MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Representing more technology companies in merger and acquisition transactions than any other U.S. law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati consistently is ranked among the top M&A advisors in the United States by such authorities as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. In 2016 alone, WSGR advised on more than 150 M&A transactions announced and/or completed in 2016, with an aggregate disclosed value of more than $245 billion.

We provide counsel on the full range of M&A transactions involving domestic and foreign technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises at all stages of development. In particular, our attorneys have unparalleled experience advising companies on both the buy and sell sides of a wide range of negotiated and contested transactions spanning small "tuck-in" acquisitions, large-scale public company acquisitions, strategic mergers and business combinations, complex cross-border transactions, business and asset acquisitions, and spin-offs and other business dispositions.

Our corporate and M&A lawyers typically serve as the coordinating interface with in-house counsel for a multidisciplinary team of WSGR domain experts, including experts in the fields of corporate governance, securities, intellectual property, tax, employee benefits and compensation, antitrust and other regulatory matters, export controls, anti-corruption compliance, privacy, real estate, and litigation. In addition, we have close working relationships with leading law firms in the many foreign jurisdictions where our clients conduct business.

This cross-disciplinary approach has been highly effective for our clients. For example, no other law firm in the U.S. can match our success in obtaining favorable outcomes before the U.S. federal antitrust agencies in connection with technology-related M&A transactions. To date, we successfully have defended hundreds of Hart-Scott-Rodino-reportable M&A transactions before the U.S. government, and none of our clients has ever abandoned a merger or acquisition or had it blocked as a result of action by the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

Our attorneys strive to execute a client's M&A strategy in a customized manner that reflects the client's business profile, strategic objectives, and internal operations and processes, as well as the unique elements of each individual transaction. The combination of our unique breadth of M&A transactional experience and our customized approach has enabled us to become a trusted advisor to numerous companies in connection with their strategic acquisition programs, including Adobe, Autodesk, Cypress Semiconductor, Google, Microchip, Salesforce.com, and other industry leaders.

Recent M&A transactions in which the firm participated include:

  • Representation of AppDynamics in its $3.7 billion acquisition by Cisco
  • Representation of Gartner in its $2.6 billion acquisition of CEB
  • Representation of GoDaddy in its $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group
  • Representation of LifeLock in its $2.3 billion acquisition by Symantec
  • Representation of Brocade in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Broadcom
  • Representation of NetSuite in its $9.3 billion acquisition by Oracle
  • Representation of Linear Technology in its $14.8 billion acquisition by Analog Devices
  • Representation of Yahoo in its $4.83 billion acquisition by Verizon
  • Representation of Polycom in its $2 billion merger agreement with Siris Capital
  • Representation of LinkedIn in its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft
  • Representation of Marketo in its $1.79 billion acquisition by Vista Equity Partners
  • Representation of FEI in its $4.2 billion acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Representation of MaxLinear in its $80 million acquisition of Broadcom's wireless infrastructure backhaul business
  • Representation of Cypress Semiconductor in its $550 million acquisition of Broadcom's wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business
  • Representation of Cvent in its $1.65 billion acquisition by affiliates of Vista Equity Partners
  • Representation of Coherent in its $942 million acquisition of ROFIN-SINAR Technologies
  • Representation of Jasper Technologies in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems
  • Representation of Microchip Technology in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Atmel
  • Representation of Yodlee in its $576 million acquisition by Envestnet
  • Representation of HomeAway in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Expedia
  • Representation of comScore in its $732 million merger agreement with Rentrak
  • Representation of Seagate in its $694 million acquisition of Dot Hill Systems
  • Representation of GT Nexus in its $675 million acquisition by Infor
  • Representation of Vivint Solar in its $2.2 billion acquisition by SunEdison
  • Representation of Altera in its $16.7 billion acquisition by Intel
  • Representation of Microchip Technology in its $839 million acquisition of Micrel
  • Representation of OmniVision Technologies in its $1.9 billion acquisition by a consortium of China-based investors
  • Representation of LinkedIn in its $1.5 billion acquisition of lynda.com
  • Representation of Informatica Corporation in its $5.3 billion acquisition by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Representation of Blue Coat Systems in its $2.4 billion acquisition by funds advised by Bain Capital
  • Representation of Pharmacyclics in its $21 billion acquisition by AbbVie
  • Representation of Aruba Networks in its $3 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard
  • Representation of Advent Software in its $2.7 billion acquisition by SS&C Technologies
  • Representation of Riverbed Technology in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Thoma Bravo
  • Representation of Cypress Semiconductor in its $4 billion merger with Spansion
  • Representation of Trulia in its $3.5 billion acquisition by Zillow
  • Representation of RDA Microelectronics in its $907 million acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup
  • Representation of Seragon Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Genentech in a transaction potentially worth $1.7 billion

Other representative M&A transactions in which the firm participated include:

  • Representation of Seagate in its $1.5 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics' hard-disk-drive operations
  • Representation of Electronic Arts in its $650 million acquisition of PopCap Games
  • Representation of Total in its $1.4 billion acquisition of SunPower
  • Representation of McAfee in its $7.7 billion acquisition by Intel
  • Representation of 3PAR in its $2.4 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard
  • Representation of 3Com in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard
  • Representation of Sun Microsystems in its $7.8 billion acquisition by Oracle
  • Representation of Genentech in its $48 billion acquisition by Roche
  • Representation of Google in its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick