Santa Barbara, CA (July 10, 2017) Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth announced the addition of Ian Smith as a Shareholder in its Santa Barbara office, bolstering the firm’s venture capital, emerging companies and M&A deal teams.
Ian is a notable member of the Santa Barbara legal community, having practiced law in the area for over 18 years, most recently as a partner with Cooley, LLP. Ian was also a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and started his career at Nida & Maloney in Santa Barbara.
With clients ranging from startups and emerging growth companies, to large publicly traded corporations, Smith has extensive experience in private and public securities, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. Ian’s more notable deals include SingTel’s acquisition of the US operations of Adconion Media, LegalZoom’s equity sale to Permira, Fidelity National Financial’s sale of One Digital to New Mountain Capital and TrackR’s Preferred Stock financing transactions
"We are thrilled to welcome Ian to Stradling. He is a well-recognized business advocate in our community whom we have had the pleasure to know for many years and collaborate with,” said Santa Barbara Managing Shareholder Joshua D. Geffon, who is also in the firm’s Corporate practice group. “His background and experience working with growth stage companies further enhances our capabilities in representing the region’s most vibrant up and coming companies.”
“Stradling offers the right fit for my practice and is uniquely committed to the Santa Barbara community and local emerging growth companies,” said Smith. “The firm’s breadth and depth of attorneys supports all of the legal needs of my clients throughout their lifecycles: from nascent stage investments to complex buy-outs; intellectual property licensing to employment counseling and litigation, the firm has unparalleled capabilities to efficiently counsel emerging growth businesses.”
Smith received his B.S. with honors from the Art Center College of Design and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the State Bar of California, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of Notes for Notes and the Santa Barbara Art Collaborative.
Founded in Newport Beach in 1975, Stradling has grown to more than 130 attorneys in ten offices across California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The firm offers a wide range of legal services in areas as diverse as corporate transactions, securities and complex business litigation, private equity, venture capital, class actions, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment, real estate, public law and municipal finance.