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

News

Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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How Antitrust and Unfair Competition Laws Affect Platform Providers’ Relationships With ISVs, API Developers, and Scrapers

A wide variety of business and consumer platforms host mutually beneficial ecosystems. But these ecosystems are also fraught with antitrust risk that arises when platforms try to terminate or modify the terms of third-party...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Artificial Intelligence Can’t Patent Inventions: So What?

The USPTO’s  recent landmark decision  ( 16/524,350 ) concluding artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be a named patent inventor perhaps sparked fears of super-robots inventing critical technologies that, alas, receive no patent protection. If an...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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