Reed Smith's Corporate Office Gains a Partner

Jonathan Vanian

Daily Journal

March 5, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -Reed Smith's Northern California corporate & securities group practice sees a new addition today as Robert Dellenbach joins the firm as a partner in the San Francisco office.

Dellenbach, formerly a partner at Fenwick & West's corporate group in San Francisco, specializes in venture capital, private equity financing, start-ups and mergers and acquisitions. He is the 12th addition to Reed Smith's corporate office in the past year.

The deal was brokered by Gary Miles, a legal recruiter at Alan Miles & Associates Inc.

"We are pleased to land such a high-impact lateral," said John lino, a partner and firmwide leader of the firm's corporate and securities group. "Rob is a well-known player in the M&A and venture capital areas."

Dellenbach said one of the main reasons he decided to join Reed Smith was because of its international practice areas. As of last week, the firm saw its Beijing office grow by two new partners.

Dellenbach said that although he has an international client base, coming to Reed Smith will give him the opportunity to work with its international clients in places like Munich and Hong Kong who may want to do venture capital work in the United States but may not have been working with Reed Smith lawyers as well-versed in the area as he is.

Dellenbach said he will be bringing some existing clients to Reed Smith, but some will remain at Fenwick & West, particularly those clients involved with patents and intellectual property.

Dan Winnike, a partner and chair of Fenwick & West's corporate practice, said the news of Dellenbach's departure caught him off guard, but he does not expect the loss to affect Fenwick & West's corporate practice and workload in the upcoming year. He also said he doesn't expect Dellenbach to bring a team of associates over to his new firm.

"Robert is a very fine guy," Winnike said. "I think he's been with Fenwick most of his legal career. We wish him all the best."

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