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Silicon Valley firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is hiring two of the top technology partners from New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.
LeBoeuf's head of venture capital and private equity Edward Reilly and his partner Charles Vandenburgh are joining Brobeck's New York office.
The move comes as rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati launches in New York with two partners from Silicon Valley firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigan.
Reilly was the managing partner of LeBoeuf's Connecticut office, as well as founder of the firm's venture capital and private equity practice.
He represents a host of venture capitalists and private equity houses, as well as corporate clients, with a focus on e-finance and biotechnology. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and investments in regulated industries.
Vandenburgh specialises in representing issuers and investors in private placements, commercial financings and restructurings, and representing sponsors in forming private investment funds.
Brobeck's head of the New York office Ken King says: "What they add in particular is experience in the venture capital markets in New York and Boston, the north eastern corridor. That's very important to us as you might imagine, in particular the contact with the venture capitalists. In the world of technology having two partners who are intimate with the venture capital world is critical to our space."
Brobeck now has 80 lawyers in New York, 19 of whom are partners. The group acts for technology clients across the board, although King is reluctant to name clients.
He says that the arrival of Wilson Sonsini in the city is not too much of a threat.
He says: "It's obviously too early to know, but certainly it's a competitor. I think we are well situated to compete with Wilson Sonsini or anyone else in the technology space so we are very confident."