A report from Reuters is out today, saying that “according to a source familiar with the matter,” Google is replacing its head of mergers and acquisitions, David Lawlee, with Don Harrison (pictured), who is currently a lawyer at Google, and an advisor for Google Ventures.
The report also says that Google intends to create a new late-stage investment group, which would be led by Lawlee. That’s pretty much the extent of the details so far.
Harrison’s actual title is Deputy General Counsel at Google. He manages Google’s corporate and competition groups, and has been an advisor to Google Ventures since it launched back in 2009. His bio page on Google Ventures says:
Prior to joining Google, Don was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In 2003 he had the opportunity to help Google acquire a small Santa Monica based start-up. Since that time, Don has completed 70+ deals (and an IPO) for Google, and Don now leads the legal team that supports Google’s M&A and investment activity and is one of Google’s lead negotiators. Working at Google has also allowed Don to enjoy exposure to a variety of projects, including complex M&A, investments and JV structures, innovative compensation programs, and establishing Google Ventures. Don started his career at the Toronto law firm of Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg.
A couple of Google acquisitions have come to light in recent weeks, including that of locker service BufferBox and Incentive Targeting. The total for the year, so far, is 12. The list also includes: Viewdle, Nik Software, VirusTotal.com, Frommer’s, Wildfire Interactive, Sparrow, QuickOffice, Meebo, TxVia, and Milk.