David Makarechian, Chair of O’Melveny’s Emerging Technologies Group, is a boardroom-level corporate lawyer who has more than twenty years of experience working with entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to support the growth of innovative technology companies. His clients include public companies, private companies and start-ups, venture and private equity investors and investment banks. He also advises multinational companies and sovereign wealth funds in international transactions. David has represented some of the most prominent companies and investors in the technology sector, including Android in its sale to Google, Yahoo! and Priceline.com in various acquisitions, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in venture capital investments. His clients include Finisar Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of optical components, HID Global Corporation, a leading provider of secure identity solutions, and leading international multinational corporations, such as Mitsui & Co. and sovereign wealth funds, such as GIC.
David focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, growth and PIPE investments, 1934 Act counseling of public companies, and organizing and structuring venture-backed and emerging growth enterprises. In addition, he has significant experience in buy-outs, divestures and spin-outs, joint ventures, cross-border M&A, and technology transactions of all types.
David is recognized for his ability to provide experienced guidance and practical solutions on business and legal issues. Chambers & Partners describes him as a “professional and detail-oriented” lawyer who also is “very cool and pragmatic,” and Legal 500 cites clients who praise him as “responsive, diligent, and thorough.”
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)
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1993
- Colorado College, B.A., 1988
- 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)
David co-founded O’Melveny’s Singapore office in 2008 and served in leadership positions in the Singapore office for more than four years. He has represented international private equity and venture capital funds, sovereign wealth funds, international investment banks and multinational companies in South and South East Asia, with a focus on Singapore, Indonesia and India. David has worked on capital markets transactions in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. 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.