Ed Batts leads Orrick’s global M&A and Private Equity practice group, which includes more than 50 partners across the world dedicated to acquisitions and divestitures involving strategics and financial sponsors alike. Orrick consistently ranks in the top 15 law firms globally for M&A deal volume, while focusing on delivering business acumen and efficiency for clients in the Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors.
In his practice, Ed counsels publicly traded companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and cyber-security, including the following:
- M&A: Fiduciary duty counseling of public boards, cross border transactions, spin-offs, tender offers and going private transactions.
- Corporate Governance: Board matters and public reporting obligations, including activist investor situations, stockholder proposals and accounting issues.
- Crisis Management/Cyber: Crisis management of significant incidents and internal investigations, including advice on regulators, plaintiffs and law enforcement.
Ed frequently presents on governance, activism, M&A and crisis management/cyber. Recent engagements include moderating Stanford Directors’ College panels on stockholder engagement and governance, moderating on crisis management at the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange (FT-ODX) conference; moderating cyber and stockholder activism topics with the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX); and speaking on M&A at the annual conference of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
Ed has authored two studies on corporate governance features of public companies, one for the U.S. technology sector (available here) and the other on large Silicon Valley/Bay Area companies (available here). He also publishes annual checklists on M&A (here) and public company reporting matters (here) and maintains a blog on public company matters, accessible at www.accruedknowledge.com.
Ed is a military officer veteran, having deployed since 9/11 both to Yemen and twice to Iraq. He is a graduate of the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and served with both the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). He is an active participant in Orrick’s veterans programs, including the firm’s annual Veterans' Legal Career Fair in Washington, D.C.