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Edward Harper Batts

Edward Harper Batts

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Full-time
  • Business Law
  • California
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Based in Silicon Valley, Ed Batts is an attorney, military veteran, and former federal special agent. Early in his legal career, he simultaneously worked for a civilian law practice and the United States Navy's Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In 2008, he was transferred to the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Ed Batts was the commencement speaker at his graduation. He interned at Empower America, a center-right think tank in Washington, D.C., and the Department of State as an undergraduate. After earning his juris doctor from Stanford Law School, he began his legal career at the Silicon Valley firm Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich LLP, which later merged to become DLA Piper LLP. He primarily represented underwriters and companies in IPOs before pivoting to M&A following the technology recession of 2000.

Ed Batts served as global chair of M&A and private equity at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 2016 to 2020 and is now partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He provides counsel to national and international companies in complex M&A, including cross-border transactions, tender offers, and going-private transactions. He also counsels clients on fiduciary and corporate governance matters such as public reporting obligations, board issues, and cybersecurity incident crisis management. His clients include enterprise software, auto, and energy businesses.

Mr. Batts is a member of the California Bar as well as the American Nuclear Society and the International Nuclear Lawyers Association. He publishes corporate governance surveys for the energy and technology industries and regularly speaks at corporate law conferences, including the Financial Times Outstanding Directors Exchange, Stanford Directors College, and UC Berkeley's annual M&A/governance forums.

Univ of California at Los Angeles
Undergraduate Degree
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Stanford Law School
Law Degree
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Professional Experience
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Full-time
- Current
Global Chair, M&A and Private Equity
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
-- M&A: Fiduciary duty counseling of public boards, cross border transactions, tender offers and going private transactions. -- Corporate Governance: Board matters and public reporting obligations, including activist investor situations, stockholder proposals and accounting related issues. -- Cyber: Crisis management of significant cyber-security incidents as well as advice on regulators, plaintiffs and law enforcement.
DLA Piper
BTI Client All Star 2016
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 200805
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 200805
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Area
Business Law
  • English
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
1000 Marsh Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone: (650) 614-7473
1881 Page Mill Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Telephone: (650) 849-5392