Eric T. McCrath

Eric T. McCrath

Education

Swarthmore College (B.A., 1993)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 2000)

Bar Admissions

New York
California

Eric McCrath is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Investment & Buyouts Groups.

Mr. McCrath advises on a broad range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on public and private M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience counseling strategic acquirers and targets in a variety of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, and Internet), healthcare, consumer products, financial institutions, media, and transportation. He regularly works with leading domestic and international companies and has significant experience advising on complex cross-border transactions.

Mr. McCrath has been recognized by leading publications, including Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, with sources describing him as “responsive, thoughtful and a skillful negotiator.”

Representative Matters

  • 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 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 others.
  • Advised ON Semiconductor in its acquisitions of Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion, Sanyo Semiconductor for $600 million, Aptina Imaging for $400 million, 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 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 Gree in its acquisitions of Funzio for $210 million, OpenFeint for $104 million, and App Ant Studios.
  • Advised GREE International, the Western arm of GREE, in the acquisition of DragonSoul, the critically-acclaimed mobile role playing game (RPG) developed by PerBlue.
  • Advised VMware in its acquisition of Integrien, and its stock acquisition of GemStone and its international subsidiaries (Japan, India, and the UK).
  • Advised Pinnacle Entertainment in its bid to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in an all-cash merger, with a total enterprise value of $2.8 billion.
  • Advised ICO Global Communications in a unique restructuring and reorganization transaction with total deal value of approximately $1.5 billion.
  • Advised The Clorox Company in the carveout and $780 million sale of its auto-related business to private equity firm Avista Capital.

To view a more complete list of matters, see Matters.

Advised Autodesk, Inc. in its $60 million acquisition of Socialcam, Inc., a mobile video application.
Advised Brazos Pacific Partners in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Sonoma county-based Copain Wine Cellars and Atelier-Copain.
Advised Cleantech America, Inc. in its sale to Meridian Energy Limited.
Advised Copain Wines and The Murano Group in the sale of the assets of Copain Wines to Jackson Family Wines.
Advised Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. in its acquisition of certain intellectual property assets of DASC, LLC related to the design and manufacture of ice hockey skates.
Advised Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. in its acquisition of Talon Lacrosse, LLC.
Advised Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EVHC) and its operating subsidiary, EmCare, Inc., in its $170 million acquisition of Phoenix Physicians, LLC,
Advised First Carbon Solutions in its acquisition of Enverity Corporation.
Advised Geolo Partners in its acquisition of Carmel Valley Ranch.
Advised GESD Capital Partners in the acquisition of eight California and Northwest wineries for more than $200 million from Constellation Brands.
Advised GREE in its acquisition of App Ant Studios, Inc., a mobile game development studio.
Advised GREE in its $210 million acquisition of Funzio, Inc., a mobile social gaming developer.
Advised GREE in its $104 million acquisition of mobile social gaming network provider OpenFeint Inc.
Advised GREE and GREE International, Inc. in the reorganization of substantially all of GII’s assets into a new subsidiary of GI, GREE International Entertainment, Inc., and subsequent sale of GII which owns the assets of the mobile game, War of Nations, to RockYou, Inc.
Advised GREE International Entertainment, Inc., the Western arm of global mobile social company GREE, Inc., in the acquisition of DragonSoul, the critically-acclaimed mobile role playing game (RPG) developed by PerBlue.
Advised Gruppo Campari in its acquisition of Wild Turkey, the #1 premium brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from Pernod Ricard for $575 million.
Advised ICO Global Communications in a unique restructuring and reorganization transaction with total deal value of approximately $1.5 billion. The transaction involved the auction sale of certain ICO assets to DISH Network Corporation, including ICO's equity interest in its subsidiary, DBSD North America (a debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding pending in the Southern District of New York).
Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisition of Aepona, a leader in API exposure and monetization platforms for service providers.
Advised Intel Corporation in its $650 million acquisition of LSI’s Axxia Networking Business, a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog semiconductor devices with a focus on III-V based products and complex digital and mixed signal CMOS based devices.
Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisition of a Brazilian software services company providing embedded system serviced based on Android and Linux platforms. Terms not disclosed.
Advised Intel Corporation in its purchase of roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications from InterDigital Corporation for $375 million.
Advised Intel Corporation in its $140 million acquisition of certain intellectual property and other assets related to the research and development of hardware network interconnect technologies from supercomputer maker Cray Inc.
Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems Inc.
Advised Intel Corporation in its $125 million acquisition of parts of the InfiniBand business of QLogic Corporation.
Advised Intel Corporation in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Infineon’s Wireless Solutions (WLS) business. WLS is a leading provider of cellular platforms to top-tier global phone makers.
Advised Intel Corporation in its $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee, Inc.
Advised Intel Corporation in the acquisition of certain assets of the wireless infrastructure division of Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisition of certain assets of the global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) business of ST-Ericsson SA, a Swiss joint venture between STMicro and Ericsson.
Advised Intel Corporation, in its acquisition of Virtutech, Inc., the leader in virtualized systems development.
Advised McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security technology company in its acquisition of NitroSecurity Inc.
Advised McKesson in the sale of McKesson Automation Inc., a subsidiary that offers integrated pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals and health systems, to private equity firm Francisco Partners for $60 million.
Advised ON Semiconductor Corp. in its $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging.
Advised ON Semiconductor Corp. in its $31.4 million acquisition of the image sensor business unit of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.
Advising ON Semiconductor Corp. in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor.
Advised ON Semiconductor Corp. in its divestiture of the Ignition IGBT Business and its sale of the Transient Voltage Suppressor and Thyristor Business to Littelfuse, Inc.
Advised ON Semiconductor Corp. in its $600 million acquisition of Sanyo Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
Advised Pendrell Technologies in its $90.1 million purchase of a controlling stake of the outstanding capital stock of privately-held ContentGuard Holdings, a leading inventor, developer and licensor of the digital rights management (DRM) and related content distribution patents and technologies from Microsoft Corporation, Technicolor USA, and Time Warner ContentGuard Holdings.
Advised Pharmanet Development Group Inc. in its acquisition by JLL Partners.
Advised Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in its bid to acquire NASDAQ-listed Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in an all-cash merger, with a total enterprise value of $2.8 billion, including debt of $1.9 billion and cash on hand of $116 million.
Advised Restoration Hardware in its $325 million acquisition by Catterton Partners.
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 Sumitomo Heavy Industries in its acquisition of Axcelis Technologies, Inc.’s 50% interest in SEN, a joint venture between Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Axcelis.
Advised Sumitomo Heavy Industries in its acquisition of Demag Ergotech GmbH and Van Dorn Demag Corporation.
Advised Technicolor S.A. in the sale of Convergent Corporation, its wholly owned subsidiary.
Advised Technicolor S.A. in connection with the sale of its worldwide consumer electronics audio video activities outside Europe including the rights to the RCA mark.
Advised The Clorox Company in the carveout and $780 million sale of its auto-related business to private equity firm Avista Capital. The transaction included the sale of Armor All and STP brand products as well as affiliated manufacturing facilities.
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 VMware in its stock acquisition of GemStone Systems, Inc., a privately held data management solutions company, and its international subsidiaries (Japan, India and the U.K.).
Advised VMware in its acquisition of Integrien, a leader in real time application and infrastructure performance analytics software.
Advised WineCommune and J.J. Buckley in their sale to Société des alcools du Québec.

Mr. McCrath is recognized for M&A by Chambers USA 2017 and Legal 500 US 2017.

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