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Former Cisco Executive Gil Ohana Joins Davis Polk’s Antitrust Practice

 |  February 28, 2024

In a significant move within the legal and technology sectors, Gil Ohana, who held a prominent position at Cisco Systems, has announced his departure from the tech giant. Ohana revealed that he will be joining the antitrust practice at Davis Polk, a prestigious law firm with a strong presence in Northern California.

Ohana will be based in Davis Polk‘s Northern California office, situated in the heart of Menlo Park, Silicon Valley’s epicenter. His decision to transition to Davis Polk marks a notable shift in his career trajectory, as he moves from a leading technology corporation to a prominent legal practice renowned for its expertise in antitrust matters.

Expressing gratitude for his time at Cisco, Ohana acknowledged the support and camaraderie of his colleagues and friends within the company. In a statement, he remarked, “I leave Cisco full of gratitude to many colleagues and friends throughout the company, including in Cisco Legal and in the Corporate Development, Strategy, and Acquisition Integration teams that I supported in what seems like hundreds of acquisitions, investments, and divestitures. Working with you was a privilege.”

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Renowned for his expertise in antitrust and intellectual property matters, Ohana is recognized for his contributions to standard-essential patents in wired and wireless networking and communications. He has been an active participant in discussions on intellectual property rights (IPR) policies at leading standards development organizations including ANSI, ETSI, IEEE-SA, ITU-T, IETF, and OneM2m.

Moreover, Ohana has been instrumental in advising on the formation and operation of various informal standards development organizations engaged in the Internet of Things (IoT) and patent pools. His comprehensive understanding of antitrust laws and intellectual property regulations has positioned him as a sought-after authority in the field.

At Davis Polk, Ohana is set to bring his wealth of experience and expertise to bolster the firm’s antitrust practice further.

Source: Davis Polk