Leading law firm Penningtons Manches is building on the success of its San Francisco office with the local hire of Kim Stephenson, a UK (and US) qualified lawyer.
Kim’s primary responsibility will be to drive local growth through the firm’s well-established network of contacts, primarily in the technology sector but also in practice areas and sub-sectors such as private wealth, life sciences and capital markets.
Kim will be able to offer UK legal advice to US entities and individuals looking to expand, invest, acquire or simply conduct their activities in the UK, including those who already have UK interests. She has extensive experience in general commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, contentious intellectual property disputes, alternative dispute resolution, health and safety litigation, as well as both corporate and personal insolvency law.
Alongside her contracts and litigation work, Kim will assist with the provision of specific advice around the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into force in the UK next spring.
Penningtons Manches’ San Francisco office opened in December 2014. UK corporate partner James Klein has led its development, which has included a number of trade missions to the US and strategic partnerships with the likes of Tech Bay Area Advocates , SVC2UK (Silicon Valley Comes to the UK), and SheWorx, the global collective of female entrepreneurs. Recent notable work undertaken by the office includes advising technology campus Rocketspace – which has been home to Uber and Spotify – on its UK expansion and working on a number of US investments into UK businesses as well as mainstream cross-border M&A transactions.
James commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Kim to the firm. She’s a hugely talented lawyer who will make a great addition to our growing US team. Our clients and contacts will really benefit from the breadth and depth of her knowledge and experience. I’m very much looking forward to working with her as we continue to build on our achievements over the last few years and further develop our local presence”.
Kim joins the firm from an in-house role at FTI consulting in San Francisco and has previously held positions at the London offices of Hamlins and Simmons & Simmons.