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Alan F. Denenberg

Mr. Denenberg is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and head of the Northern California 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 Alphabet, Altera, Amazon, AOL, Baidu, Carvana, ChemoCentryx, Citrix, Cisco, Coherus, Cypress Semiconductor, Denali, EnerNOC, Equinix, Five Prime Therapeutics, FleetMatics, Fortinet, GoDaddy, Intel, InterMolecular, Intuit, Ionis, Juniper, Kythera, LinkedIn, Nanostring, NetApp, Netsuite, Nevro, Nice-Systems, Nike, Nvidia, OpenTable, Pacific Biosciences, Penumbra, Pure Storage, Quantenna, QuinStreet, Quotient Technology, Rally Software, Rambus, Roku, Seattle Genetics, Shutterfly, Silicon Valley Bank, Solazyme, Sonosite, Spansion, Theravance, Tibco, Torchmark, Twitter, Ultra Clean Holdings, ViewRay, 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 
  • McKesson on its acquisition of RxCrossroads and the divestiture of its Enterprise Information Solutions business to Allscripts
  • McKesson in its joint venture with Blackstone portfolio company, Change Healthcare
  • Ingram Micro in its sale to Tianjin Tianhai, a subsidiary of China's HNA Group
  • Silver Lake on its investment in WPEngine

  • Equinix in its acquisitions of Switch & Data, ALOG, Nimbo, Verizon's data center business, Infomart Dallas and the sale of data centers to 365 Main

  • 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
  • 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
General Corporate Advice

Mr. Denenberg has regularly provided general corporate advice to companies, including Accuray, Equinix, Ingram Micro, McKesson, Mirion Technology, MSC Software, Penumbra, Pivotal Software, QuinStreet, Richemont International, Smart Modular, ViewRay and Ultra Clean. 


Mr. Denenberg is recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

  • The Recorder – “Trusted Advisor,” 2016

  • American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2014
  • Best Lawyers – "Lawyer of the Year" in San Francisco Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2014
  • Law360 – “Technology MVP,” 2015 and 2013
  • Daily Journal – “Top 100 Lawyers," California, for seven consecutive years

Mr. Denenberg is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: U.S. and California, 2008-2016
  • Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A: California, 2007-2016
  • IFLR1000
  • Best Lawyers – Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2006-2015
  • Best Lawyers – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2010-2015
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook and Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Capital Markets, 2018

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
    P: +1 650 752 2004
    F: +1 650 752 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