Michael D. DiSanto


Mike DiSanto is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. During the last 15 years, Mike has advised some of the world’s largest and most successful publicly traded and venture-backed companies in connection with their most sensitive issues and transformative transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, venture capital financings, debt offerings, joint ventures and other strategic partnerships, highly complex licenses, and questions involving corporate governance and fiduciary duties. He regularly serves as general counsel for emerging growth companies as well as trusted adviser and lead transaction counsel to more mature companies with experienced general counsels.

Mike devotes a significant amount of time each year to pro bono work, typically assisting low-income entrepreneurs and businesses on a variety of corporate law issues. He was recognized for these efforts in 2007 when he was awarded the Wiley H. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California. In 2008, Gov. Steve Beshear commissioned Mike a Kentucky Colonel, which is the highest title of honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky (a tradition that started in 1813) for his professional accomplishments and outstanding service to the community.


Select M&A Transactions

  • Represented Maker Studios in numerous acquisitions, including its sale to Disney Enterprises, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) for up to $950 million
  • Represented CyberSource in numerous acquisitions, including its $2 billion sale to Visa and its $570 million acquisition of Authorize.Net
  • Represented Glenborough Realty Trust in its $1.9B sale to Morgan Stanley Real Estate
  • Represented Sony in the divestiture of its SRAM product line to GSI Technology
  • Represented ConnectSoft in its sale to Intel

Select Venture Capital Clients

  • Represented companies in hundreds of rounds of venture financing, recent examples include Maker Studios, Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Coffee Meets Bagel, Questus Analytics, and Vertical Knowledge
  • Represented dozens of venture capital funds and angel investors in various investments, including Norwest Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Storm Ventures, Sherpalo, KLM Capital Management, Longitude Venture Partners, Radar Partners and Red Rock Ventures

Select Strategic Partnerships and Licenses

  • Represented Procter & Gamble in its strategic joint venture with Bissell for the Swiffer Bissell Steamboost
  • Represented Maker Studios in a blanket music catalog license negotiated with the National Music Publishers Association on behalf of its 3,000+ constituent publisher members
  • Represented Maker Studios in hundreds of digital video production and distribution licenses with studios such as TriBeCa, Studio 19 (American Idol) and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Digital; mainstream stars such as Snoop Dogg, Kevin Smith, Will.I.Am, the Gregory Brothers and Christina Grimmie; and top YouTube stars, such as PewDiePie, Yogscast, Ray William Johnson, Toby Turner and Nice Peter (Epic Rap Battles of History)

Select Capital Markets Transactions

  • Represented Textainer Holdings in its $150 million IPO
  • Represented Citigroup Global Markets in connection with the $60 million follow-on offering by EastGroup Properties
  • STEC in its $279 secondary offering of common stock
  • Threshold Pharmaceuticals in its PIPE transaction

Select Cross-Border Transactions

  • Represented Maker Studios in numerous cross-border transactions with companies or individuals in the United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Mexico and Switzerland, among other geographic regions
  • Represented CollabNet in its acquisition of Codesion (an Australian-based software company)
  • Represented Nurien Soft in connection with its reorganization from a Korean company to a Cayman Islands company with limited liability and related venture investment
  • Represented NDTV Networks in connection with its spinoff from New Delhi Television into a United Kingdom-based company and related venture investment
  • Represented a Florida-based clean technology company in connection with its worldwide exclusive license of certain intellectual property rights from a company based in China  


  • Moderator, Strategic Acquirors – Outlook for 2014 and Beyond, Technology M&A – 2014 and Beyond, Santa Clara, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2014)

Awards & Honors

  • Wiley H. Manual Award given by the State Bar of California for Pro Bono Legal Services (2007)
  • Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear (2008)

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