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Chris Boas

Chris Boas has been working in the high technology field since 1985.  He is a business and technology lawyer and president of the law firm East Bay General Counsel, P.C., which provides business and legal advice to emerging growth companies, many of them in high technology and biosciences, throughout the Bay Area.

Mr. Boas advises clients in venture law, intellectual property, complex commercial transactions, corporate governance, and employment matters. He currently serves as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies in software and biosciences providing ongoing business and legal counseling.

Mr. Boas joined Evolve Software, Inc. prior to its IPO and NASDAQ-listing and served as its General Counsel through its sale to Primavera Systems. Prior to that, he served at Vantive Corporation (sold to Peoplesoft) and Alps Electric Company (parent of Alpine Electronics), and did a stint at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing.
Mr. Boas served as outside legal counsel to iGlobalMedia, an international software company that went public on the London Stock Exchange in 2005.
Mr. Boas has drafted and negotiated complex technology license and other commercial agreements, including software and web development agreements; distribution arrangements; OEM license agreements; patent licenses for university-funded technologies; software licenses; systems integration agreements; consulting arrangements; reseller agreements; joint ventures; infrastructure and partner agreements; strategic alliances; outsourcing; trademark licensing; biotech product development agreements; and co-marketing agreements.

Mr. Boas has managed complex litigation, and negotiated settlements in various commercial disputes. He has negotiated and drafted various mergers and acquisitions agreements, including stock purchase and asset purchase type transactions.

Mr. Boas received his undergraduate degree in manufacturing engineering from Stanford, and his law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law section. He is a 4th generation San Franciscan who lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Dr. Claire Ferrari, and their three children.