Lisa A. Fontenot is a corporate partner in Gibson Dunn's Palo Alto office advising clients as to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance matters for over two decades.

Ms. Fontenot counsels clients across a variety of industries, including some of the world's leading technology companies and innovative startups, with particular expertise in the media, entertainment and technology sector. Ms. Fontenot advises on issues ranging from securities disclosure and governance to strategic matters, including public and private M&A. She has extensive experience representing both U.S. and foreign buyers and sellers successfully completing cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. Ms. Fontenot also represents private equity/venture capital firms in connection with their investment in, and equity dispositions of, portfolio companies and related securities matters.

Ms. Fontenot is Editor of A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules (Wolters Kluwer) and author of the chapter "Audit Committee Disclosures." She appears regularly as a speaker at continuing legal education programs about securities and transactional matters. 

Ms. Fontenot was named a 2016 Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder – San Francisco, is recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is on the shortlist for the "Best in Media and Entertainment" Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Award 2017. Ms. Fontenot serves on the Board of Directors of UPWARD and Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Fontenot received her J.D., Order of the Coif, and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Representative M&A Transactions

  • Actian - acquisition of Versant Corporation (NASDAQ: VSNT).
  • Adept - tender offer of Adept (NASDAQ: ADEP) by Omron Corporation, a Japanese corporation; acquisitions of Denmark-based InMoTx, MobileRobots, NanoMotion, Pensar-Tucson, Meta Control Technologies, HexaVision Technologies and Chad Industries.
  • Amazon - acquisition of Canadian corporation Abebooks.
  • Cadence Design Systems - $253mn "White Knight" acquisition of Quickturn Design Systems (NASDAQ: QDSI), the subject of a hostile tender offer by Mentor Graphics; $300mn acquisition of Simplex Solutions (NASDAQ: SPLX);  merger with CadMOS Design Technology.
  • Del Monte - acquisition of Agrilink Foods assets.
  • GE Power Systems - acquisitions of Praxis Engineers and Bently Nevada Corporation.
  • Giga-tronics - mergers with Microsource and Ultracision.
  • Graphisoft N.V. - acquisition of Drawbase Software by Hungary-based Dutch corporation.
  • Gores - acquisition of high-pressure waterjets business of Avure Technologies from Flow International Corporation.
  • Infineon - acquisition of DSL-CPE business from Texas Instruments; $450mn plus earnout, acquisition of cellular/satellite receiver business from LSI Corporation; and merger with Primarion.
  • Macrospace, Ltd. - sale of U.K. gaming company to Glu Mobile.
  • Medem - sale of iHealth assets to Medfusion and sale of Health Care Notification Network to Lee Equity Partners' PDR Network.
  • Nortel - acquisition of Tasman Networks.
  • PeopleSoft - cash/stock tender offer of J.D. Edwards & Company (NASDAQ: JDEC); $10bn hostile takeover of PeopleSoft (NASDAQ: PSFT) by Oracle.
  • Playdom - up to $760mn sale to Disney Interactive.
  • Playfish Ltd. - up to $375mn sale to Electronic Arts.
  • Power Factors - sale to Oaktree Capital's Solarrus.
  • Public technology company - acquisition of private Irish technology company; Finnish, French and US asset divestitures; acquisition of a private Canadian corporation; acquisition of German/Dutch technology company; equity investment in public company (Amsterdam Euronext/NASDAQ); acquisition of private Netherlands company; acquisition of assets from Japanese corporation; carve-out acquisition from U.S. public company;  joint venture with technology company and private equity firm and subsequent sale of JV entity; carve-out divestiture to Caymans technology company; acquisition of U.K.-based business from Canadian company; and other asset acquisitions and mergers with private companies.
  • THQ - several game studio acquisitions.
  • Transamerica Finance Corporation - sale of Transamerica Home First.
  • Washington Mutual Bank - acquisition of Industrial Bank.
  • Zynga - acquisitions of Spooky Cool Labs, Zindagi Games, PuzzleSocial and Harpan.

Representative Private Equity/Strategic Investments and Dispositions

  • Adept - strategic common stock and PIPE financings.
  • Cadence Design Systems - equity and convertible debt investments in several private companies.
  • Gryphon Investors - restructuring and debt and equity financings of Celerity Group.
  • Initial Capital - sale of equity of Supercell Oy to Softbank; merger of Nexmo with Vonage Holdings; private equity investment.
  • M8 Capital - lead venture capital investments in preferred stock and/or convertible notes.
  • Medem - preferred stock and convertible note financings and sale of equity investment to a private equity firm.
  • Public technology company - equity investments and debt financings in numerous private companies and a public company (Amsterdam Euronext/NASDAQ).
  • Valchemy - preferred stock and convertible note financings.
  • Xilinx - equity investments in private companies and funds.
  • Several private mobile gaming company equity financings.

Representative Public Offerings

  • Next Games - IPO and private placements.
  • Adept - multiple registered common stock offerings and 2016 registered direct offering.
  • Graphisoft N.V. (Representing Deutsche Bank) - IPO.
  • Harrah's Entertainment (Representing Morgan Stanley) - Senior Debt offerings.
  • HP - 144A Zero Coupon Subordinated Notes offering.
  • Lexar Media (Representing JPMorgan Chase) - IPO.
  • THQ - registered common stock offerings.
  • Public technology company - Puerto Rican Bond offering.
  • Whole Foods Market (Representing Morgan Stanley) - 144A Zero Coupon Note offering.
  • Proposed IPO's of CRL Networks and Interpacket Networks and spinoff and proposed IPO of Tality from Cadence Design Systems.


  • University of Virginia - 1994 - Juris Doctor
  • University of Virginia - 1994 - Master of Arts
  • Georgetown University - 1990 - Bachelor of Science


  • California Bar