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The strategic sourcing and commercial transactions team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including media and entertainment, technology and retail. Los Angeles-based co-head William Peters has been assisting Marriott International with a number of transactions, including outsourcing agreements. In New York, co-head Stephen Nordahl was engaged by Helly Hansen on a merchandise sales agreement with Waypoint Outdoor. In Palo Alto, Shaalu Mehra led advice to Ford on the client’s high-profile $1bn investment in and collaboration with Argo AI. The team is also led by Daniel Mummery in Palo Alto. Other clients include 21st Century Fox, CBS Corporation and Universal Pictures.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘consistently excellent’ and ‘valuable’ group specializes in technology transactions. Judith Hasko, who chairs the life sciences licensing team, advised CytomX Therapuetics on a strategic collaboration with Amgen valued at over $1.5bn. Technology transactions chair Anthony Klein, capital markets partner Anthony Richmond, M&A partner Josh Dubofsky and New York-based Graeme Smyth assisted American Airlines with an equity investment in China Southern Airlines. In Boston, Sarah Gagan was engaged by Measure on a strategic agreement with AES Corporation. The group includes Tad Freese, as well as New York-based of counsel Alan Tamarelli, who joined from Merck, and Ghaith Mahmood, who was promoted to counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Clients also recommend associate Arielle Singh. Attorneys are based in Silicon Valley unless otherwise stated.

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods, retail and automotive. Co-head Barbara Melby, who splits her time between Philadelphia and New York, led advice to Eli Lilly in various domestic and international transactions, including IT service and cross-licensing agreements. In New York, Vito Petretti has been assisting Colgate-Palmolive with a number of commercial matters, including technology transactions and distribution agreements. Michael Pillion also leads the team from the firm’s Philadelphia office. In Boston, Doneld Shelkey is a name to note.

Known for its life sciences expertise, Ropes & Gray LLP’s practice handles a wide range of licensing and commercial agreements. Practice head Edward Black led advice to Tudor Investment Corporation on various IP transactions, including drafting agreements regarding a collaboration with an engineering firm. The group acted for Bain Capital Private Equity in all aspects arising from its acquisition of Innocor from a Sun Capital Partners affiliate. Mark Bellomy was engaged by Sarepta Therapuetics on the company’s sponsored research and option agreement with Généthon. David McIntosh and Silicon Valley-based Megan Baca are key names. All other partners are based in Boston. Other clients include Akebia Therapuetics, Pfizer and Juno Therapeutics.

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WilmerHale’s technology transactions and licensing group assists clients with complex agreements, often with an international element. Boston-based co-head Steven Barrett and New York-based Steven Singer acted for Agios Pharmaceuticals on a $287m global license agreement with Aurigene Discovery Technologies arising from the research, development, and commercialization of a cancer drug. Also in Boston, co-head Belinda Juran was engaged by Visterra on a licensing and collaboration agreement with Vir Biotechnology regarding the development of various early-stage infectious disease programs. In New York, Robert Finkel has been leading advice to Blue Apron on various intercompany technology and service agreements, including its recent IPO. In Boston, Jeffrey Johnson has been acting for the Museum of Science in a number of international distribution arrangements regarding a Pixar exhibition. Michael Bevilacqua is also a name to note.

Part of the firm’s wider IP and technology department, DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent’ and ‘incredibly responsive’ practice covers commercial contracts, as well as franchising and distribution matters. In Atlanta, franchising and distribution group chair Richard Greenstein led advice to CircusTrix in its acquisition of Rockin’ Jump. In San Diego, commercial contracts group head Mark Lehberg and Jeff Baglio acted for Qualcomm in its $3bn joint venture with TDK. Silicon Valley-based Jeffrey Aronson and Atlanta-based Joseph Silver were engaged by Endgame regarding various strategic agreements with Accenture. Other clients include Catalina, Roark Capital Group and EagleView Technologies.

Considered by clients to have ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘practical advice’, Goodwin’s ‘very reliable and trustworthy’ team excels in transactions in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. In New York, Jeffrey Klein advised Elysium Health on negotiations regarding a service agreement with a media company. In Boston, Robert Puopolo acted for Ginkgo Bioworks in a $100m agreement with Bayer regarding the development of a new company. The team is jointly headed by Joseph Johnson and Mark Macenka in Boston.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s corporate and M&A group acts for public and private companies across a broad range of transactions. In Boston, practice head Lewis Segall primarily assists with financings and joint ventures, as well as domestic and international M&A. Also in Boston, tax partner Steven Eichel has particular strength in cross-border transactions. Elias Hinckley is now at K&L Gates.

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