Matt Reid
Matt Reid

Abernathy MacGregor has hired Sard Verbinnen & Co.’s Matt Reid as managing director and head of its Los Angeles office.

He was managing director and co-head of SVC’s LA outpost, advising technology, life sciences and educational institutions on M&A activity, crises, regulatory matters, litigation and activist defenses.

Before joining SVC in 2013, Reid led external affairs at BSA | The Software Alliance, focusing on PA and global advocacy in the areas of intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Earlier, he established Waggener Edstrom’s PA unit and counseled the Portland Trailblazers, Microsoft, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Texas Instruments and Mercy Corps.

Ian Campbell launched AbMac’s LA office 23 years ago. He will continue as vice chairman of the firm and mentor Reid as he settles into his post.

AbMac is part of France’s Havas Group’s AMO network.