Mr. Yamate served as Vice President and General Counsel of Knight Ridder until its acquisition in June 2006 by The McClatchy Company in a $6.5 billion stock and cash merger. Prior to the sale, Knight Ridder was the nation’s second largest newspaper publisher, where Mr. Yamate was responsible for company-wide legal affairs and a member of the company’s management committee.
Prior to joining Knight Ridder in September 2000, Mr. Yamate was vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Liberate Technologies, a leading Silicon Valley-based software infrastructure company that developed software for accessing the Internet through TV set-top boxes and other Internet appliances. During his tenure at Liberate, he negotiated and managed $150 million in private placements involving strategic investors, highly successful initial and secondary public offerings totaling over $1 billion as well as strategic acquisitions of companies providing complementary technologies and businesses.
Prior to joining Liberate in March 1999, Mr. Yamate was a partner in the Silicon Valley offices of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen), where he specialized in corporate, securities and intellectual property law, representing Fortune 50 and emerging high technology companies.
Mr. Yamate has been professionally active in California State Bar activities, having chaired the Business Law Section Executive Committee and one of its standing committees, the Corporations Committee. He has previously served as a speaker on intellectual property, corporate and other business law topics for, among others, the American Bar Association’s Section on Science and Technology Law, Law Journal Press Seminars, the California Continuing Education of the Bar and Stanford University Law School’s E-Commerce Best Practices Conference. He is the co-author of the Negotiated Acquisitions portfolio for the Corporate Practice Series published by the Bureau of National Affairs. He is a member of the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsels, and the Advisory Council of the High Tech Law Institute and Board of Visitors at Santa Clara University School of Law. He chairs the In-House Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Mr. Yamate has been active in numerous charitable, civic and cultural organizations and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Japanese American National Museum headquartered in Los Angeles and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, an organization dedicated to the elimination of bias, bigotry and discrimination.
J. D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B. A., University of California, Davis