• Firm continues growth of California transactional team and further expands data privacy and cybersecurity offerings

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie announced today that Cynthia Cole, an experienced intellectual property, technology transactions and privacy lawyer, has joined the Firm. She will be based in the Palo Alto office.

Cynthia joins the Firm from Baker Botts, where she was a partner and served as Deputy Department Chair of the Corporate Section in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. She focuses her practice on IP, strategic, and technology transactions; data privacy and cybersecurity. She advises clients across industries including technology, retail, communications, social media, energy and healthcare / life sciences. Cynthia has deep experience in complex cross-border, IP and data-driven transactions. A former general counsel and CEO, she also acts as outside general counsel to a number of executive teams and boards of directors.

With more than 20 years of experience, Cynthia has the skills and sensitivities to lead intellectual property and tech-centric transactions and counselling matters. “We are thrilled to have Cynthia join our tech transactional team,” said Leif King, head of Baker McKenzie's Transactional Group in California. “She is an established and accomplished lawyer who will immediately provide us with the depth of knowledge we need in the technology transactions space.”

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse, with more than 2,500 deal lawyers in over 46 countries offering leading expertise in the areas most critical for our clients. Its transactional lawyers excel in complex transactions and cross-border deals, advising on some of the most transformative deals in Silicon Valley and providing innovative solutions to clients' strategic business goals.

With nearly 400 intellectual property lawyers in 40 countries, Baker McKenzie covers the full scope of IP services in more jurisdictions than any other firm. Its global coverage, high-quality work and commitment to client service are reflected in the recognition the Firm receives, including being ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for over a decade.

"As a well-known intellectual property and privacy lawyer in Northern California with significant lead IP deal experience, Cynthia will provide further depth to our corporate technology transactions,” said Pamela Church, chair of the Firm's North America Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. “Her extensive skills in this space will support our team in further capitalizing on client opportunities.”

"Not only will Cynthia’s expertise perfectly complement our IP and technology transactions group, her experience in cybersecurity and data privacy matters will be invaluable as our clients look for solutions to protect their business from ever-growing cyber threats,” added Baker McKenzie's Chief Executive Officer of North America, Colin Murray. “We’re excited to add Cynthia to our growing Northern California IP tech and transactional teams as we continue to expand our offerings for clients.”

Baker McKenzie’s robust cybersecurity and data privacy teams work with businesses to establish a solid framework that allows clients to meet their business objectives while growing securely. The team offers pragmatic, risk-based guidance through transactions when the demand for negotiating complex cyber and data regulatory and compliance frameworks arises.

“I am delighted to join Baker McKenzie’s thriving transactional and IP tech practices,” said Cynthia. “I look forward to leveraging my extensive tech, cybersecurity and data privacy experience to further enhance the Firm’s IP tech offerings and capabilities in cross-border and data-driven transactions.”

Cynthia earned her BA from the University of Utah and her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

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