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Headquartered in Palo Alto, Cooley LLP has one of the largest dedicated technology transactions groups in the country. The firm’s technology transactions lawyers combine elements of an IP practice with a commercial transactions practice, and work with companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. The team has particular expertise in areas such as software, semiconductors, digital media, e-commerce, electronics, IT, telecoms, and alternative energy. Highlights included advising data protection company Datto on its definitive sale to Vista Equity Partners (Vista) and merger with Vista portfolio company Autotask; and acting for Cell Design Labs in its sale to Gilead Sciences. The team also advised online social networking service Meetup on its sale to WeWork, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the world, and acted for BroadSoft in its sale to global technology player Cisco. Colorado-based Keith Berets heads the technology transactions practice. Other recommended names are Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC; and Washington DC-based David Wittenstein and Adam Chase. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig and Peter Burns, along with Adit Khorana, who joined from WilmerHale. Robin Lee left to work on public service projects.

Fenwick & West LLP focuses on advising technology and life sciences companies. The firm is highly rated for its work with start-ups in emerging technologies, such as the sharing economy, fintech, augmented and virtual reality, social networks, and gaming - and has a leading M&A practice in advising technology serial acquirers. It also has a robust venture capital practice. It acted for Facebook in its serial acquisition program, including the acquisitions of Ozlo, Source3, FacioMetric and CrowdTangle; and advised Cisco Systems on the $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics and its $1.9bn acquisition of BroadSoft. Other key deals included the team assisting American software company Symantec Corporation with its acquisition of LifeLock, advising Nimble Storage on its sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and serving as primary corporate counsel to Unity, a cross-platform game engine, in its $400m financing from American private equity firm Silver Lake. San Francisco-based Jake Handy is technology transactions chair; Douglas Cogen is co-M&A chair; Stephen Gillespie manages the IP aspects of M&A deals; and Ralph Pais and Seattle-based corporate group chair Alan Smith are also highly rated. Mountain View’s Gregory Roussel is ‘extremely good at driving M&A transactions’; and technology and life sciences deal lawyer Ethan Skerry was hired in New York from Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

Goodwin has extensive experience structuring domestic and cross-border commercial transactions involving technology and IP assets. The practice’s scope of work includes standalone technology transfer transactions and other strategic technology transactions arising from private equity and venture capital investments, public offerings and private financing, as well as M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. The team acted for Trooly, a background-check start-up, in its sale to Airbnb; and assisted Sencha, which develops and licenses software frameworks and tools, with its sale to Idera. Equity capital market highlights included advising the underwriting syndicate on the $3.9bn IPO of camera company Snap, the creator of the Snapchat app; and acting for JP Morgan Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co and Morgan Stanley & Co as lead book-running managers in the IPO of global hotel search platform trivago, which raised approximately $330m. John Egan, William Schnoor, Stuart Cable and Stephen Charkoudian are notable Boston contacts; and in Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu, who leads the firm’s West Coast technology M&A practice, Michael Russell, Anthony McCusker and William Growney Jr are also highly rated. Andrew Goodman in New York and Jason Breen in Los Angeles are other names to note.

Hogan Lovells US LLP hired a highly regarded team of technology transaction experts from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, including Richard Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and Christopher Moore in Silicon Valley and John Brockland in San Francisco. The team is experienced in deals involving software, semiconductors, mobile communications, internet and e-commerce. Highlights included advising Marvell Technology Group on the IP, technology and corporate aspects of its $6bn acquisition of chipmaker Cavium. Other key advisers are Washington DC-based communications practice head Michele Farquhar; global M&A head William Curtin III, who works from the New York and Washington DC offices; Randy Segal, who is based in the Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices; and the firm’s US commercial practice head Audrey Reed, who divides her time between Washington DC and New York. Other recommended practitioners include Mark Brennan, Ari Fitzgerald, Trey Hanbury and Steven Kaufman in Washington DC; Silicon Valley-based Nathaniel Gallon; and Denver-based David London.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a large and experienced technology transactions practice which collaborates closely with the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring attorneys. Chicago-based Daniel Lewis, Matthew Lovell and Neil Hirshman acted for funds advised by Apax Partners in the $200m acquisition of 3M’s electronic monitoring business; and Seth Traxler advised Grubhub on its $287.5m acquisition of Yelp’s online food-ordering business, Eat24. The team also advised Blackstone-affiliated private equity funds on the $4.8bn acquisition of Aon’s technology-enabled benefits and human resources platform; assisted Bioreclamation, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, with the creation of a joint venture for the procurement of bio-specimens and related clinical and testing data. Other key Chicago advisers include Vladimir Khodosh, Gregg Kirchhoefer, Aaron Lorber, Matthew Lovell, Jeffery Norman PC and Min Wang, while Edward Sadtler, David MacDonald and Lisa Samenfeld are highly rated New York practitioners. In San Francisco, John Lynn is also widely praised.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group serves as a strong complementary practice to the firm’s significant global corporate, finance and IP litigation practices. It advises all sectors of the technology industry, including broadband and internet service providers, broadcast radio and television clients, cable companies, content providers, and data storage and security firms. Other areas of strength are e-commerce, entertainment and multimedia, internet, networks and infrastructure, and telecoms. It acted for LogMeIn, a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud-based remote connectivity services, in the acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses; it also assisted Anova Industries with reviewing a manufacturing and supply agreement regarding the sale of Anova Applied Electronics to Electrolux. Additional matters included acting for Novomer, a venture-funded chemistry technology development company, in the sale of its Converge® polyol technology to Saudi Aramco. In Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein is technology transactions chair and Tad Freese is also highly regarded. Sarah Gagan is a key Boston contact and New York-based Jeffrey Tochner is ‘very creative’. Counsel Alan Tamarelli Jr was hired in New York from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, where he was corporate transactions counsel; and Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood was promoted to counsel.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘lawyers provide very deep knowledge of their subject matter’. The practice advises global corporate clients on their most significant technology deals, and the practice brings significant licensing and technology transactions experience to the technology and IP aspects of M&A transactions. The team acted for Visa with its acquisition of CardinalCommerce, which specializes in mobile commerce and payment solutions; and assisted Singapore’s state-owned investment company Temasek with its $800m investment in Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet. It also advised DST Systems on the IP aspects of its acquisition of the ownership of two joint ventures, Boston Financial Data Services and International Financial Data Services; and assisted Inovalon, a technology company which provides cloud-based platforms to the healthcare industry, with its approximately $105m acquisition of Creehan & Company. In San Francisco, Aaron Rubin jointly chairs the technology transactions group, Tessa Schwartz is a former technology transactions chair, and William Schwartz and Paul Jahn are also highly rated. Other notable names are New York-based John Delaney and Vivian Hanson and Palo Alto’s Stephanie Sharron. Of counsel Scott Carter joined in San Francisco from Latham & Watkins LLP.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is regularly engaged in sophisticated transactions, including technology acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as research and development (R&D) collaborations, licensing agreements, outsourcing transactions and e-commerce agreements. New York-based global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein acted for inVentiv Health in the technology and IP aspects of its $4.6bn merger with INC Research Holdings; Charan Sandhu advised the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American (Reynolds) on the technology and IP aspects of its $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco (BAT) of the 57.8% of Reynolds’ stock that BAT did not already own; and Jeffrey Osterman advised French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim. Silicon Valley-based Karen Ballack is also highly rated. Richard Climan, John Brockland, Max Scott, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross, and Christopher Moore joined Hogan Lovells US LLP.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s technology transactions practice, comprising approximately 50 attorneys, is dedicated to commercial matters that are driven by IP, such as licenses, joint ventures, outsourcing deals, co-developments, manufacturing deals and distribution agreements. Recent matters include acting for Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, on its agreement to be sold to private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo - an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.6bn; advising Gigamon, known for traffic visibility solutions, on its proposed sale to Elliott Management; and assisting ZirMed, which provides cloud-based claims management solutions to healthcare providers and organizations, with its agreement with Navicure to join forces to provide hospitals, health systems and ambulatory services organizations, including physician practices, with analytics-driven solutions that help improve financial performance. In capital market highlights, the team advised Denali Therapeutics, a biotech company that develops new molecular therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, on its IPO; it also acted for NetApp, an American multinational storage and data management company, in its $800m senior note offering. Washington DC’s James Clessuras is joint technology transactions department leader; and Daniel Glazer leads the New York office’s technology transactions practice.

Baker Botts L.L.P. acts for significant market participants in the fields of mass media, telecoms, biotech and IT, as well as application software, communications equipment and semiconductors. The firm’s transactional attorneys handle the full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public and private securities offerings, institutional and other specialized financing, M&A deals, and joint ventures. The team advised Dell Technologies on an investment in an emerging open source cloud software company; assisted T3 with the negotiation of mobile app development and internet advertising agreements, as well as a supply, license and joint venture agreement; and advised Oxford Nanopore Technologies on dozens of commercial and licensing agreements, including distribution agreements with distributors in China, India and Russia, and patent licenses with universities throughout the world. Dallas-based Samantha Hale Crispin is the firm-wide technology sector chair; and Jordan Herman chairs the Austin corporate department.

With technology clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to blue-chip industry leaders, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has a longstanding reputation for representing technology companies in their most significant transactions. The practice has acted for IBM in corporate matters for decades, and advised on its recent initial $3bn registered fixed- and floating-rate notes offering of IBM Credit. Other key deals included George Schoen advising Scientific Games Corporation on its acquisition of NYX Gaming Group. The team also advised the strategic review committee of the board of directors of Yahoo! on the $4.48bn sale of Yahoo!’s operating business to Verizon Communications; and acted for Xerox Corporation in its spin-off of Conduent, the world’s largest provider of diversified business process services. David Kappos leads the firm’s IP work; and Keith Hallam is also highly regarded.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent team provides considerable value and has a deep understanding of clients' businesses and sensitivities’. It acts for clients involved in cleantech, computer hardware, software, games and entertainment, online commerce and new media, IT, semiconductors, and telecoms. The practice acted for private equity firm ABRY Partners in its sale of Datapipe, and advised SoftBank Vision Fund on its lead role in a Series E investment into Guardant Health, a biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer. Silicon Valley-based joint global technology chair Victoria Lee is highly rated for her IT, IP and technology transactions experience; and global technology transactions and strategic sourcing co-chair Vinny Sanchez divides his time between Chicago and Century City. Frank Ryan in New York and Northern Virginia’s Eric Grossman are also notable.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP advises on all aspects of the structuring, negotiating and documenting of complex transactions involving the commercialization of technology and IP. The team advised Ford Motor Company on its formation of, investment in and collaboration with artificial intelligence (AI) company Argo AI, which develops self-driving vehicles; it also assisted Reviver Auto, which focuses on connected cars, with general corporate matters and financing. The key advisers are Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy in Palo Alto, and New York-based Daniel Angel. Mehra advises Fortune 50 technology companies and venture-backed start-ups on the negotiation and structuring of transactions in cloud computing, technology services, IP acquisition and licensing, and data rights; Kennedy is experienced in collaboration and license agreements involving life sciences companies and in original equipment manufacturer, distribution, cloud computing, escrow and end-user license agreements involving computer software; and Angel has advised financial services, private equity, life sciences, insurance, energy and telecoms clients. Carrie LeRoy joined in Silicon Valley from White & Case LLP.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists technology clients with all manner of concerns, including transactional, IP, labor, litigation, insurance, privacy, and regulatory matters. The team regularly assists longstanding client Eli Lilly with a wide range of technology transactions, including co-location agreements for data center operations, and cross-licensing agreements for critical product components; and it continues to assist SanDisk with the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic. Barbara Melby works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor is an IT and outsourcing expert. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is also highly rated for technology transaction work; and Doneld Shelkey, who relocated to Boston from Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements. Other names to note are Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, and New York-based Edward Hansen.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP opened a Santa Monica office in 2017; the firm also hired co-head of the global technology transactions practice Glynna Christian, who splits her time between New York and Silicon Valley, from the legacy Kaye Scholer LLP firm, and New York-based Peter Fusco joined from Lowenstein Sandler LLP. The practice acts for large numbers of start-up clients and, in addition to its significant venture capital practice, it provides technology companies with support in public policy, benefits, employment litigation, capital markets, tax and cybersecurity. The team acted for online personal finance company Social Finance in its $500m Series G financing; and advised longstanding client IronPlanet, an online marketplace for used heavy equipment, on its $758m sale. Silicon Valley-based Daniel Yost is co-head of the global technology transactions practice; Stephen Venuto chairs the global technology companies practice; and Don Keller serves as technology sector leader. Harold Yu divides his time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco; and John Bautista splits his time between San Francisco, Santa Monica and Silicon Valley. San Francisco- and Santa Monica-based Anik Guha is also an experienced adviser.

M&A powerhouse Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is routinely called in to advise on mega deals and first-of-their-kind transactions. Recent matters include acting for American avionics and IT systems multinational Rockwell Collins in its $30bn sale to United Technologies Corporation; acting for Vantiv, a public US-based payment processing and technology provider, in its $10bn acquisition of Worldpay Group; and assisting data analytics and cyber-services firm Defense Group with its sale to government services integrator SOS International. Other key deals included advising education technology company 2U on the acquisition of South Africa-based online education company GetSmarter; and acting for Sevcon, a global player in electrification technologies, in its $200m sale to BorgWarner. Palo Alto-based Kenton King and Leif King are highly rated.

With a large portfolio of software vendor, data provider and fintech clients, Venable LLP’s core strengths center around complex technology transactions and outsourcing matters. It has particular strengths in technology-driven joint ventures and strategic alliances, IP commercialization, technology licensing and procurement, and technology transfer and systems integration matters. The practice handles a significant amount of cross-border work and it is particularly well known for its work in the hospitality, retail, healthcare and technology sectors; in recent years the practice has also expanded into the data analytics, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and entertainment and new media fields. The team recently advised Wyndham Hotel Group on negotiating a series of services agreements to evaluate and obtain SaaS-based solutions to help hotel guests communicate their hospitality needs directly with hotel staff via text messages and provide real-time, two-way staff communication. It also acts for one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies in technology license agreements, technical service agreements, joint development agreements, and R&D service agreements. The recommended attorneys are San Francisco-based James Nelson; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola; Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner; and William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

Baker McKenzie LLPhas a strong international reach, with clients always receiving in-depth, detailed advice’. The team regularly advises on complex enterprise resource planning and systems integration projects; managed telecoms arrangements; outsourcing agreements; custom software development; cloud computing, social media, licensing and distribution agreements; and professional service agreements. Chicago-based Michael Mensik focuses on IT, sourcing and privacy; Samuel Kramer is highly rated for multi-jurisdictional outsourcing, technology licensing, commercial contracting, and supply chain agreements and integration; and Peter George, who is ‘outstanding during negotiations and great at explaining issues and potential resolutions’, advises IT companies on their domestic and foreign operations. Michael Stoker is experienced in transactional and general corporate matters; and Sonia Baldia is a key Washington DC adviser. Other key practitioners include Palo Alto’s Lothar Determann and San Francisco-based Gary Shapiro.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advises on IP, technology and outsourcing matters arising from licensing, collaboration, distribution, R&D, and other commercial activities. Highlights included advising Comcast Corporation on its acquisition of iControl Networks, which creates technology and platforms for connected home security and IoT. Frank Azzopardi is IP and technology group head and Pritesh Shah advised Suez, a French industrial services and solutions company, on the IP and technology aspects of its approximately $3.4bn acquisition (together with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) of GE Water & Process Technologies.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s transactions practice covers IT system and software licensing; technology development collaborations and technology transfers; the monetization of patent and technology portfolios; protection of core IP assets; and the creation, evolution, and sale of new, emerging and mature technology companies. The team acted for Fornetix in a major technology collaboration and services agreement with Cyphre Security Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of RigNet. Los Angeles-based James Kalyvas chairs the technology transactions and outsourcing practice; and Michael Overly has longstanding experience in IT transactions. Other key advisers include Milwaukee’s Jennifer Rathburn; Madison-based Christopher Cain; Matthew Karlyn in Boston; San Diego’s Beni Surpin; Chanley Howell in Jacksonville; Washington DC-based Andrew Rawlins; and Chicago’s Aaron Tantleff.

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘excellent practice delivers great response times and value for money.’ It handles complex technology transactions and procurements as well as other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare. It acted for aerospace and defense company and serial acquirer Teledyne Technologies in its $780m acquisition of e2v technologies, a UK-based manufacturer of high-performance image sensors. It also advised fintech company AvidXchange on its $300m Series F financing, with contributions from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, MasterCard, Temasek, and an American entrepreneur. Steve Gold is ‘a go-to lawyer for technology transactions’. Derek Roach in Chicago and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan are also highly rated.

Paul Hastings LLP handles high-profile and often cross-border M&A and financing transactions for technology companies, and is a go-to firm for private equity firms focused on the technology industry. Recent highlights include advising Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management, an American hedge fund management firm, in their high-value acquisition of Dell Software; the team also acted for Symphony Technology Group and its portfolio company MSC Software, which specializes in simulation software, on the $834m sale of MSC Software to Sweden’s global technology group, Hexagon. Other matters include advising Gemalto, an international digital security company, on its acquisition of 3M’s identity management business. Los Angeles-based David Hernand, Washington DC’s Eric Greenberg, and Dana Kromm and Steve Camahort in San Francisco are key attorneys, as are Matthew Berger and Tiffany Lee in Palo Alto, Sherrese Smith in Washington DC, and New York-based Samuel Waxman.

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients on technology transactions involving the retail, financial services, and arts and leisure sectors, as well as sports and media; and the practice’s scope includes the implementation of blockchain, biometrics, big data and other emerging business technologies. The New York-based heads of the technology, media and telecoms group are Jeffrey Neuburger - who acted for construction industry contractor Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data in a variety of technology implementations, licensing agreements and outsourcing agreements - and Robert Freeman; and Paresh Trivedi is a highly rated senior counsel. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou led advice to Sotera Defense Solutions, a national security technology company, in its $235m sale to cybersecurity firm KeyW Corporation.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s ‘very strong’ IP transactions group regularly partners on the firm’s high-profile corporate, M&A and capital markets transactions; it also handles prominent standalone IP, technology, and privacy and cybersecurity transactions as well as counseling matters. The IP team acted for Johnson Controls regarding the approximately $2bn sale of its Scott Safety business to 3M. It also assisted private investment firm Centerbridge Partners with its acquisition of enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions; and acted for global radio company SiriusXM in its $480m strategic cash investment in Pandora. IP transactions group head Lori Lesser in New York is ‘pragmatic, technically brilliant and a pleasure to deal with’; and key counsels include Christopher Sprigman in New York and Palo Alto-based Marcela Robledo.

White & Case LLP’s work ranges from complex outsourcing arrangements and strategic alliances to product development, licensing and M&A; and the client base includes hi-tech, social media, consumer technology, pharma, medical device, semiconductor and fintech clients. The team advised German-based technology company Aixtron on the IP aspects of the divestiture of its atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition memory product line; it also assisted Nasdaq-listed brand management company Iconix Brand Group with the $345m sale of its entertainment division to DHX Media. Adam Chernichaw, Daren Orzechowski and Arlene Hahn are highly rated. Named attorneys are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

WilmerHale regularly works alongside the firm’s corporate, regulatory, IP and tax lawyers to negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, and outsourcing and licensing transactions. Jeffrey Johnson advised Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, on IP issues surrounding its $30m acquisition of DataRPM. The recommended names are Steven Barrett, Belinda Juran and Michael Bevilacqua in Boston and Ashwin Gokhale in Palo Alto.

Bracewell LLP’s team works closely with the firm’s tax and labor and employment practices on major technology transactions; and its sector experience includes biotechnology, energy, e-commerce, software, semiconductors, finance, and government infrastructure. Dallas-based Janice Davis acted for a hedge fund client in the formation of a complex hedge fund that invests in technology companies; the team also assisted an oilfield service company with the IP aspects of an M&A deal as well as technology transactions and licensing work. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews is also an experienced adviser.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is best known for its interdisciplinary advice in complex technology transactions, which are often cross-border; the team acts for clients from sectors such as software, IT, telecoms, IoT, semiconductors, media and entertainment, and healthcare technology. Other areas include financial services, consumer goods and fashion, as well as emerging areas such as cyber, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, machine learning, and AI. Daniel Ilan advised OpenText on complex licensing arrangements and asset divestitures regarding its $1.62bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division; and Leonard Jacoby is also highly regarded.

Dentons advises on M&A deals, public offerings, venture capital financing, IP protection strategies, new technology licensing, as well as accelerating new ventures via the firm’s own Startup Program, which provides founders and early-stage companies with services to help scale their businesses. The team acted for Operative Media, which specializes in digital advertising for major media companies, in its sale to SintecMedia; and advised Cyient on its acquisition of CERTON Software. Victor Boyajian in New York advises on venture capital, private equity, securities and strategic transactions.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘level of service is excellent’. Digital health is an area where the firm is particularly strong, owing to its first-class healthcare practice, In other areas, the practice advised Commerce Bank on a deal that involved replacing the bank’s core IT systems. The key partners for technology transactions are Dallas-based Shawn Helms and Jason Krieser, who ‘are terrific for substance and client management’, as well as David Guedry and Heather Bethancourt (also in Dallas) and Boston-based Sarah Hogan. On the corporate technology side, the leading partners are Wilson Chu and Gregory Hidalgo in Dallas, David Lipkin in Silicon Valley and Boston’s Albert Sokol.

Particularly focused on private equity sponsors, Ropes & Gray LLP’s clients span software, the internet, financial services, healthcare, consumer technology, media, semiconductors and telecoms. Recent work includes advising Mentor Graphics on its sale to Siemens Industry. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein (who splits her time between Boston and New York) and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields are other key contacts. Global M&A head Paul Scrivano joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in early 2017 and splits his time between the New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

In addition to standard IT systems and software experts, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team includes specialists in healthcare IT, fashion and apparel, retail, consumer products, sports equipment, entertainment, and digital media. Brian Anderson in San Francisco is highly rated; Del Mar’s Michael Orlando acted for adidas in the technology and outsourcing aspects of the sale of Taylor Made Golf Company and affiliated golf brands; and Century City-based Brian Pass advised Snap on a $2bn cloud services agreement with Google.

Vinson & Elkins LLP assists technology and licensing clients with M&A deals, public offerings, private equity and venture capital financings, and the licensing and distribution of technology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences products and devices. The team acted for SailPoint Technologies Holdings, a provider of enterprise identity governance solutions, in its $240m IPO; and advised MoneyGram International on its $1.2bn sale to an affiliate of Hong Kong-based Ant Financial. Paul Tobias, Wesley Watts and Milam Newby are highly regarded practitioners; and Andy Smetana joined as counsel from a technology start-up. All named attorneys are based in the Austin office.

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