We had the great fortune to be represented by Patrick in two recent M&A deals. He handled the complexity of the transactions with his usual high degree of professionalism and calm good judgment.
—Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, of a Fortune 10 company

Patrick Devine, a corporate partner in Pillsbury's San Francisco office, advises clients in a variety of industries on corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions matters.

Patrick provides a broad range of services to emerging companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and private and public companies primarily in the technology, health care, energy, and wine, beer and spirits industries. He has a particularly strong M&A practice, advising and negotiating multimillion-to-multibillion-dollar deals. Patrick counsels emerging growth clients from formation, financings, operations and growth through mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. Patrick's representation of public companies emphasizes corporate and governance matters and SEC reporting.

Representative Experience

  • Represented NTT DATA International in its acquisition of Dell Inc.’s IT services division (infrastructure services, cloud services, application services, and business process outsourcing) for $3.055 billion.
  • Represented Ernst & Young U.S. in numerous acquisitions of technology and consulting companies.
  • Represented Western Refining in its acquisition of Northern Tier Energy LP from Acon Investments and TPG Capital for $775 million.

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  • Represented McKesson Corporation in numerous acquisitions, divestments and investments.
  • Represented Brown-Forman in its $238 million sale of Fetzer Vineyards to Viña Concha y Toro.
  • Representative M&A Transactions
    • Represented Financial Engines in its acquisition of The Mutual Fund Store from Warburg Pincus for approximately $600 million.
    • Represented McKesson Corporation in numerous transactions, including acquisitions of Med 3000, Moore Medical Corp., Cypress Medical Products, HTP Inc. and Sky Pharmaceuticals, and the sales of McKesson’s specialty pharmacy business and operations to Walgreen Co. and its acute care hospital supply business to Owens & Minor.
    • Represented U.S. HealthWorks Inc. in its acquisition by Dignity Health.
    • Represented Quantros Inc. in its acquisition by Francisco Partners LP.
    • Represented Performant Financial Corporation in its subsequently terminated acquisition of Premier Healthcare Exchange Inc.
    • Represented Fortune Brands Inc. in its $885 million sale of its wine business to Constellation Brands.
    • Represented Digital Garage in numerous acquisitions of software development companies.
    • Represented Marvell Technology Group Ltd. in its $275 million acquisition of Avago Technologies’ printer semiconductor business.
    • Represented Summit Partners in its acquisition of Incentium (formerly known as VIPGift LLC).
    • Represented Digital River Inc. in its acquisition of the e-commerce and payment processing services business of Innuity Inc.
    • Represented Advanced Fibre Communications in its $1.5 billion merger with Tellabs Inc. and its $240 million acquisition of Marconi Communications' U.S. access equipment business.
    • Represented Cable & Wireless plc in its $340 million acquisition of Digital Island
    • Represented Vodafone Group plc in the formation of Verizon Wireless, its $80 billion national cellular joint venture with Verizon Communications.
    • Represented Vodafone AirTouch plc in its $1.36 billion acquisition of CommNet Cellular Inc.
    • Represented Walt Disney Co. in its $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment (counsel to Disney financial advisor).
    • Represented Tesoro Corp. in its $2.5 billion acquisition of BP plc's Southwest downstream business.
    • Represented Headwaters Inc. in its $715 million acquisition of Tapco Holdings Inc. from Fremont Partners and its $260 million acquisition of Industrial Services Group Inc. from Citicorp Venture Capital.
    • Represented Ocular Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ) in its merger-of-equals with Wesley Jessen Visioncare Inc. and the subsequent defense and settlement of an unsolicited bid from Bausch & Lomb Inc.
    • Represented Sojitz Corporation in its acquisition of Import Motors Inc.
    • Represented Korean conglomerate in a joint venture with one of the largest owner/operators of marine terminals in connection with the development and implementation of technology for the operation of marine terminals.
    • Represented Kagome Co., Ltd. in cross-border acquisitions of and joint ventures with seed and agricultural businesses.
  • Representative Securities Transactions
    • Represented IPO and follow-on offerings, including Vina Technologies, PurchasePro.com and E-Stamp.
    • Represented Public equity and debt financings for various public companies, including Mobility Electronics, Cell Genesys, Headwaters, Potlatch Corp. and AirTouch Communications.
    • Represented Emerging growth clients in numerous venture financings, including Oncology Rehab Partners, EnerCrest, HiTouch Healthcare, Meals to Heal, Rapport, Jasper Design Automation, Vina Technologies, InsightMarket.com (later Flutter.com), PurchasePro.com, AccessLan Communications, Sinia, Planitax, JRD Communications and Questlink Technologies.
    • Represented Venture capital firms and venture arms of public companies in numerous financings, including HLM Ventures, Industry Ventures, Trident Partners, CHL Medical Partners, McKesson and Wells Fargo.
  • Representative Emerging Growth and Venture Capital Clients
    • HLM Venture Partners
    • Health Velocity Capital
    • Industry Ventures
    • CHL Medical Partners
    • Hound Lab, LLC
    • ProudCity
    • Oncology Rehab Partners
    • MedWand
    • Meals to Heal
    • LiquidVine
    • Jasper Design Automation
    • Flutter.com

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2017).
  • NTT Data’s 2017 $3 billion acquisition of Dell Systems—the technology giant’s IT services division—honored as the Global Corporate Deal of the Year in the $1-$10 billion category.
  • Finalist for the 2011 South America M&A Atlas "Deal of the Year" award presented by Global M&A Network.

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  • Finalist for M&A Advisor's "Middle-Market M&A Award" for Consumer and Retail Products in 2008.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1995
    cum laude

    A.B., Georgetown University, 1991


  • California