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Thomas E. Gaynor



Thomas Gaynor is a partner in our M&A and Corporate Transactions practice group, and the office managing partner of our San Francisco office. Thomas represents clients from a wide range of industries in complex international corporate and finance transactions. In addition, he provides strategic legal and business counsel to his clients located around the world. Thomas has offices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

What do you focus on?

I handle public and private international company mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, corporate governance, venture and private equity debt and equity financings, LLC and corporate formations and joint ventures, and domestic/offshore investment fund creation.

I have worked with clients across the spectrum, including digital media and technology start-ups, manufacturing, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, life sciences, real estate, financial services, durable consumer goods, retail appliance and electronics products, wireless and remote technology solutions and clean-tech energy and solar companies. I have also worked with real estate fund portfolios, cross-border finance and various other general business and commercial services. 

International Practice

Many of my clients are based outside of the United States. I provide these multinational entities with a broad range of legal services and practical business strategy and advice. This practice focuses on Australia and Europe generally, and Italy and France specifically, where I have presented at a variety of technology conferences and spoken at several university and incubator programs.

Recent Transactions

My recent transactions include cross-border financings for technology and consumer-related companies, the sale of an energy storage solutions start-up, the purchase of several strategic portfolio companies, a major global licensing deal for a consumer goods company, and a public company acquisition for a global technology company.

Unique Perspective

I bring unique insights to the law from my stints in other careers as a former marketing director for a major DC-based trade association and a former political fundraiser for a DC-based political action committee. I work with clients to create business solutions to suit their immediate needs and long-term solutions.

What do you see on the horizon?

I believe that a variety of traditional and more consumer focused companies will continue to augment their core growth and market share capture strategies, given challenging global market conditions, by more creatively focusing on and using their technology and intellectual property assets both offensively and defensively.

Nixon Peabody's on-site incubator a boost for LGBT entrepreneurs

American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law.com | September 14, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature article about the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Here's how businesses are welcoming nonprofits to share their space

San Francisco Business Times | July 20, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted extensively in this feature on the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the inspiration behind how it got started, and the synergies between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

Law firm lends office space support to new LGBTQ startout lab

San Francisco Chronicle | June 25, 2017

San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor is quoted throughout this feature about the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the reasons behind it, and the collaboration between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

Start Out partners with Nixon Peabody for first-ever diversity-focused law accelerator

Nibletz: The Voice of Startups Everywhere Else | April 26, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about the new StartOut Growth Lab in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

These Work-Life Balance Strategies Help Even in the Most Demanding Jobs

Fast Company | September 28, 2016

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted throughout this feature article on tips and best practices from people in many time demanding professions about how they best manage their time.

Nixon Peabody’s New San Francisco Managing Partner Talks the Firm, Bringing and Growing Talent

The Recorder | September 19, 2016

This feature story highlights a conversation with San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor. The article notes the firm’s willingness to let lateral partners take on leadership positions, how Tom has kept his M&A practice growing, and why he objects to Nixon Peabody being called an out-of-town firm.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | July 20, 2016

This coverage notes that Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon has been elected to the firm’s management committee, and that M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor has been tapped as the San Francisco office managing partner.

This Week's Deals

The Recorder | November 05, 2015

Nixon Peabody is noted as Japan-based electronics company TDK Corp.’s lead counsel in the company’s acquisition of Minnesota-based precision component technology company Hutchinson Technology Inc. in a deal worth up to $140 million. The deal team was led by San Francisco partner Tom Gaynor with New York partner Dick Langan and associate William Kwok.

Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Watching This Week

Law360 | November 02, 2015

Nixon Peabody is noted as Japan-based electronics company TDK Corp.’s lead counsel in the company’s acquisition of Minnesota-based precision component technology company Hutchinson Technology Inc. in a deal worth up to $140 million. The deal team was led by San Francisco partner Tom Gaynor with New York partner Dick Langan and associate William Kwok.

Nixon Peabody Nabs Ex-Squire Patton Boggs M&A Pro

Law360 | April 08, 2015

This feature article highlights the arrival of San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Tom Gaynor.

Lateral Moves

American Lawyer | April 08, 2015

This coverage highlights the arrival of San Francisco Commercial Litigation counsel John Foust and San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Tom Gaynor.

Contact

Thomas E. Gaynor

Partner
Office Managing Partner, San Francisco
West Coast Corporate Group Leader

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8322

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6052


Fax: 855-900-9163

Boston College Law School, J.D.

Georgetown University, B.S.F.S.

California

District of Columbia

Virginia

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. Supreme Court

Tom has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial for M&A/corporate and commercial—M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m).
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