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Travis Kalanick’s Real Estate Startup Looking for Legal Talent – Bloomberg Law

Travis Kalanick, a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., is looking to hire in-house lawyers for his company City Storage Systems.

Kalanick acquired City Storage, which repurposes distressed real estate, for $150 million in 2018, the year after he stepped down from Uber amid a reckoning over his leadership of the ride-sharing giant. City Storage’s assets include CloudKitchens, a virtual restaurant startup reportedly valued at $15 billion.

City Storage is looking for lawyers with six to 12 years of experience in corporate and megers and acquisitions, Mohit Abraham, the company’s head of legal, said in a LinkedIn post. Abraham didn’t disclose how many lawyers City Storage wants, and he and spokeswoman for Kalanick didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The recruitment push at Kalanick’s post-Uber real estate venture comes as his former company is making news. The nonprofit International Consortium for Investigative Journalists this month released the “Uber Files,” a collection of 124,000 company documents during the time Kalanick was CEO.

The files show how Uber used aggressive tactics to expand into new markets by lobbying politicians and using other means to thwart regulators and law enforcement bodies seeking access to company records and data. Mark MacGann, a former company lobbyist, has acknowledged being the source for the records.

Kalanick, who sold off a sizable chunk of Uber stock before finally cutting ties with the company by resigning from its board in late 2019, used City Storage to invest that same year into India’s largest shared-kitchen company.

‘Confidential Startup’

Abraham is part of a legal team at City Storage that includes senior legal director for corporate Caleb Langston, a former legal director for transactions and strategic relationships at Uber, and associate counsel Elie Weiss, who previously worked in-house at co-working company WeWork Inc.

Uber hired Abraham in 2015 to be its India head of legal as the company sought to expand its operations in the country and Southeast Asia.

He held that role until mid-2017, around the time Uber retained O’Melveny & Myers to handle litigation and an internal inquiry into a woman’s claim she was raped by an Uber driver in India. The woman’s case became part of a broader workplace probe at Uber that eventually ended Kalanick’s time at the company.

Abraham subsequently became director of regulatory affairs for the Americas and North America at Uber before leaving in 2019 to join City Storage.

City Storage has also recruited Jaye Campbell, a former general counsel and head of litigation at real estate data giant CoStar Group Inc., for an undisclosed litigation, compliance, and regulatory role.

Campbell lists working for a “confidential startup” in stealth mode on her LinkedIn profile. Records on file with the New York State Unified Court System show that she works at City Storage in Los Angeles.

She didn’t respond to a request for comment sent to her at the STEM for Her Foundation, a nonprofit formerly known as the Women in Technology Education Foundation, for which Campbell serves as a general counsel and board member.

Campbell left CoStar last summer after more than eight years at the company, which promoted her to its top legal role in 2020. CoStar hired a new legal chief this past March in Gene Boxer, a former global general counsel at Cushman & Wakefield.

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