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Sarah P. Payne

Partner

Sarah P. Payne

Partner
Palo Alto +1-650-461-5669 +1-650-461-5669 +1-650-461-5700 +1-650-461-5700
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Recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group as a “Rising Star in Finance” in 2018, Sarah Payne is a partner resident in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Palo Alto office and is co-head of the Capital Markets Group and Technology M&A and Finance Group. Sarah has a broad-based corporate practice advising clients on a wide range of transactions, focusing on public and private securities offerings and public and private company mergers and acquisitions. Among other things, she is active in the Firm’s corporate governance practice and advises clients on their continuing reporting obligations, Sarbanes-Oxley processes and other general corporate matters. Sarah also regularly represents family offices and other investors in start-up investments.

 

Sarah has also been a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, teaching a class on “International Securities Regulation” in Spring 2019. Additional speaking engagements include leading “A West Coast Conversation: Liquidity, Valuation and Capital and Governance Structure” at the 2018 University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics’ program and participating on the “Structuring and Negotiating Earn-Outs” panel at PLI’s 2018 conference on “Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company.”



SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Selected Securities Transactions
  • The underwriters in the $25 billion initial public offering and the initial purchasers in the $8 billion senior notes offering of Alibaba Group Holding
  • The underwriters in the initial public offering of Blackhawk Network Holdings
  • Coronado Global Resources in its $551.7 million initial public offering
  • EchoStar in its $1.1 billion senior secured notes and $900 million senior unsecured notes offering in connection with its acquisition of Hughes Communications, Inc. and in its offering of $750 million senior secured notes and $750 million senior unsecured notes
  • The underwriters in the follow-on offerings and convertible senior subordinated notes offering of Exelixis
  • The underwriters in the $1.25 billion senior notes offering by The Gap
  • The underwriters in the $717 million initial public offering of Levi Strauss & Co.
  • SoftBank Group in a series of capital raising transactions which involved monetizing a portion of its shares of Alibaba Group Holding for a total transaction size of $10 billion
Selected M&A Transactions
  • Amgen in its $10.5 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals
  • Genomic Health in its $2.8 billion combination with Exact Sciences
  • Insight Enterprises in its acquisition of Datalink Corporation
  • Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman and co-founder of Alibaba Group, in his acquisition of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center, as well as the acquisition of the New York Liberty WNBA team
  • Ruckus Wireless in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Brocade Communications Systems
  • Teva Pharmaceutical in its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan’s Generics Business
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals in its $15.8 billion acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals and $1.4 billion sale of aesthetic products to Galderma S.A.
  • VeriFone in several matters, including its acquisition of InterCard AG
  • Zynga Inc. in its acquisition of NaturalMotion Limited