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McGuireWoods LLP

FIFTH THIRD CENTER, 201 N TRYON ST, STE. 3000, CHARLOTTE, NC 28202, USA
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Rakesh Gopalan

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McGuireWoods LLP

Work Department

Securities

Position

Partner

Career

Rakesh practices in the area of corporate transactions, focusing on complex technology deals as well as public company securities issuances and reporting requirements. He assists clients with achieving their business objectives, finding practical solutions to complex issues and situations, and making informed business decisions. He represents companies of all sizes, both vendor- and customer-side, with respect to technology and other commercial transactions, including related to large-scale information technology and business process outsourcing and insourcing, enterprise resource system deployment and restructuring, software and other licensing arrangements (including open-source components, shrink-wrap and click-wrap agreements), telecommunications, Internet service provision, Wi-Fi, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and other vendor and supply chain procurement matters. Rakesh also advises public companies regarding securities laws, including periodic and annual reporting requirements, proxy statements, insider trading and other corporate governance matters, as well as offerings of debt and equity securities, derivative and hybrid securities, exchange offers and repurchases. Rakesh has experience structuring, negotiating and closing private placements, strategic investments, and other corporate transactions including for the acquisition or disposition of businesses, assets and intellectual property. In addition, he advises companies with respect to general corporate contracting and related matters. While earning his law degree, Rakesh was a member of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse Legal Clinic. He was also a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, as well as a member of the American Inns of Court. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Rakesh was an associate news editor and a section editor of The Cavalier Daily and an intern for Professor Larry J. Sabato at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Before law school, Rakesh served as the associate director of communications at the Center for Politics.


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing

Within: Outsourcing

McGuireWoods LLP handles the negotiation of outsourcing agreements, assists with data privacy aspects of outsourcing transactions and advises on information technology and business process outsourcing. Charlotte-based Rakesh Gopalan advised Top RX, a distributor of generic pharmaceuticals, on its engagements with cloud platform Evolve IP, which aims to revamp and outsource elements of the client’s technology assets to external data centers and eliminate technological redundancies. Contacts in the Chicago office include Derek A. Roach and Steve Gold, who acts as chair of the technology and outsourcing practice group.

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Technology transactions

Within: Next Generation Partners

Rakesh Gopalan - McGuireWoods LLP

Within: Technology transactions

Headed by Michael B. Woodard in Richmond, the team at McGuireWoods LLP has particular expertise in fintech and advanced software-related projects, where it advises across the gamut of IP and licensing arrangements. Other contacts in the department include Rakesh Gopalan in Charlotte, and Chicago-based Steve Gold, who has been advising energy service provider Direct Energy on a pilot project to utilize blockchain technology in an electricity procurement application. The practice group saw several personnel changes in 2018: Dallas-based Stuart M. Rasley joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs, Rebecca A. Brophy  joined the Raleigh office from Smith Anderson, and Chicago-based Gregory P. Hawver joined from Winston & Strawn LLP; in San Francisco, however, Lior O. Nuchi left for Norton Rose Fulbright, while Elliot Katz left to found an automotive company.

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