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Scott M. Stanton

Morrison & Foerster LLP

San Diego, CA, USA

Scott Stanton has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and many other corporate matters. Mr. Stanton serves as primary outside counsel to a number of public and private companies, and he regularly represents boards of directors and board committees in complex corporate governance matters. He has developed a deep expertise in SEC reporting and corporate governance matters that enables him to provide expert and practical advice to a broad range of companies in industries such as software, medical devices, life sciences, semiconductors, consumer goods, insurance and defense.

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Stanton has special expertise in structuring and negotiating a wide variety of transactions. He has worked on well over a hundred transactions, including public company mergers, tender offers, hostile takeovers and other strategic acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Stanton’s transactions have ranged in size from less than $5 million to nearly $4 billion in industries such as biometrics, semiconductors, medical devices, life sciences, software, consumer and defense.

In the capital markets area, Mr. Stanton has handled numerous public and private offerings of both debt and equity securities, representing issuers and underwriters.  His transactions have ranged from IPOs to PIPEs to registered direct offerings to 144A offerings. He has also represented numerous emerging companies in private placements and venture financings.

Scott Stanton is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 2012-2014, Best Lawyers in America 2007 – 2014, and Super Lawyers 2008 – 2013. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Directors Forum.  Mr. Stanton served as Chair of the firm’s global Corporate Practice Group from 2010 – 2013.


Stanford University (B.A., 1988)

University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D., 1993)


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