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Steve L. Camahort

Partner, Corporate Department


电话: 1(415) 856-7261
传真: 1(415) 856-7361


Steve Camahort is a partner in the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions practices at Paul Hastings and is the Office Chair of the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Camahort has extensive experience in M&A and related corporate governance issues. He has worked for corporate clients, private equity funds, and financial advisors in negotiated and hostile transactions, with a particular emphasis on the technology and life science sectors. In the 2020 edition of Chambers Global, one source described him as "a solution finder and very knowledgeable on this issues" and another client praised him for his "excellent judgment in applying the law to specific situations."


Mr. Camahort has been cited in numerous guides to leading M&A practitioners, such as Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America (including as 2018 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year (M&A - San Francisco)), the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers, The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers, the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, and Who’s Who Legal – California.


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Cornell University, M.S. Physics, 1986
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. Physics (with high honors), 1983 


Includes representation of:

Corporate Clients:

  • Agile Software in its sale to Oracle
  • BÂRRX Medical in its sale to Covidien Ltd.
  • Basic Chemical Solutions in its sale to Univar
  • Catalyst Semiconductor in its sale to ON Semiconductor
  • Coldwater Creek in its exploration of strategic alternatives and subsequent liquidation through a Chapter 11 process
  • Cotherix in its sale to Actelion
  • DeepMind Technologies in its sale to Google
  • Ericsson in its proposed acquisition of CradlePoint
  • Harmonic in its acquisition of Thomson Video Networks
  • Hyperion Therapeutics in its sale to Horizon Pharma
  • Informatica in its acquisition of Data Scout
  • Integrated DNA Technologies in its sale to Danaher
  • Intentia International in its merger with Lawson Software
  • Keysight Technologies in its acquisition of Eggplant Software, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group
  • Mitek Systems in connection with a public unsolicited proposal from ASG Technologies Group, a portfolio company of Elliot Management, and associated shareholder activism by Elliott
  • Napster in its sale to Best Buy
  • Microsemi in its acquisitions of PowerDsine Ltd. and the telecom clock generation, synchronization packet timing, and synthesis business of Maxim Integrated products
  • Nokia Siemens Networks in its acquisition of Atrica
  • PrimeSense in its sale to Apple
  • Ramtron in its sale to Cypress Semiconductor
  • Salesforce.com in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Demandware and its proposed acquisition of LinkedIn
  • Sandisk in its acquisition of M-Sys­tems, Ltd.
  • Silicon Storage (Strategic Committee) in the proposed sale of Silicon Storage to an affiliate of private equity firm prophet equity and members of management (terminated) and in its subsequent sale to Microchip Technology
  • Sirna Therapeutics in its sale to Merck
  • TIBCO Software in its acquisitions of Orchestra Networks SA and Maporama
  • Trend Micro in its acquisitions of HP’s Tipping Point business and Cloud Conformity
  • Twitter in its acquisition of Dasient
  • Verigy Ltd. in its spin-off from Agilent Technologies
  • Vicuron Pharmaceuticals in its sale to Pfizer
  • Visa in numerous transactions, including its acquisition of PlaySpan
  • Watchguard Technologies in its acquisition of Panda Security
  • Western Digital in its acquisitions of Komag, sTec, and Virident
  • Zillow in its acquisition of Trulia

Private Equity Clients:

  • Bedford Funding in its sale of PeopleFluent to Learning Technologies Group and its acquisitions of SocialText and KZO Innovations
  • Francisco Partners in numerous transactions including its acquisitions of LogMeIn, Frontrange Limited, Redprairie, and Lynx Medical Systems, its dispositions of Red Prairie and Attenti Holdings and the merger of its portfolio company GXS Holding with Inovis International and the sale of GXS to OpenText
  • Symphony Technology Group in numerous transactions, including: its acquisitions of the LexisNexis screening business (from Reed Elsevier), Source Healthcare Analytics (from Wolters Kluwer), Shopzilla (from Scripps Interactive Networks), IBS AB, First Advantage (from Corelogic), Nomis Solutions, CadmiumCD, AFS Technologies, Winshuttle, MSC Software Corporation, the Capital Markets Company, the Netik division of the Bank of New York Mellon; its dispositions of First Advantage to Silver Lake Partners, Capco to Fidelity National Information Services, Ventiv Technologies to Tailwind Capital, Erecruit to Bullhorn, CoreOne to Markit, Symphony Teleca to Harman International and MSC Software to Hexagon AB; and numerous add-on acquisitions and divisional sales for portfolio companies, including Connexity, CoreOne, Dodge Data, Escalent, First Advantage, Symphony Talent, and Ventiv Technology
  • Vector Capital in numerous transactions: including its acquisitions of MoxiWorks, Aspect Software, Saba Software, Host Analytics, ChyronHego, Allegro Systems, RAE Systems, Trafficmaster plc, Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd, Safenet, Printronix and Register.com; its dispositions of Saba Software to Cornerstone OnDemand, Allegro Development to ION Group, Teletrac to Danaher, RAE Systems to Honeywell, the Government Solutions Business of its portfolio company Safenet to Raytheon, Register.com to Web.com, and SafeNet to Gemplus; and numerous add-on acquisitions for portfolio companies, including Allegro, Cheetah Digital, ChryonHego, and Saba Software

Investment Banking Clients:

  • Goldman Sachs in numerous transactions including HP in its successful defense against the unsolicited acquisition proposal by Xerox, Qualcomm in its successful defense against Broadcom’s unsolicited takeover proposal and proxy contest to remove the entire Qualcomm board, Twilio/SendGrid, SAP/Callidus Software, RingCentral in its strategic partnership with, and minority investment in, Avaya Holdings, Amazon.com/Whole Foods Market, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/Micro Focus International (disposition of software assets by means of Reverse Morris Trust transaction); Thermo-Fisher/FEI, LamResearch/KLA Tencor, Western Digital/SanDisk, Yodlee/Envestment, SanDisk/Fusion-io, TriQuint/RF Micro Devices, Tellabs/Marlin Equity, Volterra/Maxim Integrated Products, Millenial Media/JumpTap, Palm/Hewlett-Packard, Actel/Microsemi, Adobe/Omniture, Wind River/Intel, SiRF Technology/CSR plc, InterVoice/Convergys, Tektronix/Danaher, WebEx/Cisco, Gateway/Acer, and Visual Sciences/Omniture
  • Qatalyst Partners in numerous transactions including Quantenna Communications/ON Semiconductor, MINDBODY/Vista Equity Partners, Microsemi/Microchip, InvenSense/TDK, Microchip/Atmel, HomeAway/Priceline, Xoom/Paypal, Informatica/Permira, Aruba Networks/IAP, Advent Software/SS&C Technologies, Cypress/Spansion, Concur/SAP, OpenTable/Priceline, LSI/Avago, Taleo/Oracle, NetLogic/Broadcom, National Semiconductor/Texas Instruments, 3Par/Hewlett-Packard, and NetApp/EMC
  • BofA Merrill Lynch in numerous transactions including Hutchinson Technology/TDK, Cisco Systems/Acano PLC, DG/Extreme Reach, Cisco/Meraki, Cascade/Toyota Industries, and Novellus/Lam Research
  • Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, DBO Partners, Deutsche Bank Securities, J.P. Morgan Securities, Morgan Stanley, Perella Weinberg Partners,Thomas Weisel Partners, UBS, and other investment banks in their role as financial advisor

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Artificial Intelligence




California Bar
New York Bar


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D. 1989
Cornell University, M.S. 1986
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. 1983