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Stephen Charkoudian

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Steve Charkoudian is a partner and chair of Goodwin Procter’s Technology Transactions Practice and a member of the firm’s Technology Companies Group. Mr. Charkoudian concentrates on technology and intellectual property transactions, including technology transfers and licensing; collaboration, strategic alliance and joint development agreements; open source issues; and due diligence and other intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital and private equity transactions. He is a regular contributor to Founder's Workbench and frequently speaks to start-ups and early-stage companies about IP issues.


J.D., 1992 American University Washington College of Law (cum laude) B.A., 1987 Boston College (cum laude)

United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

The ‘responsive’, ‘consummate professionals’ at Goodwingo the extra mile’ and are experts in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team assists with transactional work, including joint ventures, strategic alliances and collaboration agreements, as well as with research and development agreements, and various commercial contracts. Stephen Charkoudian and Kingsley Taft are the key players in Boston. Sarah Solomon from the San Francisco office is ‘a recognized leader’ with an ‘extraordinary knowledge’. In addition to advising Warp Drive Bio on a strategic collaboration with Roche on antibiotic development, the group represented alternative energy player Plug Power in relation to a licence agreement covering stationary power products. ImmuNext, Delinia and Royalty Pharma are also clients.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions

Within: Leading lawyers

Stephen Charkoudian - Goodwin

Within: Technology: transactions

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.

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