Amr Razzak represents clients in a broad range of corporate transactions and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment and capital markets transactions, and situations involving shareholder activism.

Bio

Mr. Razzak’s practice encompasses transactions involving public and private companies, private equity funds, friendly and unsolicited situations, and U.S. and cross-border transactions. He has significant experience handling transactions in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as in growth markets such as India, Israel, China, Egypt and Singapore.

Before joining the firm’s Palo Alto office in 2004, Mr. Razzak was resident in Skadden’s New York and Singapore offices, where he worked on many transactions recognized by industry publications in their annual reviews of the year’s largest and most innovative deals.

Mr. Razzak has been recognized annually as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was a key member of the deal teams that were recognized in The Recorder’s 2017 Corporate Department of the Year contest, in which Skadden took top honors in the U.S. M&A and Cross Border M&A categories.

His notable experience includes the representation of:

  • Advantest Corporation (Japan), in an initially unsolicited, but subsequently agreed upon, $1.1 billion acquisition of Verigy Ltd. (Singapore). This transaction was recognized in the 2011 Financial Times “US Innovative Lawyers” report;
  • Apple Inc. in numerous transactions;
  • Fox Paine & Company, LLC in numerous transactions, including the $1 billion sale of Paradigm Ltd. to Apax Partners L.P. and JMI Equity; the sale of Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan Parfumeur to affiliates of PUIG; and the sale of Erno Laszlo to an affiliate of RBS Capital;
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. and a private equity consortium including The Blackstone Group L.P., The Carlyle Group L.P., Permira Funds and TPG Capital, L.P. in Freescale’s $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors NV;
  • The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (Japan) in its $99 million sale of a controlling interest in Optical Communications Products, Inc.;
  • Global Indemnity, plc in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of American Reliable Insurance Company and its redomestication from Ireland to the Cayman Islands, the first-ever move of a public company from Ireland to the Cayman Islands;
  • The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in its receipt of an unsolicited proposal from Carl Icahn;
  • Hexaware Technologies Limited (India), a developer of computer software and a provider of information technology services, in its $34 million acquisition of FocusFrame, Inc.;
  • Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation;
  • Innoviva, Inc. in response to activist shareholder Sarissa Capital Management LP’s proxy fight to elect three directors to Innoviva’s board of directors;
  • Intel Corporation in its $4.2 billion spin-off and joint venture with TPG Capital, L.P. to form the independent cybersecurity company McAfee;
  • LSI Corporation in its $6.6 billion sale to by Avago Technologies Limited (Singapore);
  • McKesson Corporation in several transactions, including its $208 million acquisition of D&K Healthcare Resources, Inc.;
  • Meridian Gold in its defense against an unsolicited exchange offer by Yamana Gold Inc. and its subsequent acquisition by Yamana in a three-way combination with Northern Resources Inc.;
  • Openwave Systems Inc. in several transactions, including an unsolicited offer from activist hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, and in its $46 million sale of Musiwave SA (France) to Microsoft Corporation;
  • PMC-Sierra, Inc. in numerous matters including its $2.5 billion acquisition by Microsemi Corporation; its $240 million acquisition of Wintegra, Inc.; its $34 million acquisition of the channel storage business of Adaptec, Inc.; its acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products’ 12 GB/s SAS expander technology; its acquisition of HP’s Smart Array business; and in its dealings with activist fund Relational Investors;
  • PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia in a series of related acquisition and sale transactions with PT Indonesian Satellite Corporation valued at $1.2 billion (the 2001 FinanceAsia “Most Innovative M&A Deal of the Year”);
  • Rhapsody in connection with the transfer of Telefonica’s music streaming business in South America and the related investment by Telefonica into Rhapsody;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Joyent, Inc.;
  • SanDisk Corporation in its $19 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation and its $1.1 billion acquisition of Fusion-io, Inc.;
  • the special committee of the board of directors of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in the $512 million acquisition of Steinway by private investors;
  • Theravance Inc. in various matters, including the separation of the company into two publicly traded companies, Theravance and Theravance Biopharma, and in a $450 million royalty monetization private placement;
  • VMware, Inc. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of Class A common stock;
  • Yahoo! Inc. in numerous transactions, including in connection with Microsoft’s unsolicited $44.6 billion acquisition proposal; its $160 million acquisition of Musicmatch, Inc.; its $300 million acquisition of BlueLithium Inc.; its joint venture with Australian broadcaster Channel Seven; and Yahoo! Australia’s joint venture with New Zealand Telecom; and
  • Zilog, Inc. in its evaluation of a $76 million unsolicited bid by Universal Electronics, Inc. and a $73 million bid by IXYS Corporation.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998 (cum laude)
  • M.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998
  • A.B., Brown University, 1990

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Languages

  • French
  • Arabic (spoken)
  • Fulfulde