Erik Franks is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate finance and securities law. He has represented issuers and investment banks in more than 100 debt and equity offerings, including convertible, high-yield, and investment-grade notes; preferred stock; and other structured financial instruments. Erik has worked with numerous issuers to repurchase outstanding shares of common stock or debt securities, including through private market repurchases, tender offers, or exchange offers. In addition, he represents borrowers in the negotiation of secured and unsecured bank financings, including Term Loan A, Term Loan B, revolving credit, and commercial paper facilities.

Erik also has experience advising on a broad range of derivative instruments, including commercial hedging arrangements such as foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate swaps, and commodity derivatives, and complex structured derivative transactions such as capped calls, tax-integrated bond hedge and warrant transactions, capped and collared accelerated stock repurchases, and prepaid forward stock purchase transactions.


Convertible Note Offerings

  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • InterDigital
  • FireEye
  • LinkedIn
  • Nuance Communications
  • SolarCity
  • Square
  • Tesla
  • Twitter

High-Yield Note Offerings

  • Micron Technology
  • Netflix
  • Nuance Communications
  • Plantronics
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Tesla

Investment-Grade Note Offerings

  • Adobe Systems
  • Applied Materials
  • Autodesk
  • FLIR Systems
  • NetApp

Underwriter Representation

Representation of investment banks such as BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Sachs, Jefferies, JMP Securities, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley, including in offerings by the following issuers:

  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Amyris
  • GoPro
  • HCI Group
  • Medidata Solutions
  • Proofpoint
  • Solazyme
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2006
  • B.A., English, San Diego State University, 2003
  • State Bar of California