Nathan Henderson
Vanessa Candela

(Foley Hoag 2000-2007)

General Counsel
Netcracker Technology Corporation

In the Beginning

I summered at Foley Hoag in 1999 and was an associate in the Business Department from 2000 through 2007. My practice was mainly focused on M&A and debt and equity financings. It was during my summer that I decided I wanted to be a corporate lawyer. I went to law school to be a litigator - always pictured myself in court. But Foley Hoag had a business internship as part of the Summer Program, and I opted to try it out. My mentor for the internship pulled me into a VC deal, and I got to work on it from beginning to end and loved it. I realized that making deals happen was far more exciting to me than dealing with the aftermath of when they fell apart. I loved the negotiation and all that went into bringing a deal to closure. Joining Foley Hoag's Business Department as an associate didn’t disappoint. The market took a deep turn for the worse in 2001 after the bubble burst, but Foley Hoag still found ways to train its associates and I managed to stay very busy.

Here and Now

I'm currently the General Counsel at Netcracker Technology Corporation, responsible for legal, compliance and security. I've been at Netcracker since March 2018. After leaving Foley Hoag in 2007, I spent nearly 11 years in various roles at EMC Corporation, the last few being the General Counsel of an independently run subsidiary of EMC (now Dell Technologies). The amazing and challenging thing about being the General Counsel there and now at Netcracker is that every day is different. I never know what issues will land on my desk when I walk in the door. It runs the table from issues related to commercial contracts, litigation, corporate, HR, intellectual property, security, compliance, strategic business matters, etc. With responsibility for legal, compliance and security at a rapidly growing technology company, there is never a dull moment  - and I love every minute of it.

Looking Back

I had so many great opportunities at Foley Hoag and worked for incredible partners who taught me how to lawyer, how to deliver excellent service to clients, how to write legal documents really well and how to give back to the community. The training that I received was instrumental in my success later in my career. I'm now a client of the firm, not only because of the relationships that I built, but because I know that I will always find excellent lawyers with a practical approach to advising. A perfect example of this is Alex Aber, who is my "go to" for outside corporate legal advice. He represents everything that General Counsels need in an outside lawyer. He's smart, responsive and knowledgeable, but most valuable is his incredible ability and willingness to give strong practical advice. I've known Alex for a long time and he continues to be a valued advisor.