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Wachtell Partners Secure Key Roles at Salesforce and AI Startup Harvey

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Two Wachtell Partners Embark on New Journeys with Salesforce and Harvey

High-powered Wall Street law firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, witnesses its corporate attorneys, Sabastian Niles and Gordon Moodie, taking on new positions. Niles assumes the role of Chief Legal Officer at Salesforce, while Moodie becomes Chief Product Officer at AI startup Harvey.

Niles Takes on Chief Legal Officer Role at Salesforce

After advising Salesforce in an agreement that averted a proxy contest with activist investor Elliott Investment Management LP, Sabastian Niles, a partner at Wachtell, has been appointed as the Chief Legal Officer at Salesforce.com Inc.

Gordon Moodie Joins Harvey to Disrupt the Legal Industry

Gordon Moodie, another partner at Wachtell, embraces a new challenge as the Chief Product Officer at Harvey, an AI startup with a mission to revolutionize professional services, starting with the legal sector.

Wachtell’s Support for Moodie and Niles

Wachtell shows support for Moodie’s pursuit of AI innovation, granting him a leave of absence to contribute to Harvey’s groundbreaking work. The firm also applauds Niles’ recognition by Salesforce for his talents and leadership.

Rare Partner Departures from Wachtell

The departures of Andrea Wahlquist Brown, former executive compensation partner, and now Niles and Moodie, highlight the rarity of partner exits at Wachtell, known for retaining its corporate attorneys.

Salesforce’s Continued Engagement with Wachtell

Salesforce, renowned for its transactional expertise, has previously relied on Wachtell’s legal advice for significant acquisitions. However, the law firm faces legal challenges, including a lawsuit from Elon Musk over a $90 million success fee for work on Twitter Inc.’s acquisition. The competitive legal industry landscape drives top attorneys to prominent roles.


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