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Bruce K. Dallas
Partner

A partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, Mr. Dallas is a founding partner of the Menlo Park office. He advises on corporate finance, derivatives, SEC disclosure and corporate governance. His transactional work includes initial public offerings (with an emphasis on bio-tech and high-tech companies), high-yield, convertible and straight debt offerings and issuer repurchase programs.  

Mr. Dallas has been the primary capital markets partner for Comcast, E*TRADE, Leidos, Masco, NBCUniversal, Roper Technologies, Science Applications International Corporation and Texas Instruments. He also regularly represents leading underwriters. Mr. Dallas authored three recent SEC no-action letters, two for Comcast permitting its then 51% subsidiary, NBCUniversal, to be treated as wholly owned for purposes of reduced SEC periodic reporting, one confirming this relief following the acquisition from GE and one for SAIC permitting it to use Rule 14a-16 (Notice and Access) for the collapse of its holding company structure.

Work Highlights

Recent Transactions
  • Masco’s $1 billion spinoff of TopBuild
  • An aggregate of $31.1 billion in debt offerings representing issuers including Comcast, Masco, Roper Technologies, Texas Instruments and TTX Company
  • Initial public offerings by Achaogen, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Aeglea Biotherapeutics, Aimmune Therapeutics, Atara Biotherapeutics, BeiGene, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Global Blood Therapeutics, Loxo Oncology, Revance Therapeutics, SecureWorks and Versartis
  • Equity offerings by Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Ardelyx, Atara Biotherapeutics, BIND Therapeutics, Endocyte, Esperion Therapeutics, Global Blood Therapeutics, Loxo Oncology, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Revance Therapeutics, Versartis, Xencor and Xenoport
  • An aggregate of $3.53 billion in convertible notes offerings by Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Brocade Communications Systems, Cepheid, Depomed, Electronics For Imaging, FireEye, Inphi Corporation, Palo Alto Networks and Xenoport 

Recognition

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

  • Chambers USA – Capital Markets: California, Band 1, so ranked every year since the inaugural issue in 2007 
  • Chambers Global
  • IFLR1000
  • Legal 500 U.S.
  • Daily Journal – “Top 100 Lawyers,” California

Of Note

Speaking Engagements
  • PLI: Drafting Securities Filings, annually 2010-2015
  • Northwestern Law School: 37th and 40th Annual Securities Regulation Institutes
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, 2009 National Conference  

Professional History

  • Partner, 1994-present
  • Associate, 1985-1994
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Harry W. Wellford, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1984-1985

Contact

  • 1600 El Camino Real
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    P: 650-752-2022
    F: 650-752-3622

Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Education

  • A.B., Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 1979
  • A.M., Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 1979
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1984
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Law Review
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, 1984
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society