Biography

Bruce Maximov has practiced in the Business Department of the firm since 1986. He has a wide-ranging general business practice which emphasizes the corporate, securities, financing, and operational needs of early stage and maturing companies, with a particular focus on intellectual property-based technology companies.

Through his general corporate practice, Bruce has advised entrepreneurs in the formation and operation of businesses ranging from high technology and product innovation, to the hotel, restaurant, and wine industries, and commercial and residential real estate development. His securities practice has involved SEC registered public offerings and exempt private placements, on behalf of companies and investors, for a variety of high technology, real estate development and vineyard, and winery clients.  His venture capital work, while similarly varied, has focused on technology and, particularly, Internet-based companies. He also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience with companies in the e-commerce, biotechnology, computer software, product distribution, hospitality, and other industries.

Bruce's broad based practice has involved him in the full spectrum of transactions, both domestic and international. He has helped entrepreneurs form their companies and secure first round financing, and he has guided mature companies through their initial public offerings and follow-on public financings. He has advised companies in negotiating for venture capital, and he has advised venture capital firms in negotiating investments in portfolio companies. Bruce has assisted private companies in acquiring assets as little as $1 million and selling businesses worth more than $50 million, and he has assisted public companies in effecting $500 million and $1 billion mergers. He has advised on syndications and roll-ups, contested proxy fights for control, and tender offers, as well as asset sales and share exchanges.

He has lectured and moderated panels on a variety of business and legal issues, including Continuing Education of the Bar programs on "Organizing and Advising Closely Held Corporations" and industry presentations on "Forming and Managing Strategic Alliances." Bruce teaches federal securities law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School and has made presentations on multimedia, copyright, and other issues at such industry conferences as the Computer Game Developers Conference and the National Educational Media Network Conference

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
  • Served as a law clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Firm Highlights

Event

Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in the Napa County area of Northern California have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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Facebook Suspends Apps That Scrape Data From Its Platform Following Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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Kelly Matayoshi Installed as President of UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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