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Richard Capelouto
Partner
 
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
 
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Phone: +1-650-251-5060
Fax: +1-650-251-5002
Rich Capelouto is recognized as one of the leading private equity and M&A attorneys in the U.S. Clients benefit from his 30 years of experience in advising technology, life science and private equity clients, and Rich has been the lead counsel on many of the largest and most complicated deals in those industries. Recent transactions include representing Dell in its $67 billion acquisition of EMC – the largest technology acquisition ever completed – and ZS Pharma in its acquisition by AstraZeneca.

Rich has a Band 1 Nationwide Private Equity ranking from Chambers USA, which cited him as “a great lawyer and a great businessman,” and “highly effective on bigger, complex deals.” Chambers also noted that “Clients highlight his business-focused approach to transactions and broad experience across areas such as LBOs and joint ventures.” Private Equity International included Rich among the top 10 in its “Legal Power 30,” and declared, “Capelouto is now widely regarded as the leader in his field in California.”

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Work Highlights
  • Dell in its $67 billion acquisition of EMC, the largest technology acquisition ever completed
  • ZS Pharma in its $2.7 billion sale to AstraZeneca
  • Facet Biotech in its successful defense against Biogen Idec’s unsolicited tender offer and sale to Abbott Laboratories
  • Veritas Software in its sale to Symantec
  • Electronic Arts in its offer for Take-Two Interactive
  • William Morris Endeavor in its acquisition of IMG
  • Google in its acquisition of YouTube
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisitions of Dell, Seagate Technology, Serena Software and Network General, its investments in Motorola Solutions, Avago Technologies, Virtu Financial, William Morris Endeavor, Flextronics and Power-One and its sale of Crystal Decisions to Business Objects
  • Hellman & Friedman in its acquisitions of MultiPlan, SnapAV, Hub International, Edelman Financial Services, Grocery Outlet, Abra, OpenLink, Goodman Global, Getty Images, Vertafore Software, Catalina Marketing, Datatel, ProSiebenSat.1 and Activant Solutions; its investments in Genesys, The NASDAQ Stock Market, Emdeon and Axel Springer AG; its recapitalization of Pharmaceutical Product Development; and its sales of Vertafore Software, AlixPartners and Goodman Global
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1986 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1983 B.A.
    summa cum laude
Associations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
Admissions
  • New York 1989
  • California 2000

Rich Capelouto is recognized as one of the leading M&A and private equity attorneys in the U.S. Clients benefit from his 30 years of experience as lead counsel in advising private equity, technology and life science companies on many of the largest and most complicated deals in those industries.

Rich’s corporate representations include:

  • Dell in its $67 billion acquisition of EMC, the largest technology acquisition ever completed
  • Ellucian and Hellman & Friedman in sale of majority interest in Ellucian
    Facet Biotech in its successful defense against Biogen Idec’s unsolicited tender offer and sale to Abbott Laboratories
  • Electronic Arts in its offer for Take-Two Interactive
  • William Morris Endeavor in its acquisition of IMG
  • Google in its acquisition of YouTube
  • VERITAS Software in its merger with Symantec
  • Microchip in its offer for Atmel
  • Agilent Technologies in the sale of its Semiconductor Products Group to Silver Lake and KKR
  • Intellisync in its sale to Nokia
  • CB Richard Ellis Services in its acquisitions of Trammell Crow and Insignia Financial Group
  • The Clorox Company in its Glad Products joint venture with Procter & Gamble
    Applera-Celera Genomics Group in its acquisition of Axys Pharmaceuticals
    Maxim Integrated Products in its acquisition of Dallas Semiconductor

Private equity representations have included:

  • Hellman & Friedman in its acquisitions of MultiPlan, SnapAV, Hub International, Edelman Financial Services, Grocery Outlet, Abra, OpenLink, Goodman Global, Getty Images, Vertafore Software, Catalina Marketing, Datatel, ProSiebenSat.1 and Activant Solutions; its investments in Genesys, The NASDAQ Stock Market, Emdeon and Axel Springer AG; its recapitalization of Pharmaceutical Product Development; and its sales of Vertafore Software, AlixPartners and Goodman Global
  • Hellman & Friedman and TPG in their acquisition and subsequent sale of Intergraph Software
  • Kronos and its controlling stockholders, investment funds affiliated with Hellman & Friedman, in Kronos’s pending recapitalization transaction
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisitions of Dell, Seagate Technology, Serena Software and Network General, its investments in Motorola Solutions, Avago Technologies, Virtu Financial, William Morris Endeavor, Flextronics and Power-One and its sale of Crystal Decisions to Business Objects
  • Silver Lake Partners and GIC in the $2.6 billion strategic investments in Ancestry.com
  • Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus in the acquisition and subsequent sale of IDC
  • Elevation Partners in its acquisitions of Pandemic Studios and BioWare Studios, its sale of VG Holdings and its investments in Palm and Forbes
  • Blum Capital Partners in its acquisition of CB Richard Ellis Services

Rich has a Band 1 Nationwide Private Equity ranking from Chambers USA, which cited him as “a great lawyer and a great businessman,” and “highly effective on bigger, complex deals.” Chambers also noted that “Clients highlight his business-focused approach to transactions and broad experience across areas such as LBOs and joint ventures.” Private Equity International included Rich among the top 10 in its “Legal Power 30,” and declared, “Capelouto is now widely regarded as the leader in his field in California.”

Rich joined Simpson Thacher in 1986 and was elected Partner in 1994. He was instrumental in launching Simpson Thacher’s Silicon Valley practice in 1999, and is former head of the Palo Alto office. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1983 and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1986. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.

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