O’Melveny Worldwide

Brad Finkelstein specializes in mergers and acquisitions, complex securities transactions, corporate governance and takeover defense. For more than 20 years, Brad has represented public and private technology companies in corporate transactions—negotiated and hostile—with deal values ranging from US$5 million to US$25 billion, as well in governance, stockholder activism- and disclosure-related matters. He has also advised issuers and underwriters in debt and equity corporate finance transactions. Select companies that Brad has represented in major transactions include Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, and Ameritrade.

  • 4D pharma plc in its merger with the Longevity Acquisition Corporation SPAC
  • Ameritrade in its US$3.3 billion acquisition of the US brokerage business of TD Waterhouse Group to form TD Ameritrade
  • Brocade Communications Systems in its US$5.5 billion acquisition by Broadcom
  • Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings in its separation from iHeartMedia amidst iHeart’s emergence from its Chapter 11 restructuring
  • Deckers Brands in its successful proxy contest to re-elect all members of its board of directors  against the objections of Marcato Capital Management
  • E-TEK Dynamics in its US$15 billion acquisition by JDS Uniphase
  • Echelon in its acquisition by Adesto Technologies
  • Fossil Group in its US$260 million acquisition of Misfit, Inc.
  • Gartner in its US$2.6 billion acquisition of CEB
  • Hewlett-Packard in its US$25 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer and related proxy contest with Walter Hewlett
  • Hewlett-Packard in its negotiations to acquire the consulting business of PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Hewlett Packard's separation and initial public offering of Agilent Technologies
  • Juniper Networks in its US$3.63 billion acquisition of Netscreen
  • KLA-Tencor in its negotiations with respect to a US$10.6 billion acquisition by Lam Research Corp.
  • KLA-Tencor in its US$3.4 billion acquisition of Orbotech
  • LifeLock in its US$2.3 billion acquisition by Symantec Corporation
  • LinkedIn in its US$26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft
  • LinkedIn in its sale of SlideShare to Scribd and numerous private company acquisitions
  • The McClatchy Company in its US$4.6 billion acquisition of Knight Ridder Inc.
  • NetSuite in its US$9.3 billion acquisition by Oracle Corporation
  • Nutanix in its US$750 million investment by Bain Capital
  • Overture Services in its acquisition by Yahoo!
  • Palm's separation of PalmSource and acquisition of Handspring, Inc.
  • Rackspace Hosting in its US$4.3 billion acquisition by Apollo Global Management
  • Rational Software in its US$2.1 billion acquisition by IBM
  • Rightside Group in its US$213 million acquisition by Donuts Inc.
  • Seagate Technology in a Bain Capital Private Equity-led consortium’s US$18 billion acquisition of Toshiba Memory and in a long-term NAND supply agreement with Toshiba Memory
  • Skyscanner, a subsidiary of Ctrip, in Ctrip’s acquisition of Trip.com
  • Twitter in its resolution of an activist campaign launched by Elliott Management and the sale of US$1 billion of convertible senior notes to Silver Lake and numerous private company acquisitions
  • VMware in its US$625 million acquisition by EMC
  • Yahoo!’s board of directors in the company’s proxy contest with Starboard Value


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1996: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Managing Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Tufts University, B.A., Philosophy and History, 1993: cum laude with highest thesis honors

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2012-2019 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Named to the 2009, 2010, and 2011 editions of the “Rising Stars” list published by Northern California Super Lawyers

Professional Activities


  • The Honorable Paul R. Michel, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1996-1997)