Gavin Grover is co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s global Corporate Finance practice. His practice is focused on the representation of growth companies in a wide variety of transactional matters. He serves as primary outside counsel to a large number of both private and public emerging and established growth companies, and counsels companies from formation through the initial public offering stage and beyond to ultimate sale or merger. He has completed more than 200 merger and acquisition transactions, including tender offers, auctions, special committee representations, and customary negotiated acquisition structures.
Mr. Grover has orchestrated a large number of strategic alliance and joint venture transactions. These transactions typically involve complex, long-term corporate partnering terms such as minority equity ownership with long-term purchase and sale options or other complex profit-sharing arrangements such as contingent value rights or earnout arrangements.
He has represented numerous companies, underwriters, and intermediaries in a wide range of corporate financings and restructurings, including initial public offerings, Rule 144A and other private offerings, debt placements, subordinated and high-yield debt financings, medium-term-note programs, problem loan workouts, and recapitalizations. Mr. Grover has also handled a number of complex workouts, restructurings, and distressed company acquisitions both inside and outside of bankruptcy court.
Mr. Grover works in a wide range of industry areas with an emphasis on rapid growth as the common theme, including consumer and branded companies, life sciences, and technology.
Represented RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RMAX), a leading franchisor of real estate brokerage services, in its $220 million initial public offering.
Represented Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RH), the home furnishings retailer, in its $124 million initial public offering.
Represented Viator, a destination Internet travel company, in numerous matters including the acquisition of Look Tours and financings from Carlyle Group.
Represented popchips, the leading brand in an emerging new snack category, in its acquisition of the Sonora Mills and financings from TSG Consumer Partners.
Represented Ancestry.com, a leading genealogy business, in numerous matters including the acquisition of iArchives.com.
Represented Restoration Hardware in its 2008 sale for $267 million to a group of investors lead by Catterton Partners, a leading consumer PE fund, and its pending IPO.
Represented Saba Software, a leader in enterprise learning, talent management and collaboration solutions, in numerous matters including the acquisitions of Pedagogue Solutions and Comartis AG.
Campari Acquisition Program
Represented Campari Group in numerous matters including its acquisitions of leading brands Skyy, X-rated Fusion; Cabo Wabo and Wild Turkey.
ThreatMetrix, a cloud based provider of fraud prevention solutions, in numerous matters including its financing by various venture investors including USVP.
Digimarc ID Systems Acquisition
Represented Digimarc, a developer of watermarking solutions and anti-counterfeiting systems, in its acquisition of the Polaroid ID business out of bankruptcy.
Represented Switch, a producer of LED based energy efficient light bulbs, in numerous matters including its financing by VantagePoint Venture Partners.
Creative Technology Ltd.
Represented Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd., in its $170-million acquisition of Nasdaq listed 3Dlabs Inc by means of a scheme of arrangement under Bermuda Law.