Charles C. Comey

Partner | Palo Alto

ccomey@mofo.com | (650) 813-5723

ccomey@mofo.com
(650) 813-5723

中文 | English

Described by a client as “a real superstar able to handle even the most complex and important transactions”  (Chambers), Chuck advises on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, and joint ventures and strategic alliances in the technology, consumer and life sciences sectors. His practice experience includes working on the ground in China and Japan for 16 years.

Chuck has been recommended as a leading lawyer for M&A and private equity by Chambers Global since 2015, earning the distinction of “Expertise Based Abroad” for his work in China. Clients in Chambers Global describe Chuck as: “a go-to attorney in the market for complex, cross-border transactions involving China” and “our go-to on CFIUS and China issues.” He is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 2019 (M&A Large Deals $1bn+).

Beginning in 1994, Chuck was seconded by Morrison & Foerster to the legal department of a major Japanese trading company, and thereafter was resident for nine years in Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office, where he specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. Before relocating to Silicon Valley in July 2010, Chuck opened and served as managing partner of the firm’s Shanghai office from 2003 – 2010. He reads and speaks Mandarin.

Chuck is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the California and American bar associations.

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Experience

  • Representing life sciences fund BPC Biotech Innovation in its investment in and exit from Mesa Biotech, a privately held molecular diagnostics company which is being acquired for $450 million by Thermo Fisher. Mesa Biotech has developed and commercialized a PCR-based rapid point-of-care testing platform available for detecting infectious diseases including SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Strep A.

  • Represented Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Yucaipa Companies in its control investment in the Agency For The Performing Arts. Founded in 1962, APA is one of the largest diversified talent agencies in the industry, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Atlanta, Toronto and London.

  • Representing Mirantis, Inc., an open source infrastructure and services provider, in its acquisition of the Docker Enterprise platform business from Docker, Inc.

  • Represented Zivelo Inc., a developer of full-service point of sale (POS) kiosks for leading consumer brands such as McDonalds, in its acquisition by VeriFone, Inc., a global provider of payments and commerce services.

  • Representing Dr. Eric Yang, Founder, CEO and, through his affiliated entities, the largest shareholder of iTutorGroup, in connection with Ping An's acquisition of a controlling stake in and strategic alliance with the company.

  • Represented Protean Holdings Corp., a private VC-backed automotive technology company specializing in in-wheel electric motor technology, in its acquisition by National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS), an affiliate of the Evergrande Group of China, one of the largest property developers in China.

  • Represented Huayun Data Group, a PRC cloud and data services provider, in its acquisition of certain assets of Maxta, Inc. following an assignment for the benefit of Maxta’s creditors.  Maxta is a Santa Clara, California-based hyperconvergence software provider backed by Andreesen Horowitz, Intel Capital, Waterwood Growth Technology Fund, Tenaya Capital and other investors.

  • Represented Walmart in a $500 million financing and strategic alliance with New Dada, China's largest localized on-demand logistics and grocery O2O ecommerce platform. The transaction included a $320 million investment by Walmart and a new business cooperation agreement.   JD.com, one of China's largest online retailers and Dada's largest shareholder was a co-investor in the deal.

  • Represented Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited in its $137.5 million acquisition of Edmodo, Inc., one of the largest education technology platforms in the world.

  • Represented Petuum in its $93 million financing from SoftBank and Advantech.

  • Represented The Yucaipa Companies in its control investment in and the restructuring of UK-based entertainment booking agency Coda Agency Limited.

  • Represented Walmart and its Global eCommerce division in its $1.5 billion strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue.

  • Represented China Resources’ affiliate fund in its Series A investment in DNA sequencing provider Axbio.

  • Represented Walmart and its Global eCommerce division in its buyout from Ping An Insurance Group and two co-founders of the 49% interest in the Shanghai-based B2C Ecommerce website operator Yihaodian that Walmart didn’t previously own.

  • Represented Tsinghua Unigroup and Insight Investment in Insight’s $368.8 million acquisition of NYSE-listed Xueda Education Group. The transaction marks the first-ever acquisition by an A-share listed company of a U.S.-listed company.

  • Represented Tsinghua Unigroup, in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Shanghai-based fabless IC developer Spreadtrum, one of China’s leading semiconductor companies. The transaction was recognized as a 2013 Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal.

  • Represented VMware in its $1.54 billion acquisition of AirWatch, a privately held mobile device management provider.

  • Represented Tsinghua Unigroup in its $907 million acquisition of RDA Microelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDA), a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets wireless systems-on-chip and radio-frequency (RF) semiconductors for cellular, connectivity and broadcast applications.

  • Representing the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) and its SZSE-listed subsidiary Valiant Co., Ltd. in Valiant's $142.5 million acquisition of MP Biomedicals LLC, a leading supplier of chemical compounds and equipment for life sciences research and production with operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

  • Represented Walmart’s Global e-Commerce division in its 51% increased investment in China e-commerce business Yihaodian. The transaction was one of the largest in-bound investments to China in 2012, and was recognized as a 2012 Deal of the Year by Asian-MENA Counsel.

  • Represented Intel Corporation and McAfee, Inc., the world's largest dedicated security technology company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, in McAfee's US$389 million tender offer for the outstanding shares and option rights of Nasdaq Helsinki OMX-listed Stonesoft Corporation, a global next-generation network firewall and network security solutions provider.

  • Representing Taiwan Stock Exchange-listed Integrated Memory Logic Ltd. (iML) (TW: 3638), a leading provider of analog mixed-signal solutions for the flat panel display market, in its $223 million acquisition by Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR).

  • Represented Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited in its merger with Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. The transaction combines the business and operations of two of China’s leading semiconductor manufacturers.

  • Representing Protean Holdings Corp. in its $70 million note and Series D financing. The funding will be used to accelerate production of Protean's in-wheel electric motors in China, and fund the formation of a manufacturing joint venture with one of Protean's investors, Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology Co. Ltd. Other investors in the round included GSR GO Scale Capital, Tianjin THSG Corporation, and existing investors Oak Investment Partners and GSR Ventures.

  • Represented New Enterprise Associates and Oak Investment Partners as sellers and continuing shareholders in a $125 million strategic alliance between their portfolio company Lianlian Group, a China-based mobile services company, and American Express.

  • Represented Intel Capital in a number of investments and strategic alliances in China and Japan.

  • Represented Altera Corporation in its acquisition of TPACK A/S, a wholly owned Danish subsidiary of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. TPACK delivers optical transport network products for packet and optical networking equipment suppliers.

  • Represented Merrill Lynch as an arranger of a secured financing facility for an affiliate of a NYSE-listed semiconductor company to fund procurement of thim-film solar semiconductor equipment.

  • Representing Taiwan Stock Exchange-listed Microelectronics Technology Inc. in its acquisition of the assets of TelASIC Communications, a designer of mixed signal integrated circuits and wireless communications applications.

  • Representing Asahi Breweries in the sale of a 13% interest in Forester's Brewing Group for $500 million (the largest corporate buy-back in Australian history).

  • Representing Hughes Electronics in the sale of the assets of Direct TV/Japan to SKY Perfect.

  • Representing Fujitsu Limited in its successful $1.2 billion cash tender offer for Amdahl Corporation, and other investments in Asia and the U.S.

  • Representing L'Air Liquide S.A., a global provider of industrial gases, in the consolidation of its Japanese business with that of The BOC Group Plc., and in Air Liquide's US$150 million tender offer for the shares of its TSE-listed subsidiary Air Liquide Japan Ltd.

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