Robert Townsend is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global M&A Practice Group. He has extensive transactional experience in the fields of M&A, securities law, technology and intellectual property matters, leveraged buyouts, and venture capital.
Mr. Townsend has represented clients in more than 200 public and private company acquisitions, strategic alliances, and financings, including numerous multi-billion dollar transactions. He represents companies operating in a broad range of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, computers, Internet), telecommunications, media, consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, cleantech, energy, and wine. Mr. Townsend has experience in all aspects of M&A, including hostile and friendly public company transactions, public and private tender offers, 13e-3 transactions, carve-outs, and divestitures, and private company acquisitions. Mr. Townsend often advises on complex cross-border transactions, particularly those involving Japan, where he practiced for a number of years. His experience includes advising:
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In addition to his extensive M&A experience, Mr. Townsend has represented numerous public and private companies and investors in corporate and finance matters and regularly advises CEOs, Boards of Directors and Special Committees in strategic and corporate governance issues.
Mr. Townsend is widely recognized for his M&A acumen by leading independent authorities. He is recommended as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, where clients have asserted that he is “highly responsive and provides great client service,” “a highly tactical M&A lawyer with deep expertise in Asian deals,” “extremely knowledgeable about recent trends and cases,” and “widely acknowledged for his expert work in high-value transactions.” Mr. Townsend’s honors include:
In addition to co-chairing the Morrison & Foerster’s Global M&A Practice Group, Mr. Townsend is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, board of directors and Compensation Committee.
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