Baker McKenzie announced today that Aarthi Belani has joined the Transactional practice as a partner in the Firm’s Palo Alto office, bringing experience advising technology and life sciences companies on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions.
Aarthi joins the Firm from Jones Day, where she was a partner.
Aarthi represents strategic acquirers, especially in cross-border deals, emerging growth technology companies, venture capital funds, and corporate venture capital. She has also represented the sell-side and advised on digital health, financial services, and impact investment deals.
Recent major transactions she has worked on include representing Uniphore Technologies in its Series D fundraising, acquisitions for Five9, a provider of cloud contact-centre solutions, AbbVie in its acquisition of Mavupharma, SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics, and Oclaro in its $1.8 billion sale to Lumentum.
Previously, Aarthi was on the in-house strategy mergers and acquisitions legal team at Credit Suisse in New York, where she was also a member of the Sustainability Network, a Credit Suisse OneBank initiative to develop impact investment products.
She started her legal career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, where she worked on complex strategic mergers and acquisitions, especially cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
In 2018, she was recognised as a “40 Under 40” honouree by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
She is a mentor for the Unreasonable Group and a Leadership Committee member of How Women Lead, which is part of the campaign to increase the representation of women on corporate boards.
Our California M&A team has advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions in Silicon Valley, helping clients seize opportunities, mitigate risk, make judgment calls and achieve their goals. With locally trained lawyers around the globe, we serve as a “one-stop shop” for acquisitions, providing a consistent approach and quality, supported by in-depth local knowledge and a global perspective.
Aarthi received her LL.M. and J.D. from New York University and her B.A. from Stanford University.