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Alan F. Denenberg
Mr. Denenberg is a member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and head of the Menlo Park office. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions. His practice includes a broad range of public and private equity and debt financing representing both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, retail and manufacturing. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Denenberg has worked on a number of public and private transactions, representing both acquirer and target companies, as well as private equity firms.

Work Highlights

Capital Markets

Mr. Denenberg has worked on public offerings, including convertible, investment-grade and high-yield debt and equity offerings, for a variety of companies, including Altera, Amazon, AOL, Baidu, ChemoCentryx, Citrix, Cisco, Coherus, Cypress Semiconductor, EnerNOC, Equinix, FleetMatics, Fortinet, Google, Intel, InterMolecular, Intuit, Ionis, Juniper, Kythera, LinkedIn, Nevro, Nice-Systems, Nanostring, Netsuite, Nvidia, OpenTable, Pacific Biosciences, Penumbra, Pure Storage, QuinStreet, Rally Software, Shutterfly, Silicon Valley Bank, Solazyme, Sonosite, Spansion, STR, Theravance, Tibco, Twitter, Virgin America, Vishay, Workday, Xilinx, Yahoo, Yelp, Zeltiq and ZS Pharma.


He spent five years practicing in Asia, during which time he focused on cross-border financings and mergers and acquisitions, including various financings by Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company, and China Eastern Airlines.

Mergers and Acquisitions Representations
  • Reliance Steel & Aluminum in its acquisition of Metals USA Holdings
  • J.P. Morgan in the acquisition of Dell by Michael Dell and Silverlake
  • Asylum Research in its sale to Oxford Instruments
  • Ingram Micro in its acquisitions of BrightPoint, CloudBlue Technologies and Shipwire
  • Ultra Clean in its acquisitions of AIT, Sieger and Miconex
  • Smart Modular in its sale to Silver Lake
  • Symantec in its acquisition of the identity and authentication business of VeriSign
  • Equinix in its acquisitions of Switch & Data, ALOG and Nimbo, and sale of data centers to 365 Main 
  • MSC Software in its sale to Symphony Technology Group
  • MediaTek in its acquisition of the cellular chip business of Analog Devices
  • PowerDsine in its sale to Microsemi
Representative General Corporate Representations

Mr. Denenberg has regularly provided general corporate advice to companies, including Accuray, Equinix, Forter, Ingram Micro, McKesson, Mirion Technology, MSC Software, PCH International, Pivotal Software, QuinStreet, Reliance Steel, Richemont International, Smart Modular, Solazyme, Symantec and Ultra Clean.


  • Named an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year” − 2014
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in San Francisco Securities/Capital Markets Law by Best Lawyers 2014
  • Named a “Technology MVP” by Law360 in 2015 and 2013
  • Named to Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers in California” for six consecutive years
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
    • U.S. and California: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity – Chambers USA 2008-2015
    • California: Corporate/M&A – Chambers USA 2007-2015
    • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • IFLR1000
    • Securities/Capital Markets Law – Best Lawyers, 2006-2015

    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law – Best Lawyers, 2010-2015

    • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook and Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook
    • Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: California

Of Note

Speaker and Committees
  • Panelist at the Northwestern Securities Regulation Institute
  • Frequent speaker at PLI seminars
  • Panelist at Stanford Directors’ College
  • Member of NASDAQ Private Market Board of Advisors

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2000-present
  • Partner (San Francisco); Managing Partner (Singapore office), Shearman & Sterling, 1994-2000


  • 1600 El Camino Real
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    P: 650-752-2004
    F: 650-752-3604

Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York


  • B.A., McGill University, 1982
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 1985
  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1987