The Daily Journal recognises Pillsbury partners as top California M&A lawyers

Pillsbury corporate and securities partners Allison Leopold Tilley and Jorge del Calvo, based in Silicon Valley, have been named by The Daily Journal as being among California’s top private equity lawyers and emerging companies lawyers.

For the first time, in recognition of the state’s strength in innovation, the journal honoured individual lawyers in its annual review of the top 10 California deals and initial public offerings of the previous year.

Commenting on their methodology, the journal’s editors noted that the lawyers on its list were ‘selected based on an exhaustive process’ that included nominations from law firms and businesses and canvassing the paper’s reporters and their best sources. The selected lawyers ‘made their mark on the year’.

Leopold Tilley and del Calvo jointly represented information technology company Synnex Corp in its $505m (£308m) purchase of IBM Corp’s customer care outsourcing business, which includes 31,000 employees in more than 35 countries. The deal closed in September 2013.

Del Calvo also represented Validity Sensors in its sale to Synaptics for $255m in stock and cash and worked on several public offerings in 2013.

In addition to the Synnex deal, Leopold Tilley advised Mission West Properties on its $1.3bn sale to DivcoWest and TPG Real Estate as well as Apigee Corp on its acquisition of data analytics company InsightsOne in December 2013.

She has also represented numerous start-up companies in venture financings such as BlueStacks, Cavendish Kinetics and Moxtra.