Louis Lehot is a partner in Cooley's Business department and is resident in the Firm's Palo Alto office. Mr. Lehot joined the Firm in 2013.
Mr. Lehot's corporate and securities law practice focuses on advising public and private companies and their financial sponsors and investment banks in public offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked and debt securities, M&A transactions, as well as corporate governance, disclosure, financial reporting, proxy, stock exchange and securities law compliance matters. He has represented both public and private clients in the United States and globally, with a focus on cross-border transactions. He regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. registrants before the SEC, FINRA, NYSE and NASDAQ.
Mr. Lehot has been recognized as a leading corporate attorney in publications such as Chambers USA, Legal500 and Super Lawyers. Most recently, Mr. Lehot was included in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA as a leader in California in Capital Markets: Debt & Equity and a Rising Star in 2012 by Super Lawyers. Mr. Lehot was also recognized by AlwaysOn as a 2012 Power Player.
Mr. Lehot's clients have included:
•AdoTube, acquired by Exponential Interactive •Brioche Pasquier S.A.* •CAI International •CBRE Group* •CHC Helicopter* •CoachClub* •CSR plc* •Cyphort* •Fifth & Pacific Companies* •Hanwha Solar* •LivingPressWorks* •MetricTest, acquired by Microlease plc •MMI Technologies* •OpenTable •Seagate Technology •Semarchy* •Shibumi* •STMicroelectronics •Vcorp*
* Indicates current client
Mr. Lehot has also represented leading investment banks, financial sponsors and venture capital funds. Mr. Lehot has also acted for the Capital Markets Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association ("SIFMA"), and regularly advises SIFMA members on the Master Agreement Among Underwriters and the Master Selected Dealers Agreement.
Mr. Lehot's capital markets experience includes:
•IPO and follow-on offerings for RealD (July and December 2010), OpenTable (2009), Micron* (2009), CBRE (2008), Heckmann Corporation*, (2007), AMIS Holdings* (2007), ChipMOS* (2006); Business Objects* (2005); ExonHit Therapeutics (2005); ALSTOM (2004), SES Global* (2004); France Telecom (2004); Orange (2001), STMicroelectronics N.V. (2001), Novartis AG and Syngenta AG (2000) (* represented underwriters)
•Convertible note offerings for GLG Partners, Inc.* (2009) and Micron Technology* (2009 and 2007), an exchangeable note offering for POSCO* (2008), convertible note offerings for Lawson Software (2007), China Medical Technologies (2006) and San Disk Corporation* (2006), and STMicroelectronics (2003) and exchangeable note offerings for France Telecom in respect of shares of Orange and STMicroelectronics (2002 and 2001)
•Multi-billion dollar investment grade bond issuances for Northrop Grumman Corporation (and concurrent subsidiary debt tender offers), Oracle Corporation*, Seagate Technology
•High yield debt issuances and registered exchange offers for CHC Helicopter (2012), MMI International (2012), Fifth and Pacific Companies (formerly Liz Claiborne) (2011 and 2012), RadNet (2010), Rhodia (2005 and 2004)
Mr. Lehot is a member of the Subcommittee on Negotiated Acquisitions in the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and has a very active M&A practice, with a focus on technology and financial sponsor transactions. His M&A experience includes:
• Affiliates of CSR plc (NASDAQ: CRES) in its acquisition of the MAP-X audio semiconductor business from Trident Microsystems, Inc.
• The financial advisors to On Assignment (NASDAQ: ASGN) in its purchase of Apex Systems, Inc. for an aggregate of $600 million, composed of $383 million in cash and 14.3 million shares of newly issued shares of On Assignment stock
• The special committee of the board of directors of Tongjitang Chinese Medicines, an NYSE-listed public company, in negotiating an agreement and plan of merger with a bidder group led by its chairman and Fosun Industrial in a going-private transaction (recognized by China Business Law Journal as 2012's Going Private Deal of the Year)
• SiRF Technology Holdings, a NASDAQ-listed public company, in connection with its agreement and plan of merger with CSR plc, a London Stock Exchange listed foreign private issuer, in a stock-for-stock combination
• Hellman & Friedman LLC in connection with the leveraged buyout and debt financing of Goodman Global, Inc., and its tender offers for outstanding fixed and floating rate notes and Goodman Global in its exchange offer for new 13.50%/14/00% senior subordinated notes
• AOL LLC, in the acquisitions of Sphere Source, Inc. and Goowy Media Inc.
•Silver Lake Partners and TPG in connection with the sale of Network GeneralCorporation to NetScout Systems, Inc. in a combined cash, stock and debt transaction
• Seagate Technology in connection with $1.8 billion acquisition of Maxtor Corporation
•Novartis, in the demerger of its agribusiness and crop science units and combination with
the agrochemicals business of AstraZeneca to form Syngenta
Mr. Lehot also represents emerging private companies with compelling technologies and their venture capital investors in formation, financing and liquidity transactions.
Mr. Lehot writes and speaks prolifically on corporate, securities and technology law matters. Mr. Lehot is an active participant in the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Bay Area, the Churchill Club's Silicon Valley Chapter and the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco.
Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Lehot was a partner at Sheppard Mullin, where he chaired the global capital markets and public M&A practices. He has also practiced with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in its Silicon Valley office and with Shearman & Sterling in its New York, London and Paris offices.