JOHN A. FORE

Partner
 
Corporate Law & Governance
Corporate Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity

EXPERIENCE:

John Fore has been a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati since 1990, where he is the head of the firm's corporate finance practice. John has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and has worked on a large number of public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions, representing both acquirer and target companies, as well as private equity firms. In addition, his practice includes a broad range of public and private equity and debt financing transactions, representing both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of industries, including technology, retail, telecommunications, biotechnology, clean tech, health care, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He has also worked on a large number of joint ventures and venture capital financings.

As head of the firm's corporate finance practice, John has had responsibility for structuring and negotiating a large number of public and private debt transactions, principally for corporate borrowers and issuers. His corporate finance practice focuses on corporate and securities work for both public and private companies, as well as financial institutions, with particular emphasis on the representation of growth technology companies. He also has had extensive experience with a variety of debt transactions, including secured and unsecured bank financings; private placements; acquisition finance; project finance; leveraged leasing; senior, subordinated, and convertible note sales; multi-currency loans; letter-of-credit facilities; interest rate caps; off-balance sheet financings; 144A and Regulation S transactions; and public offerings of investment-grade and non-investment-grade notes and convertible subordinated debt securities. In response to client needs, John has developed a number of cutting-edge debt instruments for both the private and public markets.

John currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee and is a former member of the firm's board of directors.

SELECT TRANSACTIONS:
  • Applied Materials in its $1.75 billion senior notes offering
  • Genentech in its $2 billion senior note offering
  • Francisco Partners in its $420 million acquisition of Metrologic Instruments
  • Freescale Semiconductor in the tender offers/consent solicitations with respect to $850 million in senior notes in conjunction with its acquisition by a consortium of private equity firms led by the Blackstone Group
  • Go Daddy with respect to its issuance of $300 million in high yield debt financing to support its acquisition by K.K.R. & Co., Silver Lake Partners an Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Hewlett-Packard in over $15 billion of global notes offerings
  • Kodak in its $500 million senior secured notes offering and its $300 million senior secured notes offering
  • Linear Technology in its $1.7 billion convertible senior notes
  • Micron Technology in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida Memory, Inc. out of bankruptcy (pending)
  • Micron Technology in the $40 million sale of its Japanese wafer manufacturing facility to Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
  • Micron Technology in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Numonyx from Intel Corporation, ST Microelectronics B.V. and Francisco Partners
  • Micron Technology in its $400 million acquisition of shares of Inotera Memories, a Taiwanese joint venture, from Qimonda AG
  • Micron Technology in its $1.8 billion acquisition of the semiconductor memory manufacturing business of Texas Instruments
  • Micron Technology in its $1.14 billion convertible senior notes offering and $600 million convertible senior notes offering
  • NetApp in its $1.1 billion convertible senior notes offering
  • Netflix in its $200 million senior notes offering and its $200 million zero coupon senior convertible notes offering
  • Nuance Communications in its $700 million senior notes offering and its $600 million senior convertible debentures
  • Tibco Software in its $525 million convertible senior notes offering
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Yale University, 1979
    Cum Laude
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Corporations Committee, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California
HONORS:
  • Named in the 2006-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Named in the 2005-2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2004-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which he is touted as "credible," "experienced," and "a leader in the debt market" and praised for his "great perspective" and "expert" representation of tech and telecommunication companies
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4651
Fax | 650-493-6811

Email | John Forejfore@wsgr.com

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