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Two Accomplished Corporate Lawyers Join Baker Botts in Palo Alto


Palo Alto, March 16, 2017, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that Yan Zhang and Cynthia Cole are joining the firm's Corporate practice in Palo Alto. Mr. Zhang is joining as a Partner and Ms. Cole as a Special Counsel. Baker Botts has over 42 lawyers based in California, having added more than ten new lawyers in the past year.

“As our clients increasingly demand support in California, we continue to grow by adding skilled resources in both Palo Alto and San Francisco,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “Cynthia and Yan are talented lawyers and trusted advisors with deep international experience and will be tremendous additions to our Northern California team,” added Mr. Baker.

“The addition of Yan and Cynthia with their sophisticated experience allows us to grow our capabilities on the West Coast, which often serves as a natural bridge to Asia, and to capitalize on our strengths in the technology sector,” said John Martin, Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Palo Alto office and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. “We expect to add other high-quality legal talent to our Palo Alto and San Francisco offices in the near term,” added Mr. Martin.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Zhang was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone. His practice focuses on cross-border M&A and other corporate matters for Chinese and U.S. companies, private equity firms, venture capital firms and their respective portfolio companies. Although his practice is primarily in the technology and life sciences sectors and often involves Silicon Valley targets, his work extends to other industry sectors and geographies.

Mr. Zhang received his Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, his Master's degree in Psychology from Peking University, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School where he was Order of the Coif.

Over the course of her 16-year career, Ms. Cole has developed extensive experience in providing strategic technology, commercial and intellectual property advice to public and private companies, including electronics, software, electronic storage and telecommunications businesses. She has served in a number of corporate legal positions, most recently as Vice President, General Counsel at Spectra7 Microsystems (TSX: SEV), where she was a member of the Executive Management team and served as the interim Chief Executive Officer. Her practice is focused on technology and commercial contracts, including licensing, sourcing, OEM, supply and services arrangements, and the IP and technology aspects of mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and other complex transactions.

Ms. Cole received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

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