Osborne Clarke to launch in San Francisco

Osborne Clarke is to open in San Francisco, six months after the firm sent a heavyweight contingent to launch an office in Manhattan.

The new base, which will be in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood, is aimed at helping the firm build closer ties with its technology client base.

The SoMa region is known for being a technology hotbed. Partner Steve Wilson, who currently heads the firm’s Silicon Valley office, will also become head of the San Francisco office.

“We have a unique model with our UK and European lawyers permanently based in Palo Alto and San Francisco,” he said. “We provide real time European advice within the Pacific time-zone and give our clients access to specialised advisers across the wider firm.”

The Palo Alto office was launched in 2001 (2 October 2000). The West Coast office is now home to one permanent partner, one associate and two additional lawyers who rotate on a six-month basis.

In October the firm looked to broaden its technology client base through the opening of a New York office (25 October 2013). The firm had been mulling the establishment of a New York office since October 2012 (1 October 2012).

The plan was to have two or three partners on the ground in New York at any one time, rotating every seven to 10 days. The initial team of 12 partners and associate directors included Osborne Clarke’s senior partner Tim Birt, London office head Andrew Saul and head of digital business Adrian Bott.