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David K. Michaels

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7258

Overview

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David Michaels has over 30 years of experience representing companies across a variety of industries in mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt financings and other strategic and financing transactions.

David offers strategic counseling in a wide range of complex transactions and acquisitions, including public company mergers and tender offers, private company acquisitions and joint ventures. His M&A experience includes a number of cross-border transactions involving clients based in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and includes transactions in the software, life sciences, hardware, semiconductor, games and digital entertainment industries. David also counsels companies and their boards on corporate governance and shareholder activist matters. In 2018, The Legal 500 named David among the top-ranking lawyers for M&A middle market transactions in the U.S.

Representative Mergers & Acquisitions Transactions:

Sell-Side

  • Loxo Oncology in its $8B acquisition by Eli Lilly
  • Corium in its $504M acquisition by Gurnet Point Capital
  • King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9B acquisition by Activision Blizzard
  • Giant Interactive Group in its $3B going-private acquisition by a private-equity backed consortium
  • Callidus Software in its $2.4B acquisition by SAP
  • Infoblox in its $1.6B acquisition by Vista Equity Partners
  • Spreadtrum Communications in its $1.78B acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup
  • Grapeshot in its acquisition by Oracle
  • Plangrid in its $875M acquisition by Autodesk
  • Ocular Sciences in its $1.2B acquisition by The Cooper Companies
  • eHi Car Services (China) in its $930M going-private acquisition by a sponsor-backed consortium (counsel to special committee)
  • RAE Systems in its going-private acquisition by Vector Capital
  • Interwoven in its $775M acquisition by Autonomy
  • Connetics in its $640M acquisition by Steifel Laboratories
  • Silicon Image in its $600M acquisition by Lattice Semiconductor
  • ShoreTel in its $430M acquisition by Mitel
  • Dragonplay in its $100M acquisition by Bally Technologies
  • Peplin in its $287M acquisition by LEO Pharma

Buy-Side

  • Fortinet in its acquisitions of Zonefox and Bradford Networks
  • Cloudera in its $5.2B merger of equals with Hortonworks
  • Dexcom in its acquisition of TypeZero Technologies
  • Adesto in its acquisition of Echelon
  • Uptake in its acquisition of Asset Performance Technologies
  • Nexon in its acquisition of Pixelberry Studios and in a number of investment transactions
  • Model N in its acquisition of Revitas
  • Symantec in its $4.65B acquisition of Blue Coat Systems, its $2.3B acquisition of LifeLock and in numerous other related M&A and financing transactions
  • Shanghai Giant Network Technology and consortium of investors in its $4.4B acquisition of Caesars Interactive Entertainment's Playtika
  • KalVista Pharmaceuticals in its majority share purchase agreement of Carbylan
  • FanDuel in its acquisition of AlphaDraft and numberFire
  • Singapore Telecommunications in its $810M acquisition of Trustwave and $321M acquisition of Amobee
  • Shutterfly in its acquisition of MyPublisher and BorrowLenses
  • Electronic Arts in its $680M acquisition of JAMDAT Mobile; and a number of other acquisitions for EA
  • Flextronics International in its $2.4B acquisition of Dii Group, its $725M acquisition of Nortel Networks and dozens of other acquisitions for Flextronics

David has played a lead role in a number of capital markets and debt financing transactions.

Representative Capital Markets and Debt Financing Transactions:

  • 144A convertible debt offerings by Amyris, Cepheid, Chegg, Concur, Corium, Dermira, Dexcom, Flextronics, GoPro, Proofpoint, Redfin, ServiceNow, Symantec, Uber, Vocera and Workday
  • Cisco Systems in various debt offerings totaling $30.25B
  • Public debt offerings for Agilent, Intuit and Symantec
  • Syndicated credit facilities for Agilent, Airbnb, Chegg, Cisco Systems, Dermira, Dropbox, Diamond Foods, Fitbit, GoPro, Intuit, Jam City, Katerra, LendingClub, Model N, Stripe, Symantec, Turn Networks, VeriSign and Flextronics

David also has significant experience with a wide range of derivative transactions.

During law school, David served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review.

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