and I am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues to help clients on mission-critical IP transactional matters."