Eric serves as co–chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Corporate Department of over 400 lawyers.
Eric has been a trusted advisor on hundreds of public and private M&A, private equity, and financing transactions over the course of his career. He counsels strategic acquirers and targets in a variety of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, and Internet), healthcare, consumer products, financial institutions, media, and transportation. He represents leading U.S. and global companies and regularly advises on complex cross–border transactions.
Eric has been recognized by leading publications, including Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, with sources describing him as “greatly skilled at advising on the most complex and high–profile M&A transactions,” and noting his “outstanding problem–solving skills” and “get–it–done attitude.”
SoftBank CorporationAdvised SoftBank Corporation in its $8.6 billion sale of its controlling stake in Finnish gaming company Supercell Oy to Chinese Internet company Tencent Holdings, Ltd, a global leader in personal computer and mobile games.
ON SemiconductorAdvised ON Semiconductor in its acquisitions of Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion, Quantenna Communications for $1.1 billion, Sanyo Semiconductor for $600 million, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ East Fishkill, NY manufacturing facility for $430 million, Aptina Imaging for $400 million, and Cypress Semiconductor’s image sensor business unit for $31.4 million, and in its divestiture of the Ignition IGBT Business and its sale of the Transient Voltage Suppressor and Thyristor Business to Littelfuse, Inc.
Intel CorporationAdvised Intel Corporation in its acquisitions of McAfee for $7.7 billion, Infineon’s Wireless Solutions (WLS) business for $1.4 billion, LSI’s Axxia Networking Business for $650 million, roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications from InterDigital Corporation for $375 million, certain intellectual property and other assets from Cray for $140 million, parts of QLogic’s InfiniBand business for $125 million, Fulcrum Microsystem, Virtutech, and other transactions.
Pinnacle EntertainmentAdvised Pinnacle Entertainment in its bid to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in an all–cash merger, with a total enterprise value of $2.8 billion.
ICO Global CommunicationsAdvised ICO Global Communications in a unique restructuring and reorganization transaction with total deal value of approximately $1.5 billion.
BlackBerryAdvised BlackBerry Ltd. in its $1.4 billion acquisition of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader Cylance.
UnileverAdvised Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home, and personal care products, in its acquisition of Dollar Shave Club. This was one of the largest ever deals for an e–commerce company.
VMwareAdvised VMware in its acquisition of Integrien, and its stock acquisition of GemStone and its international subsidiaries (Japan, India, and the UK).
The Clorox CompanyAdvised The Clorox Company in the carve–out and $780 million sale of its auto–related business to private equity firm Avista Capital.
Infineon TechnologiesAdvised Infineon Technologies AG in the cross–border sale of its radio frequency (RF) power business division to Cree, Inc. for approximately $425 million.
Mr. McCrath is regularly recognized for M&A by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US.
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