Matthew Gemello


Silicon Valley

Matthew Gemello, a corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick's M&A and Private Equity group.

A seasoned deal lawyer, Matthew guides global technology companies and their financial sponsors through transformational domestic and cross-border transactions. 

Matthew has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers Northern California, and was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 10 Innovative Corporate Lawyers in California.  

Matthew leads our Global Corporate Business Unit and serves as acting leader of the global M&A and Private Equity practice. Prior to joining Orrick, Matthew was a partner at a global law firm, where he was chair of the firm’s North America corporate and securities practice and chair of its North America pro bono practice.

  • Matthew’s recent transactions (several prior to Orrick) include:

    • Maxim Integrated Products in its acquisitions of Icron Technologies (2018), Volterra Semiconductor (NasdaqGM: VLTR) (announced deal value US$607 million) (2013), SensorDynamics AG (announced deal value US$166 million) (2011), Teridian Semiconductor (announced deal value US$315 million) (2010), Phyworks Limited (announced deal value US$72 million) (2010), and the storage products division of Vitesse Semiconductor (2007); the sale of MEMs business to Hanking Industrial (2016); the sale/outsourcing of its manufacturing facility in San Antonio to TowerJazz (2016); the sale of its smart meter/energy monitoring business to Silergy (2016), its capacitive touch business to Qualcomm (2015), its 12Gb SAS expander technology to PMC-Sierra (2012), and its digital video gaming business to GEO Semiconductor (2012); and certain confidential non-public transactions.

    • Bayer AG in the formation of its Blue Rock Therapeutics joint venture with Versant Ventures (2017) and subsequent acquisition of Blue Rock (announced enterprise value US$1 billion) (2019), the sale of its global vegetable seeds business to BASF (announced deal value US$1.19 billion) (2018), its Joyn Bio joint venture with Ginkgo Bioworks (2017), its Oerth Bio joint venture with Arvinas and related investment in Arvinas (2019), and numerous  strategic investments of Leaps by Bayer in an array of emerging growth life science businesses.

    • Motorola Solutions in its acquisitions of Avigilon (TSX: AVO) (announced deal value US$1 billion) (2018), Interexport (announced deal value US$158 million) (2017) and Gridstone (2016); the sale/outsourcing of its manufacturing capabilities in Malaysia (2015); the sale of its Enterprise Mobility business to Zebra Technologies (announced deal value US$3.45 billion) (international aspects only) (2013-2014); the separation and spinout of Motorola Mobility (2008-2011); the sale of its Networks business to Nokia Siemens Networks (announced deal value US$1.2 billion) (international aspects only) (2010-2011), its biometric business to Sagem Sécurité (2008-2009), its automotive electronics business to Continental AG (announced deal value US$1 billion) (2005-2006); the separation and spinout of Freescale Semiconductor (2004); the sale of its Tianjin semiconductor foundry to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in an asset-for-share swap (announced deal value US$360 million); as a selling stockholder in SMIC’s subsequent initial public offering (2003-2004); the acquisitions of privately held Modulus Video (2007), the SecureM business of Cavalier Telephone (2009-2010) and 280North (2010); and certain confidential non-public transactions.

    • Trimble Navigation in its acquisition of CityWorks (2019), Viewpoint from Bain (announced deal value US$1.2 billion) (2018), Müller-Elektronik GmbH (2017), Savcor Holding Oy (2017), Silvdata AB Oy (2017), Stabiplan Holding B.V. (2017), Network Mapping Group Limited (2017), PacketMobile Communications AB (2015), Vianova Systems AS (2015), Spatial Dimensions Holdings Limited (2015), Nexala Ltd. (2014), Amtech Group Ltd. (2014), Load Systems Holdings Ltd (2014), Information Alignment Pty Ltd (2014), Manhattan Software Group Ltd (2013-2014), Actronic Holdings Limited (2013), CSC World (Cobco 387 Limited) (2013), Ashtech S.A.S. (2010-2011); and several confidential non-public transactions.

    • Turn/River Capital in its acquisition of Advanced Systems Concepts (2019).

    • Alpha Group in its sale to EnerSys (announced deal value US$750 million) (2018).

    • Konica Minolta in its acquisition of Ambry Genetics (announced deal value US$1 billion) (2017).

    • Symantec Corporation in the sale of its information management business (dba Veritas) to The Carlyle Group (announced deal value US$8 billion) (international aspects only) (2014-2015).

    • Platinum Equity in the acquisitions of Consolidated Flight Services (2015) and Worldwide Flight Services (2015).

    • Agilent Technologies in its spinoff of its electronic measurement business (known as Keysight Technologies) (2013-2014); the sale of its network solutions communications test business to JDS Uniphase (announced deal value US$165 million) (2009-2010), its N2X product line to Ixia (2009), and its semiconductor products group to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Silver Lake Partners (announced deal value US$2.66 billion) (international aspects only) (2005); the separation, spinout and initial public offering of its semiconductor solutions business (known as Verigy Ltd.) (2005-2006); and certain confidential non-public transactions.

    • NetScout Systems in connection with its acquisition of Danaher’s communication business (announced deal value US$2.6 billion) (international aspects only) (2014-2015) and the voice assurance technology of Accanto Systems OY (2013).

    • AgraQuest in its sale to Bayer CropScience (announced deal value US$480 million) (2012).