Diane Holt Frankle is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Kaye Scholer LLP. Ms. Frankle concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Ms. Frankle co-chairs the ABA Delaware Business Law Forum and the ABA Joint Task Force on Governance Issues in Business Combinations and is a regular speaker at conferences covering trends in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, the fiduciary duties of directors, and federal and state securities laws. The Daily Journal named her one of the 100 top women lawyers in California in 2012.
Ms. Frankle regularly represents both public and private companies in a broad range of industries in acquisition transactions. She also counsels boards, special committees and management on a wide variety of corporate governance and disclosure issues, and internal investigations. Ms. Frankle is an active member of the ABA M&A Committee and served on the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws from 2005-2011. She was the editor of the ABA's Model Agreement for the Acquisition of a Public Company (2011). She also served on the State Bar of California Business Law Section Corporations Committee from 1992-1996, was Co-Chair from 1995-1996, and was editor in chief of the State Bar's Guide to California Securities Law Practice. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who's Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Chambers Global Guide, and in San Francisco magazine as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers for her mergers and acquisitions and governance practices.
Ms. Frankle received her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. After law school, she served as law clerk to Judge R. Dorsey Watkins, Senior District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1979 to 1981.