Karen A. Abesamis focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture capital investments, and technology transactions. She advises on general corporate matters, including securities compliance and corporate governance. Her clients include public and private companies, financial institutions, venture capital funds and corporate investors. Having practiced in the Bay Area for more than a decade, Karen has significant experience working with technology companies and non-technology companies that are finding opportunities to grow through the use of technology.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Karen interned with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, and worked in-house at Sun Microsystems, Dodge & Cox Mutual Fund, and Visa International. She has also worked in-house through secondment with a firm client.
Represented Oracle in the following acquisitions:
DataFox, a company that focuses on cloud-based artificial intelligence data engine and derived business content to provide the most current, precise, and expansive set of company-level information and insightful data to optimize business decisions
Iridize, an enterprise platform for personalized and contextual user onboarding and training for cloud applications
Vocado, a company that provides a leading student-centric, cloud-based financial aid solution for higher education institutions
Zenedge, a company which helps secure critical IT systems deployed via cloud, on-premise or hybrid hosting environments
Wercker, a company that helps developers automate the process to build and update software using a container-centric and cloud native platform
Moat Inc., a provider of digital customer attention tracking, measurement and analytics
Apiary, a developer of application programming interfaces
Dyn, a cloud-based Internet performance and Domain Name System provider
Palerra, a company aimed to help companies use cloud computing resources securely
LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications
Crosswise, a technology provider of cross-device data
Ravello Systems, a cloud computing company
Tessera Technologies in its acquisition of Ziptronix, a designer and developer of semiconductor
Shamrock Materials, a supplier of concrete and building materials, in its sale to Vulcan Materials Company
Sangamo BioSciences Inc. in its at-the-market (ATM) offering of its common stock, with Cowen and Company serving as the sales agent.
Tessera Technologies in its acquisition of IP assets from Pelican Imaging Corporation, an inventor of groundbreaking depth-sensing technology for mobile and AR/VR devices
ACCESS Co., Ltd. and its German subsidiary, ACCESS Europe GmbH, in their acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of NetRange MMH GmbH and NetRange Automotive GmbH, a provider of new connected car infotainment platform and applications
CytoPherx in its acquisition of Immunocept Medical Products, a commercial stage medical device company focused on acute systemic inflammatory diseases
23andMe, a personal genomics and biotechnology company, in its equity investment from GlaxoSmithKline
Target Corporation in its acquisition of Grand Junction, a transportation technology company
Antares Pharma in the $14.5 million sale of worldwide rights, including fixed assets, for the ZOMAJET™ needle-free auto injector device to Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Schweiger Dermatology Group, a dermatology and cosmetic surgery practice, in its $100 million investment by LNK Partners
Maestro Health, an employee health and benefits solution provider, in its sale to AXA Group
Kofu Hong Kong Holdings Limited in its acquisition of Pioneer Micro Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductors
Yokogawa Electric Corp. in its acquisition of BioStinger Inc., a developer of a technology that targets specific locations inside individual cells, enabling the injection of target substances such as genes or drugs and the extraction of intracellular materials
United Microelectronics Corporation in its $520 million acquisition of Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited, which operates a 300mm wafer fab in Mie, Japan
University of San Francisco, 2009, M.B.A.
University of San Francisco School of Law, 2008, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, 2004, B.A. (Psychology)
University of California, Berkeley, 2004, B.A. (Political Science)
Awards and Affiliations
Emerging Leader, The M&A Advisor (2019)
Vice Chair- Corporate Law Department Section of San Francisco Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Member, American Bar Association, M&A Committee and Women in M&A Committee
Member and Mentor, Women in Tech Law
Member, ChIPs (Chiefs in Intellectual Property) Silicon Valley