Robert Townsend

Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at SoftBank Group Corp.

Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend

Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at SoftBank Group Corp.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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13498

Number of Boards

4

Birthday

1956

Age

64

Number of Awards

28

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Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Partner, San Francisco at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Treasurer & Director at Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

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Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Executive Chairman at Sprint Corp.

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President & Chief Operating Officer, Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group LLC

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Managing Partner, Europe at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Robert Townsend
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at SoftBank Group Corp.
Education
J.D.
Class of 1984

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

B.S.
Class of 1978

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Career History
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
2018 - Current

SoftBank Group Corp. operates as a holding company which engages in the management of its group companies. It operates through the following segments: SoftBank, Sprint, Yahoo Japan, Distribution, Arm, SoftBank Vision Fund and Delta Fund, and Brightstar. The SoftBank segment provides mobile communication, broadband, and telecom services in Japan. The Sprint segment provides mobile communication services in the United States. The Yahoo Japan segment engages in the business of Internet advertising, e-commerce, and membership services. The Distribution segment distributes mobile devices, and sells personal computer (PC) software, peripherals, and mobile accessories in Japan. The Arm segment designs microprocessors and develops software technologies. The SoftBank Vision Fund and Delta Fund segment provides mobile telecommunications services, sales of mobile handsets, and fixed-line telecommunications services. The The Brightstar segment provides, through Brightstar, distribution of mobile devices overseas. The company was founded by Masayoshi Son on September 3, 1981 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Chief Legal Officer
2018 - Current

Part of SoftBank Group Corp., Softbank Group International is an American company located in San Carlos, CA. The firm provides mobile communication, broadband and telecom services. Raul Marcelo Claure has been the CEO since 2018.

Partner
2011 - Current

SkyTran, Inc. develops a patented elevated Personal Rapid Transportation (PRT) system. It offers a transit system that runs on magnetic levitation and uses personal rapid transit architecture, commonly called pod taxis. The company was founded by Douglas J. Malewicki, Ankur Bhatnagar, John V. Cole, J. Lee Wamble, Clark Foster and Robert Baertsch and is headquartered in Moffett Field, CA.

Political Donations
$5,000
2013

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House. The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.

$2,500
2012

Former President of United States

$1,000
2004

Former Senator from Massachusetts

Transactions
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Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile US, Inc. purchase Sprint Corp. from SoftBank Group Corp.

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TPG Capital, LP, McAfee LLC purchase Skyhigh Networks, Inc. from Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Tenaya Capital LLC, Thomvest Ventures, Inc., Salesforce Ventures LLC

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VMware, Inc. purchases Velocloud Networks LLC from Venrock Associates, New Enterprise Associates, Telstra Ventures Pty. Ltd., Cisco Investments, Khazanah Nasional Bhd. (Private Equity)

Awards & Honors
2017
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
2017
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law
2016
The Legal 500 United States
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