Bio

Christopher Hammond represents public and private clients in complex strategic transactions and corporate governance matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and restructurings, as well as situations involving challenges to corporate control.

Mr. Hammond’s experience includes representing:

  • Credit Karma, Inc. in its pending $7.1 billion acquisition by Intuit Inc., the largest-ever venture-backed fintech sale and one of the top five largest internet M&A transactions ever;
  • Yahoo! Inc. in the $4.5 billion sale of its operating business to Verizon Communications Inc.;
  • SJW Group in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. and in its successful defense against a hostile takeover attempt by California Water Service Group;
  • Silver Lake in its acquisition of a majority stake in ServiceMax from GE Digital;
  • Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in its joint venture with SK Hynix System Ic, Inc.;
  • F5 Networks, Inc. in its $1 billion acquisition of Shape Security, Inc.;
  • WL Ross Holding Corp. in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Nexeo Solutions Holdings, LLC from TPG Capital;
  • DoorDash, Inc. in its $410 million acquisition of Caviar, Inc. from Square, Inc.;
  • LeanTeq Co., Ltd. in its $305 million acquisition by EnPro Industries, Inc.;
  • Calera Capital in a number of transactions, including its acquisitions of majority stakes in Arnott, Inc. and ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists, Inc. and its sale of a majority stake in United Site Services, Inc.;
  • Global Indemnity Group, Inc. in connection with internal restructurings;
  • RPX Corporation in its $555 million acquisition by HGGC, LLC;
  • Lattice Semiconductor Corp. in its proposed but terminated $1.3 billion going-private acquisition by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners;
  • Miraca Holdings, Inc. in the acquisition by Avista Capital Holdings, L.P. of its subsidiary Miraca Life Sciences, Inc.;
  • Fox Paine and Company, LLC in connection with fund governance matters; and
  • ServiceMax, Inc., a portfolio company of Silver Lake, in its acquisition of Zinc, Inc.

Mr. Hammond is a member of the Palo Alto office’s Associates and Hiring committees. He also established and co-chairs Skadden’s Palo Alto Family Affinity Group.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2015
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Admissions

  • California

Christopher P. Hammond