United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology: transactions > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings
Index of tables
Suzanne Bell -
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Jennifer Coplan - Sidley Austin LLP
- John Delaney - Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Michael Epstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Nigel Howard - Covington & Burling LLP
- John Hurvitz - Covington & Burling LLP
- Anthony Klein - Latham & Watkins LLP
Lori Lesser -
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
- Shaalu Mehra - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Glenn Nash - Sidley Austin LLP
- William Russell - Venable LLP
- Adam Ruttenberg - Cooley LLP
- William Schwartz - Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Suzanne Bell -
Cooley LLP’s team has experience in information technology, telecoms and digital media. The national practice has major presences in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York as well as significant offices in Washington DC and Reston, and this is supported internationally via the firm’s offices in London and Shanghai. Reston-based and highly regarded practice head Adam Ruttenberg led the deal negotiations for a partnership between HBO NOW, a standalone version of HBO GO, with MLB Advanced Media. The team also assisted CrowdRise in its negotiations with the Today Show regarding a collaboration for charitable giving using the CrowdRise platform. In Washington DC, newly promoted partner Adam Chase advised DraftKings on its multi-year partnership expansion with Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Chase focuses on development agreements, technology-related outsourcing deals and software agreements. The firm also represented satellite provider SSL in its contract negotiations with Skybox Imaging to build an advanced constellation of low Earth orbit satellites for Earth imaging, with Palo Alto-based senior counsel Michael Stern as lead lawyer on the matter. In the same office, Robin Lee advised Brocade Communications in the divestiture of its network adapter business to QLogic, handling asset transfer structuring and license negotiations. David Wittenstein in Washington DC, and Peter Burns in Palo Alto are key names in the practice. Other clients include Moreover Technologies and eBay.
San Francisco-based Jake Handy chairs the technology transactions practice at Fenwick & West LLP, which is highly regarded for its M&A work in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. The firm represents businesses through all growth stages, from start-ups to public companies. The ‘responsive, experienced and dependable’ Cynthia Hess, along with Jeffrey Vetter and James Evans, advised Fitbit on its $840m IPO, the largest technology IPO in 2015. Elsewhere, the team represented long-time client Facebook in six acquisitions, including those of QuickFire Networks and TheFind, with Gregory Roussel as lead partner. In San Francisco, Douglas Cogen represented Cisco in seven acquisitions, including those of Piston Cloud Computing and Neohapsis. Cogen also represented Concur in its $8.3bn acquisition by SAP, working alongside Horace Nash and Lynda Twomey. The team also handled Symantec’s $8bn sale of its subsidiary Veritas to The Carlyle Group, the largest leveraged buyout of 2015. Ralph Pais and Stephen Gillespie, both based in San Francisco, are also key members of the team. Other clients include Uber, Airbnb, Twitter and Spotify. All individuals are based in Mountain View unless otherwise stated.
The 140-strong team at Goodwin Procter LLP is known for its work in life sciences and new technologies. Silicon Valley’s Anthony McCusker joined Boston’s John Egan, William Schnoor and Stephen Charkoudian as co-chair of the practice, strengthening the firm’s presence on the West Coast. Lawrence Chu, who also works out of the Silicon Valley office, advised online learning company Lynda.com on its acquisition by networking giant LinkedIn. Charkoudian led the team advising footwear company New Balance Holding and investment firm Berkshire Partners on their purchase of The Rockport Company from Adidas; as part of the transaction, New Balance affiliate Drydock Footwear will join with The Rockport Company to form The Rockport Group. The team advised long-term client WiTricity on its technology licensing agreement with Intel, with Intel assimilating the client’s patented technology for wireless charging products. Egan, along with Boston’s Stuart Cable, handled long-term client Xoom Corporation’s $890m sale to PayPal. Virtustream, Morgan Stanley and Affirm are also clients. William Growney and Cindy McAdam joined the Silicon Valley office from in-house counsel positions, while Andrew Goodman rejoined the firm in New York from Kean Miller LLP. Los Angeles’ Jason Breen was made partner.
Latham & Watkins LLP has a wide-reaching international network, with strength in China, Germany, the UK and elsewhere, and assists clients with IP and technology licensing agreements and outsourcing. Silicon Valley-based practice head Anthony Klein advised semiconductor company Spansion on its $1.6bn sale to Cypress Semiconductor. Klein also worked with the firm’s M&A practice on several acquisitions by Avago Technologies, including its $37bn purchase of Broadcom, and its $6.6bn acquisition of LSI. The firm continued to advise long-term client AMD on its joint venture with Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics. New York-based Jeffrey Tochner advised Delphi Automotive on the sale of its thermal division to MAHLE Group in Germany, including IP purchase agreements and licensing. In Boston, Sarah Gagan advised Voxel8 on its negotiations with two academic institutions concerning licensing agreements. The team collaborated with its Hong Kong and Singapore offices to advise Tencent Holdings on its five-year digital partnership with the NBA; the client will run live NBA matches and highlights through Chinese social media outlets. JD Marple and Tad Freese in Silicon Valley and Steven Chinowsky in San Diego are also key contacts in the practice. Other clients include Toshiba, Expedia and Facebook.
At Morrison & Foerster LLP, the highly regarded Tessa Schwartz leads the team of 41 lawyers from San Francisco, which regularly advises clients in financial services, life sciences and biotechnology, and online media. In recent work, Schwartz advised Yahoo! on its acquisition of Media Group One, a German online publisher, working on the IP transactional aspects of the deal, and handled online advertising company Unified Social’s partnership with iHeartMedia. The highly experienced New York-based John Delaney, along with Tessa Schwartz and William Schwartz, acted for Autodesk in its acquisitions of Synthicity and TeamUp Technologies. In Palo Alto, Stephanie Sharron advised Visa on its negotiation of a partnership agreement with Google for its Visa Digital Enablement Program, a digital payment service for Android Pay. Rufus Pichler led on AccuWeather’s cross-border joint venture with commercial Chinese weather company Huafeng Media Group, advising on the deal’s licensing agreements. Dropbox, Levi Strauss and Netflix are key clients for the firm. Other key figures in the practice are Vivian Hanson in New York and Aaron Rubin and Rufus Pichler.
Sidley Austin LLP saw the highly recommended Jennifer Coplan from the New York office promoted to joint head of the practice alongside the ‘extremely competent’ Glenn Nash in Palo Alto and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Jeffrey Rothstein in Chicago. Nash advised eBay on its separation from PayPal, covering all aspects of IP and technology work for the client, and handled PayPal’s $890m acquisition of Xoom, a digital money transfer company. Rothstein advised long-term client General Electric on patent and other IP licenses regarding its acquisition of French company Alstom. Coplan handled Charter Communications’ licensing negotiations with ActiveVideo for cloud-based technologies, and its $135m acquisition of ActiveVideo in a joint venture ARRIS. In the Los Angeles office, Joshua Hofheimer advised Los Angeles County on negotiations with Oracle for software licenses and an amendment to a master services agreement for the Assessor’s Modernization Project. Other clients include KPMG, Facebook and Amazon. Mark Kaufmann and Pran Jha are recommended and are key contacts in the practice. Russell Weiss joined the Los Angeles office in 2015, and specializes in transactions involving the convergence of the technology and entertainment sectors.
Venable LLP’s technology transactions and outsourcing team is based in Washington DC, and focuses on joint ventures and technology licensing and procurement. Nora Garrote, William Russell and A J Zottola are key partners in the practice, as is San Francisco-based James Nelson. The team expanded its client roster to include GE Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of long-term client General Electric, advising on a master service agreement for the development of cloud-based technology. Russell also advised General Electric on a technology collaboration, and assisted Q30 Sports in its agreement with Performance Sports Group concerning the worldwide licensing of the client’s patent and technology assets. Nelson advised Video Equipment Rentals on the improvement of its contracting practices for new technology, and the firm is outside IP counsel for all of the client’s commercial contracts. The firm also assists recovery audit contractor Cotivity with technology agreements providing in-bound technology solutions. Brett Garner left the firm for an in-house counsel position.
The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, led by the renowned Michael Epstein in New York, is ‘responsive and provides practical and useful advice’. The firm assists an impressive client roster with patent acquisitions, licensing agreements and cross-border technology transactions in the telecoms, media and internet sectors. Epstein handled several Array BioPharma acquisitions, including its purchase of two oncology drugs from Novartis. Jeffrey Osterman in New York and Silicon Valley’s Karen Ballack advised Intel on its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera, one of Intel’s biggest deals ever. Osterman also advised Verizon on its $4.4bn acquisition of AOL, overseeing the IP and technology agreements and negotiations. Ballack advised Yahoo! on five acquisitions, including the $640m acquisition of BrightRoll, a video advertising platform. In Silicon Valley, John Brockland, who is ‘professional and reliable’, advised eBay on its long-term transition services agreement relating to the disposition of eBay Enterprise, and handled eBay’s acquisitions of Vivanuncios and certain technologies from AppTek Partners. Charan Sandhu in the New York office is another key name to note. Other key clients are Facebook, General Electric and Panasonic.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s famed technology practice benefits from the firm’s several US offices - which includes a new base in Boston - as well as its presence in Europe and China. The team regularly advises clients on strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology agreements and technology licensing. Suzanne Bell leads the overall practice from the Silicon Valley office and focuses on strategic alliances and outsourcing transactions. Some other key figures are James Clessuras, who leads the Washington DC practice, and Parag Gheewala, who chairs the firm’s Seattle and Austin technology transactions practices. The firm’s newly opened Boston office aims to focus on the life sciences and technology sectors. TJ Graham joined the Palo Alto office in February 2016.
The global technology chair at Baker Botts L.L.P. is Palo Alto-based John Martin, who leads a team of over 100 lawyers. The firm draws on its many practices, including banking and finance and capital markets, to provide technology clients with an all-round service. In New York, Frederick McGrath and Renee Wilm advised Liberty Interactive on its agreement with Charter Communications to invest $4.3bn in Charter in connection with Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable, as well as advising Liberty on its commitment to invest a further $700m in connection with Charter’s acquisition of Bright House Networks. Dallas-based Don McDermett and Samantha Hale Crispin advised Kimberly-Clark on its spin-off of Halyard Health, a transaction which required $640m of debt financing by Halyard. Other clients are Samsung, Dell and Cisco.
Covington & Burling LLP’s clients benefit from its presence in Europe and Asia, as well as its five offices across the US, and can depend upon ‘top-notch lawyers in all categories’. The firm has expertise in life sciences, sports, and travel and tourism, among other areas, and New York co-chair Nigel Howard represented seven airlines in a global service agreement concerning the sale of Abacus International to Sabre. Howard also advised the NFL on its four-year data collaboration with Sportradar, with the NFL providing statistics to multiple digital outlets. Other co-chair John Hurvitz is based in Washington DC. New York-based Peter Laveran-Stiebar and Washington DC-based Mace Rosenstein advised Altice on its acquisition of 70% of Suddenlink for $9.1bn. Other key clients include AstraZeneca, American Airlines and Samsung Electronics.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s New York-based practice draws on its corporate, tax and capital markets experience. The firm represented long-term client IBM in several transactions in 2015, including the acquisitions of The Weather Company, and Cleversafe, a data storage company. Robert Townsend, George Schoen and highly experienced David Kappos advised Scientific Games on its $5.1bn acquisition of Bally Technologies, which involved complex IP issues. In addition, George Zobitz and Scott Bennett handled Qualcomm’s $10bn debut registered debt offering. Kappos, along with Scott Barshay and Ting Chen, advised Pitney Bowes on its $395m acquisition of Borderfree, an e-commerce solutions company, which also involved various complex IP and data protection issues. Jonathan Davis, Aaron Gruber and Keith Hallam all made partner in January 2015.
DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘easy-to-work-with’ global practice regularly advises clients involved in software, telecoms and cleantech. Victoria Lee leads the practice from Silicon Valley as global co-chair of the firm’s technology sector, with significant experience in cloud computing transactions and technology agreements. In Northern Virginia, the recommended Eric Grossman advised Virtustream on its $1.2bn acquisition by EMC to form EMC’s new managed cloud services business. Chicago’s Richard Ginsberg handled Groupon’s $782m sale of its controlling stake in Ticket Monster to Anchor Equity Partners and KKR and Management. New clients are John Lewis Partnership, Pandora and Ford Motor Company, and long-term clients include Adobe, Amazon and NBC Universal. The team recently grew through the addition of six new lateral hires and four partner promotions. Ed Batts left the practice to become global head of M&A at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s team assists blue-chip technology companies with M&A, IP, tax and other matters. William Peters, Stephen Nordahl and Daniel Mummery co-chair the strategic sourcing and commercial transactions practice from Los Angeles, New York and Palo Alto respectively. The firm recently advised Hewlett-Packard on its $2.7bn acquisition of wireless LAN provider Aruba Networks, with Russell Hansen from the Palo Alto office as lead partner. Joseph Barbeau, who operates from the Palo Alto and Beijing offices, assisted a consortium led by Hua Capital Management with its $1.7bn acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, one of the largest acquisitions in the semiconductor sector by Chinese investors. Los Angeles-based Ari Lanin advised The Chernin Group on its joint venture with AT&T to acquire and invest in over-the-top video services. Other clients include Intel, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Shaalu Mehra is a key name to note.
The ‘exceptional’ team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is chaired by Virginia’s Randy Segal, who is a leading authority on satellite and drone laws, and Washington DC’s Audrey Reed. The practice is known for its emerging technologies focus and operates within a global network. In Virginia, Richard Becker (‘highly analytical and solution-oriented, with boundless energy’) worked with Segal to advise investment firm Columbia Capital on several acquisitions, including the purchases of Verato and TerraPact. Washington DC-based Lisa Ellman, who joined the firm to head the unmanned aircraft systems group with Segal, assisted new client PrecisionHawk USA with negotiations for an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. And a cross-border team handled Unisplendour’s $3.8bn investment in Western Digital. Other key clients are Intelsat, OmniEarth and JAT Capital Management.
Providing ‘excellent technical expertise and response times’, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well regarded for its work in cloud computing and data analytics. The recommended Barbara Melby co-heads the practice from Philadelphia, and advised SunGard Data Systems on its creation of a new post-trade futures and cleared OTC derivatives utility. Palo Alto-based co-head Rahul Kapoor assisted SanDisk in negotiations with several companies, including Toshiba, regarding the manufacture and sale of flash memory cards, including patent licensing and trademarks. Key clients include Colgate-Palmolive, eBay Enterprise and HSBC. James Carrigan and Ronald Del Sesto, Jr joined from Bingham McCutchen in the Boston and Washington DC offices respectively.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s team regularly assists clients with copyright, trademark and licensing matters, and receives support on cross-border matters from its European and Asian offices. The IP and technology practice is led by Bruce Goldner and Stuart Levi in New York. The firm is advising AspenTech on its proposed $230m acquisition of KBC Advanced Technologies. Further highlights included acting as US counsel to Qihoo 360 Technology in a consortium’s $9.3bn cash acquisition of the company, and assisting gaming manufacturer and distributor Bally Technologies with its $5.1bn acquisition by Scientific Games. Jose Esteves in the New York office and Leif King in the Palo Alto office are other key figures.
Providing a ‘good quality of service’, Baker McKenzie LLP works with both vendors and customers in relation to technology transactions, advising on software as a service (SaaS) matters and system integration, among other things. In Chicago, the recommended Samuel Kramer, along with Michael Mensik and Peter George, count Brambles, Cardinal Health and Hewlett-Packard among their client roster. As a function of its international network, the 20-lawyer team regularly handles multi-jurisdictional projects for clients across the globe. Dual-qualified Sonia Baldia joined the Washington DC office from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and advises on US and global outsourcing, technology and IP transactions, with a focus on India inbound and outbound transactions.
Jones Day’s practice covers licensing and technology transactions with the support of several international offices. Boston-based Warren Nachlis and San Diego-based Thomas Briggs are key lawyers in the practice, and between them they handle M&A, licensing, joint ventures, joint development agreements, strategic alliances and settlement agreements. Dallas-based Alain Dermarkar and New York-based Benjamin Grossman joined the mergers and acquisitions practice, and both have experience working with clients in the technology space, including semiconductors.
Gregg Kirchhoefer and Neil Hirshman lead the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which is largely based in Chicago but is supported by lawyers across the firm’s domestic and international network, including Europe and Asia. Hirshman and Daniel Lewis advised IGATE on its $4.04bn sale to Capgemini. In the New York office, Lisa Samenfeld handled new client Infineon Technologies’ $3bn acquisition of International Rectifier in an all-cash transaction. The recommended Edward Sadtler, also in New York, advised long-term clients ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners on their $1.9bn sale of Telx to Digital Realty Trust. Other key clients include Pfizer, Blackberry and Samsung.
Paul Hastings LLP regularly handles joint ventures, strategic alliances and corporate deals for its clients. In Palo Alto, the well-regarded Matthew Berger advised Facebook on a survey of laws and regulations affecting its global data centers, including advising on the import and export of hardware and the regulation of content and data transfers. In the Los Angeles office, David Hernand advised DigiTour Media, a livestream video company, on the acquisition of a minority stake by Viacom. Hernand was also lead lawyer on a cross-border matter for Collective Digital Studio, in which the client made a $240m deal with ProSiebenSat.1 to create a global multichannel network. Other clients include DreamWorks, LG Display and DivX. Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta and Sherrese Smith in Washington DC and Palo Alto’s Jeff Hartlin are also key attorneys in the practice. New York-based Samuel Waxman, who ‘combines his intellectual property expertise with his M&A transactional expertise’, joined the practice in March 2015 from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Beni Surpin left the firm for Foley & Lardner LLP.
The sizeable team at Shearman & Sterling LLP regularly advise clients in the telecoms and technology sectors on M&A, finance, tax and regulatory matters. The US IP and technology transactions group is headed from Menlo Park by Richard Hsu, who is experienced in technology transactions, including licensing matters. New York’s Maura O’Sullivan advised Citigroup Global Markets and HSBC Securities on their $750m 364-day credit facility to Yahoo!, while Michael Kennedy and Dana Kromm, both in San Francisco, advised Healthland Holding on its acquisition by Computer Programs and Systems. San Francisco’s Steve Camahort was the lead partner advising Trend Micro International on its $300m acquisition of Hewlett-Packard’s TippingPoint business. Other clients include Twitter, Sony and Western Digital. In the New York office, Jordan Altman was made partner, and Samuel Waxman moved to Paul Hastings LLP.
Andrews Kurth LLP’s practice centers around its Austin, Dallas and Houston offices. The firm assists clients with a broad range of M&A and financing matters in multiple sectors, including life sciences and telecoms. Austin-based Carmelo Gordian and Matt Lyons lead the team, which includes newly made partner Brian Dillavou. Dillavou worked with Alan Bickerstaff and Edward Gilman to advise Mavenir Systems on several transactions, including its $560m acquisition by Mitel. The firm also assisted Iroko Pharmaceuticals with several capital raises in 2015 totaling $116m. Other clients include eCardio Diagnostics, Gravitant and Dell Ventures.
Dentons handles transactional matters on behalf of clients from a variety of technology-related industries, including life sciences and IT. The team advised Mblox, an A2P mobile messaging provider, on the acquisition of Zoove, the exclusive provider of StarStar numbers in the US. Clients include Real Matters, Teledyne Technologies and Sungevity. Victor Boyajian is a key figure in the New York office; Song Jung in Washington DC and Natalie Spears in Chicago are also names to note. Maria Sendra joined the Palo Alto capital markets practice and specializes in emerging technologies and the life sciences. David Blood joined the corporate practice in Los Angeles and focuses on licensing and joint ventures.
Foley & Lardner LLP’s technology transactions and outsourcing team assists clients with licensing, procurement and other matters across a range of technology sectors, including IT. The head of the practice, Los Angeles-based James Kalyvas, advised the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and Memorial Health System on a joint operations agreement, negotiating the consolidation data center operations. In the Madison office, Christopher Cain handled Hanger, Inc.’s negotiations with various vendors for software implementation, licensing and development agreements. Other clients include Los Angeles County, Union Bank and Beats Electronics. Beni Surpin joined the San Diego office from Paul Hastings LLP, and Matthew Karlyn joined the Boston office from Cooley LLP.
Providing ‘outstanding responsiveness and customer service’, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is particularly strong in technology licensing and transfer arrangements, assisting clients from all life cycle stages. With ‘extraordinary business sense’, joint practice head Daniel Glazer, based in New York and London, was the lead attorney advising McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals on its agreement with UK company Infirst Healthcare regarding the rights to relaunch the Mylanta and Mylicon brands in the US. Also in the New York office, ‘top-notch’ joint practice head Henry Lebowitz assisted private equity client Permira with its $925m acquisition - as part of a consortium - of eBay Enterprise from eBay. Other clients include Ancestry.com, Thomson Reuters and Goldman Sachs. Senior associate Jason Greenberg is another name of note in the practice.
Gunderson Dettmer LLP has several US offices, including in the innovation hubs of Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego and New York. The team frequently advises clients in the technology and life sciences sectors on commercial agreements, strategic alliances and financing. It also has strengths in assisting venture capital and private equity funds, providing fund formation and investment advice. Founding partner Scott Dettmer and Michael Irvine in San Francisco and Steven Baglio and Greg Volkmar in New York are all key figures in the practice.
McGuireWoods LLP has a ‘highly responsive’ team of 33, headed by the well-regarded Steve Gold from the Chicago office. The team supports clients from a range of industries, including telecoms, education and healthcare, and has experience in complex technology transactions, such as IT procurement and ERP implementation. Gold frequently handles deals involving e-commerce and data matters, as well as licensing and software management. Derek Roach is another key figure in the Chicago practice and focuses on technology licensing and ERP system integration. In North Carolina, Rakesh Gopalan assists customers and vendors in a variety of technology transactions.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a large national team with strong links to its offices in Europe and Asia. The practice assists clients in sectors such as healthcare, transport and finance with development, licensing and distribution agreements. In the Silicon Valley office, Daniel Yost, who is experienced in copyright, licensing and strategic alliances, advised French company Thales on its $400m acquisition of Vormetric, and advised LivePerson on its acquisition of Contact At Once! In San Francisco, Richard Smith advised TouchTunes Interactive Networks on its acquisition by Searchlight Capital Partners. Silicon Valley-based John Bautista recently advised software services company Clever on commercial contracts and privacy issues. Symphony Teleca is another key client for the firm. Ed Batts joined the firm from DLA Piper LLP (US) to lead the global M&A team.
The ‘very pragmatic and very client-oriented’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP supports a client roster spanning the education, healthcare, energy and financial sectors among others. Daryn Grossman and the highly recommended Jeffrey Neuburger lead the team from the New York office, with Grossman also leading the life sciences practice. Neuberger worked with Chicago’s Monte Dube to advise Healthways and the Hawaii Medical Service Association on renegotiating and updating a complex outsourcing arrangement between the two parties. In the Los Angeles office, Jonathan Benloulou was one of the lead partners advising Intelligent Energy on its $22m acquisition of assets from Société Bic. Other clients include Time Warner Cable, Eclipse Foundation and the Juilliard School. New York’s Kristen Mathews is recommended.
Ropes & Gray LLP’s technology team comprises transactional, regulatory and IP lawyers, which ensures that most bases are covered for its roster of finance, telecoms, internet and other clients. The group leaders are Edward Black, Jane Goldstein and Andrew Thomases, based in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley respectively. In the New York office, Christopher Rile and Harry Rubin advised Titan Outdoor on a public communications structure franchise agreement to provide free Wi-Fi to areas of New York City. Boston’s William Shields was one of the lead partners advising Lightower Fiber Networks and Berkshire Partners - one of Lightower’s financial backers - on a $1.9bn merger agreement between Lightower and Fibertech Networks. TPG, Belden and Bain Capital are other key clients. James Batchelder in Silicon Valley is another name of note in the practice.
At Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Michael Orlando in San Diego are chairs of the 38-strong multidisciplinary team. Anderson advised zTailors, a new tailor-on-demand service, on its mobile platform, including software licensing and cloud services. In the Century City office, Brian Pass advised Snapchat on its development of the advertising program of the in-app content platform Discover. Pass was also the lead attorney assisting the Secure Content Storage Association, a consortium of entertainment and technology companies, with the launch of video storage company VIDITY. Other key clients include Kate Spade and Taylor Guitars. Adam Ettinger joined the Century City office in April 2015 from an in-house counsel position, bringing with him experience in semiconductors, networking technology and financial technology. James Gatto joined the Washington DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; he handles matters concerning open source software, trademarks and copyright law. In Los Angeles, Zachary Turke made partner.
The highly recommended Lori Lesser leads Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s New York-based team, which provides expertise in technology transactions and attendant IP issues. It advised Sungard on its $9.1bn acquisition by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), in which FIS acquired 100% of the equity of Sungard. The recommended Jeffrey Ostow advised Silver Lake Partners and Dell on their acquisition of EMC, and assisted Silver Lake Partners with its purchase of $1bn of 2% convertible senior notes issued by Motorola Solutions. In a cross-border matter, Lesser worked alongside the Hong Kong office is assisting Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba with its take-private transaction of Youku Tudou. Other notable clients are Hellman & Friedman, The Blackstone Group and Nordstrom. In the Palo Alto office, Marcela Robledo was promoted to counsel from senior associate and Christopher Sprigman returned to the firm as counsel while continuing his professorship at NYU Law.
The team at White & Case LLP is led out of Washington DC by Trevor Nagel, who specializes in all aspects of IT law. New York’s Colin Diamond was lead attorney on CyberArk Software’s $330m IPO. Out of the same office, Daren Orzechowski advised Powermat Technologies on its patent licensing program, including the licensing of the client’s technology to Samsung. Orzechowski also assisted Salesforce.com with its licensing and strategic alliance agreement with Dun & Bradstreet, creating the SaaS-based Data.com. William Choe joined the Silicon Valley office from Morrison & Foerster LLP, while Arlene Hahn and Scott Weingaertner joined the New York office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and King & Spalding LLP respectively. Brady Mickelsen left for an in-house position.
WilmerHale has a dedicated technology transactions and licensing group that draws on the expertise of its corporate, IP and tax practices. Belinda Juran and Steven Barrett head the practice, with Juran also heading the life sciences practice at the firm. Michael Bevilacqua was the lead partner advising 1366 Technologies in a manufacturing collaboration agreement with Tokuyama Corporation valued at $100m. Other clients include the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Johnson Controls, and Oxford Instruments. In the Palo Alto office, Ashwin Gokhale made partner, while Samuel Coates joined from Cooley LLP. Coates specializes in structuring and negotiating spin outs and joint ventures. All lawyers mentioned are in the Boston office unless otherwise stated.