Michael S. Ringler

Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Michael S. Ringler

Michael S. Ringler

Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Biography

Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions

EXPERIENCE:

Mike Ringler is a senior partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he primarily advises boards, special committees, and management teams on complex strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other transformative business transactions. Mike also regularly advises boards and special committees when confronting challenges to corporate control, including unsolicited acquisition proposals, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, and shareholder activism. Mike has been ranked by Chambers USA since 2008, listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010, and recognized on many occasions as a leader in his field by national and statewide publications, including The American Lawyer, The New York Times, and California's Daily Journal.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* F5 Networks in its $670 million acquisition of Nginx
* Apptio in its $2 billion sale to Vista Equity Partners
* Electro Scientific Industries in its $1.1 billion sale to MKS Instruments
* CA Technologies in its $19 billion sale to Broadcom
* Acxiom in the $2.3 billion sale of its AMS division to The Interpublic Group
* MuleSoft in its $7 billion sale to salesforce.com
* Flatiron Health in its $2 billion sale to Roche
* Barracuda Networks in its $1.6 billion sale to Thoma Bravo
* Gigamon in its $1.6 billion sale to Evergreen Coast Capital (an affiliate of Elliott Associates)
* AppDynamics in its $3.8 billion sale to Cisco
* More transactions
* Please see wsgr.com for a complete list of transactions.

HONORS:
* Recognized in the Corporate/M&A category of the 2019 edition of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
* Named in the Daily Journal's 2018 list of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California"
* Named in the 2008-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as an "exceptional M&A lawyer" who is held in "high esteem by clients and peers alike"
* Named in the 2010-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America
* Named in the 2011-2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions
* Honored as the 2017 M&A "Lawyer of the Year" for San Francisco by Best Lawyers
* Honored as a "2015 Dealmaker of the Year" by The American Lawyer for advising online real estate company Trulia in its $3.5 billion merger with Zillow
* Honored as an M&A "Top Innovator" by the Daily Journal in 2015
* Named in the Daily Journal's 2015 list of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California"
* Named in the Daily Journal's 2012 list of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California"
* Honored as a 2010 "Attorney of the Year" by The Recorder (an affiliate of The American Lawyer) for his work as the lead advisor to 3PAR in its sale to Hewlett-Packard following a bidding war with Dell
* Recognized in the 2007-2009 editions of Who's Who Legal: California
* Recognized in the October 2, 2007 New York Times as among the "next generation of deal makers" in the "facebook of Wall Street's future"
* Selected for inclusion in the Daily Journal's 2007 list of the "Top 20 under 40" lawyers in California
* Named a 2007 and 2008 "AO Top Dealmaker" in the field of corporate law by AlwaysOn and KPMG
* Named in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
* Member, Editorial Board, The M&A Lawyer

ADMISSIONS:
* State Bar of California

EDUCATION:
* J.D., Georgetown University, 1995
* B.S., University of Michigan, 1992

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Michael S. Ringler
Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Education
JD Degree
Class of 1995

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

BS Degree
Class of 1992

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

J.D. Unknown

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

Memberships
Member
Current

State Bar is currently governed by a 23-member Board of Trustees.State Bar of California is by far the largest state bar in the country. Nearly 179,000 State Bar members actively practice law in California, while the rest retain their licenses as inactive members.State Bar of California is the only state bar in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar those attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes. For lesser offenses, it may issue public or private reprovals.

Career History
Attorney
2019 - Current

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Partner
Prior - 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.

Partner
2013 - Prior

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides legal services. The company counsels clients in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Transactions
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Elastic NV purchases Endgame, Inc. from Columbia Capital, LLC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC, Paladin Capital Group, Bessemer Venture Partners, TechOperators LLC, Mithril Capital Management LLC

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Tesla, Inc. purchases Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

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F5 Networks, Inc. purchases NGINX Software, Inc. from MSD Capital LP, New Enterprise Associates, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Runa Capital/RU, e-Ventures, Index Ventures SA, Telstra Ventures, Blue Cloud Management LLC

Awards & Honors
2010
The Recorder - Attorney of the Year
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
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