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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

As a founding member of our Palo Alto Office, Kirsten has been in the forefront of many game-changing deals in Silicon Valley. She provides her clients with practical advice and solutions to help them achieve their goals as they engage in complex transactions. 

Kirsten works with corporations, private equity firms and financial institutions on transactions spanning the full range of M&A, including public and private acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments 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 covers a broad range of other industries, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, finance, consumer products, media, real estate, aerospace and light industrial.

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Work Highlights
  • Foxconn Interconnect Technology in its acquisition of Belkin International
  • McKesson Corporation in the acquisition of CoverMyMeds for approximately $1.1 billion
  • 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
  • Electronic Arts in its purchase of independent game studio developer Respawn Entertainment
  • Google in its $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to Intersil in connection with its sale to Renesas Electronics Corporation, and to Western Digital in connection with its acquisition of SanDisk
  • Elevation Partners in its investments in MarketShare, Forbes Media and Palm and in the sales of Marketshare to Neustar, Forbes to Integrated Whale Media and Palm to Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Veritas Software in its sale to Symantec
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
  • Board of Directors, Mercury Houston Orchestra
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
Admissions
  • California 2000
  • New York 1992
  • Texas 2018

A founding member of our Palo Alto office, Kirsten Jensen has specialized in mergers and acquisitions over her 25+ years of practice. 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 regularly advises her corporate and private equity clients on public and private M&A, joint ventures, minority investments, corporate 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 clients 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 corporate acquisition representations include: 

  • Foxconn Interconnect Technology in its acquisition of Belkin International
  • McKesson Corporation in its acquisition of CoverMyMeds, the purchase of intraFUSION and the sale of affiliates Med Fusion and ClearPoint Diagnostic Laboratories to Quest Diagnostic
  • JPMorgan as financial advisor to Intersil in connection with its sale to Renesas Electronics Corporation, and to Western Digital in connection with its acquisition of SanDisk
  • ZS Pharma in its sale to AstraZeneca
  • Facet Biotech in its successful defense against Biogen Idec’s hostile tender offer and in its subsequent sale to Abbott Laboratories
  • Electronic Arts in its acquisition of independent game studio developer Respawn Entertainment
  • Google in its purchase of YouTube
  • Agilent Technologies in the divestiture of its semiconductor products group to Silver Lake and KKR
  • Veritas Software in its sale to Symantec

Some examples of Kirsten’s work with private equity firms and their portfolio companies are her representations of:

  • 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 sale of Aptina to ON Semiconductor
  • Hellman & Friedman, in its acquisition of Goodman Global, and Hellman & Friedman and TPG in their purchase of Intergraph Corporation 

Her joint venture experience includes representing:

  • McKesson Corporation in its generic pharmaceutical sourcing alliance with Wal-Mart Stores
  • 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 was a faculty member in 2018 at Stanford Directors' College, the preeminent executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms. 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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