Ranked InNorthern California
Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
Practice Areas: Focuses on M&A and strategic transactions, as well as corporate governance and securities law compliance, largely for technology companies. Represented Oracle in hostile takeover of PeopleSoft and acquisitions of Siebel, Primavera, Hyperion and others. Other M&A transactions: KLA-Tencor (ADE); Blue Coat (Packeteer); Photon Dynamics (sale to Orbotech); Yahoo! (Inktomi). Represented Comcast in strategic IP arrangements with Microsoft, TV Guide and TiVo. Corporate clients include Oracle, KLA-Tencor, Palm, FormFactor, Affymetrix, Apple, Novellus. A founder of Davis Polk's Menlo Park office; formerly general counsel and senior business executive at Silicon Graphics (1994-99).