Mark Seneca, a Corporate partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity Group as well as its Technology Companies Group. Mark has dedicated his legal career to the M&A specialty, with experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies in domestic and cross-border deals.
Mark has a particular focus on the technology
sector, having led hundreds of buy-side and sell-side transactions involving
prominent high-tech serial acquirers, unicorns and venture back companies. His sell-side work involves multiple acquisitions
by Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com, VMware, Microsoft, Intel, IBM,
Adobe, Yahoo! and Twitter. These deals
include his high profile work for Cruise Automation in its acquisition by
General Motors, Nest Labs in its US$3.2 billion acquisition by Google, and
Instagram in its US$1.0 billion acquisition by Facebook, which was ranked one
of the top 10 largest valued private tech M&A deals in the U.S. in 2012. In
an interview with Bloomberg Law for a “Rainmakers” episode, Mark
provided a substantive analysis of the Instagram deal, including its industry
precedent and influence (click here).
the buy-side, Mark has served as lead M&A counsel for top public company
acquirers (Yelp, Google, Yahoo! and Intellisync) as well as private company
serial acquirers (Stripe, Pinterest and Social Finance).