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Atif Azher
 

Atif Azher

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

Atif Azher is a Corporate Partner in the Firm’s Palo Alto office. Recognized as the 2022 Corporate Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer and a 2021 MVP in Private Equity by Law360, Atif represents clients in a wide range of complex corporate matters, with a focus on M&A and private equity. He was also recognized among the “Top 1oo Lawyers in California” for 2022 by the Daily Journal, which wrote that Atif’s name “has become synonymous with the market’s largest and most complex transactions.”

Atif provides sophisticated transactional counsel to public and private companies, investment funds and financial institutions, in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. He regularly advises on multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and JVs, drawing on his substantial experience across a broad range of industries, including technology, technology-enabled services, software, internet, sports, entertainment and media, healthcare, financial services, fintech, retail and consumer products, and real estate. Additionally, he has experience working on SPAC transactions, including advising target companies, SPACs and PIPE investors.  

Atif regularly advises clients in:

  • Take-privates
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Unsolicited takeover offers
  • Public and private acquisitions and investments (including PIPEs)
  • Corporate governance matters (including fiduciary law, SEC and stock exchange considerations)
  • Emerging and growth company matters (including capital raising transactions)
  • Financial advisory matters (including representing financial institutions) 

His corporate representations have included Airbnb, Applied Systems, Dell, Multiplan, PPD and UKG, among others. Atif’s private equity clients have included Hellman & Friedman, Silver Lake, Centerbridge, True Wind, TCV, Blackstone, Apollo, Sterling Partners, KKR, Carlyle and Riverwood Capital. Additionally, Atif was named an “MVP” in Private Equity by Law360 in 2017, and a “Trusted Adviser” in Private Equity by The Recorder in 2017.

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Work Highlights
  • Dell in its $67 billion acquisition of EMC
  • Dell in its spinoff of VMware
  • Dell (as controlling stockholder of VMWare) in VMware’s acquisition of Pivotal Software
  • Dell in the divestiture of its software group to Francisco Partners and Elliot Management
  • Silver Lake (the second-largest shareholder of VMware) in Broadcom’s pending $61 billion acquisition of VMWare
  • PPD in its $17.4 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Kronos and Ultimate Software’s $22 billion merger
  • Airbnb in its Series F capital raise
  • Airbnb in its acquisition of Luxury Retreats
  • Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Freidman in their majority investment in Medline Industries
  • Hellman & Friedman in its acquisition of The NPD Group, and NPD Group’s merger with Information Resources Inc.
  • Hellman & Friedman in its $11 billion take-private of The Ultimate Software Group.
Accolades
  • 2022 “Corporate Attorney of the Year,” The American Lawyer
  • 2022 “Top Lawyer in California,” Daily Journal
  • 2021 and 2017 “MVP” in Private Equity, Law360
  • 2017 “Trusted Adviser” in Private Equity, The Recorder
  • 2016 “Rising Star” in Private Equity, Law360
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania, 2004 M.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2004 J.D.
  • University of Arizona, 2000 B.S. and B.S.B.A.
    magna cum laude
Associations
  • Board of Trustees, National Resources Defense Council
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Admissions
  • New York 2005
  • California 2012

Atif Azher is a Corporate Partner in the Firm’s Palo Alto office. Recognized as the 2022 Corporate Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer and a 2021 MVP in Private Equity by Law360, Atif represents clients in a wide range of complex corporate matters, with a focus on M&A and private equity. He was also recognized among the “Top 1oo Lawyers in California” for 2022 by the Daily Journal, which wrote that Atif’s name “has become synonymous with the market’s largest and most complex transactions.”

Atif provides sophisticated transactional counsel to public and private companies, investment funds and financial institutions, in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. He regularly advises on multi-billion dollar mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and JVs, drawing on his substantial experience across a broad range of industries, including technology, technology-enabled services, software, internet, sports, entertainment and media, healthcare, financial services, fintech, retail and consumer products, and real estate. Additionally, he has experience working on SPAC transactions, including advising target companies, SPACs and PIPE investors. 

Atif regularly advises clients in:

  • Take-privates
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Unsolicited takeover offers
  • Public and private acquisitions and investments (including PIPEs)
  • Corporate governance matters (including fiduciary law, SEC and stock exchange considerations)
  • Emerging and growth company matters (including capital raising transactions)
  • Financial advisory matters (including representing financial institutions)  

Atif has represented clients in a wide range of transactions, including:

Corporate Transactions  

  • Dell in its $67 billion acquisition of EMC
  • Dell in its spinoff of VMware
  • Dell (as controlling stockholder of VMWare) in VMware’s acquisition of Pivotal Software
  • Dell in the divestiture of its software group to Francisco Partners and Elliot Management
  • Airbnb in its Series F capital raise
  • Airbnb in its acquisition of Luxury Retreats
  • PPD in its $17.4 billion sale to Thermo Fisher
  • Bright Health in separate $750 million and $175 million convertible preferred stock PIPE financings
  • Kronos and Ultimate Software’s $22 billion merger
  • UKG in its acquisition of Ascentis Corporation
  • ZoomInfo in its corporate restructuring
  • Edelman Financial in its take-private acquisition of Financial Engines
  • Edelman Financial Engines in its investment from Warburg Pincus
  • Applied Systems in its acquisitions of EZLynx
  • Applied Systems in its acquisition of Indio Technologies
  • Acoustic in its growth investment from Francisco Partners
  • Precisely in its acquisition of Pitney Bowes’ Software Solutions business
  • Precisely in its sale to Clearlake Capital Group and TA Associates
  • ClubCorp in its $2.2 billion take-private sale to Apollo
  • Openlink Financial in its sale to ION Investment Group
  • Endeavor in its acquisition of IMG Worldwide
  • Goodman Global in its $3.7 billion sale to Daikin Industries
  • Interactive Data Corporation in its $5.2 billion sale to Intercontinental Exchange
  • Tsinghua Unigroup in its acquisition of a 51% interest in Hewlett Packard’s Chinese Networking and Technology Infrastructure business with a $4.5 billion valuation
  • TD Bank Financial Group in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Commerce Bancorp, Inc., and $6.3 billion acquisition of Chrysler Financial Services

Private Equity Transactions

  • Blackstone, Carlyle and Hellman & Freidman in their majority investment in Medline Industries
  • Silver Lake in numerous transactions, including Broadcom’s $61 billion acquisition of VMware, $24.4 billion acquisition (together with Michael Dell) of Dell Inc., acquisition of equity holdings of David Bateman (founder of Entrata), IonQ’s $2 billion merger with dMY Technology Group, Social Finance’s $8.65 merger with Social Capital Hedosophia V, PIPE investments in AMC, Motorola Solutions and Unity Software, and investments in Alchemy, Carta, Clari, Entrata, Genies, Oak View Group, Plaid, Red Ventures, UFC and WME Entertainment
  • Hellman & Friedman in numerous transactions, including its acquisitions of The NPD Group, Checkmarx, Ultimate Software, Financial Engines, MultiPlan, Edelman Financial, SnapAV and Grocery Outlet, and investments in PointClickCare Technologies, Sprinklr, Splunk and SimpliSafe
  • Centerbridge in its acquisition of American Renal Holdings, Vision Solutions, Syncsort, and IBM’s marketing platform and portfolio of commerce software products
  • Blackstone in its initial public offering and numerous other transactions, including its $870 million acquisition of Encore Medical, its investment in Bayview Asset Management and sale of its interest in Cumulus Media Partners LLC to Cumulus Media Inc.
  • Apollo in its $5 billion acquisition of The Michaels Companies

SPAC Transactions

  • Social Finance’s $8.65 billion merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. V
  • Cellebrite DI Ltd.’s $2.4 billion merger with TWC Tech Holdings II Corp.
  • A Place for Rover’s $1.35 billion merger with Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp.
  • IonQ’s $2 billion merger with dMY Technology Group III
  • CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.’s $6.5 billion merger with Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp.
  • Multiplan’s $11 billion merger with Churchill Capital Corp III

Atif was named “Corporate Attorney of the Year” by The American Lawyer for 2022, as well as among the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal for 2022, an “MVP” in Private Equity by Law360 in 2021 and 2017, and a “Trusted Adviser” in Private Equity by The Recorder in 2017. He was also named a 2016 “Rising Star” in Private Equity by Law360.

Atif serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Resources Defense Council. He received a J.D. and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona. He is admitted to practice in New York and California.

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