Partner, Global Partnership Board
L. San Francisco
Life at FGS Global
Advises clients on complex M&A, restructurings, IPOs, activist defense, crisis situations and data breaches, as well as ongoing media relations and investor relations programs. Co-Head of West Coast Offices.
Life Pre-FGS Global
Over 10 years at Morgan Stanley in technology investment banking and institutional equities, head of West Coast Equity Capital Markets at Cowen.
Life Beyond FGS Global
Spends as much time outdoors as possible, whether on foot, kayak, paddleboard or in the garden, preferably with his family and a nice red Burgundy.
John is a Partner in San Francisco and Co-Head of the firm's West Coast offices. He advises clients on complex M&A, restructurings, IPOs, activist defense, crisis situations and data breaches, as well as ongoing media relations and investor relations programs.
John works with many technology companies and private equity firms on their ongoing communications and IR programs. Recent engagements include advising Adobe on its $20 billion acquisition of Figma; Zendesk on a contested acquisition, activist defense and going private; Virgin Galactic, 23andMe, Nextdoor and others on SPAC mergers and listings; Slack on its direct listing and $28 billion sale to Salesforce; Qualcomm on its defense against Broadcom; Digital Realty on its $8 billion acquisition of Interxion; NPC International on its Chapter 11 restructuring; Oaktree and The Gores Group on SPAC and other transactions; Uber on its $8 billion IPO; Hewlett-Packard on its separation and HPE on subsequent transactions; Intel on its $17 billion Altera and $15 billion Mobileye acquisitions; Alibaba on its $25 billion IPO and Peet's on going private.
Prior to joining FGS Global in 2009, John was head of West Coast Equity Capital Markets for Cowen, responsible for the origination and execution of over $26 billion of offerings in technology, consumer and health care.
Previously, John spent over 10 years with Morgan Stanley, primarily in the Silicon Valley Technology Investment Banking Group. He also helped establish the team that works with companies on their investor marketing activities.
John holds a B.A. magna cum laude with high honors from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University.