Anne E. Villanueva

Anne E. Villanueva

Counsel, Labor and Employment Law
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;
  • Coherent, Inc. in its pending $5.7 billion sale to Lumentum Holdings Inc.;
  • BuzzFeed in its acquisition of HuffPost;
  • Visa Inc. in its pending $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid Inc.;
  • Cavium, Inc. in its $6 billion acquisition by Marvell Technology Group Ltd.;
  • Xilinx, Inc. in its pending $35 billion acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.;
  • 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; in its sale of Wind River Systems, Inc. to TPG Capital, L.P.; $1 billion sale of its smartphone modem business to Apple Inc. and its $150 million sale of its home gateway platform division to MaxLinear, Inc.;
  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. in its $4 billion acquisition of Honey Science Corporation; $400 million acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems Inc.; its $2.2 billion acquisition of iZettle AB; and its acquisition of an artificial intelligence technology company;
  • Viking Cruises, Ltd. in its $500 million investment from TPG Capital, L.P. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board;
  • Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of a majority stake in ServiceMax, Inc. from GE Digital LLC;
  • Bytedance (the parent company of TikTok) in a variety of employment counseling matters, including the employment agreement for TikTok’s CEO and the subsequent negotiation of his separation and severance agreement; 
  • Spotify Technology S.A. in its acquisitions of and Cutler Media, LLC;
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in connection with the proposed $1.2 billion carve-out sale of its Institutional Retirement & Trust business to an affiliate of Principal Financial Group, Inc.; 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, having served on the Hispanic Affinity Group’s Steering Committee for several years. She currently serves as co-chair of the Palo Alto office’s Associates’ Committee and is a member of the office’s Diversity, Summer Associate and Hiring committees.



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


  • California
  • New York

Anne E. Villanueva

Counsel, Labor and Employment Law