David Makarechian

Partner

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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 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 $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 focuses on security, identity management, augmented and virtual reality, 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.

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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" (2018-2020) in Capital Markets

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • 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 incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon.

Speaker

  • “Advanced Venture Capital 2019,” Practicising Law Institute (October 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
  • Biomedical devices
  • Clean Energy
  • Cloud Computing
  • Consumer Hardware
  • Consumer Internet
  • Crypto Currencies
  • Data Analytics
  • Enterprise SaaS
  • Fintech
  • Food Tech
  • Gaming
  • 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

Events

In the News

Press Releases

O’Melveny Closes Sale of Finisar to II-VI Incorporated

九月 24, 2019

O’Melveny Represents MindTickle in US$40 Million Series C Funding Round

八月 1, 2019

O’Melveny Advises WeWork on Acquisition of Waltz

七月 2, 2019

O’Melveny Advises HID Global on Acquisition of De La Rue’s Citizen Identity Business

六月 12, 2019

O’Melveny Guides DigiLens through $50 Million Series C Investment

五月 14, 2019

O’Melveny Advises Booking Holdings Inc. in Agreement to Acquire Venga

五月 6, 2019

With O’Melveny as Advisor, Avid is Acquired by Sophos

一月 8, 2019

O’Melveny Represents Finisar in US$3.2 Billion Agreement to be Acquired by II-VI Incorporated

十一月 9, 2018

O’Melveny Guides OnShift on Strategic Investment

十月 29, 2018

O’Melveny Represents HID Global in Crossmatch Acquisition

九月 24, 2018

O’Melveny Represents Truett-Hurst in Sale of Wholesale Wine Business

八月 15, 2018

O’Melveny Represents DigiLens in Additional Investment by Continental

五月 18, 2018

O’Melveny Represents Cedexis in Acquisition by Citrix

二月 12, 2018

O’Melveny Represents Mezi in Sale to American Express

一月 30, 2018

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