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Anne  E. Senti-Willis


Mergers, Acquisitions and Sales of Businesses
Executive Compensation
Business Counseling
Equity and Debt Financing
Formation of Business Entities
Terminations and Severance
Compensation and Employee Benefits


  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1998
    Magna cum laude
    Thurston Honor Society
    Order of the Coif
    Hastings Law Journal
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Actuarial Science, 1991

Anne E. Senti-Willis

Tel: (650) 327-4200
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As a shareholder in the Employment Law and Business and Employment Groups of Thoits Law, Anne focuses on business and corporate matters, with an emphasis on income tax and employee benefits.

She started her legal career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working on corporate and international tax structuring and planning issues. Anne works with business clients during all stages of their lives – from formation and operation to acquisition or liquidation. At formation, she assists for-profit and non-profit business owners select the proper form, including choices between corporations and limited liability companies (LLC’s) and negotiation of buy-sell agreements among owners.

She works with business clients on a wide variety of equity and incentive compensation issues, including adoption of stock option plans for corporations and alternative plans for LLCs. As a business matures, Anne negotiates equity and debt financing agreements, along with employment, distribution and other contracts. She has represented her clients as they have been acquired, and as they have acquired other businesses and provides valuable insight and knowledge on structuring transactions.

With her tax background, Anne is also involved in many real estate estate-related transactions, from formation of entities to invest in and develop real estate to negotiation of relevant joint venture agreements and Section 1031 exchange transactions. Anne speaks frequently on legal and tax issues facing businesses.


  • All Stars Helping Kids – former member of Board of Directors
  • Palo Alto Downtown Business & Professional Association – Pro Bono former director and board chair
  • Palo Alto Art Center Foundation – former member of finance committee
  • Woodside Priory School – member of Board of Trustees