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Bruce K. Dallas

Bruce K. Dallas

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA

Bruce K. Dallas is a member of the Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP corporate department and is a founding partner of its Menlo Park office. He advises on corporate finance, including initial public offerings (with an emphasis on high-technology and bio-technology companies), high-yield and convertible debt offerings and derivatives. He also advises on SEC disclosure and corporate governance.

His corporate clients include Comcast, Leidos, Masco, NBCUniversal, Oracle, Roper Industries and Texas Instruments, and he regularly advises leading underwriters. Recent transactions include Masco’s pending spinoff of its Installation and other service businesses; an aggregate of $20.4 billion in debt offerings by Comcast, Oracle, Texas Instruments and TTX Company; initial public offerings by Achaogen, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Atara Biotherapeutics, Loxo Oncology, Revance Therapeutics and Versartis; equity offerings by Atara Biotherapeutics, BIND Therapeutics, Endocyte, Esperion Therapeutics, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Revance Therapeutics, Versartis, Xencor and Xenoport; and, an aggregate of $3.32 billion in convertible notes offerings by Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Brocade Communications Systems, Cepheid, Depomed, Electronics For Imaging, FireEye, Palo Alto Networks and Xenoport.

Mr. Dallas is ranked as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications in 2012 to 2015, and such as band 1 in “Capital Markets: Debt & Equity” in California according to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and band 3 nationwide in “Capital Markets Debt & Equity” according to Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and is also recognized as a highly regarded capital markets lawyer in The Legal 500: United States.  Mr. Dallas is a frequent speaker, most recently at the “Getting Beyond Denial: Conflict Mineral Rules More Important (And Apply Sooner) Than You Thought” webcast for TheCorporateCounsel.net; the Northwestern Law School’s 37th Annual Securities Regulation Institute; Practicing Law Institute’s Drafting Securities Filings 2010 to 2014; the 2009 National Conference of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals; and as California co-chairman of the 2008 Practicing Law Institute’s Nuts & Bolts of Financial Products.

Mr. Dallas graduated with an A.B. and an A.M. (Chemistry) from Dartmouth College in 1979, and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1984.  He joined Davis Polk in 1985.


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