Denny Kwon

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Denny Kwon

Denny Kwon

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions

EXPERIENCE:

Denny Kwon is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's mergers and acquisitions practice. Denny has represented numerous public and private companies, private equity firms, and investment banks in a wide range of M&A transactions. His transactional experience includes the acquisition and sale of domestic and foreign public companies, private companies, divisions, and other assets for cash, stock, and other consideration, structured as mergers, stock sales, asset sales, mergers of equals, leveraged buy-outs, going-private transactions, tender offers, unsolicited offers, and proxy contests. He also has counseled clients in connection with other strategic transactions, such as spin-offs, joint ventures, and minority investments.

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Highlights:

* Pharmacyclics in its $21 billion acquisition by AbbVie
* MuleSoft in its $6.5 billion acquisition by Salesforce
* AppDynamics in its $3.7 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems
* McAfee in its $7.7 billion acquisition by Intel
* 3PAR in its original agreement to be acquired by Dell for $1.7 billion acquisition, in the unsolicited acquisition proposals from Hewlett-Packard, and in its $2.4 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard

Buy-Side Representations in Public Company Transactions:

* MaxLinear in its $700 million acquisition of Exar
* Coherent in its $942 million acquisition of ROFIN-SINAR Technologies
* Gilead Sciences in its $510 million acquisition of YM Biosciences
* Total in its $1.4 billion negotiated tender offer to acquire 60 percent of the outstanding shares of SunPower
* Microchip Technology in its $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems; $394 million acquisition of Supertex; and $300 million acquisition of Silicon Storage Technology through a go-shop process and subsequent competitive bidding process versus Cerberus Capital Management
* Seagate Technology in its $374 million acquisition of Xyratex

Sell-Side Representations in Public Company Acquisitions:

* OmniVision Technologies in its $1.9 billion acquisition by Hua Capital Management, CITIC Capital, and GoldStone Investment
* Astex Pharmaceuticals in its $866 million acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceutical
* Isilon Systems in its $2.5 billion acquisition by EMC
* 3Com in its $3.3 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard
* Varian in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Agilent Technologies

Buy-Side Representations in Private Company Acquisitions:

* Google in approximately 30 transactions, including its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs and $555 million acquisition of Dropcam
* Salesforce in five acquisitions in 2016, including its $700 million acquisition of Krux
* ServiceNow in six acquisitions since 2016
* Nutanix in four acquisitions since 2016
* Numerous other public and private companies in their acquisitions, including BloomReach, E2open, Instacart, MINDBODY, MongoDB, Mozilla, MuleSoft, Palo Alto Networks, Quotient Technology, and Zynga
* Micron Technology in its $1.2 billion all-stock acquisition of Numonyx

Sell-Side Representations in Private Company Acquisitions:

* Velocloud in its acquisition by VMware
* Cyence in its $275 million acquisition by Guidewire Software
* Silego Technology in its acquisition by Dialog Semiconductor for up to $306.4 million
* Recommind in its $165 million acquisition by OpenText
* Ravello Systems in its acquisition by Oracle
* Vormetric in its $400 million acquisition by Thales
* Accel Partners (lead investor) in PayPal's $800 million acquisition of Braintree
* hybris in its > $1 billion acquisition by SAP
* iWatt in its acquisition by Dialog Semiconductor for up to $345 million
* Calistoga Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Gilead Sciences for up to $600 million
* CoreValve in its acquisition by Medtronic for up to $850 million

Private Equity Transactions:

* Capsilon in its recapitalization and investment by Francisco Partners
* E2open in its $273 million acquisition by Insight Venture Partners
* Aicent (a TA Associates portfolio company) in its $290 million acquisition by Syniverse; and in its recapitalization and investment by TA Associates
* Service Repair Solutions (a Warburg Pincus portfolio company) in its acquisition by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
* Epic Games in connection with the investment by Tencent
* Skullcandy in connection with its recapitalization and investment by Goode Partners

EDUCATION:
* J.D., New York University School of Law, 1999
* B.A., Dartmouth College, 1996

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
* "Co-author with R. Ishii and R. McLeod, "Takeover, Interrupted," Corporate Board Member, September 2012
* "Co-author with D. Schnell and D. Segre, "Clarification for Quasi-California Corps," Daily Journal, September 6, 2012
* "Shifting the Risk: An Evolving Approach to Financing Contingencies in LBO Acquisitions," The M&A Lawyer, March 2006

ADMISSIONS:
* State Bar of California
* State Bar of New York

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Denny Kwon
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1999

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

BA
Class of 1996

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Career History
Partner
2019 - Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Partner
2011 - 2019

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.

Attorney
Prior

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Stellar Acquisition III, Inc. purchases Phunware, Inc. from Samsung Venture Investment Corp., Narra Venture Capital, Maxima Capital Management, Inc., The Central Texas Angel Network, Wavemaker Partners LLC, Wild Basin Investments LLC, Fraser McCombs Capital, Cisco Investments, PLDT Capital, Firsthand Capital Management - Venture Capital

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Salesforce.com, Inc. purchases MuleSoft, Inc.

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Nutanix, Inc. purchases Netsil, Inc. from Mayfield Fund LLC, StartUp PHL, Plug & Play Venture Group LLC, Moment Ventures LLC, Engineering Capital LLC

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
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