About Me

Teri O’Brien is the chair of the Corporate practice in the San Diego office of Paul Hastings and global co-chair of Talent Development. She is a member of the firm’s Securities Finance and Capital Markets, and Mergers and Acquisitions practices.

Ms. O’Brien practices in the areas of general corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions, and has represented both public and private companies in a number of different industries, including the information technology, telecommunications, semiconductor, software, life sciences/biotechnology, financial services and clean technology industries.

Ms. O'Brien has represented companies and venture capital and private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and venture capital financings. She also regularly advises boards of directors and management on securities filings, listing qualifications and corporate governance issues.

Experience

  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its public offering of common stock, resulting in proceeds of $80.5 million;
  • Novatel Wireless, Inc., in connection with its $120 million private placement of convertible senior notes and related restructuring;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its public offering of common stock, resulting in proceeds of $86.3 million;
  • Teleperformance SE, in connection with its $1.52 billion acquisition of Language Line Solutions by Teleperformance SA;
  • Inseego,Corp., in connection with its $120 million public offering of convertible senior notes;
  • Gevo, Inc., in its public offering of common stock for aggregate proceeds of $9.5 million;
  • Novatel Wireless, Inc., in its private offering of common stock, preferred stock and warrants;
  • Gevo, Inc., in its public offerings of common stock units, resulting in aggregate proceeds of $55.2 million;
  • Gevo, Inc., in its private debt financing with Whitebox Advisors LLC (recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative corporate transactions of the year);
  • Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, China's largest meat processor, in its acquisition of Smithfield Foods, Inc. in a cash merger valued at U.S. $7 billion;
  • Schur Consumer Products in its sale of assets to Glacier Water Services;
  • Gevo, Inc. in its follow-on public offering and convertible notes offering;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its follow-on public offering and acquisition of Composite Engineering Inc.;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its 144A notes offering and acquisition of Integral Systems;
  • Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Nexus Dx;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its 144A notes offering, follow-on public offering and acquisition of Herley Industries;
  • Gevo, Inc. in its initial public offering, acquisition of Agri-Energy and joint venture with Redfield Energy LLC;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its follow-on public offering and acquisition of Henry Bros. Electronics;
  • Gevo, Inc. in its acquisition of Agri-Energy;
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. in its follow-on public offering and its acquisition of DEI Services Corp.;
  • Gevo, Inc. in its Series D and Series D-1 preferred stock financings;
  • Ralph Rubio in connection with the acquisition of Rubio's Restaurants by Mill Road Capital;
  • Members of the Rooney Family in connection with the reorganization of the Pittsburgh Steelers National Football League franchise;
  • Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. in its share repurchase program and its acquisition of Pelikon Limited;
  • Citigroup in its sale of Financial Research Corporation;
  • MetroPCS Communications, Inc. in its wireless spectrum exchange transaction with Leap Wireless International, Inc.;
  • Novatel Wireless, Inc. in its share repurchase program;
  • Celera Group of Applera Corporation in its acquisition of Berkeley HeartLab, Inc.;
  • TPUSA, Inc. in its acquisitions of AllianceOne Holding Company, Inc. and Voice FX, LLC;
  • Applied Biosystems Group of Applera Corporation in its acquisitions of Agencourt Personal Genomics, Inc. and Ambion, Inc.;
  • Qualphone Inc. in its acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated;
  • Venture Catalyst Incorporated in the sale of the Company to IGT;
  • The Titan Corporation in its acquisitions of Intelligence Data Systems, Inc., Advent Systems, Inc., Jaycor, Inc., Science and Engineering Associates, International Systems, LLC and Datron Systems;
  • Vytek Corporation in its acquisition by California Amplifier;
  • MusicMatch, Inc. in the sale of the company to Yahoo! Inc.;
  • Applied Micro Circuits Corporation in its acquisitions of IBM's Power PC Business and 3Ware; and
  • PowerQuest Corporation in its acquisition by Symantec Corporation.

ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Named as a 2007 San Diego Daily Transcript "Young Attorney"
  • Named among the Daily Journal's "Top Women Lawyers" 2012
  • Named as a 2015 San Diego Super Lawyer by San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Named as a 2016 San Diego Rising Stars Super Lawyer by San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
  • Named as a 2017 San Diego Super Lawyer by San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • "Key Changes To ISS And Glass Lewis Voting Guidelines", Law360 co-authored with Elizabeth A. Razzano and Nausheen A. Shaikh (December 2014)
  • November 2014: San Diego Chapter of Women Corporate Directors - Panelist, Shareholder Hot Topics
  • June 2014: RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute - Co-Chair and Speaker, Corporate Governance and SEC Update; Las Vegas
  • May 2014: RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute - Speaker, Corporate Governance and SEC Update; San Diego
  • June 2013: RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute - Co-Chair; Las Vegas
  • June 2013: RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute - Speaker, SEC and Corporate Governance Update; Las Vegas
  • May 2013: RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute - Speaker, Corporate Governance and SEC Update; San Diego
  • January 2013: National Investor Relations Institute Seminar; Speaker, Securities Regulations 101; Santa Monica
  • Panelist, The Deal, LLC "The Growing Map of Middle Market Cross-Border Deals"
  • Panelist, Northern California Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, "Shareholders - Whom Should You Listen To"
  • Stay Current Client Alert authored with Mark Poerio (December 12, 2011), "Getting Executive Compensation Ready for 2012: Starting with ISS Guidelines"

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Member of the State Bar of California
  • Member of Committees on Corporate Governance
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Thursday Club
  • Served as controller for a manufacturing company in Los Angeles and as a Senior Auditor in the San Diego office of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

EDUCATION

  • University of San Diego, J.D., 2000 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and Executive Editor of the San Diego Law Review)
  • San Diego State University, B.S in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, 1993 (magna cum laude)