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Rod J. Howard

Rod J. Howard

CapKey Advisors
Founder and Chairman
San Francisco, CA, USA


Mr. Howard has practiced in mergers and acquisitions and related areas of the law for more than 25 years. He is the founder and senior managing director of CapKey Advisors, A Professional Corporation, a specialized firm of senior M&A lawyers who combine decades of M&A experience as lawyers with extensive business, financial and technology experience. Before founding CapKey in early 2012, Mr. Howard was a partner in the Silicon Valley offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he was the firm’s senior M&A specialist on the West Coast, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, where he chaired the firm-wide M&A group, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.   He began his practicing career at New York M&A firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, and practiced for a dozen years in New York City before moving to Northern California in 1996.

Mr. Howard has advised buyers, sellers, boards, investors, entrepreneurs and financial advisers in all aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, involving public as well as private companies and contentious and contested as well as friendly transactions.  His engagements span industries and sectors ranging from technology and life sciences (his two areas of primary current focus) to energy and specialty retail.  He has advised on hundreds of matters and over $75 billion in completed transactions.  In addition to his work in mergers and acquisitions, he has also advised clients on sensitive corporate governance and SEC disclosure matters. 

Mr. Howard has written and spoken for many years on M&A topics, has served as an expert on MAC clauses, and has been recognized by various guides, publications and peer surveys as an expert in M&A.  

Mr. Howard received his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1982.  Additional information on Mr. Howard and a list of some of his articles and publications appears on the CapKey Advisors website, www.capkeyadvisors.com.

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