John is Special Counsel in our San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, and a leader in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group.

John H. Olson
Special Counsel
San Francisco
Silicon Valley
P+1 415 801 4942

John is a specialist in mergers & acquisitions, with broad experience advising sellers and buyers of private and public companies in mergers, stock purchases, asset sales and other strategic transactions. John particularly focuses on serving technology industry clients (including software, internet, hardware, scientific equipment and telecommunications), as well as biotech and other life sciences firms, although he also has experience working with financial services and industrial enterprises. Recent private company representations include Flipkart in Walmart’s proposed $16 billion investment, Flatiron Health in its sale to Roche for $1.9 billion, and AppDynamics in its sale to Cisco for $3.7 billion. Recent public deals include representing KLA-Tencor in its announced $3.4 billion acquisition of Orbotech, Apigee in its $625 million acquisition by Google, FEI in its $4.2 billion sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Xactly in its $564 million going private transaction with Vista Equity Partners.

Prior to joining the firm, John practiced in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and in the New York and Paris offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A.
  • Williams College, B.A., Political Science, History


  • California
  • New York