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Aarthi Belani is a partner in the M&A practice in the Palo Alto office of Baker McKenzie. She focuses on M&A and venture deals in tech and life sciences. Prior to Baker, Aarthi was a partner at Jones Day in Silicon Valley. In 2018, Silicon Valley Business Journal named her to “40 Under 40.” Before Jones Day, Aarthi was on the in-house legal team covering strategy and corporate development at Credit Suisse in New York. Aarthi was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for the first five years of her private practice career, prior to which she was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law, where she attended law school. She is a Leadership Committee member of How Women Lead, a nonprofit that is part of the campaign to increase diversity in corporate governance, and a director of Bidoun, a not-for-profit publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative that prints a quarterly magazine showcasing art and culture from South Asia and the Middle East. She also has been a director of Keep a Child Alive, a pediatric AIDS nonprofit. Aarthi attended Stanford University as an undergraduate.