Christopher J. Bors

Christopher J. Bors

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate

Christopher J. Bors represents public and private companies in complex domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs and joint ventures, as well as a broad variety of other commercial and contractual matters.


Mr. Bors’ experience includes representing clients across a wide array of industries, with a particular emphasis on technology, semiconductor, private equity, AI and life sciences. Representative matters include:

Technology Transactions

  • Activision Blizzard Inc. in its $75 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corporation
  • Western Digital in the pending split of its hard disk drive and NAND memory businesses, creating two separate public companies
  • Intel Corporation in its $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, N.V., Mobileye Global Inc.’s $1 billion initial public offering and concurrent $100 million private placement, and various other transactions
  • Velodyne Lidar, Inc. in its merger of equals with Ouster, Inc.
  • Trimble Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition of Transporeon GmbH from Hg
  • Coherent in its initially announced $5.7 billion sale to Lumentum, followed by Coherent’s subsequent responses to competing acquisition proposals from MKS Instruments, II-VI and Lumentum in a three-party bidding war culminating in Coherent’s $7.1 billion sale to II-VI
  • Visa Inc. in its proposed but terminated $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid Inc.
  • Wolt Enterprises Oy in its £7 billion acquisition by DoorDash, Inc.

Private Equity

  • Permira Funds in several transactions, including its $1.75 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in ServiceMax, Inc. from GE Digital LLC and subsequent acquisition of Zinc Inc.
  • RPX Corporation in its $555 million acquisition by HGGC
  • a private equity firm-backed IT company in its acquisition of companies based in the U.S., Germany and Israel
  • a private equity firm in its acquisition, with financial partners, of assets from a manufacturer and designer of composite structures for spacecraft and other high-tech applications

Other Representations

  • Evercore as financial advisor to Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. in its $5.5 billion acquisition by Broadcom Limited
  • FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its merger with Starry, Inc. at an enterprise value of $1.76 billion
  • ACE Convergence Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $919 million merger with Tempo Automation Inc.
  • Crescent Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company, in its proposed but terminated business combination with F45 Training Holding Inc.
  • Viking Cruises, Ltd. in its $500 million investment from TPG Capital, L.P. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Other representative transactions prior to joining Skadden include, among others:

  • a technology company in its divestiture of a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service, acquisition of a PAAS business and investment in an early stage cloud services company
  • a semiconductor company in various acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture arrangements, including the divestiture of two security businesses, the acquisition of two startup companies developing leading-edge wearable technology, the acquisition of assets related to a variety of businesses and other strategic acquisitions
  • a semiconductor company in an investment in a radio chip design company
  • an electronic design automation company in its acquisition of a provider of customizable data plane processors
  • a medical device company in its acquisition by a global health care company
  • a pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a developer of migraine treatment devices

In recognition of his work, Mr. Bors was named one of Best Lawyers’ 2024 Ones To Watch and selected for inclusion in Variety’s 2023 Dealmakers Impact Report, which highlights top attorneys working in film, television and digital media. During his time as a corporate associate at a prior firm, he was seconded on a part-time basis to a large technology company to serve as M&A counsel.

Mr. Bors is a member of the Palo Alto office’s Diversity Committee.



  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 2008
  • B.S., University of Southern California, 2005 (magna cum laude)


  • California

Christopher J. Bors

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate