However, relations with HP are a bit testy these days.The New York Times reported in December that while the company still uses the firm's services, Sonsini no longer advises the board.Last summer, the widening options backdating scandal enveloped one of Silicon Valley's most eminent law firms, Wilson Sonsini.
Apple's board of directors asked Silicon Valley uberlawyer Larry Sonsini for advice when it prepared a controversial options grant for CEO Steve Jobs in 2001, according to a report in The Recorder, a legal news publication.
"We started to develop the recipe for how to build companies." The recipe?
Entrepreneurs, capital, and corporate infrastructure – with a dash of legal services from Wilson Sonsini.
So a lot of people were justifiably sceptical to read the news last year that the firm was preternaturally free of any connection with the widespread – one might even say ingrained – practice of granting backdated options.
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