M&A Partner Derek Liu leaves Wilson Sonsini to join Baker McKenzie

Derek Liu has joined Baker McKenzie from Wilson Sonsini in their San Francisco office as a Partner in the firms mergers and acquisitions practice. He focuses primarily on the technology and life science industries, where since 2013, he has signed transactions with an aggregate value of more than $60 billion. Derek has worked on some of the most transformative M&A transactions in the tech sector, with completed transactions in pharmaceuticals (Pharmacyclics’ sale to AbbVie, Aragon Pharmaceutical’s sale to Johnson & Johnson and spinoff of Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Astex Pharmaceutical’s sale to Otsuka), software (Advent’s sale to SS&C, Salesforce’s acquisition of EdgeSpring) and hardware (Riverbed’s sale to Thoma Bravo, Aruba Networks’ sale to HP, Google’s acquisition of Nest). His transaction experiences includes public and private company mergers, acquisition, and divestitures; tender and exchange offers; joint ventures; minority investments; and other strategic corporate transactions, representing both strategic and private equity clients. Derek’s experience also includes capital markets and financing, having assisted clients with initial and secondary offerings, debt offerings, leverage recapitalizations, and exchange offers.