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Ciara R.M. Baker

Counsel

Baker, Ciara R.M.
Ciara R.M. Baker’s tax practice involves advising the firm’s publicly traded and privately held corporate clients with a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin offs, formation, financings, restructurings and public offerings. She also has experience in a variety of aspects of executive compensation including equity compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation, incentive plans, and executive, retention, severance and change-in-control agreements. Ms. Baker’s practice also includes advising nonprofit organizations on applying for and maintaining tax-exempt status.

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July 11, 2017

Staples, Inc. Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 per Share in Cash, or Approximately $6.9 Billion

Staples, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement in which investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples in a transaction that values Staples at an equity value of approximately $6.9 billion.

April 28, 2017

2017 Venture Capital Report

The 2017 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as a look at the following issues: steps startups should take now if they plan to secure a Series A round in 2017; common structures for management carve-out plans; best practices for private companies setting option exercise prices; the benefits of investing in qualified small business stock; and trends in venture capital financing terms, convertible debt terms and VC-backed company M&A deal terms.

February 14, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Cynosure in $1.65B Acquisition by Hologic

The WilmerHale team on the transaction was led by Hal Leibowitz and Jason Kropp and included Andrew Bonnes, Kim Wethly, Leon Greenfield, Bruce Manheim, Steve Barrett, Laura Schneider, Amy Null, Julie Hogan Rodgers, Ciara Baker, Davis Sluis, Caroline Dotolo and Alex Civetta.

August 10, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Orbitera in Acquisition by Google

The Google Cloud Platform team shares Orbitera's vision for seamless purchase and deployment of IT services across heterogeneous cloud infrastructure.

July 1, 2016

WEX Completes Acquisition of Electronic Funds Source

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, completed its previously announced acquisition of Electronic Funds Source LLC, a provider of customized corporate payment solutions for fleet and corporate customers.

June 22, 2016

WilmerHale Reps AS&E in $269M Acquisition by OSI Systems

American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OSI Systems, Inc. for a total transaction value of approximately $269 million.

June 1, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Demandware in $2.8B Acquisition by Salesforce

Salesforce and Demandware announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Salesforce will acquire Demandware in a transaction worth approximately $2.8 billion.

May 13, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Acacia Communications in IPO

WilmerHale represented Acacia Communications, a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, in its initial public offering.

March 24, 2016

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, recent FAST Act amendments that further streamline the IPO process and much more.

February 3, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Editas Medicine in $94.4 Million IPO

WilmerHale represented Massachusetts-based gene editing company Editas Medicine in its $94.4 million initial public offering, which occurred on February 2, 2016.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2008, Order of the Coif; Senior Editor, Boston College Law Review

BA, History, with general and departmental honors, University of Chicago, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

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