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Women’s Health Unicorn Maven Recruits Erica Pham as Legal Chief

Nov. 15, 2021, 10:30 AM

Maven Clinic Co., a women’s health care platform recently valued at more than $1 billion, has hired Erica Pham as its new general counsel.

Pham joined Maven as legal chief and corporate secretary at the end of October, said company spokeswoman Danielle Fuerth.

Pham spent the past year as general counsel for virtual care provider Sword Health SA, having previously been vice president of legal and government affairs for what is now Clover Health Investments Corp., a health insurer that recently went public.

Maven is riding high after closing a $110 million Series D fundraising round in August co-led by Dragoneer Investment Group LLC and Lux Capital Management LLC, bringing the company’s total funding to more than $200 million.

Maven’s other high-profile financial supporters include Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon.

Kate Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven, recently spoke with Bloomberg News about the company’s desire to revolutionize women’s health by expanding its telemedicine services to a broader client base.

Maven, launched in 2015, specializes in family-planning matters like fertility, pregnancy and parenting.

Fuerth said Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has been advising Maven on its fundraising efforts. She confirmed that Pham’s placement at the company was handled by Whistler Partners LLC, a legal recruitment firm.

Pham, a former Dentons associate, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

In a LinkedIn post earlier this month, Pham credited Whistler Partners managing director Emily Witt—a former senior recruiting and legal personnel coordinator at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz—with connecting her to Maven.

“I’m energized to start on this journey to improve care for women and families,” Pham wrote. “Always be kind to recruiters!”

Pham added that she’s looking to build out Maven’s legal and compliance team, listing job openings for a head of compliance and associate general counsel for product and privacy.

Pham takes over a general counsel role previously held by Sarah Weatherhead, who recently left Maven, which hired her in 2019.

Sword, Pham’s former employer, didn’t respond to a request for comment about her potential replacement as legal chief.

The company, which has its roots in Portugal and raised $85 million in Series C funding in June, parted ways earlier this year with former general counsel-turned-regulatory affairs officer Catarina Prata.

Purnima Boominathan, an associate general counsel and head of privacy at Sword, also left the company in August to become general counsel for Kit.com, a home diagnostics company recently acquired by digital health unicorn Ro.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Baxter in New York at bbaxter@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com