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DEBORAH A. MARSHALL is a partner and co-founder of the Palo Alto office who concentrates her practice on strategic business counseling for emerging growth companies and investors at all stages of development, from start-up entrepreneurs to publicly traded entities and technology-based, multinational corporations.

Deborah has advised issuers, investors and investment banking firms in the Internet, software, electronics, clean technology, media, entertainment, biopharmaceutical, genomics, medical device and diagnostics sectors. She has significant experience in venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private equity and strategic partnerships.

Deborah is a co-leader of Sidley's corporate venture capital group which represents strategic venture investors in the technology, life sciences, financial services and consumer products/lifestyle sectors. Sidley has one of the most extensive and long-standing corporate venture practices of any other law firm with a firm grasp on the complexity and unique challenges these investors face.

A frequent speaker on issues related to venture capital, emerging growth companies, life sciences, public securities and entrepreneurship, Deborah has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, as well as a member of the faculty of the Haas Business School’s Global Bio-Executive Program.