John A. Fore

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

John A. Fore

John A. Fore

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Biography

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

John Fore has been a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 1990, where he co-leads the firm's finance and structured finance practice. John has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and has worked on a large number of public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, representing both acquirer and target companies, as well as private equity firms. In addition, his practice includes a broad range of public and private equity and debt financing transactions, representing both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters and placement agents in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, telecommunications, biotechnology, clean tech, health care, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He has also worked on a large number of joint ventures, spin-outs, PIPEs and venture capital financings.

John currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee and is a former member of the firm's board of directors.

SELECT TRANSACTIONS:
* Adobe Systems in its $1.0 billion offering of senior notes
* Amkor in offerings of over $3.0 billion of senior and convertible senior notes
* Applied Materials in its $1.75 billion offering of senior notes
* Cypress Semiconductor in its acquisition of SunPower
* Eastman Kodak in its placement of $500 million of senior secured notes and $300 million senior secured notes to K.K.R.
* Genentech in its offering of $2 billion of senior notes
* Francisco Partners in its $420 million acquisition of Metrologic Instruments and its subsequent $720 million sale to Honeywell
* Freescale Semiconductor in its $19 billion sale to a private equity consortium led by The Blackstone Group and the related the tender offers/consent solicitations with respect to $850 million in senior
* The GoDaddy Group in its $2.25 billion sale to K.K.R, Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures and the related issuance of $300 million of senior notes
* Hewlett-Packard in its offerings of over $15 billion of senior notes
* Linear Technology in its offering of $1.7 billion of convertible senior notes
* Micron Technology in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida Memory, Inc. out of bankruptcy
* Micron Technology in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Numonyx from Intel Corporation, ST Microelectronics B.V. and Francisco Partners
* Micron Technology in its $400 million acquisition of shares of Inotera Memories, a Taiwanese joint venture, from Qimonda AG
* Micron Technology in its purchase of U.S. wafer fab facilities from Toshiba
* Micron Technology in its $1.8 billion acquisition of the semiconductor memory manufacturing business of Texas Instruments
* Micron Technology in its offerings of over $6 billion of convertible senior notes and over $3.7 billion of senior notes
* NetApp in its offerings of over $1.5 billion of senior notes and $1.1 billion of convertible senior notes
* Netflix in its offerings of over $2.6 billion of senior notes and over $200 million zero coupon senior convertible notes
* Nuance Communications in its offerings of $700 million senior notes and $600 million of senior convertible debentures
* salesforce.com in its offering of $1.15 billion of convertible senior notes
* Serena Software its $1.2 billion sale to a private equity consortium led by Silver Lake Partners
* Sun Microsystems it is $700 million placement of convertible notes to K.K.R.
* SVB Financial Group in offerings of over $1.6 billion of senior and subordinated notes and $250 million of convertible senior notes
* Tesla Motors in its offerings of over $2.9 billion of senior convertible notes
* Tibco Software in its offering of $525 million of convertible senior notes

EDUCATION:
* J.D., New York University School of Law, 1983
* B.A., Yale University, 1979
Cum Laude

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
* Member, Corporations Committee, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California

HONORS:
* Named in the 2006-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America
* Named in the 2005-2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
* Recognized in the 2004-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which he is praised for his "great perspective" and "expert" representation of tech and telecommunication companies

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

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John A. Fore
Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Education
JD
Class of 1983

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, cum laude
Class of 1979

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Partner
Current

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.

Partner
Current

WS Investment Management Co. has significant expertise in the technology, life sciences, and clean technology sectors.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2004 - Prior

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.

Transactions
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Broadcom, Inc. purchases CA Technologies

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Micron Technology, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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Gartner, Inc. purchases CEB, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2018
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2018
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2018
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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