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Alan F. Denenberg


Alan F. Denenberg

Northern California

Co-head of Northern California office. Has a wide-ranging practice with a particular focus on capital markets (including more than 60 IPOs since 2015) and M&A.

Alan, co-head of our Northern California office, has extensive experience in corporate finance, M&A and general corporate advice representing acquirers, target companies and private equity firms.

He advises clients on a broad range of public and private equity, debt and convertible financings, including more than 60 IPOs since 2015. He represents U.S. and non-U.S. issuers and underwriters in industries including technology, life sciences, retail and consumer products.

Law360 named Alan a “Capital Markets MVP” in 2019 and a “Technology MVP” three times, most recently in 2022. Chambers USA ranks Alan in each of capital markets, convertible securities and M&A.

Alan provides general corporate advice to clients including Accuray, Acutus Medical, Arcade Beauty, AssetMark, Credo Semiconductor, CrowdStrike, Equinix, GoDaddy, Ingram Micro, Kittyhawk, McKesson, Mirion, Penumbra, PLAYSTUDIOS, Premiere Medical, QuinStreet, UltraClean and Xponential Fitness.

Experience highlights

Capital Markets

Alan has worked on public offerings, including convertible, investment-grade and high-yield debt and equity offerings, for a variety of companies, including Alphabet, Amazon, Autodesk, Avid Bioservices, AVITA Medical, Beigene, Bloom Energy, Carvana, Cisco, Citrix, Coherus, Equinix, Five Prime, Fortinet, GlobalLife, GoDaddy, Groupon, Illumina, Intel, Intuit, Ionis, iRhythm, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Juniper, Microchip, Nanostring, Natera, NetApp, Nevro, Nike, Nurix, Nvidia, Palantir, Paypal, Penumbra, Playtika, Proofpoint, Pure Storage, Rambus, Revance, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Silicon Valley Bank, Skillz, Sonosite, Theravance, Torchmark, Twitter, Uber, Ultra Clean Holdings, Workday, Xilinx, Yelp and ZScaler.

Recent IPOs for which Alan had primary responsibility include Acutus, Alector, Aligos Therapeutics, Allakos, AssetMark, Berkeley Lights, Bloom Energy, Bolt, Carvana, Coursera, Credo Semiconductor, CrowdStrike, Denali, Eargo, Elastic, Endava, Frontier, GoodRx, Hillevax, Honest, IDEAYA, Maravai, NightDragon, Nurix, Olema, One Medical, Pivotal Software, Playtika, Poshmark, Revolution Medicines, Roku, Shockwave Medical, Seer, SMART, SolarWinds, Sumo Logic, Uber and Unity Healthcare.

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • AssetMark on its acquisition by GTCR
  • McKesson on its:
    • acquisitions of Medical Specialty Distributors and RxCrossroads
    • joint venture with Blackstone portfolio company, Change Healthcare
    • divestiture of its Enterprise Information Solutions business to Allscripts
  • Equinix on its:
    • acquisitions of Packet Host, Switch & Data, ALOG, Nimbo, Verizon’s data center business, Infomart Dallas
    • sale of data centers to 365 Main
  • Ingram Micro on its:
    • acquisitions of BrightPoint, CloudBlue Technologies and Shipwire
    • sale to a subsidiary of China’s HNA Group
    • subsequent acquisition by Platinum Equity
  • Ultra Clean on its acquisitions of AIT, Sieger, Miconex, Quantum Global Technologies and Ham-Letn Ltd.
  • PLAYSTUDIOS on its combination with Acies
  • Upgrade on its acquisition of Uplift
  • Dynamics on its combination with Senti Bio
  • CrowdStrike on its acquisitions of Preempt Security and Humio
  • Pivotal Software on its sale to VMware
  • WPEngine on its acquisition of Flywheel
  • Silver Lake on its investment in WPEngine
  • J.P. Morgan on its acquisition of Dell by Michael Dell and Silverlake
  • Smart Modular on its acquisition of Penguin Computing
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Chambers USA & Global – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Western United States, Band 1

Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, California, Band 1

Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Convertible Debt, Band 1

Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, Northern California

Law360 – “Technology MVP of the Year,” 2013, 2015 and 2022

Law360 – “Capital Markets MVP of the Year,” 2019

Daily Journal – “Top 100 Lawyers,” California, for many years consecutively

Daily Journal – “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year,” 2020

Daily Journal – “Top Health Care Lawyers,” 2021-2023

Legal 500 U.S. – Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

IFLR1000 – Capital Markets (Debt, Equity), California and New York, Market Leader

American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2014

Who’s Who Legal – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Global Leader

The Recorder – “Trusted Advisor,” 2016

Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law,” San Jose, 2020, 2023

Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year: Securities/Capital Markets Law,” San Francisco, 2014


LL.M., Columbia Law School
LL.B., York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
B.A., McGill University

Professional history

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

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York
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