Mergers & Acquisitions


Derek Liu is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's mergers and acquisitions practice, where he focuses primarily on the technology and life sciences industries. Derek's transactional experience includes public and private company mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; tender and exchange offers; joint ventures; minority investments; and other strategic corporate transactions, representing both strategic and private equity clients. Since joining the firm in 2013, Derek has signed transactions with an aggregate value of more than $60 billion.

In addition to M&A, Derek has significant capital markets and financing experience, having assisted clients with initial and secondary offerings, debt offerings, leverage recapitalizations, and exchange offers. He also has experience advising clients on corporate governance matters.

  • CA Technologies in its $19 billion sale to Broadcom
  • Barracuda Networks in its sale to Thoma Bravo for $1.6 billion
  • Gigamon in its sale to Elliott Management for $1.6 billion
  • Neotract in its sale to Teleflex for up to $1.1 billion
  • Seagate Technology in its participation in consortium to acquire Toshiba Memory for $1.25 billion
  • MaxLinear in its sale to Exar for $700 million
  • Brocade Communications Systems its sale to Broadcom for $5.9 billion
  • Polycom in its merger agreement with entities affiliated with Siris Capital for $2 billion
  • Marketo in its sale to Vista Equity Partners for $1.79 billion
  • Cvent in its sale to Vista Equity Partners for $1.65 billion
  • Microchip Technology in its acquisition of Atmel for $3.56 billion
  • Pharmacyclics in its sale to AbbVie for $21 billion
  • Aruba Networks in its sale to Hewlett-Packard for $3 billion
  • Advent Software in its sale to SS&C Technologies for $2.3 billion
  • Riverbed Technologies in its sale to Thoma Bravo-affiliated funds for $3.6 billion
  • Technicolor in its acquisition of Cisco's connected devices division for $600 million
  • Acxiom in its acquisition of LiveRamp for $310 million
  • Seragon Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Genentech for up to $1.725 billion
  • KKR in its minority investment in Savant Systems
  • in its acquisition of RelateIQ for $390 million
  • Google in its acquisition of Titan Aerospace
  • Google in its acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion
  • FireEye in its acquisition of Mandiant for $1.05 billion
  • Astex Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for $886 million
  • Aragon Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Johnson & Johnson for up to $1 billion
  • Blue Coat Systems in its acquisition of Solera Networks
  • in its acquisition of EdgeSpring
  • TransEnterix in its reverse merger with SafeStitch Medical
  • Inspirato in its acquisition of Portico Club
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2009
  • B.A., Social Studies, Harvard College, 2006
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Named to the 2015-2018 editions of the "Rising Stars" list published by Northern California Super Lawyers
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York

Contact Information

One Market Plaza
Spear Tower, Suite 3300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone | 415-947-2022

Email | Derek

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