Kris has completed over 200 domestic and cross-border mergers, and was included as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40 in 2012 as well as the Global M&A Networks 2014 list of top 50 deal makers in North America.
Kris frequently counsels a wide range of public and private companies in their strategic acquisitions and exit events (including companies in the hardware, software, Internet, social networking and life sciences sectors), as well as day-to-day counseling of public and private companies on a wide range of matters. Kris strives to provide clients with an effective, pragmatic and budget-sensitive approach to legal, business and transaction-based needs.
Prior to joining Fenwick in 2004, Kris was also involved in non-technology based transactions, including in the healthcare, real estate and transportation sectors.
Select transactions include:
Sell Side Representation:
- Sale of Xtime to Cox Automotive
- Sale of Peixe Urbano to Baidu
- Sale of shopkick to SK Planet Co., Ltd., an affiliate of SK Holdings and SK Telecom
- Sale of BlueKai to Oracle
- Sale of Basis Science to Intel
- Sale of Caring to Bankrate
- Sale of Convertro to AOL
- Sale of LuxVue to undisclosed buyer
- Sale of Framehawk to Citrix
- Sale of Solta Medical (NASDAQ: SLTM) to Valeant
- Sale of SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL) to Thoma Bravo and Ontario Teachers’ Capital ($717 million, and M&A Atlas awards Technologies Deal of the Year above $500 million)
- Sale of nCircle to Tripwire (Thoma Bravo)
- Sale of ThisLife to Shutterfly
- Sale of Force10 Networks to Dell
- Sale of Auditude to Adobe
- Sale of IntoNow to Yahoo!
- Sale of Skagen watches to Fossil ($245 million plus earnout, and M&A Atlas Awards 2012 Middle Markets Deal of the Year)
- Sale of Quidsi’s (Diapers.com and Soap.com) to Amazon ($545 million, and M&A Atlas Awards 2011 U.S. M&A Deal of the Year (Large Market) Award)
- Sale of Medicity to Aetna ($500 million)
- Sale of Zappos.com to Amazon.com (AMZN stock valued at over $1.2 billion at closing) (largest VC-backed M&A exit in 2009)
- Sale of MySQL to Sun Microsystems ($1 billion and the second largest VC-backed M&A exit in 2008)
- Representation of multiple other VC-backed companies in their sale to serial acquirers, including, IBM (representation of Cast Iron Systems), Broadcom (representation of Teknovus), Qualcomm (representation of Digital Fountain), KLA-Tencor (representation of OnWafer Technologies), SAIC (representation of Cloudshield Technologies), and Informatica (representation of Siperian)
Buy Side Representation:
- 50+ Acqui-hire/Talent Acquisitions
- Acquisition by Cisco Systems of 21 companies, including, Meraki ($1.2 billion), NDS ($5 billion, and M&A Atlas Awards 2013 Technology & Services Deal of the Year), Scientific-Atlanta ($6.9 billion), Starent Networks ($2.9 billion), Navini Networks ($330 million), and ScanSafe ($183 million)
- Repeat buy-side transactions for, among others, Twitter, Proofpoint, GoPro, Shoretel, SonicWALL and Interwoven
- Acquisition by Allied Security Trust (AST), a consortium of 26 member-investor companies of MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ: MIPS)
- Robertson Piper Software Group (fund formation) and acquisition of Opus-ISM Pharmacy Management Software
Kris received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a four-year member of the Undergraduate Students’ Honor Society. Kris is a member of the state bars of California and Washington (inactive).