Sidley Strengthens Corporate Capabilities With New Palo Alto Partner

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Martin A. Wellington, a technology-focused corporate lawyer, has joined the firm in Palo Alto as a partner.

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“Martin’s practice spans a wide range of transactional work, from technology M&A and private equity to public offerings and corporate governance, making him an excellent addition to our team in Palo Alto,” said Tom DeFilipps, managing partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office and head of the Northern California Corporate group. “With a focus on technology companies, primarily in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, Martin brings impressive insight into the local technology market, making him a valuable asset as we continue our expansion efforts in this important region and in technology more generally.”

Mr. Wellington regularly counsels technology companies and their sources of capital on a wide array of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, and private and public offerings. He also advises underwriters in public offerings and private equity investors. Mr. Wellington’s technology clients include existing public companies, as well as companies looking to enter the public markets. His work includes several high-profile initial public offerings over the last few years, including Angie’s List, Pandora Media and Splunk.

“Martin is a highly skilled corporate lawyer,” said Hank Barry, co-leader of Sidley’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice. “His demonstrated knowledge and experience will greatly strengthen our capabilities, particularly as our clients enter into company-defining securities and M&A transactions. Martin joins a growing team of talented lawyers, and we are all looking forward to practicing with him.”

Mr. Wellington was recognized as an “Up & Coming” lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Northern California in Chambers USA 2014. He was also recognized in the Financial Times “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” special report for his work as lead counsel on the IPOs for Angie’s List and Pandora Media.

With 1,900 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. For the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and every year since the survey’s inception, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms “with the greatest global reach and expertise.” To stay up-to-date with the latest Sidley news, please follow us on Twitter at @SidleyNewsroom.

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