Commercial deals and contracts in United States

DLA Piper LLP (US)

San Diego-based Mark Lehberg heads up DLA Piper LLP (US)' practice, which is well known for handling commercial transactions for an established client base of multinational software and technology entities. Global distribution agreements, high-value outsourcing deals and tech licensing matters remain core strengths for the team. Other key figures include Vincent Sanchez, who is notable for his extensive expertise in outsourcing matters, and of counsel Anne Friedman, who handles IT outsourcings and contracts, both in Los Angeles; and Jeffrey Aronson, Tzung-Bor Wei and Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lehberg

Key clients


Trend Micro

SoftBank Group Corporation



HCL Technologies


Work highlights

  • Assisted a prominent wireless telecoms company with the sale of its health-focused subsidiary to a private equity firm.
  • Advised Softbank Group Corporation on its investment into artificial intelligence software company Petuum.
  • Acting for the national police force of a Middle Eastern country in  negotiations with a leading provider of emergency responder networks for the purpose of sourcing and implementing a nationwide emergency responder network system.
  • Assisted Trend Micro with its in-licensing of IT security company Finjan’s cybersecurity patent portfolio.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's practice is adept at assisting mobile app and media and entertainment sector clients with prominent distribution agreements and joint ventures, and has also been kept busy advising clients in the fintech and automotive space on licensing agreements and technology transfers. Ghaith Mahmood in Los Angeles led the advice to Nestlé on negotiating a licensing agreement with Disney for the use of the Frozen II and Toy Story 4 brands on ice cream products. Other key individuals are Boston-based Sarah Gagan and Gail Crawford in the firm's London office, who have taken over leadership of the practice from Anthony Klein, who is based in Silicon Valley. Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC has extensive experience in advising clients from the financial services, telecoms and life sciences sectors on commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan; Gail Crawford

Key clients






Honey Science Corporation



Sirius XM


Work highlights

  • Assisted Starbucks with a technology transfer and licensing agreement with restaurant tech company Brightloom relating to mobile ordering technology.
  • Advised Honey Science Corporation on its commercial agreement with basketball team the LA Clippers, concerning the rebrand of the Clippers’ training facility.
  • Assisted DigiCert with a multi-jurisdictional consolidation and update of customer and commercial agreements following its acquisition of Symantec’s security business.
  • Acted for manufacturing company Jabil in establishing a partnership with Johnson & Johnson, which involved Jabil acquiring 14 manufacturing sites.
  • Advising Nissan on the integration of third-party technology into vehicles concerning the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's client base remains dominated by tech-sector entities, and is also very experienced in representing fintech companies, banks, financial services institutions and consumer products corporations in ongoing outsourcing arrangements and agreements, licensing, and commercial transactions. Medical technology matters have been prominent in the team's recent workload. Highlights in the Philadelphia office include Michael Pillion advising The Clearing House Payments Company on re-negotiating a license and services deal for implementing a real-time payment transfer system in the United States. Other key partners are Barbara Melby in Philadelphia, who jointly heads the practice with Pillion; Silicon Valley-based Rahul Kapoor; and Vito Petretti in New York.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Melby; Michael Pillion

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Kapoor; Vito Petretti

Key clients

The Clearing House Payments Company


CorVel Corporation

Facebook (Oculus)

Navient Corporation

Pandora Media

Work highlights

  • Assisting SanDisk with commercial issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture agreement with Toshiba and Panasonic.
  • Assisting CorVel Corporation, a national provider of risk management solutions, with negotiating multimillion-dollar managed care services and claims management services agreements.  
  • Assisted a multinational household consumer products company with a master services agreement concerning outsourcing the client’s maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) functions at all of its plants in the USA.  
  • Representing a leading global medical technology company in negotiating an outsourcing deal involving the transfer of the majority of its software portfolio to Capgemini.


WilmerHale's practice, which is jointly led by Steven Barrett ('smart and pragmatic') and Jeff Johnson, stands out in the market for its expertise in assisting fintech and pharmaceutical companies with licensing agreements and high-profile M&A mandates. Recently the team represented Apellis Pharmaceuticals in a $120m collaboration agreement with SFJ Pharmaceuticals for the development of the drug APL-2. Michael Bevilacqua is a key contact in the group for instructions involving technology-related agreements. All named lawyers are based in Boston. Former practice co-head Belinda Juran retired in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Steven Barrett; Jeff Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bevilacqua


Steven Barrett is smart and pragmatic‘.

Key clients

Acacia Communications

Analog Devices

Apellis Pharmaceuticals

Bottomline Technologies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Progress Software


Rudolph Technologies




Work highlights

  • Representing Acacia Communications in its $2.6bn acquisition by multinational technology company Cisco Systems.
  • Assisted Progress Software with its $225m acquisition of Ipswitch, a producer of secure data file transfer network management software.
  • Advised gaming communication company Vivox on the licensing aspects of its acquisition by Unity Technologies, in which the client became a subsidiary of Unity.
  • Advised therapeutics company Ribometrix on its collaboration with biopharmaceutical company Vertex Pharmaceuticals for the identification and development of ribonucleic acid (RNA)-targeted molecule therapeutics.
  • Advised financial technology service provider WEX Inc on its $425m acquisition of Discovery Benefits; this combined the latter’s benefits account technology with the client’s cloud-based technology platform.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP counts technology-related outsourcing transactions and development projects as a core strength of the practice. Jointly headed by New York-based Stephen Nordahl and Los Angeles-based William Peters, the practice group continues to assist Johnson & Johnson with its long-term manufacturing outsourcing agreement with Jabil. Additionally, Peters is advising Marriott on an agreement with online training company Lobster Ink. Daniel Angel is another name to note in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Nordahl; William Peters

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Angel

Key clients

Marriott International

Voya Financial

BJC HealthCare

Johnson & Johnson

Bridgewater Associates

Tenet Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Assisted financial investment management company Voya Financial with establishing a joint venture with India-based technology company SLK Group.
  • Advised investment management firm Bridgewater Associates on outsourcing its non-investment fund services to Genpact.
  • Assisting Cardinal Health with negotiations for multiple IT outsourcing agreements.
  • Assisting Hyundai Capital with negotiations for an AWS agreement and with software licensing matters.
  • Advised BJC HealthCare on an infrastructure outsourcing project with Tech Mahindra.


Goodwin has been particularly active in handling mandates from the life sciences space; recent highlights for the team include advising health and wellness company Before Brands on its collaboration with Nestlé Health Science, involving licensing agreements for the client's products outside the United States. Lisa Haddad, John Haggerty and Deborah Birnbach jointly head the public M&A practice out of the Boston office.

Key clients

Ginkgo Bioworks

Moderna Therapeutics

Dragonfly Therapeutics

Arvelle Therapeutics

Slack Technologies

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Alnylam Pharmaceuticals on its $1bn collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for the development of treatments for eye and central nervous system diseases.
  • Acted for biotech company BeiGene on its sale of shares worth $2.7bn to Amgen as part of a global collaboration to develop and commercialize cancer treatment products.
  • Assisted biotech company Insitro with its $1bn strategic collaboration with Gilead to discover and develop treatments for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
  • Advised CRISPR Therapeutics on its $1bn strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to discover and develop gene editing therapies for the treatment of DMD and DM1.
  • Represented experience management software company Qualtrics in its $8bn sale to Germany-based SAP.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Primarily based in Boston, Ropes & Gray LLP's practice is perhaps best known for its solid capabilities advising an established client base of private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies on M&A-related IP transactions, and has also been handling instructions from the fintech space. Practice head David McIntosh has a key focus assisting clients from the life sciences industry. Edward Black's expertise includes advising on licensing, M&A and joint ventures. Regina Sam Penti is also recommended. Megan Baca is a name to note in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

David McIntosh

Key clients

Bain Capital

TPG Capital

Juno Therapeutics

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings

Sarepta Therapeutics

Arbor Biotechnologies

Advent International Corporation

Altamont Capital Partners

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)


Waters Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted biopharmaceutical company Juno Therapeutics with clinical supply agreements with a manufacturer of therapeutic proteins for the development of cancer immunotherapies.
  • Assisted Arbor Biotechnologies with a research collaboration with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to advance the development of new gene-editing therapies for cystic fibrosis and  other diseases.
  • Advised TPG Capital on its acquisition from Vector Capital of software developer CollabNet VersionOne.