Dennis R. DeBroeck has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years advising startups to public companies, as well as venture capitalists and investment bankers. His practice includes legal and business advice on startup issues, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, securities law matters, corporate governance and business transactions.
Dennis has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in corporate law, as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the US West Coast by Euromoney magazine, as a Northern California Super Lawyer in securities and corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions by San Francisco magazine and one of Silicon Valley's Top Lawyers by San Jose Magazine.
Representative clients and transactions include:
- Venture capital-backed startups such as Avalanche Technology (semiconductor), Brocade (networking), Canesta (gesture perception technology), Cohere Networks (cable), Devicescape (wireless), Emotient (facial expression recognition), Excess Bandwidth (DSL chip sets), Formation Data Systems (storage), GenOA (optical amplifiers), GLO AB (nanowire LED), Gyration (gyroscope-based mouse), Handspring (smart phones), Intacct (SAAS financial software), Kintana (enterprise software), Lexar Media (digital film), Pogo (Internet games), R2 Semi (semiconductor), Radia Communications (RF chips), ShoreTel (IP telephony), Unity Semiconductor (semiconductor), Ventiva (thermal management) and Zuvo (water filtration).
- Acquisitions, including private company acquisitions by Shoretel, Silicon Image, Lexar Media, Adaptec and Niku, Data Domain’s $2.4 billon acquisition by EMC in a topping bid tender offer, RAE Systems going private, Canesta's acquisition by Microsoft, Lexar Media’s $900 million acquisition by Micron, Handspring’s acquisition by Palm, Kintana’s $225 million acquisition by Mercury Interactive, Unity Semiconductor's acquisition by Rambus, Radia’s acquisition by Texas Instruments, Global Locate’s acquisition by Broadcom, Spectrum Astro’s acquisition by General Dynamics, GenOA’s acquisition by Finisar, Excess Bandwidth’s $315 million acquisition by Virata, Pure Atria’s $900 million acquisition by Rational Software, Micron Electronics tender offer for Netframe, sale of its PC business to Gores and merger with Interland, Integrated Device Technology’s acquisition of Quality Semiconductor, Tekelec’s acquisition of IEX Corporation, Pemstar’s acquisition of Pacific Consultants LLC, Wayfarer’s acquisition by Vantive, and Cloudscape’s acquisition by Informix.
- Public offerings, convertible debt offerings and shelf registrations for such clients as: Data Domain, ShoreTel, Lexar Media, Handspring, Silicon Image, Adaptec, Integrated Device Technology, Niku, Hybrid Technology, ESS and other companies.
- Investment bankers in a variety of public offerings for software, semiconductor, semiconductor capital equipment and other companies including Alteon Websystems, OnTrak Systems, Rackable Systems, Catalyst Semiconductor, Integrated Device Technology, Sigma Designs and others.
- Advice on spinoffs, tracking stocks, going private and buyout transactions.
- Advice to more than 25 public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley, federal securities issues, mergers and acquisitions, unsolicited acquisitions proposal (including Mitel’s proposal to acquire Shoretel), activist shareholders, proxy contests and investigations.
Dennis served for a number of years on Fenwick & West's Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. He also served as the head of the firm's Corporate Practice Group.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Dennis's career focused on technology-based companies as a partner in a multinational law firm, founder of an entrepreneurial law firm and general counsel of a high-growth company. Dennis has served on the California State Bar Corporation’s Committee and given speeches on corporate governance, public offerings, venture capital, R&D partnerships and securities law matters.
Dennis’s non-profit activities include serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Peninsula Open Space Trust ("POST") and as a member of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund ("SV2").