Cleary Gottlieb Adds Two San Francisco Bay Area Partners

Cleary Gottlieb Adds Two San Francisco Bay Area Partners

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton announced today the expansion of its San Francisco Bay Area presence with the addition of tax partner Maureen Linch and intellectual property, technology transactions and privacy partner Marcela Robledo, as well as the official opening of its San Francisco office. After entering the Bay Area with a senior team of antitrust, litigation and M&A partners in November, this new growth in key transactional areas quickly establishes California as a cornerstone for the firm’s U.S. and global offering.

Maureen Linch, who spent the early years of her career as a Cleary tax associate, is returning from the San Francisco office of a major international law firm where she was a partner. Her practice includes the tax aspects of M&A and other transactional matters, as well as structuring and planning, for companies ranging from start-ups to large multinationals at all stages of their life cycle. She also has expertise in the tax aspects of renewable energy investments and bankruptcies and restructurings.

Marcela Robledo will be joining Cleary in mid-June from a major global law firm where, as a partner in San Francisco, she handled intellectual property, technology and privacy issues for a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, spanning mergers and acquisitions, licensing, collaboration agreements and joint ventures. Her practice focuses on technology transactions and advising public and private clients across industries on the IP, privacy and cybersecurity aspects of corporate matters. Marcela’s experience includes advising leading technology companies and video game developers on licensing agreements, strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of the American and California Bar Associations, as well as the International Trademark Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Cleary opened in California in November 2021. The firm’s Bay Area presence includes a Palo Alto location at 1841 Page Mill Road and the newly opened San Francisco location at 650 California Street.