Western Regional logo.jpg

Workshop: Serving as GC of a Privately Owned Company

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Alaska Room

No CLE credit will be provided for this panel.


Assistant General Counsel, SVB Financial Group

Chester Te

Chester Te is Assistant General Counsel at SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, which provides commercial, international and private banking services to the software, internet, hardware, life sciences, cleantech, venture capital and premium wine industries through 34 worldwide locations. At SVB, Chester heads up management of enterprise-wide litigation; legal support for core operations, including Human Resources, Vendor Management, Security and Fraud, amongst others; and all legal matters pertaining to SVB’s valuations subsidiary, SVB Analytics. Prior to joining SVB, Chester worked in financial services at Wells Fargo and Smith Barney, and was a commercial litigator at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in New York City. Chester graduated from Yale College and the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Chester clerked for United States District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson (D. Conn).

Chester has also served as the President of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (Northern California chapter) (2012), and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (2012). He is currently Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and continues to serve as a board member of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, which raises funds for legal services for the needy.


Thomas Chow

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Exponential Interactive

Thomas Chow is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience in technology, legal services, and startup companies. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in legal and business affairs, such as intellectual property (IP) strategy, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), international business operations and expansion, data privacy, cybersecurity, and software & SaaS licensing. As an attorney and former IT professional, Thomas has a strong ability to foresee and manage challenges and risks involving new and innovative technologies.

Thomas currently serves as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary for Exponential Interactive, a $200M digital advertising and analytics (adtech) company, which he joined in 2014. He is responsible for the legal, equity administration, facilities and real estate functions supporting 30 offices in 26 countries. He also oversees strategic planning for the Company, being responsible for all management offsite retreats and planning meetings.

An advisor to technology startup companies and founders, Thomas currently serves as a Board Director for Cryptsonic, a startup focused on integrated DRM solutions.

Prior to joining Exponential Interactive, he was Vice President, General Counsel at Vindicia, a $25M venture (VC) backed SaaS startup focusing on payments, subscription billing, and fraud detection (acquired by Amdocs, NASDAQ:DOX), and acting General Counsel at TechSoup Global, a global eCommerce platform that has distributed over $6B in products from Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe, Dell, and Cisco to the non-profit sector.

Thomas obtained his B.A. in Sociology, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Jan Kang

Vice President and General Counsel, Bromium, Inc.

During her more than 25 years in the legal field, Jan Kang has held positions in organizations focused on revolutionizing the industries that they inhabit. Prior to joining Bromium, Jan was general counsel for a number of companies, including AOptix Technologies, Cupertino Electric, Inc. (where she also served on the Board of Directors), Prism Solutions, MyTeam and Asera, and associate general counsel at Lam Research Corporation. Jan worked overseas in Seoul as an foreign legal consultant for the law firm of Shin and Kim and started her career with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles, California. Jan’s quest for like-minded women led her to found WGCN, Women’s General Counsel Network, which at 500 members strong is still growing. Jan earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Julian Ong

VP, General Counsel, NIO

Julian Ong is Vice President, General Counsel of NIO USA, Inc., which is designing and building a next generation autonomous electric vehicle. Previously he was Chief Legal Officer of Jasper, a SaaS IoT platform, where he helped scale the company’s operations and subsequently get acquired by Cisco. Before that he was SVP, GC of Responsys, a SaaS marketing platform, where he helped take the company public and subsequently get acquired by Oracle. Before that he was VP, GC of SuccessFactors, a SaaS talent management platform, where he helped take the company public. Before that he was Deputy GC at Salesforce and helped take the company public. Before going in-house, he was an associate in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, following a stint as a deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County and a federal district court clerkship in the District of Hawaii. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and received his law degree from Berkeley Law.