Mike Russell, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences groups, practices corporate and securities law with a principal focus on M&A. He has extensive transactional experience, including mergers, asset and stock sales, joint ventures, public equity and debt offerings, tender and exchange offers, corporate restructurings and venture capital financings. He also regularly advises companies on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance responsibilities, SEC disclosure obligations, and stock market listing and compliance requirements.

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Representative Buy-Side Transactions:

  • Guidewire in its $275 million acquisition of Cyence
  • Slack in its acquisitions of Astro Technology and the Missions business from Robots & Pencils and in an acqui-hire transaction with Turbine Labs
  • Rubrik in its acquisition of Datos IO
  • Qualtrics in its acquisition of Statwing
  • Affirm in its acquisition of Sweep
  • Mixbook in an asset acquisition from WedPics
  • Micron in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida out of bankruptcy in Japan, its $1.3 billion acquisition of Numonyx from Intel, ST Microelectronics and Francisco Partners and its $400 million acquisition of Inotera from Qimonda AG *
  • Twitter in its $533 million acquisition of TellApart and acquisitions of Afterlive.TV, Apps & Zerts, Bounty Labs (Periscope), Cardspring, Gnip, Madbits, Namo Media, The Niche Project and Whetlab*
  • TiVo in its $135 million acquisition of Digitalsmiths and acquisitions of TRA Global and the ZincTV business from ZeeVee*
  • Informatica in its acquisition of StrikeIron*
  • CDK in its acquisition of AVRS*
  • Francisco Partners in its $420 million acquisition of Metrologic Instruments*
  • The Nasdaq Stock Market in its acquisition of PrimeZone Media*

Representative Sell-Side Transactions:

  • Qualtrics in its pending $8.0 billion acquisition by SAP
  • Pillpack in its acquisition by Amazon
  • Benchmark Capital in the sale of numerous portfolio companies, including Duo Security in its $2.35 billion acquisition by Cisco, Glassdoor in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Recruit Holdings, Quip in its $750 million acquisition by Salesforce, Zenly in its $200 million acquisition by Snap, Edmodo in its $137.5 million acquisition by NetDragon, and RightScale in its acquisition by Flexera
  • SolarWorld Americas in an asset sale to SunPower
  • Bonsai in its acquisition by Microsoft
  • DCM Ventures in the sale of its portfolio company Rainberry (fka BitTorrent) to Tron
  • Chariot in its acquisition by Ford Smart Mobility
  • Luxe Valet in an asset sale to Volvo
  • Soha Systems in its acquisition by Akamai
  • Escher Reality in its acquisition by Niantic
  • DogVacay in its acquisition by A Place for Rover
  • ConnectedYard in its acquisition by Hayward
  • ScaleArc in an asset sale to Ignite Technologies, a portfolio company of ESW Capital
  • Tiny Garage Labs in an asset sale to Google
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Applatix to Intuit
  • Bain Capital in the sale of its portfolio company ScoutIt to Market Track
  • Zoomer in an asset sale to EatStreet and in an acqui-hire transaction with Grubhub
  • Applied MicroStructures in its acquisition by SPTS Technologies, a subsidiary of Orbotech
  • Redpoint Ventures in the sale of its portfolio company Verbify for $114 million to Snap
  • BioLucid in its acquisition by Sharecare
  • Cloud9 IDE in acquisition by Amazon
  • AdLast (URX) in an acqui-hire transaction with Pinterest
  • Micron Technology in the sale of its wafer manufacturing facility in Japan to Tower Semiconductor Ltd. and the sale of its wafer manufacturing facility in Israel to Intel*
  • Mentor Corporation in the $463 million sale of its Surgical Urology and Clinical and Consumer Healthcare business segments to Coloplast*
  • Woodward in its joint venture with General Electric for fuel systems for large commercial aircraft jet engines*
  • HealthDataInsights in its $400 million acquisition by HMS Holdings*
  • Los Gatos Research in its acquisition by ABB*
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its $160 million acquisition of three business units from Compuware and the sale of its portfolio company Emptoris to IBM*
  • Strategic Data Corporation in its acquisition by Fox Interactive Media*
  • World Wide Packets in its $285 million acquisition by Ciena Corporation*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Russell was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Previously, he worked as a deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.

Mr. Russell also serves as an Affiliate Attorney for the University of Michigan Law School's Entrepreneurial Clinic.

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J.D., 1993
University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Political Science, 1990
University of Michigan
(With Distinction)





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