Brett J. Rodda is a corporate partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Mr. Rodda’s practice touches on a wide variety of corporate transactions and securities matters, with a focus on representing investment funds, strategic buyers and boards of directors.
Mr. Rodda has represented buyers and sellers in numerous public and private company transactions, including tender offers, one-step mergers, stock purchases and asset deals. He has also negotiated hundreds of debt and equity investments for private equity clients, hedge funds and other investors.
Mr. Rodda also regularly represents public and private company boards of directors. He has counseled boards and special committees in connection with M&A transactions, internal investigations, senior management transitions, activist investor issues and corporate governance matters, as well as difficult disclosure and fiduciary duty questions. He also serves as outside corporate counsel to a $2.5 billion hedge fund and a publicly traded publishing company.
Mr. Rodda has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” practitioner by Chambers USA. In 2010, Mr. Rodda was also named one of California’s top 20 attorneys under 40 by the Daily Journal for his work on Berkshire Hathaway’s $44 billion acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the merger of the William Morris and Endeavor talent agencies. He is a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southern California, a non-profit group dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. He is also a director and the president of Friends of the Observatory, the non-profit support group for Los Angeles’ iconic Griffith Observatory.
Mr. Rodda received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, where he majored in Political Communication and graduated at the top of his class. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rodda worked as an associate in the corporate communications department of the NASDAQ Stock Market.
- Lazard in its role as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dole Food Company in its acquisition by David Murdock, and as financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Ryland Homes in its merger with Standard Pacific.
- Beats Electronics and Beats Music in the companies’ $3 billion acquisition by Apple.
- Berkshire Hathaway in more than 12 public company acquisitions, including its $44 billion acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and its merger agreement with Wesco Financial in a cash and stock deal valuing Wesco at $2.7 billion.
- BDT Capital in its joint venture to acquire Peet’s Coffee & Tea for $1 billion, and in its investment with Colfax Corporation to acquire Charter International for $2.4 billion.
- 99 Cents Only Stores in its $1.6 billion going-private transaction.
- Leading the securities and regulatory analysis in connection with Warren Buffett’s gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, valued at more than $30 billion.
- The transaction committee of the board of directors of American Pacific Corporation in the company’s $392 million sale to H.I.G. Capital.
- The boards of five different public companies in connection with senior management terminations and transitions.
- The audit committees of numerous companies in conducting internal investigations into a variety of allegations and issues.