SoftBank Group hires chief legal officer and senior vice president

SoftBank Group Corp. has announced that Robert Townsend, current co-chair of Morrison & Foerster´s Global M&A Practice Group, will join SoftBank as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of SoftBank, and Chief Legal Officer of SoftBank Group International, effective September 17, 2018, the company said.

Townsend will be based in SoftBank´s Silicon Valley office and report to Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank, and Marcelo Claure, Director, Executive Vice President COO of SoftBank and CEO of SoftBank Group International. In this newly created role, Townsend will be responsible for SoftBank´s legal, compliance operations and corporate governance program on a global basis.

The SoftBank Group is a global technology player that aspires to drive the Information Revolution. The SoftBank Group is comprised of the holding company SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO:9984) and its global portfolio of companies, which includes advanced telecommunications, Internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy technology providers. In September 2016, Arm Limited, the world´s semiconductor IP company, joined the SoftBank Group. In May 2017, the SoftBank Vision Fund, which invests globally in the businesses and technologies that will enable the next stage of the Information Revolution, had its first major close with over USD 93 billion in committed capital. To learn more, visit