SoftBank Group announced that Robert Townsend will join as Chief Legal Officer and SVP in September. He will also serve as Chief Legal Officer of SoftBank Group International.
Townsend will be based in SoftBank's Silicon Valley office, and report to Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank, and Marcelo Claure, Director, EVP COO of SoftBank and CEO of SoftBank Group International. In this newly created role, Townsend will be responsible for leading SoftBank's legal, compliance operations and corporate governance program on a global basis.
He is currently a co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global M&A Practice Group. Over the course of his thirty-year career, Townsend has established a track record of advising the world's top companies through their most complicated and demanding transactions, says Softbank.Townsend's clients have included some of the world's leading technology, media and telecom companies. He has worked closely with SoftBank over the last several years to complete numerous transactions, including Sprint's proposed merger with T-Mobile, as well as SoftBank's acquisitions of ARM Holdings and Sprint Nextel.