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Derek Roach

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McGuireWoods LLP

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Specialty Corporate Practices




Derek's practice focuses on information technology law, with an emphasis on technology transactions and outsourcings. He has extensive experience representing clients in large-scale technology and telecommunications projects, including multimillion-dollar technology licensing, procurement, development and integration projects. His representative transactions include ERP system integrations, multinational software and information content licensing, and public safety systems development and support. In addition, he counsels on Internet and e-commerce initiatives, software development and open-source issues, and confidentiality and intellectual property considerations. Derek's outsourcing experience includes traditional and business process outsourcings, both onshore and offshore. He has represented private- and public-sector clients in their outsourcing initiatives, including state governments, foreign and domestic telecommunications providers, and companies in the publishing, transportation and energy sectors. Representative transactions include call center outsourcings, whole-enterprise IT outsourcings, software applications support and development outsourcings, and outsourcings of back-office systems. He also counsels technology-related startup companies through their entire life cycle, from initial formation and entity selection through successful exit strategies, including IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He represents individuals and companies obtaining (or providing) angel, seed-stage, and venture capital financing, and counsels on, among other things, equity compensation, noncompete issues, and other considerations for entrepreneurs. In 2010, Derek was named a leading lawyer in media, technology and telecoms (technology: transactions) in The Legal 500 United States guide.


Member, International Technology Law Association


The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1999; Illinois Wesleyan University, BA, magna cum laude, 1996

United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Outsourcing

McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago ‘knows the industry well, response times are never an issue and the lawyers advise on matters end-to-end’. Steve Gold, who is chair of the cross-departmental technology and outsourcing practice, ‘has an impressive technical and business background’. Derek Roach is recommended for large-scale outsourcing deals as well as technology licensing and ERP integration. The firm’s recent highlights include Gold’s work for a leading satellite company in negotiating a deal for ground support services, and Roach’s advice to a large energy services company on the outsourcing of application development and application support services with a number of global service providers.

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Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

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.

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