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Orrick Hires Kirkland Partner for Growing Tech Transactions Team

Oct. 6, 2020, 10:02 AM

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has added IP and data privacy lawyer Sarah Schaedler from Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in its San Francisco office, the latest in the firm’s expansion of its technology transactions team.

Schaedler is the fourth partner addition to the team in the past month. The firm recently hired technology transactions partner Colleen McDuffie from Arnold & Porter in Washington, licensing adviser Shana Solomon from startup Velocity Sciences in Boston, and technology transactions lawyer Faraaz Samadi from Milbank in London.

Matthew Gemello, leader of Orrick’s global corporate practice, said the new hires are a reflection of economic changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced businesses in traditional industries to adopt new technologies quickly.

“The pressure on those businesses to innovate has been increasingly growing,” Gemello said. “We’re just going to see a proliferation of technology-driven transactions”

Gemello said he plans to hire more tech transactions lawyers soon. “We’re going to keep growing and investing in this space,” he said.

Schaedler focuses her practice on IP and data privacy aspects of complex corporate transactions, and also advises clients on the collection, sharing, and monetization of data. She previously practiced at Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt and London, and is qualified to practice law in Germany.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Orrick’s tech & innovation focused platform,” Schaedler said in a statement. “It’s a forward-looking team with a robust M&A practice that is continually evolving with clients’ commercial and technology needs.”

The firm expects to see increasing cross-practice work between its IP lawyers, data privacy lawyers, and tech transactions lawyers, according to Gemello.

Orrick recently doubled down on data privacy-related services by releasing an automated tool, “Privacy in a Box,” that guides users who aim to build a privacy program that’s compliant around the globe.

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