ALLISON BERRY SPINNER

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Allison Berry Spinner is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Her practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions in the technology sector. Allison's clients include companies in the software, networking, wireless communications, semiconductor, Internet, consumer goods, energy and clean technology, and retail industries. She regularly handles corporate governance matters for public and private companies, investment banks, and venture capital and private equity firms.

Allison has been involved in more than 20 public offering processes and also has extensive transactional experience in venture capital and private equity and debt transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies.

Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Allison clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Allison is currently co-chair of the firm's Member Nominating Committee and previously served as co-chair of the Career Development Committee.

SELECT RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
  • Representation of BlackLine in its 2016 IPO and 2017 follow-on offering
  • Representation of GoDaddy in its 2015 IPO and 2016 and 2017 follow-on offerings
  • Representation of Invuity in its 2015 IPO and 2016 follow-on offering
  • Representation of Lyft in 2015 preferred stock financing transactions
  • Representation of Barracuda Networks in its 2013 IPO and Yodlee in its 2014 IPO
  • Representation of the underwriters led by J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, and Barclays in the 2014 IPO and 2014 follow-on offering of GoPro
  • Representation of the underwriters led by J.P. Morgan and BofA Merrill Lynch in the 2013 IPO of Wix.com
  • Representation of Internet companies EvntLive, SeatMe, and SET Media in their 2013 acquisitions by Yahoo, Yelp, and Conversant
  • Representation of the underwriters led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in the 2013 IPO of Nimble Storage
  • Representation of MindJet in its 2013 acquisition of Spigit
SELECT CLIENTS:
  • Amobee (sold to SingTel)
  • Barracuda Networks
  • BlackLine
  • Blade Network Technologies (sold to IBM)
  • Cole Haan
  • Ecologic Brands
  • GoDaddy
  • Lyft
  • MindJet
  • Tapulous (sold to Disney)
  • Virdia (sold to Stora Enso)
  • WatchDox (sold to BlackBerry)
  • Yodlee (sold to Envestnet)
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1996
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Managing Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1993
    With Distinction
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Advisory Board Member, 45th Annual Securities Regulation Institute 2018, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
HONORS:
  • Named to the Daily Journal's list of the "Top Women Lawyers" in California, April 2016
  • Named in the 2015-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Named among Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's "Women of Influence," April 2015
  • Named to The Recorder's list of "Women Leaders in Tech Law," September 2014
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Panelist, "Earnings Releases, Guidance, and Other Investor Communications," 44th Annual Securities Regulation Institute, January 2017
  • Panelist, "Key Investment Trends," Advanced Venture Capital, Practising Law Institute, December 2013
  • Panelist, "Rise of Super Angels and Seed Investment Funds," Advanced Venture Capital, Practising Law Institute, December 2010
  • Panelist, "The Rules, the Players and the Annual SEC Filings; Executive Compensation Disclosure, the Quarterly Report and Practical Tips," Year-End and Quarterly Reporting, Practising Law Institute, September 2010
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California