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Mike J. Kennedy

Partner, Corporate Department


Michael Kennedy is a partner in the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices at Paul Hastings, based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Since 1984, he has concentrated on the corporate areas of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate partnering, joint ventures, and corporate governance, with an emphasis in the technology, emerging growth, healthcare, biotechnology, and media industries.

He has extensive experience in the private equity and leveraged buyout industries as well as decades of experience on transactions in a number of other industries, including automotive, defense, financial services, media, technology, healthcare, and building products. He represents many major investment banks in their advisory roles on M&A deals.

In addition, Michael has significant experience in the debt (bank and high-yield areas) and restructuring areas. He is routinely asked by Boards to advise on hostile transactions, proxy fights, and other governance matters. Michael frequently lectures at corporate seminars and continuing legal education forums.


  • Chambers, Private Equity: Buyouts (2023)
  • The Legal 500 USA, M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts (2023)
  • Cited since the late 1990s in Chambers and the Who’s Who Legal – California guides as a leading lawyer in M&A and technology.


  • New York University, J.D., 1984
  • Yale University, B.A., 1981


  • Represented Francisco Partners in numerous transactions
  • Advised Healthland on its US$250 million acquisition by CPSI
  • Advised Hyperion Therapeutics in an acquisition by Horizon Pharma
  • Advised FrontRange Holding in an acquisition by Endpoint Intermediate
  • Advised Ethical Oncology Science in an acquisition by Clovis Oncology
  • Represented GXS Group in an acquisition by Open Text Corporation



    • Adjunct Professor, Boalt School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in the topic of Mergers & Acquisitions (1997–present)
    • Chairman, PLI Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Program (1997–2002)
    • Frequent lecturer at corporate seminars (e.g. Board Member magazine) and continuing legal education forums

    Practice Areas

    Mergers and Acquisitions


    Private Equity

    Financial Services

    Technology, Media and Telecommunications


    Life Sciences and Healthcare




    California Bar

    New York Bar


    New York University School of Law, J.D. 1984

    Yale University, B.A. 1981

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