Osborn McDerby is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys, Bobby Lutzker and Nioura Ghazni, have been recognized as Rising Stars in the 2017 California Super Lawyers publication. Bobby was first selected as a Rising Star in 2013 and has been selected every year since in the practice area of Business / Corporate. This is Nioura’s first year being selected as a Rising Star in the practice area of Mergers & Acquisitions.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list and up to 5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers list.
Congratulations to Bobby and Nioura for being recognized amongst the top lawyers in California!
Laurie Sanders was invited to present to and facilitate a discussion with the Leaders Network subgroup of Women in Consulting, at their June meetings in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Laurie led the discussions on the topics of current economic, demographic and other trends affecting businesses, unique features and challenges of consulting businesses, and key tips to increase the value of consulting businesses. The Women In Consulting (WIC) Leaders Network provides a peer group forum for senior business women and thought leaders—well established in their specialty—to network and collaborate with peers who are seeking greater growth and productivity from their businesses.
Laurie Sanders, partner at Osborn McDerby, advised Vista Global Logistics and its founder Jeffrey Ozburn in its sale to Supply Chain Solutions. Vista Global Logistics provides a variety of logistics services, including import/export, air/sea shipping, and freight forwarding. Supply Chain Solutions is a leader in creating value for businesses of any size looking to drive efficiencies quickly and over the long-term through transportation, logistics and technology solutions.
Osborn McDerby is happy to announce that Marina Ahmad has joined our ranks as our newest associate attorney. Marina has been a paralegal with Osborn McDerby since November 2016, and successfully challenged the California Bar earlier this year. We are pleased to have Marina join our team of business focused attorneys. Marina is a Berkeley Law alum and, prior to joining Osborn McDerby, practiced law in Pakistan with Orr, Dignam & Co.
Osborn McDerby represented a private company acquirer in its purchase of substantially all of the assets of a California-based company and in its concurrent sale of Series A Preferred Stock to finance the acquisition. The seller company provides an online platform and products in the charitable fundraising space. Investors in the financing included two prominent venture firms. Laurie Sanders and Christopher Dayans advised the client on these transactions, with assistance from Marina Ahmad.
Laurie Sanders participated as a guest moderator for ACG’s Middle Market Forum: “Anatomy of a Deal” M&A Roundtables. The event was structured as small group conversations with subject matter experts. Laurie’s table topic was “Dealing with Known and Unknown Risks” and covered areas including due diligence, disclosure schedules, earnouts and escrows, and risk mitigation. The Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide, with a mission to drive middle market growth.
Osborn McDerby advised client Infoaxe, Inc. dba Rover in its sale to Revcontent LLC. Revcontent is a leading content recommendation platform. Rover developed proprietary machine learning recommendation technology, which will be combined with Revcontent’s product. Steve Osborn and Laurie Sanders advised Rover on this transaction, with assistance from Nioura Ghazni, Bobby Lutzker, Christopher Dayans, and Marina Ahmad.
We are very pleased to welcome Jonathan H. Lemberg to the firm as a Partner.
Jonathan has thirty years of experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and other corporate finance transactions, complex outsourcing transactions, and cross-border transactions in Asia and Europe. In addition to his many years practicing in San Francisco and New York, Jonathan has worked in Hong Kong and Japan. Through his many years of working with large and small companies in every aspect of their businesses, Jonathan has developed broad experience to help his clients achieve their business goals effectively.
Osborn McDerby is a San Francisco-based boutique business law firm serving emerging growth and mid-size businesses in corporate and commercial transactions. Founded in 2012, we have built our practice by providing the quality and sophistication of a big law firm with the personalized service of a boutique. We have been named one of the top 5 boutique law firms in California by the Daily Journal.
Nioura Ghazni was one of four panelists at an event held by the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) on July 13, 2016, speaking on how to successfully transition and grow as a young lawyer. Osborn McDerby is a proud member of CMCP and strongly supports the initiatives of the organization in promoting diversity in the legal profession. Click here for more information about CMCP.
Osborn McDerby is proud to announce Nioura Ghazni has been selected as a California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) Northern California ambassador. CMCP is a California organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing access and opportunity for business and professional development. Nioura will be serving a three year term beginning January 2016. Congratulations, Nioura!
Osborn McDerby represented Newton Software, an applicant-tracking software, in its sale to Paycor, a cloud-based workforce-management software company. The principal attorneys representing Newton Software were Steve Osborn, Laurie Sanders, and Nioura Ghazni. Click here for the press release relating to this merger.
Osborn McDerby successfully represented and advised the lead investor, Partner Fund Management, in Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s $53M Series C preferred stock financing. Allena Pharmaceuticals, a protein-therapy pharmaceutical company, intends to use the proceeds from the financing to further develop its lead product candidate, ALLN-177.
Osborn McDerby’s experience with complex transactions allows us to keep current on market terms and trends, as we continue to grow our venture capital and private equity practice. The principal attorneys representing Partner Fund Management were Steve Osborn and Chris Dayans.
To read Allena’s press release, click here.
In May, Rich McDerby presented at the Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB) seminar on fundraising trends in Silicon Valley. The program, “Representing a Startup: From Notes on a Napkin to Series A,” reported on the tips, traps, and trends in early-stage financing.
Osborn McDerby is pleased to announce the continued growth of our Firm with the addition of our newest partner, Laurie A. Sanders. Laurie brings experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and licensing agreements, and emerging company representation. Laurie represents high-growth and middle-market companies in a range of industries such as software, hardware, mobile, consulting, professional services, and manufacturing. She has actively negotiated many cross-border transactions with parties in Europe, Asia, and Australia.