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Yabo Lin

Sidley Austin LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

YABO LIN is a partner in Sidley's Palo Alto office. Mr. Lin regularly counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, IP transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. His clients include companies based in both the U.S. and Asia. His experience has covered a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, clean tech, bio tech, renewable energy and manufacturing. Mr. Lin has also counseled foreign clients on transactions involving U.S. national security issues in connection with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. ("CFIUS").  

Mr. Lin led the outside counsel team in representing Synopsys, Inc. in its $420 million acquisition of SpringSoft, Inc., a Taiwan Stock Exchange listed company, in 2012. That transaction was believed to be the first acquisition of a Taiwan public company through tender offer by a U.S. technology firm. In 2013, Mr. Lin represented Flextronics International in acquiring Motorola Mobility's global manufacturing operations, as well as a major telecom solutions provider in significant patent portfolio acquisitions.  

Born and raised in China, Mr. Lin was a licensed attorney in China before coming to the U.S. In 2006, Mr. Lin received the highest honor given, the Trailblazer Award, from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for "making substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American Community." He was included in the "Best Lawyers under 40" by NAPABA in 2004.  

Mr. Lin is Co-Chairman of the ABA Asia Rule of Law Advisory Board. He serves as a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation. He is an adjunct law professor at Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law.  


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