O’Melveny Expands in California with Wilson Sonsini Partner (1)

July 26, 2021, 3:57 PM; Updated: July 26, 2021, 8:08 PM

O’Melveny & Myers is continuing its expansion in Northern California with the addition of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati technology dealmaker Bradley Finkelstein in Silicon Valley.

Finkelstein, a longtime Wilson Sonsini partner, has more than 20 years of experience representing technology and financial companies in negotiated and hostile corporate transactions, governance and disclosure matters, and debt and equity financings.

His hire comes as tech deals and overall M&A continue to soar, especially in Silicon Valley, and law firms bulk up their teams to handle the increased work.

Finkelstein has advised major technology companies on high-profile M&A deals, including LinkedIn on its $26 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corp., Altera Corp. on its $17 billion acquisition by Intel Corp., Brocade Communication Systems Inc. on its $5.5 billion acquisition by Broadcom Limited, and Hewlett-Packard in its acquisition of Compaq Computer for $25 billion in stock.

He also represented Twitter on its resolution of an activist campaign launched by investor Elliott Management Corp. which sought to oust Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

Finkelstein is “one of the most senior known dealmakers in the Valley,” said David Makarechian, chair of O’Melveny’s emerging technologies group and head of O’Melveny’s Northern California corporate department, in an interview with Bloomberg Law.

“Northern California and technology in particular is a critical practice area for us and our strategic plan, so to grow our practice here in Northern California with one of the top practitioners in the sector is entirely consistent with what we’re trying to do,” Makarechian said.

Finkelstein said in an interview that O’Melveny’s “fantastic” M&A practice nationwide is in the midst of growth, including in Silicon Valley, which drove him to join the firm, along with the opportunity to widen his own reach. He noted O’Melveny’s long-established Los Angeles entertainment practice as well as its recent entry into the Texas legal market.

“As I’ve practiced out here in Silicon Valley, technology used to be a niche practice, now there’s no company that doesn’t say it’s a technology company, so I look forward to broadening my practice actually a little bit,” Finkelstein said.

Like many other Big Law firms, O’Melveny has lately endeavored to build up its tech-facing practices to serve a burgeoning client base. Finkelstein’s hire comes weeks after the addition of technology partners Adit Khorana from Cooley in Silicon Valley and Daniel Wu from Fox Rothschild in Century City, Calif. and Los Angeles.

Finkelstein said continued expansion in Silicon Valley will benefit O’Melveny as Washington’s scrutiny of tech companies grows, and antitrust and Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. issues become more prominent under the Biden administration.

Beyond the West Coast, the firm in June opened a pair of offices in Austin and Dallas with lawyers from Thompson & Knight and Norton Rose Fulbright, respectively.

(Updated with comments from Finkelstein and Makarechian throughout)

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

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