Bruce Mann engages in all aspects of corporate and securities law, including venture capital, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been involved in over 200 M&A transactions, over 300 public offerings, and over 100 initial public offerings, more than ten by foreign private issuers.
M&A transactions include DSP Group's acquisition of the cordless and VOIP operations of NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductor), the sale of MediGuide Inc. to St. Jude Medical, the sale of Mercury Interactive to Hewlett-Packard Corporation, the sale of Saifun Semiconductors to Spansion, the sale of Voltaire to Mellanox, the tax-free spin-off for DSP Group of its Israel-based IP licensing subsidiary, and the acquisition of Frank Russell Company by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Securities transactions include representing high tech and life science companies and their underwriters in initial public offerings, including Intel Corporation, Genentech, JMP Securities, DSP Group, Syneron Medical Ltd., RRSat Global Communications Network, Mellanox Technologies, and public offerings by WR Hambrecht using a Dutch auction rather than the traditional underwriting process.
Corporate governance advice includes representing committees of independent directors of Crowley Maritime, Seagram, Federal Express, Maytag, Lucky Stores, and many other companies. These include a major computer manufacturer regarding allegations made in a contested merger and a major airline regarding a board-level dispute over corporate governance.
Mr. Mann served as the Chair of ABA Business Section's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, founding Chair of its Venture Capital and Private Equity Committee, and he is a past Chair of the Section's Committee on International Technical Assistance, Membership Committee and Emerging Issues Task Force. He also served as chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee. The 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America recognized Mr. Mann for his work in Corporate Law and in Securities/Capital Markets Law, marking the 30th year that he has been selected by his peers as one of the best in his specialties.
Mr. Mann has been an investment banker as well as a lawyer, serving as Managing Director in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions and Investment Banking at L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, and Senior Managing Director at WR Hambrecht + Co.
Mr. Mann was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at University of Wisconsin. At University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Mann was an Editor of the University of Wisconsin Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.
In ranking MoFo's Israel practice Band 1, Chambers Global 2013 noted "the extremely experienced Bruce Mann spearheads the Israel practice from the firm's San Francisco office." Mr. Mann is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2011-2015, U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America 2013, PLC Which lawyer? 2009, Euromoney’s Expert Guides and Super Lawyers 2004-2009. At the 2011 IFLR Americas Awards, Mr. Mann was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the exceptional caliber of his securities and M&A work.
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