John W. Martin

Managing Partner

Palo Alto

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John Martin

John Martin is the Managing Partner of Baker Botts. Mr. Martin was elected in 2019 and is based in the firm's Palo Alto office. Mr. Martin has over 30 years of experience with Baker Botts representing clients in mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and complex technology transactions. He represents both purchasers and sellers in public company and private M&A transactions, including cross-border transactions, business carve-outs and divestitures, recapitalizations, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Mr. Martin advises on corporate governance matters (including representation of boards, audit committees and special committees), securities compliance and disclosure issues, and defensive measures.

Selected comments by clients about Mr. Martin, as reported by Chambers & Partners, include:

  • “has incredible technology expertise, an authoritative presence and a great ability to deal with senior executives”
  • “hands-down one of the best outside counsels I have ever worked with”
  • “the person I turn to if I have a difficult question”
  • “immensely creative . . . the deal was very difficult to structure and he came forward with the creative ideas that helped us complete it”
  • “very clear communicator and maintains focus on the important parts of the deal. . . very good in the give and take of points - he knows the points substantively and is very effective”
  • “reputation as a brilliant deal person”
  • “innate understanding of his clients’ business makeup”
  • “his knowledge is top-flight, but his ability to communicate and guide negotiations is nothing short of amazing”
  • “terrific negotiating skills”
  • “knack for understanding the business itself and making it primary to the transaction”
  • “talent for keeping things focused and putting together deals that really work”
  • “strong on technical issues and he keeps sight of the bigger picture when negotiating - people listen to him”
  • “the rigor and experience he and his team bring to bear in analyzing transactions is invaluable”
  • “firm but collaborative style and understands the dynamics of a transaction”

Related Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Depomed - $1.05 billion purchase of the U.S. rights to the Nucynta pain medication franchise from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
  • AT&T - carve-out divestiture of its managed applications and managed hosting business to IBM
  • Sallie Mae - $7.1 billion spin-off of Navient
  • Perot Systems Corporation - $4.0 billion merger with Dell and various other transactions
  • CA Technologies - various acquisitions of technology companies, including Nimsoft, Layer 7 Technologies, NetQos, 3Tera, Hyperformix, Inteq Services, Interactive TKO, Replay Solutions, Paragon Global Technology and SCUID
  • Accenture- over 85 transactions including:
    -various acquisitions of technology companies, including: AddVal Technology, Ariba's BPO division, AvVenta, CadenceQuest, Caleb Technologies, Corliant,, George Group, HB Maynard, KnowledgeRules, Maxamine, Open Skies, Origin Digital, Savista's BPO division and Zenta
    -various corporate venturing growth equity investments in technology companies
    -auction and divesture of investment portfolio of Accenture Technology Ventures
  • Dell - carve-out divestiture of its RCS healthcare IT business to Conifer Health Solutions, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare
  • Global Printing and Technology Solutions Company - bid to acquire Kodak document scanning solutions business in chapter 11 proceedings
  • Electronic Data Systems - over 35 transactions, including
    -$27 billion split-off from General Motors
    -$25 billion proposed merger with Sprint
    -$200 million acquisition of McDonnell Douglas’ systems integration division
    -$89 million "acqui-hire" of The Feld Group
    -joint venture with Harvard Community Health Plan
  • Brierley+Partners - various transactions, including sale to Nomura Research Institute
  • BearingPoint - multiple carve-out divestitures of technology consulting businesses
  • National milk marketing cooperative - various strategic M&A matters relating to dairy and manufacturing businesses
  • Food processing company - various acquisitions, including acquisition of manufacturing company and IP portfolio consisting of over 250 nationally recognized brands and trademarks
  • Pennzoil Company - spin-off of Battle Mountain Gold Company
  • First Data Corporation - various transactions, including acquisition of Actuarial Computer Technology Company
  • Wyndham Jade - management-led leveraged buyout from private equity firm

Capital Markets

  • Electronic Data Systems - various transactions, including (1) $1 billion secondary public offering of common stock, (2) $6 billion contribution of GM Class E shares to GM’s Hourly Rate Pension Plan, and (3) strategic equity investments in private equity fund and related portfolio companies
  • Goldman Sachs, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Raymond James & Associates in various underwritten public offerings
  • Houston Industries, Houston Lighting & Power Company and their affiliates - over 15 capital markets transactions aggregating more than $2.5 billion in securities, including offerings of common stock, preferred stock, first mortgage bonds, debentures, industrial development bonds, medium-term notes and commercial paper

Board Committee Engagements

  • NYSE company audit committee regarding Sarbanes-Oxley duties
  • NYSE company special committee regarding affiliated party transaction in energy sector
  • NYSE company nominating and corporate governance committee regarding Sarbanes-Oxley duties
  • NASDAQ company special committee of independent directors in connection with “going private” acquisition of publicly held minority interest in technology subsidiary
  • Private company special committee regarding affiliated party transaction

Awards & Community

Listed in Chambers USA, 2004-2016 and Chambers Global, 2006-2016

Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., 2014

Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, 2014 & 2015

Named “Lawyer of the Year for 2014” by The Best Lawyers in America for Information Technology Law in Dallas

Named “Lawyer of the Year for 2011” by The Best Lawyers in America for Securities Law in Dallas

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 2005-2006, and The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2016

Member, Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula





2019 Baker Institute

For the third consecutive year, Baker Botts and the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute are co-hosting their annual energy summit. The event will provide a forum for key market players and decision-makers to gather insights into the future of the dynamic energy industry, ranging from oil and gas to electricity, renewables and technology.