Anne Villanueva counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters, including employment-related issues arising out of U.S. and multinational corporate transactions, executive employment agreements and separation agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions-in-force, discrimination charges and lawsuits, collective bargaining agreements and internal investigations.

Her representative matters include:

  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Limited. Ms. Villanueva was a key member of the deal team recognized by the Daily Journal with an California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award for innovative lawyering;
  • Cavium, Inc. in its $6 billion acquisition by Marvell Technology Group Ltd.;
  • Intel Corporation in its $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, N.V. Ms. Villanueva was a member of the deal team recognized by the Daily Journal with a CLAY award for this matter; its $4.2 billion spin-off and joint venture with TPG Capital, L.P. to form the independent cybersecurity company McAfee; and in its sale of Wind River Systems, Inc. to TPG Capital, L.P.;
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. in its $400 million acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems Inc.; its $2.2 billion acquisition of iZettle AB; and its acquisition of an artificial intelligence technology company;
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in ServiceMax, Inc. from GE Digital LLC;
  • Spotify Technology S.A. in its acquisitions of and Cutler Media, LLC; and
  • The Middleby Corporation in connection with more than 25 matters, including its $380 million acquisition of Viking Range Corporation; its $1 billion acquisition of Taylor Company from UTC Climate, Controls & Security; its acquisition of Lynx Grills, Inc. from Century Park Capital Partners, LLC; and its acquisitions of Follett Corporation, CVP Systems, Inc., Globe Food Equipment Company, Burford Corporation and Hinds-Bock Corporation.

Ms. Villanueva frequently writes and presents on developing issues in labor and employment law, including equal pay audits, gender pay gap disclosure issues and employee speech within and outside of the workplace. She is the editor of the Labor and Employment Law Group’s Employment Flash publication. She also has published labor and employment-related articles in several magazines, journals and internal publications, including Risk & Compliance, New York Law Journal and Skadden’s Insights publication.

Ms. Villanueva has been a member of Skadden’s Hispanic and Women’s affinity groups since she joined the firm in 2012; has served on the steering committee for the Hispanic affinity group from 2013 until September 2015; and is a member of the Palo Alto office’s associates’ committee, diversity committee, summer associate committee and hiring committee.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2012
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2009


  • California
  • New York

Anne E. Villanueva

Associate, Labor and Employment Law