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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Mr. Russell’s M&A-related work includes representing:

  • AdLast (URX) in an acqui-hire transaction with Pinterest
  • Affirm in its acquisition of Sweep
  • Applied MicroStructures in its acquisition by SPTS Technologies, a subsidiary of Orbotech
  • BioLucid in its acquisition by Sharecare
  • Bonsai in its acquisition by Microsoft
  • Butter in an acqui-hire transaction with Box
  • CDK in its acquisition of AVRS*
  • Chariot in its acquisition by Ford Smart Mobility
  • Cloud9 IDE in acquisition by Amazon
  • ConnectedYard in its acquisition by Hayward
  • DogVacay in its acquisition by A Place for Rover
  • Escher Reality in its acquisition by Niantic
  • Francisco Partners in its $420 million acquisition of Metrologic Instruments*
  • Guidewire in its $275 million acquisition of Cyence
  • The Go Daddy Group in its $2.25 billion acquisition by K.K.R., Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures*
  • HealthDataInsights in its $400 million acquisition by HMS Holdings*
  • Informatica in its acquisition of StrikeIron*
  • Los Gatos Research in its acquisition by ABB*
  • Luxe Valet in an asset sale to Volvo
  • Marlin Equity Partners in its $160 million acquisition of three business units from Compuware and the sale of its portfolio company Emptoris to IBM*
  • Mentor Corporation in the $463 million sale of its Surgical Urology and Clinical and Consumer Healthcare business segments to Coloplast*
  • Micron Technology in numerous transactions, including its $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida Memory, Inc. out of bankruptcy in Japan; the $40 million sale of its wafer manufacturing facility in Japan to Tower Semiconductor Ltd.; the sale of its wafer manufacturing facility in Israel to Intel; its $1.3 billion acquisition of Numonyx from Intel Corporation, ST Microelectronics B.V. and Francisco Partners; its $400 million acquisition of shares of Inotera Memories, a Taiwanese joint venture, from Qimonda AG; and its NT$31.5 billion equity private placement to fund its acquisition of the remaining shares of Inotera Memories*
  • Mixbook in an asset acquisition from WedPics
  • The Nasdaq Stock Market in its acquisition of PrimeZone Media*
  • Qualtrics in its acquisition of Statwing
  • Rubrik in its acquisition of Datos IO
  • PillPack in its acquisition by Amazon
  • ScaleArc in an asset sale to Ignite Technologies, a portfolio company of ESW Capital
  • Slack in numerous transactions, including its acquisitions of Astro Technology and the Missions business from Robots & Pencils
  • Soha Systems in its acquisition by Akamai
  • SolarWorld Americas in an asset sale to SunPower
  • Strategic Data Corporation in its acquisition by Fox Interactive Media*
  • Tiny Garage Labs in an asset sale to Google
  • TiVo in numerous acquisitions, including its $135 million acquisition of Digitalsmiths Corporation and acquisitions of TRA Global and the ZincTV business from ZeeVee*
  • Twitter in numerous acquisitions, including 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*
  • Venture capital investors in sales of portfolio companies, including:
    • AppDynamics in its $3.7 billion acquisition by Cisco
    • Applatix in its acquisition by Intuit
    • Duo Security in its $2.35 billion acquisition by Cisco
    • Edmodo in its $137.5 million acquisition by NetDragon
    • Glassdoor in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Recruit Holdings
    • Quip in its $750 million acquisition by Salesforce
    • Rainberry (fka BitTorrent) in its acquisition by Tron
    • RightScale in its acquisition by Flexera
    • ScoutIt in its acquisition by Market Track
    • Verbify in its $114 million acquisition by Snap
    • Zenly in its $200 million acquisition by Snap
  • World Wide Packets in its $285 million acquisition by Ciena Corporation*
  • Woodward in its joint venture with General Electric for fuel systems for large commercial aircraft jet engines*
  • Zoomer in an asset sale to EatStreet and in an acqui-hire transaction with Grubhub

* 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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