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Eric T. McCrath

Morrison & Foerster LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Eric McCrath is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Investment & Buyouts Groups.

Mr. McCrath advises on a broad range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on public and private M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience counseling strategic acquirers and targets in a variety of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, and Internet), healthcare, consumer products, financial institutions, media, and transportation. He regularly works with leading domestic and international companies and has significant experience advising on complex cross-border transactions.

Mr. McCrath has been recognized by leading publications, including Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, with sources describing him as “responsive, thoughtful and a skillful negotiator.”

Representative Matters

Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisitions of McAfee for $7.7 billion, Infineon’s Wireless Solutions (WLS) business for $1.4 billion, LSI’s Axxia Networking Business for $650 million, roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications from InterDigital Corporation for $375 million, certain intellectual property and other assets from Cray for $140 million, parts of QLogic’s InfiniBand business for $125 million, Fulcrum Microsystem, Virtutech, and others.

Advised ON Semiconductor in its acquisitions of Sanyo Semiconductor for $600 million, Aptina Imaging for $400 million, and Cypress Semiconductor’s image sensor business unit for $31.4 million.

Advised Gree in its acquisitions of Funzio for $210 million, OpenFeint for $104 million, and App Ant Studios.

Advised VMware in its acquisition of Integrien, and its stock acquisition of GemStone and its international subsidiaries (Japan, India, and the UK).

Advised Pinnacle Entertainment in its bid to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in an all-cash merger, with a total enterprise value of $2.8 billion.

Advised ICO Global Communications in a unique restructuring and reorganization transaction with total deal value of approximately $1.5 billion.

Advised The Clorox Company in the carveout and $780 million sale of its auto-related business to private equity firm Avista Capital.

Advised Gruppo Campari in its acquisition of Wild Turkey, the #1 premium brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from Pernod Ricard for $575 million.

Primary Practices

Mergers + Acquisitions

Private Equity Investments + Buyouts Corporate

Capital Markets

Financial Institutions + Financial Services Private Equity Funds


Banking + Financial Services Social Media

Financial Technology

Professional Recognition

Mr. McCrath is recognized by Chambers USA 2015 and Legal 500 US 2015 for excellence in the field of M&A/Corporate work.


Swarthmore College (B.A., 1993) Columbia Law School (J.D., 2000)

Bar Admissions

New York California


M+A Leaders Survey Results | Presented by Morrison & Foerster and 451 Research | 05/06/2014 Thomson Reuters’ 4th Annual Western M&A Forum | 11/06/2013

MCLE Workshops:

Offering Credits in Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse; Elimination of Bias; and Current Topics in Legal Ethics | 01/15/2013

CLE International's 5th Annual Private Equity Conference | 10/13/2011 ACG West Coast M&A Conference | 02/04/2010

2010 MCLE Workshop: Legal Ethics | 1/26/2010

VC Taskforce - China & U.S. Cross-Border Investment in Cleantech | 11/11/2009

Third Annual Comprehensive Conference on Winery & Wine Distribution Law-Law Seminars International | 8/3/2009

Private Investment in Financial Institutions and Financial Assets | New York Presentation | 11/18/2008

Private Investment in Financial Institutions and Financial Assets | Los Angeles Presentation | 11/11/2008

Private Investment in Financial Institutions and Financial Assets | San Francisco Presentation | 11/6/2008


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