Mike Ross Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Mike Ross

Mike Ross

Attorney at Law

San Jose
California
Licensed in
CA, TX
Stanford Law
School
5.0 5
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About
Mike has been a general counsel for nearly thirty years. He brings a broad breadth of experience in securities, governance, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, international, intellectual property, litigation and general corporate law to The General Counsel. Mike was previously Vice President, General Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions of a NASDAQ-traded semiconductor company for nearly eighteen years, and was Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel a couple early stage energy start-ups. Prior to his in-house positions, he practiced law in the corporate, corporate securities and real estate law departments of the… read more international law firm of Orrick.
32
Years
experience
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Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Worked with Mike on $140M division divestiture from Atmel. His deep knowledge of the business and firm grasp of the legal elements of the transaction gave us a significantly stronger negotiating position. Mike's tenacity and acumen helped us convert that position into a premium price and excellent terms. In a competitive auction process, Mike's innate integrity set the tone for a process that was fair to all prospective buyers. This was understood and appreciated by everyone involved."

Mergers & Acquisitions, financings
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I worked with Mike on his company's project to acquire, develop and build a 300,000 square foot headquarters building. Mike was well-versed in the big picture deal items but also in the small details of the project. He was able to hold the project together and bring it in early and under budget, which is no small feat in Silicon Valley. I have used Mike subsequently and recommended him to clients and friends."

Real estate and corporate law
Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Work History

Law Offices of Mike Ross

Owner

Dec 2013 - Oct 2015

• Corporate Law
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Startups
• Intellectual Property
• Licensing
• Company Formation
• Financing
• Debt and Equity
• Employment Law
• Corporate Governance

Dec 2013 - Oct 2015

Solar Semiconductor

General Counsel

Jul 2008 - Dec 2013

➢ Negotiated and closed an acquisition of the Company, a vertically integrated provider of high-quality photovoltaic ("PV") modules, cells and solar systems that would take the Company public.
➢ Negotiated, drafted and closed power purchase agreements and engineering, procurement and cons
➢ Established legal, accounting and human resource functions to provide for rapid expansion of the Company.

Jul 2008 - Dec 2013

Advanced Power Projects

General Counsel

Apr 2007 - Jul 2008

➢ Raised $13M in venture capital financing from Sequoia Capital, Bay Partners and Redpoint Ventures for this early-stage start-up that provides clean tech upgrades to natural gas peak generators.
➢ Established legal, accounting and human resource functions to provide for rapid expansion of the Company.

Apr 2007 - Jul 2008

Atmel Corporation

General Counsel

Mar 1989 - Aug 2006

First general counsel of this global semiconductor company with over 9,000 employees in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Assisting in growing the Company from $60M in revenue to over $2B and scaling the Company to meet the rapid growth. Responsible for legal, real estate, sales and financing transactions, partnership/corporate entity management, human resources, board/secretarial duties, tax, litigatio

Mar 1989 - Aug 2006

Orrick Herrington

Associate

Aug 1985 - Mar 1989

Transactional practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private/public securities, venture capital financings, syndications, real estate, real estate finance, project finance and general business representation.

Aug 1985 - Mar 1989
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