Nikita Patel

General Counsel

Fashionphile

After graduating from Northwestern University School of Law and working as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Nikita Patel joined Fashionphile at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this challenging period, Patel has shown a natural ease in tackling novel and complex issues, while maintaining a focus on Fashionphile’s growth.

Prior to joining Fashionphile, Patel practiced corporate transactional law at two of the country’s most prestigious law firms and has led a number of debt finance and M&A transactions for public companies and private equity firms. Because she was industry agnostic, she was no stranger to pivoting between different companies, learning their business and identifying legal risk.

As the first in-house attorney for Fashionphile, Patel has brought the same know-how she incorporated while at two of the country’s most prestigious law firms, leading a number of debt finance and M&A transactions for public companies, and worked tirelessly to understand Fashionphile’s business, identify areas of exposure and strategize solutions. She quickly dove into building forms, policies and protocols that were tailored to the company’s unique business and workforce. She also led the company in navigating COVID-related matters such as employee privacy, return to work guidelines, CARES Act and general safety and best practices. In response to COVID, Patel assisted Fashionphile in launching the “White Glove Pickup” service whereby Fashionphile employees do at-home pick-ups from suppliers. Patel also stepped in and led the Fashionphile’s $38.5 million Series B raise with NewSpring Growth. Patel is a valued member of the company’s executive management team and will undoubtedly strengthen its growth trajectory.

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