Ian Stock, a different kind of corporate lawyer
My experience spans thirty plus years on two continents, the US and Europe, working at major firms and independently.
I speak fluent French. More importantly, having practiced corporate law for ten plus years in Europe, I am well-placed to help non-US tech and start-up clients move their center of gravity to Silicon Valley, and understand their investors and other strategic American partners.
I was born and raised in the UK, earned my Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Human Ecology at U.C. Berkeley and my J.D. at the Yale Law School (motto: don’t forget the “the!”).
I spent many years working in traditional law firms:
Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman (now part of Cooley LLP) in New York
Kevorkian & Rawlings in Paris
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto
I learned a lot, a whole lot, in each these firms, and greatly respect them all.
But they cost a whole lot too, way more than a startup can afford when it isn’t yet investor-financed.
Startup A La CarteTM is for the startup without that financing. . .
I’d rather work my own way, helping the people whom I want to help, treating them fairly.
That means using all my top-tier experience for the benefit of start-ups, their founders and others who don’t want to pay the level of fees which traditional law firms charge.
If you need help with a tech transaction, the complex M&A, product sale and licensing transactions which I have shepherded on both sides of the Atlantic will stand you in good stead.
My LinkedIn profile is here:
Former VP and General Counsel, Atmel Corporation
Ian provided things like organizing documents, shareholder agreements, and option plans exactly when my business needed them. Ian’s approach meant my company got the benefit of top-notch legal services provided by a lawyer with experience in big-name firms, without the big-name price tag.
To top it off, Ian has the kind of energy, wit, and demeanor that fits naturally into the startup culture. Simply put, Ian gets entrepreneurs. If you’re looking for the right lawyer to help you start and grow your business, Ian’s your guy!
Founder, NextSpace (Currently at Google)
I remember breathing a sigh of relief. As CEO, I appreciated Ian’s responsiveness as much as his excellent work.
Most of all, when a Federal Prosecutor came knocking years later because of the shenanigans of one of our strategic partners, I appreciated that Ian’s handling of the prior deal at issue had insulated me and my CFO from any adverse consequences.”
Founder, President and CEO, CoSine Communications (now at Jektr)
CEO , EOS Climate
Thanks to this experience and his own great judgment, Ian has a strategic intelligence and vision that enable him to find the best way through our most complicated deals. We have the comfort of knowing that he has been there and done that.
Ian handles easily transactions of a complexity that we were previously obliged to delegate to larger and more expensive law firms.
Former VP and General Counsel, Mattson Technology
We were sufficiently impressed with what Ian did for us as our business lawyer to invite him to join our Advisory Board. His advice from the trenches, his commercial common sense and his international instincts were invaluable to us. Ian’s top-tier startup exposure at Wilson Sonsini makes him a great choice for growing technology companies dealing with complex international legal issues.
Co-Founder and Former President, Amikai, Inc. (Google, Blackrock)