Chad Rolston advises private and public companies and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on strategic transactions, including: acquisitions, dispositions, carve-outs, joint ventures, controlling and minority investments, growth equity, as well as general corporate matters.

Mr. Rolston regularly advises clients across a range of industries, including:

  • Software
  • Semiconductors
  • Internet and digital media
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Retail and consumer products

Drawing on prior software sales and engineering experience and complementary experience representing both strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in public and private M&A, he has a keen sense of the needs and interests of parties on all sides of a deal. He also advises on significant cross-border transactions with market-leading companies.

Mr. Rolston has represented private equity and strategic clients in a range of public and private mergers and acquisitions, including:

Private Equity Transactions

  • Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing, in a number of transactions, including:
    • The US$1 billion equity funding round by Thrasio
    • Its US$1 billion investment in Reliance Retail Ventures
    • The US$650 million equity funding round by Klarna
    • Its investment in BJYU's
    • Its US$1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms
    • Its acquisition of TEG, Asia Pacific's leading live entertainment and ticketing company
  • GreyLion (formerly PWP Growth Equity), in connection with numerous acquisition and investment transactions
  • Bridgepoint Advisers, in its acquisition with Summit Partners of Calypso Technology, a provider of financial market software solutions
  • Indigo Partners in its acquisition of Frontier Airlines
  • Encore Consumer Capital in its sale of Juice Tyme to Highlander Partners
  • PRA International, a Genstar Capital portfolio company, in its acquisition of ClinStar
  • Technology Crossover Ventures in the sale of XRS Corporation to a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners

Technology Transactions

  • Intuit in numerous transactions, including:
    • US$7.1 billion acquisition of Credit Karma
    • Sale of its Quicken business to H.I.G. Capital
  • OpenTable in its sale to The Priceline Group for US$2.6 billion
  • Starry, a transformative internet service provider, in its US$1.66 billion business combination with FirstMark Horizon
  • Hippo Enterprises, an insurtech provider of home insurance products, in its US$5 billion business combination with Reinvent Technology Partners Z
  • Modernizing Medicine in its acquisition of gMed, Inc. Fandom in its sale of D&D Beyond to Hasbro

Semiconductor Transactions

  • Broadcom in a number of transactions, including:
    • US$37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies of Broadcom Corporation
    • US$6.6 billion acquisition of LSI Corporation
    • US$606 million acquisition of Emulex Corporation
  • Mellanox Technologies in its:
    • US$811 million acquisition of EZchip Semiconductor
    • US$82 million acquisition of Kotura
    • US$48 million acquisition of IPtronics
  • Pericom Semiconductor in its US$413 million sale to Diodes and successful defense against hostile bidder Montage Technology
  • Mattson Technology in its US$300 million sale to Beijing E-Town Capital

Life Sciences Transactions

  • Relypsa in its sale to Galenica for US$1.53 billion
  • Alios BioPharma in its sale to Johnson & Johnson for US$1.75 billion
  • DVS Sciences in its sale to Fluidigm Corp. for US$207.5 million
  • Thoratec Corporation in its acquisition of assets from Terumo Corporation for US$56.5 million
  • Transcept Pharmaceuticals in its reverse merger with Paratek Pharmaceuticals

Strategic Transactions

  • Lucasfilm in its sale to The Walt Disney Company for US$4.05 billion
  • Kimpton Hotels in its sale to the Intercontinental Group for US$430 million

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2007
  • BS, American University, 2000