Ambitious Chinese company LeEco has made two big inroads on its push into Silicon Valley, snaffling a senior legal counsel from Google and snapping up Yahoo's property at the center of the U.S. tech hub.
LeEco said this week that it had hired Joshua McGuire as its vice president and general counsel to oversee all of its U.S. legal affairs and intellectual property protection.
McGuire, who spent the past seven years as Google's lead legal counsel for mobile and Android patent strategy, told CNBC he decided to join LeEco - which sells a technology "ecosystem" that ranges from smartphones to electric vehicles (EVs) - because he believed it was different to other tech companies.
"LeEco is committed to fulfilling the broken promises that technology companies have been making for 20 years - promises of a personalized user experience across all of your devices," McGuire said.
McGuire, who was named in 2014 as one of the rising stars in U.S. corporate counsel by "The Legal 500," said that he expected to work on LeEco's expansion through a combination of acquisitions and innovation.