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Gordon K. Davidson

Gordon K. Davidson

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Gordon Davidson 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 issuers and underwriters on over 50 initial public offerings and regularly advises boards of directors, board committees and executives of public and private companies on securities and corporate governance matters and in special investigations.

The IPOs on which he has been lead company counsel include: @Home Network, Amyris Biotechnology, Cooper & Chyan, DexCom, Diamond Foods, ECAD (Cadence Design Systems), Edify, Elantec Semiconductor, Electronic Arts, Exodus Communications, Facebook, FormFactor, Genelabs, Green Dot, HNC Software, Homestore, Insignia Solutions, Intuit, KANA Software, Macromedia, Marin Software, Model N, Neoforma, Nimble Storage, ONI Systems, Oracle, Radius, Responsys, ServiceNow, Shopping.com, Shutterfly, SilverSpring Networks, SuccessFactors, Symantec, Transmeta, Verisign, Veritas, Vocera and Workday.  His underwriter representations include the IPOs of WebMD, Omniture, Pixar, Tableau, TriNet and Veeva.

In addition, he 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; $17 billion acquisition by VeriSign of Network Solutions $13 billion acquisition by Symantec of Veritas Software in 2005 and the sale of Veritas by Symantec in 2015; $6.9 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems. of Scientific-Atlanta; billion acquisition by Exodus Communications of GlobalCenter; $4 billion merger of Spansion with Cypress Semiconductor; $3.8 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors by SAP; $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe; $3.0 billion acquisition of Giant Interactive Group. by Giant Investment Limited; $2.5 billion acquisition by VERITAS Software of Seagate Software; $2.4 billion acquisition of Data Domain by EMC Corporation; $1.8 billion acquisition of Spreadtrum Communications by Tsinghua Unigroup; $1.4 billion acquisition of Elantec by Intersil; $1.4 billion acquisition by Intuit of Digital Insight; and $1.2 billion acquisition of Ocular Sciences by The Cooper Companies.

Gordy has been a regular speaker on current issues in IPOs and capital formation at the Securities Regulation Institute and on corporate governance issues at the Stanford Directors College, taught classes on venture capital investments at the Stanford Law School, the Stanford Business School and the Berkeley Haas Business School, taught courses on Deals and Mergers & Acquisitions at Stanford Law School, and chaired the Practising Law Institute programs on Private Placements and 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 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.  He served as Chairman of Fenwick & West 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 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
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
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
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