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Private Placements 2001

Author(s): Robert C. Nash, Richard R. Plumridge, Gordon K. Davidson
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities
Published: Apr 2001
PLI Item #: 3803
CHB Spine #: B1239

Richard R. Plumridge is a senior partner at the law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen, LLP practicing in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. He joined the firm in February of 2003 after practicing corporate and securities law with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. He practiced in Brobeck’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices from 1972 to 1990. He was a founder and Managing Partner in Brobeck’s New York office from 1990 to 1999 and Managing Partner of Brobeck’s Colorado office. He has been Co-Chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Private Placements national program since 1988. Mr. Plumridge represents public companies, rapidly growing private businesses, start-ups, investment bankers, and venture capitalists and has significant experience with technology companies, principally in the Internet, biotechnology, health care, computer, semiconductor, software, telecommunications, medical equipment, and retail industries.

Mr. Plumridge counsels clients in the areas of corporate and securities matters including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of debt and equity, public company compliance, venture capital, corporate partnering, and licensing transactions. He received his J.D. from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1972 and his B.S.E. from Princeton University, cum laude, in 1967.

Gordon Davidson advises primarily high technology companies and life sciences companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on corporate, securities, governance and transactional matters.  He has represented issuers and underwriters on over 50 initial public offerings and regularly advises boards of directors, board committees and executives of public and private companies on securities and corporate governance matters and in special investigations.

The IPOs on which he has been lead company counsel include: @Home Network, Amyris Biotechnology, Cooper & Chyan, DexCom, Diamond Foods, ECAD (Cadence Design Systems), Edify, Elantec Semiconductor, Electronic Arts, Exodus Communications, Facebook, FormFactor, Genelabs, Green Dot, HNC Software, Homestore, Insignia Solutions, Intuit, KANA Software, Macromedia, Marin Software, Model N, Neoforma, Nimble Storage, ONI Systems, Oracle, Radius, Responsys, ServiceNow,, Shutterfly, SilverSpring Networks, SuccessFactors, Symantec, Transmeta, Verisign, Veritas, Vocera and Workday.  His underwriter representations include the IPOs of WebMD, Omniture, Pixar, Tableau, TriNet and Veeva.

In addition, he has acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion in the aggregate, including the: $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. by Facebook; $17 billion acquisition by VeriSign of Network Solutions $13 billion acquisition by Symantec of Veritas Software in 2005 and the sale of Veritas by Symantec in 2015; $6.9 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems. of Scientific-Atlanta; billion acquisition by Exodus Communications of GlobalCenter; $4 billion merger of Spansion with Cypress Semiconductor; $3.8 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors by SAP; $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe; $3.0 billion acquisition of Giant Interactive Group. by Giant Investment Limited; $2.5 billion acquisition by VERITAS Software of Seagate Software; $2.4 billion acquisition of Data Domain by EMC Corporation; $1.8 billion acquisition of Spreadtrum Communications by Tsinghua Unigroup; $1.4 billion acquisition of Elantec by Intersil; $1.4 billion acquisition by Intuit of Digital Insight; and $1.2 billion acquisition of Ocular Sciences by The Cooper Companies.

Gordy has been a regular speaker on current issues in IPOs and capital formation at the Securities Regulation Institute and on corporate governance issues at the Stanford Directors College, taught classes on venture capital investments at the Stanford Law School, the Stanford Business School and the Berkeley Haas Business School, taught courses on Deals and Mergers & Acquisitions at Stanford Law School, and chaired the Practising Law Institute programs on Private Placements and Mergers & Acquisitions of High Technology Companies.

Gordy is a member of the State Bar of California. He has a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering Stanford University and J.D. from Stanford Law School.  Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Ben C. Duniway in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  He served as Chairman of Fenwick & West from 1995 through 2013.