Charles C. Comey

Charles C. Comey

Education

Yale University (B.A., 1984)
University of California, Berkeley (M.A., 1988)
University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1991)

Bar Admissions

California

Charles Comey is an M&A and corporate finance partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Comey’s practice experience includes working on the ground in China and Japan for 16 years. He advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, and joint ventures and strategic alliances in the technology, consumer and life sciences sectors.

Mr. Comey is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2015-2016 (PE expert based abroad – China focus, PE foreign expert – US focus), Chambers USA 2014-2017 (California Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia), Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 (Corporate and M&A – Foreign Firms), Legal 500 US 2013, Chambers Asia 2011, IFLR1000 2012, PLC Which lawyer? 2010 and Euromoney’s Expert Guides.

Beginning in 1994, Mr. Comey 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, Mr. Comey opened and served as managing partner of the firm’s Shanghai office from 2003 – 2010.

Mr. Comey is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the California and American bar associations. He speaks and reads Mandarin.

Representative transactions handled by Mr. Comey appear below. To view a more complete list see Matters.

Walmart Global eCommerce’s $1.5 Billion Strategic Alliance with JD.com
Represented Walmart and its Global eCommerce division in a strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, in a transaction that included Walmart’s acquisition of an equity stake in JD.com valued at approximately $1.5 billion.
Walmart Global eCommerce’s Buyout of Yihaodian
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.
Tsinghua Unigroup / Insight Investment’s $368.8 Million Acquisition of Xueda
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.
Tsinghua Unigroup’s $1.8 Billion Acquisition of Spreadtrum Communications
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.
VMware’s $1.54 Billion acquisition of AirWatch
Represented VMware in its $1.54 billion acquisition of AirWatch, a privately held mobile device management provider.
Tsinghua Unigroup’s $907 Million acquisition of RDA Microelectronics
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.
Valiant’s $142.5 Million Acquisition of MP Biomedicals
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.
Walmart’s 51% Increased Investment in Yihaodian
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.
McAfee’s US$389 Million Tender Offer for Stonesoft
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.
Integrated Memory Logic’s $223 Million acquisition by Exar
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).
Walmart Global eCommerce’s $1.5 Billion Strategic Alliance with JD.com
Represented Walmart and its Global eCommerce division in a strategic alliance with JD.com, China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, in a transaction that included Walmart’s acquisition of an equity stake in JD.com valued at approximately $1.5 billion.
Walmart Global eCommerce’s Buyout of Yihaodian
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.
Tsinghua Unigroup / Insight Investment’s $368.8 Million Acquisition of Xueda
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.
Tsinghua Unigroup’s $1.8 Billion Acquisition of Spreadtrum Communications
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.
VMware’s $1.54 Billion acquisition of AirWatch
Represented VMware in its $1.54 billion acquisition of AirWatch, a privately held mobile device management provider.
Tsinghua Unigroup’s $907 Million acquisition of RDA Microelectronics
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.
Valiant’s $142.5 Million Acquisition of MP Biomedicals
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.
Walmart’s 51% Increased Investment in Yihaodian
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.
McAfee’s US$389 Million Tender Offer for Stonesoft
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.
Integrated Memory Logic’s $223 Million acquisition by Exar
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).
Hua Hong Semiconductor's Merger with Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing
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.
Protean Holdings Corporation’s Note and Series D Financing
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.
Strategic Alliance Between Lianlian Group and American Express
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.
Intel Capital
Represented Intel Capital in a number of investments and strategic alliances in China and Japan.
Altera’s acquisition of TPACK
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.
Merrill Lynch Investment in China Solar Semiconductor Facilities
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.
Microelectronics Technology's acquisition of TelASIC Communications' assets
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.
Asahi Breweries' sale of interest in Forester's Brewing Group
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).
Hughes Electronics' sale of Direct TV/Japan
Representing Hughes Electronics in the sale of the assets of Direct TV/Japan to SKY Perfect.
Fujitsu Limited's $1.2 billion cash tender offer for Amdahl Corporation
Representing Fujitsu Limited in its successful $1.2 billion cash tender offer for Amdahl Corporation, and other investments in Asia and the U.S.
L'Air Liquide's venture with The BOC Group and Tender Offer for Air Liquide Japan
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.

Mr. Comey is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global 2015-2016 (PE expert based abroad – China focus, PE foreign expert – US focus), Chambers USA 2014-2017 (California Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia), Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 (Corporate and M&A – Foreign Firms), Legal 500 US 2013, Chambers Asia 2011, IFLR1000 2012, PLC Which lawyer? 2010 and Euromoney’s Expert Guides.

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