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Top 100 Attorneys in California: Gordy Davidson

September 10, 2014

Fenwick & West corporate partner Gordy Davidson was profiled by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California; the publication cited his recent work on large deals including Uber’s $1.2 billion venture capital financing round in June.

In his interview, Davidson drew a parallel between Uber and WhatsApp, represented by Fenwick in its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook.

"WhatsApp and Uber Technologies have used the Internet in ways that have transformed the way people interact,” Davidson noted. "This has resulted in stunning dollar amounts and also unprecedented scale early in their business lifetimes."

Another transformative client Davidson has represented is Workday Inc., which provides businesses with cloud applications for human resources and finance. Most recently, Davidson took the company through a $534 million follow-on offering.

“Workday has pioneered enterprise software in the cloud," he told the Daily Journal.

Davidson also talked about his work on one of the largest-ever going private deals for a Chinese company, representing the special board committee of Giant Interactive Group Inc.

As U.S. legal counsel, Davidson helped the leading online game operator manage its conversion to private control from having been a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

"We were at the center of that deal, negotiating with the consortium, which consisted of the chairman and controlling shareholder and three private equity investors, that was providing the funding of the buyout," Davidson said.

"We had to deal with U.S. securities laws, corporate law in the Cayman Islands, Chinese regulatory law and three private equity investors, along with multiple commercial banks that provided the debt financing,” he added. “It was a very complex transaction involving about 10 law firms."