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GoDaddy prepares to go ahead with IPO

Several women attorneys are playing key roles in making sure the company is attractive to stockholders as GoDaddy prepares to go public:

Nima Kelly, executive vice president and general counsel of GoDaddy

In its earlier days, Internet hosting and web domain company GoDaddy Inc. raised its profile with ads featuring attractive women. Now, several women attorneys are playing key roles in making sure the company is attractive to stockholders as GoDaddy prepares to go public: Nima Kelly serves as the company’s executive vice president and general counsel; Allison B. Spinner, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is on the team representing GoDaddy; and Davis Polk & Wardwell Partner Sarah K. Solum is helping to represent the underwriters.

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company has preliminarily filed to raise $100 million.

Kelly is responsible for M&A, governance, corporate and patent litigation and intellectual property matters at GoDaddy, as well as customer-facing and third-party transactional agreements. Since joining GoDaddy in 2002, Nima has served as project manager, vice president of Wild West Domains (the company's reseller affiliate), public relations and corporate administration, and deputy general counsel. She also grew the company’s philanthropic efforts with GoDaddy Cares. Kelly earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Gettysburg College.

Spinner’s practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions in the technology sector. Her clients include companies in the software, networking, wireless communications, semiconductor, Internet, consumer goods, energy and clean technology and retail industries. She regularly handles corporate governance matters for public and private companies, investment banks and venture capital and private equity firms. As WIPL reported earlier, Spinner is also representing the underwriters in the GoPro IPO.

Solum is a corporate partner in Davis Polk’s Menlo Park office. She advises on public and private corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings and convertible and other debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, SEC disclosure and corporate governance. Underwriters for the GoDaddy IPO include Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup.

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Amy I. Stickel

Amy I. Stickel has extensive experience covering the legal, financial and pharmaceutical industries as a writer and editor. A past managing editor of Corporate Legal Times and...

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