Karen A. Abesamis focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic and venture capital investments, and technology transactions. Karen works with early and mature technology companies and companies in other sectors interested in growing through technology. She also advises clients in the tax-exempt sector on diverse issues and transactions—such as formation, investment, and compliance—and advises non-profit and for-profit clients on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters, guiding clients in structuring transactions to maximize philanthropic impact and mission-goal achievement. Karen represents public and private companies, financial institutions, venture capital and corporate venture capital investors, foundations, and charities.
Karen started and has maintained her practice in the Bay Area. She frequently speaks on topics involving M&A, emerging growth companies, and corporate venture capital. She is involved in various organizations and associations focused on working women, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, sustainability, and mentorship. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Karen interned with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’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 handling M&A matters.
Represented Oracle in the following acquisitions:
Monolith Technology Holdings LLC, a company that provides AI-optimized assurance, analytics, and automation solutions to manage the availability and performance of critical networks and systems
Onion ID Inc., a software solutions company specializing in securing cloud servers and applications, in its sale to Thycotic
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
Talix Inc., an information technology company that provides risk and quality solutions to healthcare payers and providers, in its sale to Edifecs, Inc.
Bullhorn in its acquisition of Able, a longstanding Bullhorn Marketplace partner and the provider of market-leading candidate engagement and onboarding solutions
Hyundai Mobis in the $50 million Series C financing of Envisics, a company that has developed holographic technology that enables market leading Augmented Reality Head-Up Displays, an advanced display technology
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