Michael A. Conza has more than twenty-five years of practice in representing privately held and publicly traded companies, investment banks, and private equity and venture capital firms. His practice primarily targets the representation of emerging growth companies, with strong emphasis on software and other technology-based companies. Mike concentrates in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures and general corporate representation and is the co-leader of the firm’s emerging business and technology practice.
A significant portion of Mike’s practice involves general corporate work for ongoing clients, both private and public, on matters such as acquisitions and joint venture arrangements, securities offerings, business counseling, licensing transactions, contract negotiation, corporate governance matters and regulatory compliance .
With respect to his acquisitions practice, Mike structures and negotiates mergers, tender offers, asset transactions, and other acquisitions, and assists clients in the design and implementation of defenses against unsolicited takeovers. His practice embraces both public and private companies and the representation of independent committees of directors. He regularly represents buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from tens of millions of dollars to billions of dollars. Mike has served as the co-chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Boston Bar Association.
Mike’s corporate finance practice includes leading clients through both private and public securities offerings. He is a nationally recognized counselor in the area of venture capital financings, and has served as chairman of the Charter Committee for the National Venture Capital Association forms project and on the advisory board of the VentureOne Deal Terms Reports.
Mike is a frequent public speaker on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, public offerings, and other topics relevant to private and public technology companies.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Mike was a partner at another international law firm, where he was the co-leader of their corporate practice group.
Represented CloudBees in connection with its $62 million Growth Funding transactions
Represented CloudBees in connection with its acquisition of Codeship
Represented CarGurus in connection with its initial public offering of Class A Common Stock
Represented multiple privately held growth companies in venture capital and other financing transactions, including CloudBees, Yesware, Lola Travel Company, Digital Alloys, meQuilibrium, IDSS Holdings, OtherSide Entertainment, Elektrofi, Mytide Therapeutics, New Valence Robotics, Affinnova, Protagonist Therapeutics, Consilience Software, VideoIQ, LuckyLabs, and Trade Area Systems
Represented TheaterMania in connection with its sale to AudienceView
Represented Gen9 in connection with its sale to Ginkgo Bioworks
Represented Ab Initio Software in connection with various transactions
Represented SCA Americas in connection with its $685 million acquisition of Wausau Paper Corp.
Represented Raytheon Corporation in connection with its $1.9 billion acquisition of Websense
Represented Affinnova, Inc. in connection with its sale to The Nielsen Company
Represented Consilience Software in connection with its sale to Xerox
Represented Kayak Software Corporation in connection with its $1.8 billion merger with priceline.com
Represented KAYAK Software Corporation in connection with its initial public offering of Class A Common Stock
Represented Honeywell International Inc. in connection with its joint venture with Safran to deliver an innovative electric green taxiing system for new and existing aircraft
Represented Kayak Software Corporation in its acquisition of SideStep Inc.
Represented Groove Mobile Inc. in its sale to Livewire Mobile Inc.
Represented OpenAir Inc. in its sale to NetSuite Inc.
Represented TRU Holdings Inc. in its acquisition of the assets of Sage Laboratories Inc.
Represented Musclemaster Inc. in connection with several acquisitions, including Unlimited Nutrition, Affordable Supplements, and Extreme Sports Nutrition
Represented Oracle Corporation in several transactions, including the acquisition of ProfitLogic Inc.
Represented Honeywell International Inc. in connection with several acquisition and joint venture transactions
Represented RakutenUSA Inc. in connection with several acquisitions and other transactions
Represented LinkShare Corporation in connection with its acquisition of TrafficStrategies.com
Represented numerous issuers and underwriters in public and quasi-public offerings
Boston College, 1986, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
Duke University School of Law, 1989, Juris Doctor, With Highest Honors
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment, Massachusetts, Chambers USA (2018)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: Venture capital and emerging companies, The Legal 500 US (2013, 2016–2018)
Recommended, Finance: Capital markets: equity offerings, The Legal 500 US (2018)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Recognized, Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004–2017)
Recognized, Lawdragon 500, Dealmakers in America (2007)
Member, Boston Bar Association
Order of the Coif
Editorial Board, Duke University Law Review
Top of the Class, Duke University School of Law (1989)