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Diane Holt Frankle

Diane Holt Frankle

Kaye Scholer LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Diane Holt Frankle is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Kaye Scholer LLP.  Diane concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  She represents both public and privately held companies in mergers and acquisitions primarily in the technology and health care industries.  Diane has completed more than 100 M&A deals with a total value exceeding $12 billion during the last 25 years.  Diane also regularly advises boards, special committees and management on a wide variety of governance and disclosure issues, crisis management and internal investigations.

Diane is an active member of the ABA’s M&A and Corporate Governance Committees and co-chairs the ABA’s Joint Task Force on Governance Issues in Business Combinations.  She chaired the ABA’s Delaware Business Law Forum from 2011 to 2014 and the ABA’s Subcommittee on Public Company Acquisitions and a related Task Force from 1997 to 2011.  She was also was the editor of the ABA Model Merger Agreement for the Acquisition of a Public Company (2011).  Diane served on the State Bar of California Business Law Section Corporations Committee from 1992 to 1996, was co-chair of that Committee from 1995 to 1996 and was the editor-in-chief of the State Bar’s Guide to California Securities Law Practice.

Diane is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 San Francisco Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”  Diane also was chosen by The Recorder as one of its 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law.  She was named one of the Top 25 Transactional Women Lawyers in California in 2014 and has been consistently ranked in the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal.  Diane was also honored as Lawyer of the Year for Mentoring (Private Practice) at the 2014 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.  She is listed in Chambers Global Guide, Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America, among other publications.

Diane received her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979.  After law school she served as a 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.
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