Robert Townsend serves as co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global M+A Practice Group. He has extensive transactional experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, securities law, technology and intellectual property matters, leveraged buyouts, and venture capital. Mr. Townsend's experience includes transactions in numerous industries, such as software, Internet, media, communications, semiconductor, computers, consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, Cleantech, energy, wineries and vineyards. Mr. Townsend also has extensive international experience, having been involved in transactions in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Mr. Townsend has represented numerous public and private companies and investors in corporate and finance matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions to seed round financings and initial public offerings. He regularly advises CEOs, Boards of Directors and Special Committees in strategic and corporate governance issues. Mr. Townsend has represented clients in more than 200 public and private company acquisitions, strategic alliances and financings, ranging in size from more than several billion dollars to much smaller transactions.
Mr. Townsend moved to the Tokyo office in 1990 where he served as managing partner from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Townsend served as chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global Business Department from 1996 to 2003.
Mr. Townsend previously worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman Don Edwards from 1979 to 1981.
Mr. Townsend was selected by The Recorder as one of their "2010 Attorneys of the Year." He was also honored as the 2011 California Lawyer of the Year ("CLAY") recipient for transactional law. In 2009, he was recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star. He was listed as a highly recommended Corporate and M&A practitioner for California: San Francisco and Silicon Valley by PLC Which Lawyer Mergers and Acquisitions 2009. Mr. Townsend was ranked as a leading lawyer for mergers, acquisitions and buyouts among M&A national firms for large deals in the Legal 500 2012. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Townsend was recognized as one of the top 20 under 40 California Lawyers in California Law Business.
Representative transactions handled by Mr. Townsend appear below. To view a more complete list see Matters.