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Gordon K. Davidson

Gordon K. Davidson

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Gordon Davidson is a partner in the law firm Fenwick & West and advises primarily high technology companies and life sciences companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on corporate, securities, governance and transactional matters.

He has represented startups and venture capital investors in hundreds of financings. His late stage private company clients include AirBNB, Bloom Energy, Calico, GitHub, GRAIL Inc., Tanium and Uber. His venture capital clients include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Sequoia Capital and Foresite Capital. He has represented issuers and underwriters as lead counsel on over 50 initial public offerings, including as issuer’s counsel in the IPOs of Amyris Biotechnology, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Intuit, Oracle, ServiceNow, Shutterfly, SuccessFactors, Symantec, Veritas, Workday and Zuora.

In addition, Gordy has acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion in the aggregate, including the: $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. by Facebook; the $17 billion acquisition by VeriSign of Network Solutions; the $13 billion acquisition by Symantec of Veritas Software in 2005 and the sale of Veritas by Symantec in 2015; the $6.9 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems of Scientific-Atlanta; and the $7.5 billion sale of GitHub to Microsoft.

Gordy has been a regular speaker on current issues in capital formation and public offerings at the Northwestern and PLI Securities Regulation Institutes and on corporate governance issues at the Stanford Directors College, taught classes on venture capital, deals, and mergers & acquisitions at the Stanford Law School, and co-chaired the Practising Law Institute programs on Private Placements and on Mergers & Acquisitions of High Technology Companies.

Gordy is a member of the State Bar of California. He has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Ben C. Duniway in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Since then, he has practiced law at Fenwick & West, and served as its Chair from 1995 through 2013.

Gordon K. Davidson is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Stanley Keller, SEC Opinion Raises Question About 2007 General Solicitation Guidance - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
KCD Financial Inc., Exchange Act Release No. 80340, Admin. Proc. File No. 3-17512 (Mar. 29, 2017) (sustaining disciplinary action taken by FINRA) - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
Revisions of Limited Offering Exemptions in Regulation D, 17 CFR Parts 200, 230 and 239 (Proposed rules; Request for additional comments, August 3, 2007) - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies - Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies, Monday, November 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies - Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies - Private Offerings and Public Offerings by Smaller Reporting Companies, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
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