Natasha Allen is a partner based in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Foley & Lardner LLP, where she serves as Co-Chair for Artificial Intelligence within our Innovative Technology sector, Co-Chair of the Venture Capital Committee, and is a member of the Venture Capital, M&A and Transactions Practices. Natasha is a strategic advisor, supporting her clients in complex decision making.
Prior to joining Foley, Natasha was a founding partner at a corporate and transactional law firm, where she counselled startups and emerging companies on debt and equity financing, venture capital financing, commercial matters, and general corporate matters including formations, corporate governance, structuring, and share issuances across a variety of industries including Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, robotics, and life sciences. Natasha’s transactional experience includes mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, including domestic and cross-border buy-side and sell-side transactions in Augmented/Virtual Reality, software, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and healthcare industries.
Natasha draws on a depth of experience developed in a combination of law firms, business consulting firms, and startups in both Canada and the U.S. She was previously managing counsel at a technology enabled law firm where in addition to her management role, she acted as external general counsel for clients. Before her time there, Natasha practiced at various laws firms including at a U.S. based multinational law firm. Natasha advised public and private companies in corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, company and investor side venture capital financings, formations, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters.
*Certain of these matters were handled prior to joining Foley.
Natasha is an active leader inside and outside the office and is involved in several cultural and professional development initiatives and organizations. She was previously a board member of Leading Women in Technology, a non-profit that empowers women to develop their knowledge, leadership skills and networks for greater professional and personal impact, and is also a lifetime member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California.