Colleen T. Lee

Colleen T. Lee

Counsel, Corporate
Colleen Lee focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and startup investments, spin-offs, carve-outs and other corporate matters.

Bio

Ms. Lee represents public and private buyers, sellers and target companies, and private equity firms in a variety of U.S. and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings and minority strategic investments.

Ms. Lee’s matters include representing:

  • Intel Corporation in several matters, including:
    • its proposed but terminated $5.4 billion acquisition of Tower Semiconductor
    • its collaboration with United Microelectronics Corporation to develop a 12-nanometer semiconductor process platform
    • its acquisition of Granulate Cloud Solutions Ltd.
    • the sale of its 5G smartphone modem business to Apple, Inc.
    • the sale of its home gateway platform division to MaxLinear, Inc.
  • Western Digital Corporation in its ongoing evaluation of strategic alternatives and its $900 million convertible preferred investment from Apollo and Elliott
  • Bright Lights Acquisition Corp. in its proposed, but terminated, $1 billion merger with MANSCAPED
  • View in its $1.6 billion merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. in several matters, including:
    • its $4 billion acquisition of Honey Science Corporation
    • its acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems Inc.
    • its acquisition of Simility Systems
  • Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. in several matters, including:
    • its $14.3 billion acquisition by affiliates of Digital Colony Partners and the EQT Infrastructure IV fund
    • its sale of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, to DataBank Holdings, Ltd.
  • Sabre Corporation in its sale of the AirCentre suite of flight and crew management software solutions to CAE Inc. for $392.5 million
  • Fortive Corporation in the separation and spin-off of its Automation and Specialty Platform (A&S Platform) and a $3 billion reverse Morris trust transaction involving the merger of its A&S Platform business with Altra Industrial Motion Corp.
  • SJW Group in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Connecticut Water Service Inc. and its defense against a hostile takeover attempt by California Water Service Group
  • Permira Funds in its $1.75 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps
  • Danaher Corporation in the separation and spin-off of its communications business and a $2.6 billion reverse Morris trust transaction involving the merger of its communications business with NetScout Systems, Inc.
  • TAL International Group, Inc. in its $8.7 billion merger-of-equals transaction with Triton Container International Limited
  • Endo International in a variety of transactions, including its sale of the American Medical-Systems male urology portfolio for $1.6 billion
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Ms. Lee also has represented companies in a variety of minority strategic investments, including:

  • Mubadala Investment Co. in its investment in Waymo
  • Tencent in various investments, including in Empower and Serverless
  • PayPal in various investments, including in Anchor Labs
  • Foot Locker, Inc. in its investment in Carbon38
  • Peet’s Coffee in its investment in Revive Kombucha

In recognition of her work, Ms. Lee was named one of Best Lawyers’ 2023 and 2024 Ones To Watch.

Ms. Lee is a member of the Palo Alto office’s Diversity Committee and Skadden’s Global API Committee. She also is a leader in Skadden’s award-winning Pro Bono Impact project “Know Your Rights and Know the Law: Sex, Bullying and Social Media.”

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2013 (cum laude; New York University Law Review)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2010 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Colleen T. Lee