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Palo Alto, CA 94304-1211

Gregory T. Davidson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Palo Alto office and Co-Chair of the firm's Emerging Technologies Practice Group. Mr. Davidson's corporate practice includes extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, corporate finance and general business law matters. He regularly advises public company clients in connection with SEC filings, public disclosure, corporate governance and other securities laws matters.

Mr. Davidson also represents venture capitalists and corporate strategic investors, as well as companies, in connection with private placements of equity and debt, and he counsels start-up and emerging growth companies in all aspects of their corporate legal requirements.

Mr. Davidson represented Intel Capital in connection with its $600 million investment in Clearwire, a WiMAX company, in what was at the time the largest ever venture capital transaction.  Later, he again represented Intel Capital in connection with its $1 billion investment in the entity formed from the merger of Sprint’s WiMAX business and Clearwire, and in connection with its additional investment in Clearwire.  He served as counsel to Accuray Incorporated, which develops the CyberKnife radiosurgery system, with respect to its strategic alliance agreement with Siemens and its merger agreement with TomoTherapy.  He also represented Allergan in connection with its collaboration and co-promotion agreements with, and subsequent acquisition of, MAP Pharmaceuticals.  In addition, he represented MTC Holdings, a port terminal operator, in connection with its acquisition by Highstar Capital private equity fund. 

In addition to co-chairing the Emerging Technologies Practice Group, Mr. Davidson is a member of each of Gibson, Dunn’s Corporate Transactions, M&A, Capital Markets, and Private Equity Practice Groups. His work also has included significant executive compensation and equity plan matters.

Mr. Davidson is named in Chambers USA – American Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leader for his mergers and acquisitions practice and his venture capital practice.

Mr. Davidson joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1988 after earning his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He received his Bachelor's degree with distinction in political science and economics from Stanford University in 1985. Mr. Davidson worked for four years in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Orange County office before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way Silicon Valley.

Representative Transactions Handled by Gregory T. Davidson

Selected Mergers and Acquisitions

Intel Corporation

  • Simultaneous merger of Clearwire Corporation and Sprint-Nextel’s WiMAX business and investment by Intel and others in the combined entity
  • Acquisition of Telmap, an Israeli location-based services provider
  • Sale of Numonyx Holdings (a joint venture of Intel, STMicroelectronics) to Micron Technology
  • Various acquisitions of strategic target companies

Xilinx, Inc.

  • Acquisition of AccelChip, a provider of synthesis software tools for building digital signal processing (DSP) systems
  • Acquisition of Hier Design, a developer of hierarchical floor planning and analysis software for FPGAs
  • Acquisition of Triscend, a developer of field configurable systems-on-chip devices
  • Acquisition of MI Acquisition, a software tools developer
  • Acquisition of Philips Semiconductors' line of low-power CPLDs
  • Acquisition of TSI Telysys, a software tools developer

Allergan, Inc.

  • Acquisition of MAP Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company
  • Acquisition of Aczone® product line from QLT

Accuray Incorporated

  • Acquisition of TomoTherapy Incorporated, a radiation therapy company
  • Acquisition of Mophormics, Inc., a medical imaging technology company 

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

  • Acquisition of Peplin Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, by LEO Pharma

St. Jude Medical

  • Acquisition of Savacor, a developer of heart failure diagnostic and therapy guidance products

PeopleSoft, Inc.

  • Acquisition of PeopleSoft by Oracle Corporation
  • Acquisition of Salerno Manufacturing Systems, a software developer
  • Acquisition of TriMark Technologies, an insurance software product developer

Building Materials Holding Corporation (BMC Select)

  • Numerous acquisitions of building materials and construction services providers

MTC Holdings/Marine Terminals Corporation

  • Acquisition of MTC Holdings, a port terminal operator, by Highstar Capital private equity fund
  • Various acquisitions of port terminal operators

Broadlane, Inc.

  • Numerous acquisitions of health care purchasing companies and related businesses

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

  • Acquisition of eVitro, Inc., a digital learning company

Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin Capital

  • Various transactions

EMC Corporation

  • Various acquisitions (local counsel)

Western Digital Corporation

  • Sale of disk media business to Komag
  • Sale of local area network business to Standard Microsystems
  • Sale of multimedia products unit to Philips Semiconductors
  • Sale of connectivity solutions group to Adaptec

Hostile Takeovers

PeopleSoft, Inc. – hostile tender offer by Oracle Corporation for $10.3 billion.

Selected Venture Capital and Other Private Financing Transactions

  • Intel Corporation and Intel Capital – numerous equity investments in high technology companies and related technology licensing agreements
  • Xilinx, Inc. – numerous equity investments in strategic companies
  • Bio One Capital Pte Ltd. – represent a subsidiary of EDB Investments, the equity investment arm of the Singapore Development Board, in connection with its investments in multiple companies
  • Accuray Incorporated -- numerous equity investments in medical technology companies
  • Shazam Entertainment Ltd.  – U.S. counsel to Shazam in connection with $32 million venture capital financing 
  • Vision Capital – numerous venture capital investments
  • St. Jude Medical – numerous equity investments in medical device and medical technology companies
  • GE Medical Systems – numerous equity investments in medical device and medical technology companies and related distribution agreements
  • Broadlane, Inc. – convertible preferred and common stock financing
  • Cadence Design Systems – numerous equity investments in strategic companies
  • Rustic Canyon Partners – numerous venture capital investments
  • Trinity Ventures – Series D Preferred Stock investment in Jobster
  • Mobility Network Systems – Series B and Series C Preferred Stock financings
  • Àccom, Inc. – a public company – private equity financing and a private convertible debt financing

Selected Public Financing Transactions

Certicom, Inc., a Canadian encryption technology company

  • A simultaneous Canadian and Nasdaq public offering on Form F-10
  • A simultaneous Canadian public offering and US private offering

Leasing Solutions, Inc., a lessor of computer and communications equipment

  • LSI's initial public offering of its common stock
  • LSI's secondary (follow-on) public offering of its common stock

Building Materials Holding Corporation – secondary (follow-on) offering of its common stock


  • Gryphon Investors – Sale of Celerity Group and recapitalization of Kinetics Systems
  • Building Materials Holding Corporation – Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

Start-Up Companies

  • Broadlane, Inc. (e-commerce healthcare supplies marketplace)
  • Mobility Network Systems, Inc. (wireless technology)
  • eCash Technologies, Inc. (electronic cash company)
  • Alventive, Inc. (e-engineering design integration)

Other Contract Negotiation

GE Healthcare (formerly GE Medical Systems)

  • A production agreement for an amorphous silicon flat panel X-ray imaging detector with EG&G
  • A distributor agreement for hardware and software products to aid mammography screening process with R2 Technology
  • An operating agreement with Neoforma.com

Allergan, Inc.

  • Collaboration agreement and co-promotion agreement with MAP Pharmaceuticals relating to acute migraine drug
  • License and collaboration agreement and discovery alliance agreement with Molecular Partners relating to pharmaceutical products for retinal diseases

Accuray Incorporated

  • Strategic alliance agreement with Siemens
  • License agreement with CyberHeart

Tenet Healthcare Corporation – formation of a joint venture with Ventro Corporation to create business-to-business e-commerce marketplace for the healthcare supply industry (Broadlane)

MTC Holdings/Marine Terminals Corporation – various joint ventures

Thoratec Corporation – licensing, distribution and supply agreements

Western Digital Corporation – broad-based hard disk drive component supply and technology licensing agreements with IBM Corporation

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