Jaclyn Liu is a partner in the Corporate Department of the firm’s San Francisco office. She is co-chair of the firm’s Public Companies and Securities Group. Ms. Liu engages in a general corporate and transactional practice, with special emphasis on corporate counseling of public companies, mergers and acquisitions and China practice.
Ms. Liu regularly advises public companies on corporate governance matters, including director and officer fiduciary duties and responsibilities and “best practices” for boards and board committees, and counsels boards and special committees in connection with proxy contests and other corporate control efforts. She also counsels public companies on disclosure matters and associated liability considerations, including those relating to the federal securities laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and NYSE and NASDAQ rules and regulations. Ms. Liu has lectured at seminars and conferences and written articles on various ‘33 Act and ‘34 Act law matters, and is a staff member of the Practising Law Institute. Ms. Liu’s experience also includes the representation of public and private companies in securities offerings and VC financings.
Ms. Liu has represented a number of public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, from small asset acquisitions and divestitures to multibillion-dollar transactions such as Intel’s acquisition of McAfee and Mercury Interactive’s sale to HP, and complex cross-border transactions such as DSP Group’s acquisition of the DECT business of Netherlands-based NXP B.V. and McKesson’s acquisition of Israel-based Medcon.
Ms. Liu has represented a number of well-established Chinese companies in setting up U.S. subsidiaries and counseling them on strategic matters relating to their U.S. operations. In addition, Ms. Liu has worked with domestic and foreign companies in a variety of industries, including semiconductor, software, Internet, media, communications, consumer products and financial services and has been involved in a number of complex cross-border transactions in Asia, Australia and Europe.
Ms. Liu was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the category of Securities and Corporate Finance in 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers, as well as a “Rising Star” in the category of Mergers & Acquisition in 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers. She was also named a winner of the 2012 40 Under 40 West M&A Advisor Awards. She was recognized for her accomplishments and expertise by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.
Ms. Liu was born in Shanghai, China. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Ms. Liu is a member of the California State Bar and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is on the advisory board of thecorporatecounsel.net and a board member of the Foundation of City College of San Francisco.
Ms. Liu graduated, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998, where she served as the Co-Editor of the Harvard Law Record. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Liu received B.A. degrees in English and Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.