"He's a very sophisticated and very strong technology lawyer who handles both the corporate and tech sides."
Chambers USA 2021
Don McDermett represents clients in a wide variety of corporate, securities and transactional matters. Before joining Baker Botts in 2000, Mr. McDermett served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Sterling Software, Inc., an NYSE-listed enterprise software vendor with annual revenues just under $1 billion. With experience both inside a major corporation and as lead outside counsel to substantial businesses, he brings focused perspective and insight to complex corporate and transactional projects.
Mr. McDermett leads teams in myriad merger and acquisition transactions across multiple industries and geographies, with particular focus on transactions in the technology and telecommunications industries. Mr. McDermett provides strategic counsel on negotiated mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as tax-free spin-offs, corporate reorganizations and recapitalizations.
Mr. McDermett also represents both issuers and investment banking firms in IPOs (including SPAC's) and other registered securities offerings, private placements, PIPE's, venture capital and private equity financings and exchange offers.
Additionally, Mr. McDermett counsels both public and private companies regarding corporate governance matters (including representation of boards, audit committees and special committees), securities law compliance and disclosure matters, executive compensation matters, and activist investor matters, including proxy contests and implementation of "poison pill" and other defensive measures.