Mr. Freese was honored as an "Attorney of the Year" for 2012 for his lead role in advising Lucasfilm Ltd. in its US$4.05 billion sale to the Walt Disney Company and Schiff Nutrition International in its US$1.4 billion sale to Reckitt Benckiser Group.The Recorder 2013

Tad J. Freese

Silicon Valley
  • 140 Scott Drive
  • Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • USA

Tad Freese represents a broad range of high technology companies, investment banks, and other public and private companies in their corporate transactions. He is the Managing Partner of Latham's Silicon Valley office, and was previously a Vice Chair of Latham's Global Corporate Department. 

Mr. Freese's practice centers on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Public and private securities offerings
  • Public and private company representation

Mr. Freese’s clients include Advanced Micro Devices, CH2M Hill, Extreme Networks, Impax Laboratories, Hortonworks, Virgin America, Cree, Xcerra Corporation, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays and e.l.f. Beauty. His transactions include advising:

  • Advanced Micro Devices
    • Numerous equity and debt financings
    • Acquisitions of ATI Technologies and SeaMicro
    • Joint venture with ATIC to form GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    • Joint venture with Fujitsu Limited to create Spansion
    • Sale of its communication products, handheld and dtv divisions
  • BofA, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and other investment banks in numerous IPOs, other debt and equity offerings and M&A matters, including IPOs for Twilio, Arista Networks and  Angie's List, SunEdison Semiconductor and Wageworks
  • e.l.f. Beauty in its IPO
  • Extreme Networks in its acquisition of Zebra's wireless LAN business and Avaya's networking business  
  • Lucasfilm
    • Divestiture of THX 
    • Sale to The Walt Disney Company
  • Mentor Graphics in numerous debt offerings and acquisitions
  • Schiff Nutrition
    • Acquisition of Airborne
    • Sale to Reckitt Benckiser PLC
  • Pericom Semiconductor in its acquisition by Diodes Inc.
  • SMART Global Holdings IPO
  • Spansion in its IPO, high yield offerings, convertible note offering, follow-on offerings, fab sale, acquisition of Fujitsu's microcontroller business, and sale to Cypress
  • Virgin America in its IPO and sale to Alaska Airlines
  • Xyratex in various acquisitions, including nStor Technologies, as well as its sale to Seagate
  • Yahoo! in its acquisition of Summly
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