Lisa A. Fontenot has advised clients as to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance matters for over two decades.
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.
She 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 counsels 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 investors 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 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 bookseller Abebooks.
- AT&T Services – acquisition of Brocade communications technology assets.
- 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.
- Fortune 100 technology company – acquisition of Irish computer vision and AI technology company; Finnish, French and US firewall asset divestitures; acquisition of Canadian digital identity management software company; acquisition of German communications technology company; equity investment in Dutch technology equipment manufacturing company (Amsterdam Euronext/NASDAQ); acquisition of Dutch parallel processing technology company; acquisition of RF assets from Japanese corporation; carve-out cable modem acquisition from U.S. public company; joint venture with technology company and private equity firm and subsequent sale of JV; carve-out communications technology divestiture to Caymans buyer; acquisition of digital broadcast technology business from Canadian seller; and other asset acquisitions and mergers with private companies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Playfish Ltd. – up to $375mn sale to Electronic Arts.
- Power Factors – sale to Oaktree Capital’s Solarrus.
- THQ - several game studio acquisitions.
- Zynga – acquisitions of Spooky Cool Labs, Zindagi Games, PuzzleSocial, Harpan and assets of Peak Games.