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Michael G. O'Bryan

Partner | San Francisco


Represented VMware in its US$26 per share cash tender offer for cybersecurity company Carbon Black, Inc., representing an equity value of US$2.3 billion for Carbon Black.

Advised Xpansiv Data Systems, Inc. in its merger with Commodity Bourses Limited (CBL), an Australian company operating as CBL Markets.

Represented MTY Food Group, a leading franchisor in the North American restaurant industry, in its acquisition of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc., a franchisor and operator of the largest Take ‘n’ Bake pizza brand and the fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.

Represented Spark Networks, a leading global dating company with a portfolio of premium brands, in its merger with Affinitas GmbH and acquisition of Zoosk.

Represented VMware in its structuring and negotiations with Dell, the world’s largest private technology company, in connection with Dell’s recap transaction involving the exchange of Dell’s VMware tracking stock for Dell’s Class C common stock and cash. The majority of the funding for the cash portion of the exchange transaction consisted of proceeds from VMware’s US$11 billion pro rata special dividend to all holders of VMware common stock.

Represented Takara Bio, Inc. in the company’s acquisition of publicly–held genomics technology company WaferGen Bio–systems.

Represented Tsinghua Unigroup, in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Shanghai–based fabless IC developer Spreadtrum, one of China’s leading semiconductor companies.

Represented Altera Corporation, in its $141 million acquisition of power conversion systems‑on‑chip (PowerSoCs) provider Enpirion, Inc.

Represented the Special Committee of 99 Cents Only Stores, in a $1.6 billion “going private” transaction.

Represented Sonic Solutions, in its $720 million acquisition by Rovi Corporation.

Ranked for Corporate/M&A in Northern California

Chambers USA 2023

Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers in America, 2021