David Makarechian


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David Makarechian is Chair of O’Melveny’s Emerging Technologies Group and Head of O’Melveny’s Northern California Corporate Department.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, focused on representing acquirers and targets in the technology life sciences and emerging growth company sectors, in Silicon Valley, nationally and internationally.  His clients include public and private companies, venture capital and private equity investors, multinational corporations in cross border transactions and sovereign wealth funds.  His practice also includes joint ventures, corporate governance and 1934 Act reporting of public companies, and the representation of venture-backed companies and venture capital and private equity investors.

David has served as lead counsel in hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, ranging in size from $1 million to over $4 billion, as well as numerous venture capital, angel and private-equity financings, and a significant number of recapitalizations, public offerings and other transactions in the technology sector. David’s practice covers security, identity management, augmented and virtual reality, life sciences, biotech, semiconductor, optics and other hardware, technology enabled services and software of all types including enterprise SaaS, AI, cloud, data analytics, mobile and consumer internet, clean energy, battery and storage.  David also has experience with companies in the food-tech and ag-tech sectors, as well as growth companies in food and beverage and retail.

David has significant experience with transactions involving South and South East Asia, having co-founded O’Melveny’s Singapore office and serving as a member of O’Melveny’s Asia Practice for approximately five years. He has represented international private equity and venture capital funds, sovereign wealth funds, international investment banks and multinational companies in transactions in the region, with a focus on Singapore, Indonesia and India. He earned recognition as one of the top international lawyers in Singapore in the areas of Corporate/M&A and International Capital Markets from Chambers & Partners, the International Financial Law Review and Legal 500.


Corporate & Government Experience

Vice President and General Counsel

  • 24/7 Customer, Inc., a technology-enabled services company with approximately 9,000 employees in the US, Asia and Latin America (2006-2008)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 as a "Leading Lawyer" (2017) and "Highly Regarded" (2018-2021) in Capital Markets


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Colorado College, B.A., 1988

Professional Activities

Board Advisor

  • Start-Up Sandbox, Santa Cruz, California.  A business incubator associated with the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Executive Sponsor

  • Silicon Catalyst, Santa Clara, California.  The world’s only business incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon.


  • “Advanced Venture Capital,” Practicising Law Institute (2021, 2019)
  • Legal Issues Facing Venture-Backed Start-Ups:  Silicon Catalyst (June 2019).
  • Faculty Member, PLI’s Advanced Venture Capital Institute, “M&A Exits of Venture Backed Companies” (October 2018).
  • Panelist, “Best Practices in Internet and Mobile Mergers & Acquisitions,” 15th Annual Stanford E- Commerce Best Practices Conference (June 2018).
  • “Founders Series: Working with your Board of Directors,” Silicon Catalyst (February 2018).
  • “Startup Law 101,” Startup Sandbox (February 2018).

Representative M&A Transactions

  • Finisar (Nasdaq: FNSR):  Acquisition by II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq: IIVI).
  • Ultratech Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK): merger with Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq: VECO).
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of the Identity Solutions Business of De La Rue Ltd. (LSE: DLR).
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of HydrantID.
  • WeWork:  Acquisition of Spacious Inc.
  • Flatiron School:  Acquisition of SecureSet.
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of PTI Security, Inc.
  • WeWork: Acquisition of Waltz, Inc.
  • Booking Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: BKNG): Acquisition of Venga Inc.
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of Mercury Security Products, LLC.
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of Cross Match, Inc.
  • Campbell Soup Corporation (NYSE: CPB): Sale of Habit LLC.
  • Avid Secure:  Acquisition by Sophos Ltd. (LSE: SOPH).
  • Truett-Hurst Inc. (Nasdaq: THST): sale of wholesale wine business to Precept Brands.
  • Mez Mobile Inc.: Acquisition by American Express (NYSE: AXP).
  • Cedexis Inc.: Acquisition by Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS).
  • X15 Software, Inc.: Acquisition by FireEye, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEYE).
  • Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM):  Acquisition of Soasta, Inc.
  • HID Global Corporation:  Acquisition of IdenTrust.
  • Android, Inc.:  Acquisition by Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG).

Representative Growth Equity/Buyout Transactions

  • OnShift Inc.: Strategic investment by Clearlake Capital
  • GIC:  Strategic investment in ChargePoint Inc.
  • Resolve Systems, LLC:  Acquisition by Insight Venture Partners.
  • Tricentis GmbH:  Strategic investment and recapitalization by Insight Venture Partners.
  • Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.:  Strategic investment in Beyond Meat.
  • GIC:  Strategic investment in Uber Inc.
  • GIC:  Strategic investment in Square Inc.

Venture Capital Transactions

Multiple company and investor-side representations in a variety of technology sectors, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Automotive Technology
  • Battery and Energy Storage
  • Biotech
  • Biomedical devices
  • Clean Energy
  • Cloud Computing
  • Consumer Hardware
  • Consumer Internet
  • Crypto Currencies
  • Data Analytics
  • Enterprise SaaS
  • Fintech
  • Food Tech
  • Gaming
  • Genomics
  • Health Tech
  • Media Tech
  • Medical Device
  • Memory
  • Mobile
  • Nanotechnology
  • Online learning
  • Online Travel
  • Optical technologies and photonics
  • Payments
  • Semiconductor and Hardware
  • Technology Enabled Services
  • Wearables

Alerts and Publications

In the News

The Recorder: Who Got the Work?℠

November 5, 2021

Reuters: O’Melveny adds M&A heavy-hitter from Wilson Sonsini amid deal bonanza

July 26, 2021

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Expands in California with Wilson Sonsini Partner

July 26, 2021

The Recorder: O’Melveny Continues Technology Hiring Spree, Adding Wilson Sonsini Partner

July 26, 2021

The Deal: Drinks With The Deal – O’Melveny’s David Makarechian

June 3, 2021

Global Legal Chronicle: Strava’s US$110 Million Series F Financing Round

December 2, 2020

Law360: Don’t Miss It - Sidley, Kirkland Guide Week’s Hot Deals

November 20, 2020

The Deal: Strava Capital Loads for Sports App Performance

November 18, 2020

Private Equity Wire: O’Melveny Advises Strava on US$110m Financing Round Led by TCV and Sequoia

November 17, 2020

Private Equity Wire: O’Melveny Represents MindTickle in US$100m Funding Led by Softbank Vision Fund 2

November 17, 2020

Law360: O’Melveny, Weil Guide Strava’s US$110M Fundraising

November 16, 2020

Sports Business Journal Newsletter: ESPN Executive Exodus Continues

November 16, 2020

Reuters Legal: New York Tech Dealmaker Returns to Big Law After Finance, Startup Stints

October 29, 2020

Law360: Don’t Miss It- Simpson, Latham Guide Week’s Hot Deals

July 24, 2020

The Deal: Synaptics Adds WFH-Friendly Technology

July 21, 2020

The Deal: Synaptics Buys Wireless IoT Assets From Broadcom

July 7, 2020

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