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Kirsten J. Jensen
 

Kirsten J. Jensen

Partner
 
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
 
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Phone: +1-650-251-5145
Fax: +1-650-251-5002

Kirsten Jensen is a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney with nearly 30 years of experience advising companies and their boards. As a founding member of our Palo Alto Office, Kirsten has been in the forefront of many game-changing deals in Silicon Valley over the years, including representing Google in its iconic $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube. She provides her clients with practical advice and solutions to help them achieve their goals as they engage in complex transactions. 

Kirsten represents corporations, private equity firms and financial institutions in transactions spanning the full range of M&A, including public and private acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, minority investments, carve-outs and activist defenses. Named for multiple years as one of ALM’s Women Leaders in Tech Law for her M&A experience advising clients in tech and biotech, Kirsten also works with clients in many other industries, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, finance, consumer products, media, real estate, aerospace and light industrial.

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Work Highlights
  • Cypress Semiconductor in its $10 billion sale to Infineon Technologies
  • Netshoes Limited in its acquisition by Magazine Luiza S.A. and competing topping proposals from Grupo SBF SA
  • Renren Inc.’s Kaixin Auto Group in its amalgamation with CM Seven Star Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)
  • Foxconn Interconnect Technology in its acquisition of Belkin International for $866 million
  • Electronic Arts in its $455 million acquisition of independent game studio developer Respawn Entertainment
  • McKesson Corporation in multiple transactions, including the acquisition of CoverMyMeds for approximately $1.4 billion and its generic pharmaceutical sourcing alliance with Wal-Mart Stores
  • Riverwood Capital in various transactions, including its investments in Vacasa and ForgeRock
  • ZS Pharma in its $2.7 billion sale to AstraZeneca
  • Facet Biotech in its defense against Biogen Idec’s unsolicited tender offer and its subsequent sale to Abbott Laboratories for $722 million
Accolades
  • Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder
  • Top Women Lawyers in California, Daily Journal
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, California Diversity Council
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1991 J.D.
  • Yale University, 1988 B.A.
Associations
  • Faculty, Stanford Directors College (2018 and 2019)
  • Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, “Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions” (2019 and 2020 academic years)
  • Board of Directors, Mercury Houston Orchestra
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
Admissions
  • New York 1992
  • California 2000
  • Texas 2018

A founding member of our Palo Alto office, Kirsten Jensen is a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney with nearly 30 years of experience advising companies and their boards. Named one of the “Women Leaders in Tech Law” by The Recorder in multiple years for her extensive experience representing clients in the tech and biotech industries, Kirsten has also been recognized as a “Top Women Lawyer” by the Daily Journal and by The Legal 500 United States for her M&A work, and was selected by the California Diversity Council as a “Top 50 Woman Lawyer.”

Kirsten’s expertise spans the full range of M&A, including public and private acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, minority investments, carve-outs, activist defense and general corporate matters. She enjoys using her knowledge and experience to provide practical advice and develop solutions to help her clients achieve their business goals. Kirsten works with corporate clients, private equity firms and financial institutions in a broad range of industries in addition to tech and biotech, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, finance, consumer products, media, real estate, aerospace and light industrial.  

Some of Kirsten’s representations include: 

  • Cypress Semiconductor in its $10 billion sale to Infineon Technologies
  • Netshoes Limited in its acquisition by Magazine Luiza S.A. and competing topping proposals from Grupo SBF SA
  • Renren Inc.’s Kaixin Auto Group in its amalgamation with CM Seven Star Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)
  • Foxconn Interconnect Technology in its acquisition of Belkin International for $866 million
  • Electronic Arts in its $455 million acquisition of independent game studio developer Respawn Entertainment
  • McKesson Corporation in multiple transactions, including the acquisition of CoverMyMeds for approximately $1.4 billion and its generic pharmaceutical sourcing alliance with Wal-Mart Stores
  • Riverwood Capital in various transactions, including its investments in Vacasa and ForgeRock
  • ZS Pharma in its $2.7 billion sale to AstraZeneca
  • Facet Biotech in its defense against Biogen Idec’s unsolicited tender offer and its subsequent sale to Abbott Laboratories for $722 million
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to Intersil in connection with its $3.2 billion sale to Renesas Electronics Corporation, and to Western Digital in connection with its $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk
  • Agilent Technologies in the divestiture of its semiconductor products group to Silver Lake and KKR for $2.66 billion
  • Elevation, in its investments in MarketShare, Forbes Media and Palm and in the sales of MarketShare to Neustar, of Forbes to Integrated Whale Media and of Palm to Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Health Evolution Partners, in its investment in CenseoHealth and in transactions involving its portfolio companies Optimal IMX, Halcyon Health and Freedom Innovations
  • Riverwood Capital Partners and Texas Pacific Group in their investment in Aptina Imaging, and Riverwood, TPG and Aptina in the $400 million sale of Aptina to ON Semiconductor
  • Embraer in its joint venture with Zodiac Aerospace
  • CB Richard Ellis in its acquisition and joint venture Clarion Real Estate Securities
  • Clorox in its joint venture with Procter & Gamble for its Glad-branded business
  • Accenture in the formation of Avanade, its joint venture with Microsoft

Kirsten has been a faculty member at Stanford Directors’ College (2018 and 2019), the preeminent executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms, and is a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School teaching “Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Complex Transactions.” She also presents regularly at the annual University of Texas Mergers and Acquisitions Institute. Kirsten authored the chapter on “Due Diligence in M&A and Securities Offerings” in the PLI publication Advising High-Technology Companies. Kirsten received her B.A. from Yale in 1988 and her J.D. from Harvard in 1991. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Texas.

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