Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CIE Advisory Board Profile

 Ken Linhares

Ken Linhares

Mergers & Acquisitions

Various Companies

Mr. Linhares represents high technology companies, ranging from start-ups to significant public corporations. His practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, the formation and counseling of emerging companies, venture capital financings, and the securities reporting obligations of public companies. Mr. Linhares is also involved in the structuring of joint ventures, corporate spin-offs, employee equity incentives and technology licensing.


  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital Companies
  • Securities Offerings
  • Public Securities Law Compliance
  • Technology Licensing
  • Joint Ventures

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1980
Santa Clara University, B.A.,  magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

Admitted to Practice
Member of the State Bar of California.

Additional Information
Mr. Linhares has represented both public and private buyers and sellers in a wide variety of M&A transactions, including Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Intuit and HNC Software's acquisition by Fair, Issac & Company. Since the early 1980's he has also been deeply involved in the formation of technology startup companies, their venture capital financings and liquidity or "exit" paths. In addition, Mr. Linhares counsels public companies on securities compliance and reporting matters.

Mr. Linhares is a member of the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has also written for the California Continuing Education of the Bar regarding financing structures for privately held high technology companies and contributed to the CEB's Treatise on "Sales and Mergers of California Businesses".

Representative Clients

  • Adaptec, Inc.
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • Dilithium Networks, Inc.
  • HNC Software, Inc.
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • VERITAS Software Corporation
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