Michael Occhiolini is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on corporate finance, corporate law and governance, and derivatives.

Michael has experience in a variety of debt and equity financial transactions business entities, underwriters and placement agents. He has worked on hundreds of public and quasi-public debt and equity offerings, including convertible note offerings, preferred securities, high yield debt offerings, investment grade note offerings, and other structural financial products. Michael has a broad range of experience in SEC registered offerings, including shelf offerings, private placements, Rule 144A offerings and Regulation S offerings. He also represents a number of public companies on general corporate matters and Exchange Act reporting matters. Michael has extensive experience helping our public companies with a wide variety of capital market transactions, including PIPEs, registered direct offerings, at-the-market offerings, equity lines, distribution agreements and similar financing transactions. Michael has also advised both domestic and non-U.S. entities on a variety of global offerings of debt and equity securities under Regulation S and Rule 144A, including on the London Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange, Australian Stock Exchange and Indian stock exchanges. Michael has also worked with a variety of public companies to either repurchase or restructure their outstanding common stock or debt securities, including through private market repurchases, SEC tender offers, SEC exchange offers—whether for cash or in exchange for other securities.

Michael's practice also focuses primarily on helping select public companies with a variety of equity derivatives, including accelerated stock repurchase contracts (capped, collared or otherwise), capped calls, tax integrated call spreads in connection with convertible note offerings, as well foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. Michael has also been helping companies address their upcoming Dodd-Frank derivative compliance issues, particularly with respect to foreign exchange derivatives.

In 2009, Michael served as an adjunct professor at Stanford Law School, where he taught a course on capital markets.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.

  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • The McClatchy Company
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • TIBCO Software Inc.
  • Total S.A.
  • CSR plc (Cambridge Silicon Radio) Initial Public Offering and Follow-on Offering on the LSE
  • Google, Inc. Transferable Stock Option Program
  • Autodesk, Inc. investment grade bond offering in December 2012
  • The McClatchy Company bond offering and related cash tender offer in December 2012
  • TIBCO Software convertible note offering in 2012
  • Altera Corporation investment grade bond offering in 2012
  • Micron Technology convertible note offering and related capped calls in February 2013
  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • M.A., Public Policy, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2011-2017
  • State Bar of California Corporations Committee (2005-2009)
  • State Bar of California