Practice Areas | Lower Middle Market M&A

Young Basile provides a cost-effective solution for handling technology-driven M&A transactions in the lower middle market.

Our Capabilities

Young Basile represents buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of intellectual property and technology-related assets. Our seasoned transaction attorneys can readily handle deals ranging in size from $5-100M.


Unique Advantage: Patents and Deals

Young Basile is primarily a patent firm, whose clients include Google, Apple, GoPro and many of the world’s most innovative companies. Yet we also maintain a robust M&A practice, and are perhaps the only patent boutique in the world that can make this claim.

Larger firms also have patent and deal-making capability, but it comes at a price in the form of exorbitant fees, which many lower middle market transactions cannot support. As a smaller firm, our fee structure is lower, allowing us to spend the time required to properly analyze, negotiate, document and close smaller but nevertheless complex transactions.

This makes us ideally suited to handle lower middle market transactions especially when technology or other intellectual property is one of the seller’s significant assets.


Unique Advantage: China Practice

We have a robust practice representing dozens of Chinese companies and we maintain a team of Mandarin-speaking attorneys. For deals that include a Chinese party, this offers a significant advantage in facilitating communications and bridging cultural divides.


Sophisticated, Quality Representation

You will not sacrifice quality in coming to Young Basile. Many of our attorney arrived at the firm from leading law firms and law schools. Our clients include industry leaders in the U.S. and China who come to us to handle challenging and important matters.


Examples of our Work

We represent buyers and sellers in transactions ranging in value from $5-50M.

  • IXL Learning in its acquisition of ABCya (as reported in Fortune)
  • Econocast in its sale to Fortress Investment Group
  • Huami in its acquisition of the assets of Zepp
  • On2 Technologies in its acquisition by Google
  • Google in its acquisition of 200 patents from IBM



Our team is lead by experienced transaction attorneys.

Andrew Basile
Silicon Valley
(650) 380-1014
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Andrew Basile is the president of the firm. He was previously a partner in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward, where he managed that firm’s 20 attorney technology transaction practice. He handles a wide variety of technology-related corporate and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, alliances and licenses. As an experienced patent attorney, Mr. Basile also manages large patent portfolios for clients including Google and Nissan, and frequently provides clients with opinions and strategic advice regarding infringement and other contested matters. Mr. Basile holds a computer engineering degree from Princeton and a law degree from Michigan Law School.



Lance Kawesch
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Lance Kawesch is a veteran corporate and securities lawyer. He advises clients ranging from emerging start-ups to mid-market $50+ million revenue companies. His practice includes equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions and business sales, angel and venture funding, licensing, contracts and general business transactions. Before attending Boston University School of Law, where he was Law Review Editor and a 1994 magna cum laude graduate, Mr. Kawesch started and grew a software company that he sold to Dun & Bradstreet.



David Horne
Silicon Valley
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David Horne has more than 20 years of experience practicing corporate and securities law. He advises founders, executives, directors and investors in startup companies and established businesses, and handles core corporate matters such as formation, operation, governance, seed financing, venture capital financing, equity compensation, public offerings, securities compliance, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. His prior experience includes Cooley Godward, where he was a member of the corporate department. He holds bachelor of science degrees from MIT and earned his law degree at Northeastern University.


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