Raaj S. Narayan


Raaj S. Narayan

Raaj S. Narayan is a Partner at Wachtell Lipton in the Corporate Department.  He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, takeover and shareholder activism defense, and corporate governance matters.  He represents public and private companies and private equity funds on a wide range of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, investments, joint ventures, initial public offerings and other securities offerings.  Based in Silicon Valley, he represents companies and investors across industries, with a substantial portion of his practice involving technology, fintech and financial services companies.

Mr. Narayan was named a 2022 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, and was earlier recognized as a Rising Star by Law360, Expert Guides and Euromoney.

Mr. Narayan serves on the Boards of the San Francisco Symphony and Stanford Law School.  He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Law & Policy Review and led the Afghanistan Legal Education Project.  Mr. Narayan is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the State Bar of California.

Selected M&A transactions include:

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in its acquisition of Juniper Networks, its acquisition of Cray, and its Reverse Morris Trust transaction combining its Software business with Micro Focus International
  • OpenGov in its sale to Cox Enterprises
  • Nielsen in its sale to a private equity consortium led by an affiliate of Elliott and Brookfield, and the prior sale of its Global Connect business to Advent International
  • SoFi in its merger with Social Capital Hedosophia V, and its acquisitions of Technisys, Golden Pacific Bancorp and Wyndham Capital
  • eBay in its sale of eBay Classifieds to Adevinta, and its sale of StubHub to Viagogo
  • HP Inc. in its successful defense against a hostile takeover bid by Xerox
  • Salesforce.com in its acquisitions of Tableau Software and MuleSoft
  • AOL in its sale to Verizon, and its acquisition of Millennial Media
  • GTECH in its acquisition of International Game Technology
  • International Game Technology in its sale of DoubleDown to DoubleU Games
  • Opendoor Technologies in strategic partnership transactions
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisitions of Duff & Phelps and CFGI
  • Envision Healthcare in its sale to KKR
  • Financial Engines in its sale to Hellman & Friedman
  • Mondelēz in its acquisitions of Hu Products and Give & Go
  • Atlas Energy in its sale to Chevron
  • Ventas in its acquisition of Atria Senior Living
  • Teneo in its investments by CVC Capital Partners and BC Partners, and its numerous acquisitions
  • The Cleveland Browns in its sale to Jimmy Haslam
  • The Aston Villa Football Club in its sale to Recon Group
  • Knight Capital in its merger with GETCO
  • Wells Fargo in the sale of its Health Savings Account Business to UnitedHealth, and its Shareowner Services Business to Equiniti
  • Capital One in its acquisitions of ING Direct USA, GE Capital’s Healthcare Finance Business, HSBC’s Domestic Credit Card Business, Cabela’s credit card program and Walmart’s credit card program
  • Cantor Fitzgerald in its sale of Berkeley Point to BGC Partners
  • Final in its sale to Goldman Sachs
  • Itaú Unibanco in the merger of its Chilean and Colombian operations with CorpBanca
  • Numerous other financial institutions in M&A transactions

Selected spin-off transactions include:

  • Hewlett-Packard Company in its separation into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Nielsen in its announced spin-off of its Global Connect business
  • Agilent Technologies in its spinoff of Keysight Technologies
  • BGC Partners in its spinoff of Newmark
  • Atlas Energy in its spinoff of Atlas Resources Partners

Selected public company capital raising and investment transactions include:

  • Square in its initial public offering
  • Santander Consumer USA in its initial public offering
  • Newmark in its initial public offering
  • National MI in its initial public offering
  • Salesforce.com in its initial notes offering
  • Keysight Technologies in its initial notes offering
  • SoFi in all of its public equity and debt offerings
  • NMI in all of its public equity and debt offerings
  • Searchlight Capital in its investment in KORE
  • Knight Capital in its preferred stock financing

Selected private company capital raising and investment transactions include:

  • MrBeast in investment transactions
  • Harvey in its financing led by Kleiner Perkins
  • LTK in its financing led by SoftBank
  • SoFi in its financings led by T. Rowe Price, QIA and Silver Lake Partners
  • Warburg Pincus in its investment in Varo Money
  • CardWorks in its investments by PIMCO, Parthenon Capital Partners and Reverence Capital Partners
  • Rialto Capital in its venture investments
  • Mondelēz in its venture investments

Selected SPAC transactions include:

  • SoFi in its business combination with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. V
  • Ginkgo Bioworks in its business combination with Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp.
  • Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. I in its initial public offering, and its business combination with Akili
  • Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. II in its initial public offering
  • Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. III in its initial public offering, and its business combination with ProKidney
  • Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. IV in its initial public offering

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