Recognized by MergerLinks as the Top Technology Lawyer in North America, as well as one of the Top M&A Lawyers in North America

Tad J. Freese

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

Tad Freese represents technology companies, investment banks, and other public and private companies in their corporate transactions. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office, and previously served as Vice Chair of Latham’s Global Corporate Department.

Mr. Freese helps clients navigate both significant transactions and key strategic legal issues to enable them to grow and succeed. Specifically, he advises on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Other public and private debt and equity securities offerings
  • Corporate governance issues
  • Public company disclosure issues
  • Federal and state securities law compliance

Mr. Freese draws on more than 25 years of experience at Latham, advising technology companies in Silicon Valley through all market conditions. He has also advised all of the major investment banks on IPOs (for example: Angie’s List, Arista Networks, SurveyMonkey, Twilio, and Wageworks) as well as other significant transactions.

Mr. Freese’s representative clients include:

  • 8x8
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Airbnb
  • CH2M Hill
  • Corsair Components
  • Cree
  • e.l.f. Beauty
  • Extreme Networks
  • Hippo Insurance
  • Hortonworks
  • Impax Laboratories
  • Lucasfilm
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Pivotal Software
  • Postmates
  • Slack
  • Quantum Corp.
  • Virgin America
  • Xcerra Corporation

He has advised clients on hundreds of transactions. Representative significant transactions include:

  • Advanced Micro Devices in its: 
    • US$35 billion acquisition of Xilinx
    • Acquisitions of ATI Technologies and SeaMicro
    • More than US$5 billion of equity and debt financings
    • Sales of AMD’s communication products, handheld, and digital television divisions
    • Joint venture with ATIC to form GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    • Joint venture with Fujitsu Limited to create Spansion
  • Airbnb in its US$3.4 billion IPO
  • e.l.f. Beauty in a US$142 million IPO
  • Extreme Networks in acquisitions of Zebra’s wireless LAN business and Avaya’s networking business
  • Hortonworks in a US$5.2 billion combination with Cloudera
  • Lucasfilm in:
    • US$4.05 billion sale to The Walt Disney Company
    • Divestiture of THX
  • Schiff Nutrition in:
    • Acquisition of Airborne
    • Sale to Reckitt Benckiser PLC
  • Pericom Semiconductor in sale to Diodes Inc.
  • Slack in its US$27.7 billion acquisition by Salesforce
  • Spansion in:
    • US$567 million IPO
    • High yield, convertible note, and follow-on offerings
    • Acquisition of Fujitsu’s microcontroller business
    • US$1.7 billion sale to Cypress
  • Virgin America in a US$306 million IPO and US$4.4 billion sale to Alaska Airlines
  • Yahoo! in acquisition of Summly
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