Todd Cleary

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Todd Cleary

Todd Cleary

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Biography

Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions

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Todd Cleary is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Todd's practice primarily focuses on buyout and investment transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; leveraged buyouts; spin-offs and carve-outs; restructurings and recapitalizations; and growth and later-stage financings. He has represented many prominent enterprises in technology and other markets and is a leading partner in the firm's private equity practice. Todd also serves as counsel to leading investment banks in connection with M&A advisory engagements. In addition, he serves as lead counsel for general corporate and securities matters for a select group of public and private companies.

Todd previously served as a vice president in technology mergers and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2001.

Todd is currently a co-chair of the firm's Career Development Committee.

SELECT TRANSACTIONS:
* Answers in its 2014 sale to Apax Partners and its 2013 acquisitions of ForeSee Results and Webcollage
* Blue Coat Systems in its 2015 $2.4 billion sale to Bain Capital and its 2013 acquisitions of Solera Networks and the SSL appliance product line of Netronome
* Credit Suisse in its role as financial advisor to Intel in its 2014 $650 million purchase of assets from Avago
* Cypress Semiconductor in its 2008 $3.6 billion spin-off of SunPower
* Electronic Arts in its 2011 acquisition of PopCap Games for up to $1.3 billion, its 2009 acquisition of Playfish for up to $400 million, and its 2007 acquisition of VG Holdings (owner of the BioWare and Pandemic video game studios) for $775 million
* FanDuel in its 2016 merger with DraftKings
* General Atlantic in its 2012 $100 million investment in Box and its 2012 $60 million investment in Appirio
* Goldman Sachs in its role as financial advisor to Lam Research in its 2011 $3.3 billion acquisition of Novellus Systems
* Google in its 2007 $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick
* The Gores Group in the 2011 PIPE investment by its portfolio company, Siemens Enterprise Networks, in InContact and the 2013 disposition of that investment in an underwritten transaction
* Juniper Networks in its 2010 $152 million acquisition of Trapeze Networks from Belden
* KKR in its 2016 acquisition of Calabrio, its 2016 investment in Go-Jek, its 2015 investment in FanDuel, its 2015 investment in DoubleDutch, its 2015 investment in Transphorm, its 2014 investment in Next Issue Media, its 2014 investment in Savant Systems, its 2014 investment in Magic Leap, and its 2012 investment in Sonos
* The McClatchy Company in its 2006 $4.5 billion acquisition of Knight-Ridder and its subsequent divestiture of 12 Knight-Ridder newspaper businesses to multiple buyers
* Morgan Stanley in its role as financial advisor to: Actuate in its 2015 $330 million sale to Open Text, Saba Software in its 2015 $268 million sale to Vector Capital, Accelrys in its 2014 $750 million sale to Dassault Systémes, Conversant in its 2014 $2.3 billion sale to Alliance Data Systems, and Quest Software in its 2012 $2.4 billion sale to Dell
* Oak Hill Capital Partners in its 2011 acquisition of Intermedia.net and Intermedia in its 2016 sale to Madison Dearborn Partners
* PayLease in its 2014 sale to Francisco Partners
* salesforce.com in its 2016 $700 million acquisition of Krux, its 2013 $2.5 billion acquisition of ExactTarget, and its 2010 $212 million acquisition of Heroku
* Silver Lake in its 2011 investment in Groupon
* Silver Lake Kraftwerk in its 2014 investment in FATHOM Water Management and its 2013 investment in Eka Software Solutions
* Sprinkles Cupcakes in its 2013 sale to KarpReilly
* Sun Microsystems in its 2009 $7.4 billion sale to Oracle, its 2007 $700 million issuance of convertible notes to KKR, and its 2005 $4.1 billion acquisition of Storage Technology
* Sunrun in its 2014 acquisition of Mainstream Energy
* Thoma Bravo in its 2015 acquisition of PowerPlan
* TPG Growth in its 2016 investment in C3 IoT, its 2013 role as lead investor for a $100 million financing of Evolent Health and the 2011 acquisition by its portfolio company, Schiff Nutrition, of a probiotic business of Ganeden Biotech

EDUCATION:
* J.D., Stanford Law School, 1995
* B.A., Behavioral Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, Graduated with General and Departmental Distinction

HONORS:
* Recognized in the 2012-2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
* Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US

ADMISSIONS:
* State Bar of California

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1995

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

B.A. in Behavioral Biology with General & Departmental Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1991

The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. "What are we aiming at?" Gilman asked in his installation address. "The encouragement of research ... and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell." The mission laid out by Gilman remains the university's mission today, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: "Knowledge for the world." What Gilman created was a research university, dedicated to advancing both students' knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. Gilman believed that teaching and research are interdependent, that success in one depends on success in the other. A modern university, he believed, must do both well. The realization of Gilman's philosophy at Johns Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Johns Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the research university system as it exists today. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Eminent professors mentor top students in the arts and music, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, engineering, international studies, education, business and the health professions. Those same faculty members, and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory, have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area. The Applied Physics Laboratory is a division of the university co-equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL, located between Baltimore and Washington, supports national security and also pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development. Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia. When considered in partnership with its sister institution, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, the university is Maryland's largest employer and contributes more than $10 billion a year to the state's economy

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.

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

Vice President, Technology Mergers & Acquisitions
1999 - 2001

Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS&Co.), a limited partnership registered as a U.S. broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, together with its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, the firm), is an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Group Inc.), a Delaware corporation. The firm is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

Transactions
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VMware, Inc. purchases Pivotal Software, Inc. from Dell Technologies, Inc.

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Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. purchases Cray, Inc.

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Alpine Investors purchases Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. /Riverside Test Business from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co.

Awards & Honors
2018
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2017
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
2016
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
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