Dentons intellectual property and technology practice partner David Masson has left the global firm’s Paris office to become the first chief legal officer for e-commerce startup Scalefast Inc., the company announced Friday.
Masson joins Los Angeles-based Scalefast after 15 years with Dentons, one of the largest law firms in the world, where he was most recently an IP partner and head of the firm’s French practice. He told Bloomberg Law he’ll remain based in France for now, at least, citing travel restrictions related to the pandemic.
“I thought it was a good time for my next challenge,” Masson told Bloomberg Law.
Masson was previously the leader of the European IP practice at Paris-founded law firm Salans, according to the Scalefest statement. After Salans merged with two other firms in 2013 to become Dentons, Masson headed up the combined firm’s French practice.
He advised Scalefast on its international growth as outside counsel for the past 10 years, the statement said.
Scalefast operates offices in Spain and France in addition to the U.S. and offers e-commerce services ranging from e-commerce platform hosting to fraud protection and global fulfillment, according to its website. Last June, the company raised $22 million in a series B funding round and counts former internet hosting company GoDaddy Inc. CEO Scott Wagner as a member of its board of directors.
“After more than 15 years at Dentons where I leave (only professionally) beloved clients, team, colleagues, partners and thousands of friends all over the world, and after more than two decades at the Paris Bar where I leave so many friends as well,” Masson wrote in a LinkedIn post last week, “I enthusiastically begin a new chapter as CLO at eCommerce scale-up Scalefast where I join so many new friends at an incredibly exciting time of their journey.”
Masson became a partner with Salans in 2006, which later merged with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain, and SNR Denton. He began his career at Rambaud Martel, which was acquired by Big Law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.