R. Gregory Roussel

Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

R. Gregory Roussel

R. Gregory Roussel

Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

Biography

Greg Roussel concentrates his practice on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions involving technology companies. He has extensive experience with clients in the social networking, software, electronic game, and mobile application sectors. Greg also counsels companies on corporate governance matters and takeover defenses.

Representative Transactions:

* Over 50 acquisitions for Facebook
* Multiple acquisitions for Dropbox, Airbnb, Workday and ServiceNow
* VeriSign's merger with Network Solutions
* Supercell’s investments from Tencent, SoftBank and GungHo
* Macromedia's merger with Adobe Systems
* The acquisitions of NaturalMotion, Newtoy, Area/Code and Astro Ape by Zynga
* ScaleIO and Data Domain’s mergers with EMC
* ByteMobile’s acquisition by Citrix Systems
* Tellme Networks's acquisition by Microsoft
* Lexar Media's merger with Micron Technology
* VeriSign's Jamba! joint venture with News Corp./Fox Entertainment Group
* VeriSign's sale of its registrar business to Pivotal Private Equity
* VeriSign's sale of its payment processing business to EBay
* The acquisitions of True[X] Media and Photobucket by Fox Interactive Media
* The acquisitions of Clicker Media and Dotspotter by CBS Interactive
* BioWare Corp.'s acquisition by VG Holdings (an Elevation Partners entity)
* Electronic Arts's acquisition of Rupture and other acquisitions and strategic investments
* Ngmoco's acquisition by DeNA
* Elevation Partners’ investment in Yelp!
* Capcom's acquisitions of Cosmic Infinity and Blue Castle Games

Greg was a lead partner in representing Supercell Oy in its majority stake acquisition by Tencent, which was honored in 2016 as one of the China Business Law Journal’s Deals of the Year. Greg led the Fenwick team in representing Facebook in two notable acquisitions: (1) the acquisition of Oculus VR, which was named the M&A Advisor’s M&A Deal of the Year in 2014, and (2) the acquisition of Instagram, which was honored in 2013 as the “Global M&A Deal of the Year” by Global M&A Network. In 2012 and 2014, Greg was named ‘Top 20 Under 40’ list by the Daily Journal for his outstanding transactional work and track record in recent years, including his role of lead counsel for Facebook. Also in 2012 and 2014, the Daily Journal recognized Greg in the list of ‘Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California’ for his involvement in transactions that had a broad legal or industrial impact.



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Education
JD
Class of 1998

Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city. Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life. In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.

BA in Economics
Class of 1995

Southern Methodist University is a private university near the center of Dallas. SMU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools in the humanities and sciences, business, the performing, visual, and communication arts, engineering, education and human development, law, and theology.

BBA in Finance
Class of 1995

Since 1920, the SMU Cox School of Business has equipped students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in business. Major publications—including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal—rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and around the world. The Cox School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as innovative executive education programs encompassing all aspects of business leadership and management.

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Prior

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Career History
Partner
Current

Fenwick & West LLP is a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The company's practice areas include antitrust and unfair competition, appellate, complex business litigation, copyright, corporate and securities, employment & labor, executive compensation & benefits, intellectual property and IP litigation. It offers legal advisory services in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, privacy and information security. Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Transactions
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Workday, Inc. purchases Adaptive Insights, Inc. from Bessemer Venture Partners, Cardinal Equity Partners LLC, ONSET Ventures, JMI Management, Inc., Norwest Venture Partners

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Facebook, Inc. purchases Redkix Israel Ltd. from Salesforce Ventures LLC, SGVC, Wicklow Capital, Inc.

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Facebook, Inc. purchases Bloomsbury AI Ltd. from Entrepreneur First Operations Ltd., Albion Capital Group LLP, SME Wholesale Finance (London) Ltd., Fly Ventures Management GmbH, IQ Capital Partners LLP, Seedcamp

Awards & Honors
2012
Daily Journal - Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California
2012
Daily Journal - Top 20 Under 40
Admitted to the California Bar
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