BARRY TAYLOR

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Barry Taylor is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with 35 years of experience as a corporate and securities attorney and investment professional.

From 2000 to 2010, Barry was a managing director in the technology, media, and telecom group of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. He served as the head of the firm's Silicon Valley office from 2000 to 2008. While at Warburg, Barry worked on investments in the United States, India, and China, and represented the firm on the boards of six portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Barry was a senior corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for more than 16 years. During this time, he worked on numerous public financings as both issuers' and underwriters' counsel, and served as public securities counsel on disclosure, reporting, and proxy matters. This included representing 28 companies on their initial public offerings and underwriters on 40 initial public offerings. He also represented companies and investors in numerous private financings of preferred stock, convertible debt, and bridge loans with warrants. In addition, Barry negotiated and structured merger and acquisition transactions for both public and private companies. His clients included companies in a variety of sectors, including software, clean technology, healthcare, biotechnology, Internet, communications, and semiconductors.

Earlier in his career, Barry practiced with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) from 1975 to 1984, first as a litigator and then as a corporate and securities attorney.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1975
    Order of the Coif; Editorial Board Member, Virginia Law Review
  • B.A., Political Science, Dickinson College, 1970
    Magna Cum Laude, With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member of the Asia Society's Northern California Advisory Board
  • Member of the National Association of Securities Dealers' Legal Advisory Board for six years
  • Member of the New York Stock Exchange's Legal Advisory Board for three years
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California