Eric T. McCrath

Partner | San Francisco

emccrath@mofo.com | (415) 268-6136

emccrath@mofo.com
(415) 268-6136

Eric McCrath 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.”

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Experience

  • Advising SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund in the $40 billion sale of UK-headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to U.S. chip company NVIDIA.

    Advised SoftBank Group Corp. as the largest investor in WeWork in connection with WeWork’s merger with BowX Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BOWX, BOWXU and BOWXW), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), which took the company public.

    Advised 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.

    Advised SoftBank in the sale of a majority of its stake in robotics company Boston Dynamics, Inc. to South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company.

  • Advised 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.

  • Advised Uber Technologies in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Dubai-based Careem Inc., a leading provider of ride hailing, delivery, and payment services in the Middle East, South Asia, and Northern Africa.

  • Advised Unity Technologies in its acquisitions of Artomatix, Codice Software, deltaDNA, Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, Mercer Road, Monarch Media, Multiplay (UK), Obvioos, and RestAR.

  • Advised BlackBerry Ltd. in its $1.4 billion acquisition of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader Cylance.

  • Advised Autodesk, Inc. in its acquisitions of BuildingConnected for $275 million, Spacemaker AS for $240 million, Socialcam for $60 million, Bestech Systems, Pype, and Savoy Consulting Services.

  • Advised ShowingTime.com, Inc., a leading showing software and market stats service provider for the residential real estate industry, in its $500 million acquisition by Zillow Group, Inc.

  • Advised Infineon Technologies AG in the cross–border sale of its radio frequency (RF) power business division to Cree, Inc. for approximately $425 million.

  • Advised Astroscale U.S. Inc., the U.S. unit of Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, in its acquisition of certain the intellectual property and other assets of Effective Space Solutions R&D Ltd., an Israeli satellite life-extension and servicing company.

  • Advised Identity Intelligence Group, LLC (IDIQ), provider of a range of services in the areas of security, including identity theft protection, credit scores and reports, data breaches, and security awareness training, and its members in the sale of 51% of IDIQ to affiliates of Corsair Capital.

  • Advised iovation, Inc., a provider of device-based information, in its acquisition by TransUnion, a leading global risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers.

  • Advised NerdWallet in its acquisition of Fundera, a financial resource for 28 million small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operating in the United States.

  • Advised 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.

  • Advised Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) in its acquisition of YellowPepper, a fintech pioneer with proprietary technology and partnerships supporting leading financial institutions and startups across nine Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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