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Cooley LLP is highly recommended for its advice to companies from the software, semiconductor, big data and education technology sectors, and also has expertise in digital media, fintech, telecoms, software as a service (SaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT). Colorado-based Keith Berets chairs the technology transactions practice group. Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC, represented Binary Fountain, a provider of healthcare reputation management, in a strategic partnership with Press Ganey Holdings, which provides patient experience measurement and performance analytics. In Washington DC, David Wittenstein advised Suddenlink Communications on its retransmission consent agreements with Nexstar Broadcasting Group; and Adam Chase acted for SeatGeek, the world wide web’s largest event ticket search engine, in its exclusive sponsorship and ticketing partnership with Major League Soccer. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig, Peter Burns and Robin Lee; Craig assisted TiVo, which develops and markets digital video recorders, on its transaction with Millicom International Cellular to deploy TiVo products and services to pay-TV platforms in Latin American territories. The client list also includes Platform.sh, Vubiquity, Cox Communications and Agari Data.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘overall level of service is extremely high and the firm’s industry knowledge, business acumen, response times and efficiency are highly appreciated’. The practice stands out for industry-defining transactions for leading technology and life sciences companies; in a recent 12-month period, the team advised on the three-largest gaming deals in history, including acting for Supercell Oy in its $8.6bn sale to Tencent, assisting King Digital Entertainment with its $5.9bn sale to Activision Blizzard and representing Shanghai Giant Network Technology in its $4.4bn agreement with an investor consortium to acquire Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s social and mobile games business Playtika. It also advised Facebook on three acquisitions, including its purchase of Nascent Objects, Two Big Ears and Masquerade Technologies, and acted for Cisco in several acquisitions, including its purchase of ContainerX, CloudLock and CliQr. Capital markets highlights included Mountain View’s Cynthia Hess representing WeWork, which transforms buildings into collaborative workspaces, in its $400m Series E funding round. The practice also recently acted on high-profile deals for clients such as Denali Therapeutics, KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Nutanix and Infoblox. San Francisco-based technology transactions chair Jake Handy is ‘hugely experienced with respect to in-licensing transactions and he is highly rated for being practical and efficient’. Other recommended advisers include co-M&A chair Douglas Cogen, Ralph Pais, Stephen Gillespie and Matthew Rossiter in San Francisco, along with Mountain View’s Jeffrey Vetter and Gregory Roussel, Seattle-based corporate group chair Alan Smith, and James Evans, who divides his time between Seattle, Mountain View and New York.

Goodwin grew its practice through the recruitment of Silicon Valley’s M&A expert Michael Russell from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The team is highly rated for its experience in IP protection, licensing and commercial agreements, as well as venture financing, IPOs and M&A deals. In Boston, John Egan acted for Millennial Media, an advertising company that places display advertisements on mobile devices, in its sale to AOL; William Schnoor assisted longstanding client Imprivata with its sale to Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm; Stuart Cable led advice to Citrix Systems regarding the merger of its GoTo business with LogMeIn; and Stephen Charkoudian advised WiTricity, a provider of wireless energy transfer technology, on a strategic agreement with Systech Electronics to license WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology for use in wireless charging systems. The team also advised longstanding client Fleetmatics Group, a global provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, on its sale to Verizon. In Silicon Valley, Lawrence Chu advised Nexmo, known for communications platforms, on its sale to Vonage Holdings, while Anthony McCusker, William Growney and Cindy McAdam are also recommended. Elsewhere, Andrew Goodman in New York and Jason Breen in Los Angeles are noted.

As good as any firm in this area’, Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘a strong practice and the firm’s attorneys have commonsense and an effective approach’. It is recommended for IP and technology acquisitions and sales, licensing, development agreements, cross-border strategic alliances, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, and outsourcing. Highlights included advising LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger agreement with Citrix’s GoTo business and assisting NextVR, a virtual reality company, with agreements to produce and distribute virtual reality coverage of National Basketball Association games. In capital markets, the practice advised Goldman, Sachs & Co as underwriters on Twilio’s $150m IPO, and in other key deals New York-based Jeffrey Tochner represented Point Six Wireless in its acquisition of global and exclusive manufacturing rights to Point Six Wireless sensors. Technology transactions chair Anthony Klein is ‘pragmatic, easy for in-house counsel and clients to work with, and extremely efficient; he is also able to respond to any type of question and jump into any type of technology transaction’. Klein and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer Tad Freese advised Extreme Networks on the $55m acquisition of Zebra Technologies’ wireless local area network business. Sarah Gagan in Boston is also recommended.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘service is terrific. The firm is client-oriented, incredibly responsive, cost-sensitive and practical, and brings a business-minded focus to bear on all matters’. The practice is highly rated for advising global corporate clients on significant technology deals, as well as its assistance with cloud computing, social media, big data, IoT and fintech. The team advised Red Hat on negotiating a new relationship with long-time rival Microsoft, through which the two companies will collaborate on cloud computing. Other key clients include Warner Music Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kaiser and Netlist. San Francisco-based technology transactions chairs are Aaron Rubin and managing partner Tessa Schwartz. Rubin is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and Schwartz is ‘invested in clients’ success, sensitive to the issues faced by in-house counsel and provides tremendous all-around support’. William Schwartz, Paul Jahn and Rufus Pichler are also highly rated. Jahn advised ON Semiconductor on its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor and Pichler assisted a consortium of Chinese investors, Uphill Investment, with IP issues surrounding its acquisition of Integrated Silicon Solution, known for high-performance integrated circuits. New York-based John Delaney and Vivian Hanson and Palo Alto’s Stephanie Sharron are also key names.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘overall level of service leaves clients feeling very pleased and the firm’s lawyers are highly efficient’. Supported by highly rated IP litigation and regulatory practices, the firm’s national technology and IP transactions practice handles outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and M&A deals in the financial services, life sciences, medical devices and digital health sectors. Highlights included acting for PayPal in its acquisition of Xoom, a digital money transfer provider, and advising Takeda Pharmaceuticals on the sale of the US rights to obesity drug Contrave. Other major clients include GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Medivation and Radiant Genomics. Jeffrey Rothstein in Chicago, Jennifer Coplan in New York and Glenn Nash in Palo Alto are global co-leaders of the technology and IP transactions practice. Rothstein is ‘an incredibly smart, talented lawyer who is always responsive and prompt; he has a broad and deep knowledge of the law and resolves complicated issues quickly and practically’. Rothstein recently advised Monsanto on the sale of alfalfa research commercial rights and Chicago’s Mark Kaufmann represented KPMG in its acquisition of G2 FinTech’s US tax software and IP. Other key advisers include Pran Jha and Anna Remis in Chicago, and Los Angeles’ Joshua Hofheimer and Russell Weiss.

Trusted for high-profile and financially significant transactions’, Venable LLP’s team ‘focuses on getting deals done on reasonable terms, instead of pushing to win each point’. The practice is particularly well known for its hospitality, retail and healthcare technology work, including cross-border acquisitions and development and global distribution deals, and has expanded its practice in the data analytic, energy, petrochemicals, retail and entertainment sectors. The team represented PlanetRisk, known for data visualization and analysis, in its acquisition of Analytic Strategies, which provides enterprise analytics services to the federal government. It also regularly advises General Electric (GE) on technology-driven deals in support of its healthcare, oil and gas, digital solutions and global operations businesses. Such work for GE includes joint product development deals; global distribution and reseller arrangements; technology and patent license agreements; strategic alliance and joint venture agreements; software licensing and SaaS deals; and outsourcing arrangements. San Francisco-based James Nelson is ‘a very knowledgeable, practical lawyer, who has a great attitude during negotiations’; Washington DC-based Armand Zottola ‘provides clients with thoughtful, practical advice and delivers various options on how to move forward on a timely basis’; and Nora Garrote, who divides her time between Washington DC and Tysons Corner, is ‘an invaluable resource for her in-depth understanding of the key issues involved in technology transactions and extensive knowledge of technology contracts’. William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, and Po Yi in New York are also highly regarded.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPprovides the highest level of service; the firm’s expert and knowledgeable attorneys are responsive, willing to complete tasks in very short timelines and give great value for money’. The technology and IP transactions practice is highly rated for advising on the IP issues surrounding M&A, private equity, banking and finance, and restructuring matters. In cross-border matters, global technology and IP transactions head Michael Epstein and Jeffrey Osterman in New York advised Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of the $25bn exchange of its animal health business for the consumer healthcare business of Boehringer Ingelheim, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products. The team also advised Verizon on its acquisition of Sensity Systems, a developer of high-speed, sensor-based, multi-service IoT platforms. Karen Ballack is ‘the best drafter in the business and a great communicator’; she advised Yahoo! on the technology and IP aspects of the $4.83bn sale of its operating business to Verizon; and fellow Silicon Valley lawyer John Brockland advised Adobe Systems on the technology and IP aspects of its acquisition of TubeMogul, a video advertisement platform provider. Charan Sandhu is another key New York contact; and other high-profile clients for the firm include Dignity Health, General Electric, Intel Corporation and Synopsys.

Highly rated for commercial transactions driven by IP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati grew its practice through the recruitment of Daniel Glazer in New York from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was co-leader of the technology transactions and emerging companies groups in the New York and London offices. Recent highlights for the firm include representing AppDynamics, a privately held application intelligence software company, in its approximately $3.7bn sale to Cisco; and acting for Google in its acquisition of Urban Engines, a transportation analytics start-up. Out of Palo Alto, Suzanne Bell heads the technology transactions practice and is particularly focused on advising on strategic alliances and outsourcing matters, while digital media specialist TJ Graham is noted for content licensing, sponsorships and advertising. Other recommended advisers include James Clessuras, who leads the Washington DC office’s technology transactions practice; and Seattle-based Parag Gheewala, whose representative experience includes acting for Twitter on the IP and technology issues surrounding its acquisitions.

Alongside its 180-member IP department, Baker Botts L.L.P.’s technology transactions practice handles M&A, corporate venturing, capital markets and securities offerings, and technology-related commercial contracts. The team recently acted for Oxford Nanopore Technologies in dozens of commercial and licensing agreements; assisted algorithmic trading firm RGM with a spin-out of certain software technologies; and for over eight years, the practice has served as primary outside corporate counsel to Zix Corporation, a publicly traded email encryption and data security vendor. Other significant matters included advising AT&T on the divestiture of its managed applications and managed hosting businesses to IBM. SynGen, Broad Green Pictures, Dell, Lyft and Wolters Kluwer are also key clients. Palo Alto-based John Martin is the recommended firm-wide technology sector chair.

Covington & Burling LLP is highly rated for its experience in the air transportation, life sciences, broadcasting and technology sectors, as well as financial services, energy and sports-related deals. The practice is co-led by New York’s Nigel Howard and Washington DC-based John Hurvitz; Howard advised Teva on its strategic partnership with IBM, which enabled Teva to become the first multinational pharmaceutical company to deploy IBM’s Watson Health Cloud as its global technology platform. The team also acted for Malaysia Airlines in its agreement with Amadeus, known for global travel technology, for a new passenger service system; and advised Ascension Health, the largest non profit health system in the US, on its long-term revenues cycle outsourcing agreement. Other recommended advisers include Washington DC-based Lee Tiedrich; Silicon Valley’s Scott Anthony, Emily Leonard and Robyn Polashuk; and San Francisco-based Ingrid Rechtin, Amy Toro and James Snipes.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s experience includes traditional corporate transactions such as M&A, securities offerings, corporate governance and commercial bank financings, as well as pure technology transactions that are frequently driven by IP; examples include technology licensing and development transactions and technology-related joint ventures. The firm has represented multinational technology and consulting company IBM for decades, and between December 2015 and October 2016 it acted for the client in nine acquisitions, including of The Weather Company’s product and technology businesses and of Truven Health Analytics. It also recently advised mobile tech company Qualcomm on the finance and antitrust aspects of its $47bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. Other major clients include Barnes & Noble, Xerox, Yahoo! and Naspers. George Schoen and David Kappos are recommended.

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) assists both growing and established technology companies in commercial and technology transactions, employment matters and IP patent protection strategies, with clients receiving ‘the highest level of care at all stages of their growth’. Recent matters included advising the Qualcomm board of directors and special committee on the headline acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, acting for Tubemogul in its sale to Adobe, and assisting SoftBank Group International with its role in the $130m Series B funding of Zymergen, a Silicon Valley-based bioengineering start-up. Other key clients include Amazon, Sony and Vodafone. Co-global US technology chair Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley is highly rated; global technology transactions and strategic sourcing chair Vinny Sanchez divides his time between Chicago and Century City; and Frank Ryan in New York is US IP and technology co-chair. In Northern Virginia, Eric Grossman is also recommended; IP specialist Heather Dunn, who divides her time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is ‘a thoughtful, patient adviser who considers clients’ future strategies’; and US tax practice chair Sang Kim in Silicon Valley ‘shows deep interest in clients’ long-term welfare’.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s practice is backed by strong IP, securities, corporate governance, tax and employee benefits practices. Highlights included advising multinational IT company Hewlett-Packard (HP) on the tax-free spin-off and $8.5bn merger of HP’s Enterprise Services Business with Computer Sciences Corporation; acting for a Chinese investment consortium in its $1.9bn acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, a California-based developer of digital imaging chips; and assisting Avnet, a global distributor of electronic and computer products, with the $2.6bn sale of its technology solutions business unit to Tech Data. Palo Alto-based Daniel Mummery, Russell Hansen, Shaalu Mehra and David Kennedy are recommended, as are Joseph Barbeau, who divides time between the Palo Alto and Beijing offices, and Century City-based Ari Lanin.

Key areas of expertise for Hogan Lovells US LLP include drones, smart cars, NewSpace and IoT, as well as mobile payments, health technology, data privacy, cybersecurity and telecoms. Washington DC’s Michele Farquhar assisted Lockheed Martin with the regulatory aspects of an agreement to separate and combine its Information Systems and Global Solutions business unit with Leidos Holdings; and global M&A head William Curtin III, who works from the New York, London and Washington DC offices, led advice to Dell in its $3.05bn deal to sell its global IT services division (Dell Services) to NTT Data. Operating from the Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Washington DC offices, Randy Segal is co-satellite practice head; and the firm’s US commercial practice head Audrey Reed divides her time between Washington DC and New York. In Washington DC, Lisa Ellman co-chairs the unmanned aircraft systems practice, Mark Brennan advises on communications and privacy issues and Ari Fitzgerald advises on communications and spectrum policy matters; while in Northern Virginia, Zenas Choi assists with telecoms, satellite, IT, e-commerce and new media issues, and Richard Becker is also recommended.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team routinely works alongside the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring attorneys on complex matters for public and private companies. Seth Traxler and Neil Hirshman jointly lead the technology transactions team, while Gregg Kirchhoefer heads up outsourcing. In a notable recent matter, Kirchhoefer and Daniel Lewis acted for airline telecoms company Gogo in its technology and services contracts with Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications. Other highlights included Matthew Lovell acting for Apax Partners in its sale of Epicor Software Corporation, Traxler assisting spine surgery-focused medical device company Mazor Robotics with an exclusive co-promotion, co-development and potential distribution agreement with Medtronic, and New York’s Lisa Samenfeld representing Acorda Therapeutics in its combination with a Finnish biopharmaceutical company Biotie. Also in New York, Edward Sadtler led advice to ABRY Partners on numerous transactions, including the sale of LanguageLine, a translation technology services company. Named partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP regularly acts on deals involving new technologies, including cloud computing, SaaS and data analytics. Barbara Melby, who works from the Philadelphia and New York offices, and Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor are the co-global outsourcing, technology and strategic commercial transactions leaders; Kapoor led advice to Ambidio, which has developed proprietary encoding technology, on a license and advisory services agreement with a sound production company. Philadelphia’s Michael Pillion is a technology and data transactions specialist and Vito Petretti, who divides his time between New York and Philadelphia, is an IT outsourcing expert. Petretti recently advised AmerisourceBergen on a transaction involving Accenture’s design, build and implementation of a single patient services platform, which leverages commercially available cloud-based technology; Doneld Shelkey, who divides his time between Boston and Pittsburgh, has particular expertise in technology, e-commerce and online presence management agreements; Peter Watt-Morse in Pittsburgh is another key contact; and New York-based Edward Hansen, who joined from McCarter & English, LLP, has over 20 years’ experience advising on technology transactions that involve significant business change.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has considerable knowledge in biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device licensing and collaboration, as well as alternative transactions such as drug royalty purchases, and also regularly advises on tech licensing, outsourcing projects and manufacture, supply and distribution contracts. Leading the advice on a huge semiconductor deal, Palo Alto-based practice head Kenton King and Leif King assisted Broadcom with its $37bn sale to Avago Technologies. The team also represented the world’s largest social game developer Zynga on its acquisition of Rising Tide Games and acted for Unwired Planet, an IP company focused exclusively on the mobile industry, on the sale of its IP licensing business to Optis UP Holdings.

Supported by a global team of technology attorneys and experts in 77 offices worldwide, Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice regularly advises on enterprise resource planning and systems integration projects, telecoms arrangements, outsourcing agreements and software development. It is also recommended for cloud computing, social media, licensing and distribution agreements, as well as professional service agreements. Chicago-based Michael Mensik, Samuel Kramer, Peter George and Michael Stoker are highly rated technology and outsourcing lawyers; Kramer advised Oculus on licensing requirements for its virtual reality products. Other notable clients include Brambles, Cardinal Health, Kellogg Company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Sonia Baldia in Washington DC, Palo Alto’s Lothar Determann and San Francisco-based Gary Shapiro are also highly regarded.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s team ‘demonstrates excellent responsiveness, industry knowledge and a deep bench of expertise’. The practice is recommended for advising on software implementation challenges, outsourcing transition risks, big data issues and mobile computing, as well as cloud-related engagements and cybersecurity compliance matters. The client list includes names such as Snapchat, Charles Schwab & Co, Harley-Davidson, Cielo Healthcare and Memorial Health Services. Los Angeles-based chair of the firm’s technology transactions and outsourcing practice James Kalyvas acted for the County of Los Angeles in a big data analytics transaction; and Beni Surpin in San Diego negotiated a SaaS agreement on behalf of dental marketplace platform Brighter to sell value-added services to Cigna for its dental insureds. Michael Overly, also in Los Angeles, has longstanding experience in IT transactions, and Milwaukee’s Jennifer Rathburn is noted for data privacy and security, cybersecurity and healthcare regulatory matters. Also recommended are Madison’s Christopher Cain, Matthew Karlyn in Boston, Jacksonville’s Chanley Howell, Washington DC’s Andrew Rawlins, and Chicago-based Aaron Tantleff.

McGuireWoods LLP’s ‘fantastic team provides incredibly fast response times and gives very fair value for a top-notch service’. The firm has a broad practice that encompasses complex technology transactions, technology procurements and other information-focused transactions in sectors such as food and beverage, energy and healthcare; it also has a highly rated technology-focused litigation practice, as well as a complementary data privacy and security team. Steve Gold is the recommended chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice; he is ‘the best in class for technology business transactions and his work product is top quality’. Other recommended advisers include Derek Roach, who is ‘very thorough and protects clients to the maximum extent possible’; litigation and arbitration expert George Spatz, who ‘can almost see the future as to where cases will end up’; and Charlotte’s Rakesh Gopalan, who focuses on assisting with complex technology deals, including outsourcing, enterprise resource system deployment and restructuring, and licensing matters. Named partners are based in Chicago except where otherwise stated.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s expertise includes agreements to develop, license, distribute, protect, and acquire and sell technology and related IP rights and services. The practice advised Microsoft on the cross-border acquisition of IoT services provider Solair, and acted for SideCar, known for ride-hailing technology, on its sale to global automaker General Motors. Other notable clients include Flextronics, Cruise Automation and Connectifier. Silicon Valley’s Daniel Yost is the recommended technology transactions and licensing chair. Other recommended advisers include Stephen Venuto, who chairs the global technology companies practice; Harold Yu, who is deputy head of the technology companies group; and John Bautista, who acts for emerging companies, investors and public and private hi-tech companies; all three divide their time between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Christopher Austin, who divides time between New York and Silicon Valley, is also noted. In January 2017, the practice was boosted by the addition of New York and Silicon Valley based Glynna Christian, who arrived from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

Paul Hastings LLP is recommended for advising on revenue-generating strategic alliances and joint ventures, and also has a healthy pipeline of technology-related corporate and M&A deals; also of note, it has technology sector strength in Northern as well as Southern California and broadcast sector expertise in Washington DC. Recent highlights include advising Samsung Electronics on its $8bn acquisition of Harman International Industries, which marked the largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record; Palo Alto’s Matthew Berger advising Facebook on a multi-jurisdictional survey of laws and regulations, involving the establishment and operation of its global data centers; and Los Angeles-based David Hernand assisting DreamWorks Animation with selling 25% of its AwesomenessTV business unit to Verizon. Other recommended advisers include Palo Alto’s Tiffany Lee, who focuses on IP issues and drafting development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements; Jeff Hartlin in Palo Alto; Washington DC-based Eric Greenberg, Tara Giunta and Sherrese Smith; and New York-based Samuel Waxman.

Proskauer Rose LLP is experienced in sectors such as healthcare, consumer products and education, and also handles sports and media related matters. The firm has advised Time Warner Cable for over 20 years on complex technology transactions, including the recent outsourcing of digital rights management to Adobe. Daryn Grossman and Jeffrey Neuburger co-head the technology, media and telecoms group; Neuberger advised iHeartMedia on the launch of its first subscription on-demand streaming music service. Other significant clients include Component Assembly, Eclipse, Newport Health Services and VerticalScope. Kristen Mathews and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Benloulou are also recommended. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s IP transactional lawyers also have highly regarded IP litigation experience, and the firm’s IP attorneys stand out for their knowledge of patents, technology, software, trademarks and privacy. IP transactions group head Lori Lesser in New York, who also co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, was part of a team that advised Microsoft on its $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the internet. The practice also acted for Microsoft in the $350m sale of its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile and HMD Global Oy. On the capital markets side, the practice acted for the underwriters in Oracle’s $14bn investment grade note offering. Palo Alto office head Jeffrey Ostrow chairs the IP practice and advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions. Other significant clients for the firm include Accenture, AOL, Blackstone, Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP regularly advises on formation and development matters, seed-stage and late-stage funding, IPOs, and PIPE and M&A transactions. The practice is also recommended for IP and licensing matters as well as executive compensation and benefits. Austin-based Alan Bickerstaff advises companies in sectors such as software, internet, energy, semiconductor, life sciences and telecoms; and Carmelo Gordian focuses on life sciences, software, telecoms, semiconductors and energy. Gordian led advice to global medical device company LDR Holding Corp in its approximately $1bn sale to Zimmer Biomet Holdings; and Austin managing partner Matthew Lyons acted for Innography in its sale to CPA Global, a global specialist in IP software and services. Brian Dillavou and Ted Gilman are also key contacts. All named partners are based in Austin.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s practice centers on the firm’s New York, Washington DC and Menlo Park offices. In addition to assisting with technology-related capital markets, financing and M&A deals, the team advises on the IP, technology and outsourcing aspects of licensing, collaboration, distribution, and research and development activities. IP and technology group head Frank Azzopardi advised Baker Hughes on the IP and technology aspects of its combination with GE’s oil and gas business, and Pritesh Shah assisted MasterCard Incorporated with the IP and technology aspects of its agreement to acquire 92.4% of VocaLink Holdings for approximately $920m. The client list also includes AstraZeneca, Electrolux, Emerson, Richardson Electronics, Technip and SS&C Technologies.

Dentons assists high-profile users of communications services, telecoms providers, software and application developers, broadcasters and investors on significant transactions and regulatory matters. Washington DC’s highly regarded Todd Daubert chairs the firm’s communications and technology sectors; he provided strategic advice to Luxottica on its purchase of the majority of its telecoms, broadband and communications services for its global offices and retail locations from AT&T. The firm was also selected as a tier-one firm for Nokia’s new global panel; it has advised Nokia on various regulatory requirements, likely future market developments, 5G deployments, and other telecoms issues.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises global companies on matters such as licensing, outsourcing, services and transfer arrangements; the practice is also recommended for the development, management and assessment of IP assets and services. The M&A group acted as counsel to private equity firm AEA Investors in its agreement to acquire a $1.3bn majority interest of 1-800 Contacts, the largest retailer of contact lenses in the US; advised Genesys on multiple transactions, including its approximately $1.4bn acquisition of cloud services provider Interactive Intelligence Group; and assisted Genpact with its acquisition of global software company PNMSoft. Department head Henry Lebowitz in New York is recommended. Former joint practice head Daniel Glazer and senior associate Jason Greenberg exited for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office.

Jones Day is recommended for its advice on the development, acquisition, transfer and exploitation of technology and IP assets through licensing, strategic alliances, joint development, and strategic ventures. The team acted for international biotech company Athersys in its public offering of common stock and advised Regenxbio on an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Biogen for the development of gene therapy product candidates. Boston and New York-based Warren Nachlis’ representative clients include Astra Zeneca, Celgene and Verint Systems; and San Diego’s Thomas Briggs is noted for agreements involving the transfer, use and sharing of IP.

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly advises technology companies on antitrust, data security, tax and IP issues, as well as litigation, M&A and capital markets matters. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. Recent highlights include Black acting for TiVo (formerly Rovi Corporation) in a complex patent licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures; and Christopher Rile in New York representing Lytx, a video telematics provider, in its sale to Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR. Other key contacts include New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s IP transactions practice is headed up globally by Menlo Park’s Richard Hsu, who is experienced in transactions involving life sciences, semiconductors, medical devices, electronics, software and financial services. Hsu’s representative experience includes advising Trend Micro on the acquisition of HP’s TippingPoint Business and acting for Nokia in the sale of HERE to Automotive Industry Consortium. In New York, Jordan Altman is experienced in agreements that focus on the development, transfer, procurement, commercialization and maintenance of IP and technology.

In addition to its advice on IT systems and software matters, 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 and Del Mar’s Michael Orlando are the recommended practice co-chairs. Anderson provides ongoing representation to Kate Spade & Company in large-scale, global e-commerce outsourcing projects and related software licensing as well as cloud services agreements and data protection counseling. Orlando recently acted for Taylor Guitars in the development and launch of the TaylorSense guitar smart box and iOS App; and Century City’s Brian Pass assisted Fitbit with marketing services agreements.

White & Case LLP’s team has ‘excellent response times and very good industry knowledge’. It stands out for its cross-border assistance to hi-tech, social media, consumer technology, pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor and fintech clients. Adam Chernichaw is ‘smart and solutions-oriented’ and Daren Orzechowski led advice to Haier Group, a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, on the $5.4bn acquisition of the GE Appliances unit from General Electric. Other active clients of the firm include Salesforce.com, Google, Zimmer Biomet and Panasonic. Arlene Hahnperforms flawlessly for clients’; and Jason Tomita recently joined the Silicon Valley office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he advised global technology companies on M&A transactions. Named partners are based in New York except where otherwise stated.

WilmerHale handles hundreds of joint ventures, strategic alliances and outsourcing and licensing transactions each year, and is highly regarded for its advice to biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Steven Barrett and Belinda Juran are the recommended technology transactions and licensing co-chairs. Other key advisers include Jeffrey Johnson, who assisted semiconductor manufacturing company Analog Devices with several acquisitions, licensing transactions and technology development agreements, including a development and reseller agreement with Consumer Physics; and Michael Bevilacqua, who acted for global semiconductor chip maker Intel Corporation in patent license, acquisition and sale transactions. Other active clients for the firm include MacroGenics and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Adit Khorana and Ashwin Gokhale are key Palo Alto contacts. Unless otherwise stated, named lawyers are in the Boston office.

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    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website www.arendt.com section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.

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