Derek Liu

Derek Liu

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Derek Liu is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s San Francisco office. Derek handles mergers and acquisitions, and other complex corporate transactions, and has signed transactions with an aggregate transaction value of more than USD 100 billion. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Derek practiced at two top-tier firms in San Francisco and New York.

Practice Focus

Derek has extensive experience in all forms of mergers and acquisitions, representing clients from strategic acquirers to private equity sponsors to venture-backed start-ups. He has handled a range of transactions from public company sale processes to asset carve-outs to SPAC acquisitions to purchases of distressed companies. He also has experience with minority investments, joint ventures and shareholder activism. His primary focus is in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised MyTheresa's reorganization in connection with Neiman Marcus's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings

  • Advised LiveRamp in its acquisition of Acuity Data

  • Advised ServiceNow in its acquisition of Sweagle

Prior to joining the Firm, Derek handled the following matters:

  • Advised the following clients in multiple acquisitions as part of their acquisition programs: Google, Square, LiveRamp, Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, AppDirect, Roivant

  • Advised WageWorks in its hostile defense and subsequent USD 2 billion acquisition by HealthEquity.

  • Advised Rodan & Fields in its sale of a USD 1 billion minority stake to TPG

  • Advised Pharmacyclics in its USD 21 billion sale to AbbVie

  • Advised Acxiom in its USD 2 billion sale of its marketing services business to IPG

  • Advised CA Technologies in its USD 19 billion sale to Broadcom

  • Advised Microchip Technology in its USD 3.56 billion acquisition of Atmel

Professional Honors

  • Rising Star in Northern California, Super Lawyers, 2015-2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Member


  • California~United States (2014)


  • Columbia University School of Law (JD)
  • Harvard College (BA)


  • English