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Fiona Brophy

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Partner

Fiona Brophy is a partner in the firm's Palo Alto office and a member of the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice.  Fiona focuses her practice on providing a broad range of services to emerging companies and venture capital funds in the technology area, primarily in consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, information technology, Internet and social media, cloud services and life sciences.  She represents start-up companies through all phases of their existence - serving as "virtual" general counsel from formation to venture financing to day to day operations to their ultimate exit through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) or merger. She has represented private companies and venture capital funds in hundreds of transactions such as venture capital financing and private equity transactions, debt financings, complex restructurings and spin-off transactions and she has a robust merger and acquisitions practice, ranging in size from several million dollars to $300+ million dollars.  Fiona co-authored "The Public Company Handbook: A Practical Guide for Officers and Directors," published by Bowne Financial Printing.

Representative Emerging Company Clients

  • Adspace Networks Inc. (digital media)
  • Box Inc. (cloud services)
  • Animoto Inc. (interactive media)
  • Genia Technologies Inc. (gene sequencing)
  • BuildingIQ (cleantech)
Representative Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Microsoft Corporation (acquisition of StorSimple, Inc.)
  • Cryptography Research Inc. (sale to Rambus)
  • Mobius Microsystems Inc. (sale to Integrated Device Technology Inc.)
  • Cloudkick Inc. (sale to Rackspace Hosting Inc.)
  • TechCrunch Inc. (sale to America Online [AOL] Corporation)
  • Sierra Scientific Instruments, LLC 
  • Red Swoosh Inc. (sale to Akamai Technologies Inc.)
  • Evite Inc. (sale to Ticketmaster LLC)
  • The Hampton-Brown Company (sale to National Geographic Society)
  • PowerReviews Inc. (sale to BazaarVoice Inc.)
Fiona provides pro bono services to several non-profit organizations, including Family Paths.

Related Employment

  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP, Redwood City, CA, Associate
  • Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Associate

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, (formerly Boalt Hall)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.A.
  • Georgetown University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Languages

  • Spanish