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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:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Fenwick & West LLP, Regulation A+ Summary - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Amendments to Regulation A: A Small Entity Compliance Guide (June 18, 2015) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Fenwick & West LLP, Lindeen v. SEC, Regulation A+ Preemption of Blue Sky Law - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Fenwick & West LLP, Regulation Crowdfunding Summary - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Fenwick & West LLP, Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings (H1 2016) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises Act of 2015 (RAISE Act), Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1839, Offered by Mr. McHenry of North Carolina and Ms. Waters of California - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Fenwick & West LLP, FAST Act Provisions Relevant to Start-ups and IPO’s of Emerging Growth Companies - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Updated December 21, 2015) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Announcement, Recently Enacted Transportation Law Includes a Number of Changes to the Federal Securities Laws (December 10, 2015) - Securities Regulation Institute (48th Annual), Monday, November 07, 2016
Stanley Keller, SEC Opinion Raises Question About 2007 General Solicitation Guidance - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 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) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
KCD Financial Inc., Exchange Act Release No. 80340, Admin. Proc. File No. 3-17512 (Mar. 29, 2017) (sustaining disciplinary action taken by FINRA) - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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