Firms To Watch: Technology transactions

Allen & Overy LLP has invested heavily in its US technology group recently, with the high profile arrival of Daren Orzechowski and a team of lawyers from White & Case LLP. Orzechowski now co-chairs the global team from the firm's Silicon Valley office.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ technology practice provides high quality support on corporate and private equity transactions, including technology-related carve-outs, and also has good credentials IP-related collaboration agreements. Amir Ghavi and Jason Greenberg jointly lead the team.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is 'expert in technology agreements', including technology M&A, outsourcing and IP transactions. Key partners include global technology and outsourcing co-head Randall Parks in Richmond and IP co-head Tyler Maddry in Washington DC.

Technology transactions in United States

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is one of the country’s leading technology firms, a fact reflected by its multi-faceted transactions practice. The team is firmly embedded in the market and represents recent household names, such as Zoom, through to emerging companies and start-ups. The firm’s expertise covers a wide range of business sectors including fintech, cloud computing, digital and social media, healthcare, space, cybersecurity and nanotechnology. Corporate and outsourcing attorneys work closely with IP lawyers to advise on a wide range of issues including M&A, joint venture and business service agreements, as well as the buying, selling, licensing and development of technology-based services. Key partners include Washington DC’s Adam Ruttenberg for outsourcing matters and Keith Berets in Denver for IP transactions and related M&A. New York partner Len Jacoby has established an extremely strong track record in advising technology companies, asset managers and investment banks in IP-driven corporate transactions. The team is led from the firm’s Palo Alto office by TJ Graham, and includes Charles Haley and Tracy Rubin, who was recently recruited from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Practice head(s):

TJ Graham

Other key lawyers:

Len Jacoby; Adam Ruttenberg; Keith Berets; Charles Haley; Tracy Rubin

Key clients

Accolade, Inc.

Aircall.io

Deep Instinct

Freshworks

Instructure

InvestCloud

Paidy

sp0n, Inc.

UiPath

Verance

Zoom Video Communications

Work highlights

  • Representing Deep Instinct in its commercial agreements, including with critical reseller partners and prominent clients.
  • Advised Zoom Video Communications on its agreement to acquire Five9, a leading provider of the intelligent cloud contact center, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $14.7 billion
  • Advised UiPath on its acquisition of Cloud Elements, a pioneering API integration platform with a wide customer base, including leading companies like SAP, Capital One, DocuSign, iCIMS, FIS, Axway, PaySimple, TeamPay, Dun & Bradstreet, and Xerox.

Fenwick & West LLP

Fenwick & West LLP‘s comprehensive offering covers the full range of transactional matters, built around a deep bench of over 50 licensing and transactional attorneys. Areas of specialist expertise include software and technology licenses and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and outsourcing and manufacturing agreements. This provides a good foundation for more traditional corporate mandates including M&A, joint ventures, financings, and IPOs. Jonathan Millard and Jennifer Stanley co-chair the practice from San Francisco where, unless otherwise stated, the bulk of the team is based. Other names of note include Jake Handy and  Ralph Pais, who regularly assist companies on monetizing their IP assets. Stephen Gillespie is particularly busy on the M&A side and assisted Etsy on its $1.6 billion acquisition of the online fashion marketplace, Depop. David Hayes has a versatile IP practice that covers a range of licensing, litigation and audit matters. In New York, Vejay Lalla assists venture-backed companies from across a range of sectors including blockchain, media and marketing tech, on licensing, development and hosting agreements. Rufus Pichler, a recent arrival from Morrison Foerster, is a partner who ‘understands what we need as in-house counsel and always delivers excellent, industry appropriate and practical guidance‘.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Stanley; Jonathan Millard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Gillespie; David Hayes; Vejay Lalla; Ralph Pais; Rufus Pichler; Jake Handy

Key clients

Amazon.com

Applovin

Audiomack

Bill.com

Buzzfeed

Cisco

Chubbies

Coinbase

Etsy, Inc.

The Gearbox Entertainment Company

Instacart

Liquid Death

Messagebird

Netflix

OSIsoft, LLC

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Stripe

Twilio

Work highlights

  • Advised OSIsoft on all intellectual property issues connected to its $5 billion acquisition by FTSE 100 company Aveva Group.
  • Advised on all IP and technology aspects of Bill.com’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Divvy and in its $625 million acquisition of Invoice2go
  • Represented BuzzFeed in its agreement to merge with 890 Fifth Avenue Partners Inc. (Nasdaq: ENFA), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) focused on tech, media and telecom, and become publicly listed.

Goodwin

Goodwin has a ‘phenomenal‘ technology transactions practice, noted for its ‘exceptionally talented lawyers‘ and for being ‘extremely helpful across the board‘. The firm offers an impressive platform that supports clients through all stages of the lifecycle, including strategic and corporate finance issues as well as domestic and cross-border licensing, collaboration and joint venture agreements. The cross-practice group also advises on related data privacy and cyber-security issues. At the top end of the scale, it has an extremely good track record on major M&As, SPAC mergers and equity and debt capital markets listings. The team boasts an deep bench of lawyers and is co-chaired by ‘stand out‘ corporate partner Anthony McCusker  in Silicon Valley, and Boston-based partners Kenneth Gordon and John Egan. Other key individuals include IP transactional expert Stephen Charkoudian, corporate finance partner Joseph Theis,  Silicon Valley’s ‘exceptional‘ capital markets partner Bradley Weber, and the ‘invaluableJacob Osborn in Washington DC, who is experienced in digital currency and blockchain. All partners based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Gordon; John Egan; Anthony McCusker

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Charkoudian; Joseph Theis; Brad Weber; Jacob Osborn

Testimonials

‘The Goodwin team is phenomenal. They are exceptionally talented lawyers and extremely helpful across the board. We could work with any firm we want and choose them.’

‘Brad Weber is exceptional. We work with about 20 outside firms, and he is probably my favorite outside counsel. Highly knowledgeable and extremely cool under pressure, he solves our problems and makes our lives easier. Anthony McCusker is also a stand-out – he’s our relationship partner and will pick up the phone and solve your problem no matter what time you call and no matter how tough the issue. For specialists, Jacob Osborn is my go to and has been invaluable to us on countless occasions. I’ve recommended him to many GC friends and they all love working with him.’

 

Key clients

Dashbase

Hopin

Atlassian Corporation

Oura Health

Dynatrace

ClubHouse

Toast

Klaviyo

Salsify

Miro

Work highlights

  • Advised Toast in its  $1 billion initial public offering on the heels of its $400 million Series F financing.
  • Advised Whoop in its $100 million Series E, $200 million Series F, acquisition of PUSH, and in its commercial partnership agreement with G42 Healthcare
  • Advised Datavant, a healthcare technology company helping healthcare organizations safely connect their data, in its $7 billion merger with Ciox Health, a healthcare information management company.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s technology transactions group provides critical support to the firm’s market-leading corporate and private equity teams, which regularly act on IP and technology-driven corporate acquisitions, sales, SPAC mergers and IPOs. The volume of deal activity is unmatched by most firms and might lead to the team’s standalone skillsets being overlooked. The practice has long had a major focus on business process and technology outsourcing agreements, and its lead lawyers are equally adept at IP licenses, collaboration agreements and strategic alliances. A notable example was the firm’s advice to McDonald’s on its deal with IBM concerning the development of its Automated Order Taking technology and subsequent spinoff of McD Tech Labs. Key partners include Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman and Matthew Lovell in Chicago for IP and technology-related outsourcings and transactions. San Francisco-based partner John Lynn is also highly experienced in related corporate and technology transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hirshman; Seth Traxler; Matthew Lovell; John Lynn

Key clients

Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. IV

Blackstone

BroadPeak Global

Capsule Technologies

Celanese Corporation

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Donuts Inc.

Eli Lilly & Company

Francisco Partners

Hellman & Friedman

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

KRAFTON

McDonald’s Corporation

Naver Corporation

Nexstar Media Group

Oaktree Acquisition Corp.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company

Stone Point Capital

Stonepeak Partners

The Carlyle Group

Thoma Bravo

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Verizon Communications

Wyndham Destinations

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonald’s on its agreement with IBM to accelerate the development of McDonald’s Automated Order Taking (AOT) technology, a deal that included IBM’s acquisition of McD Tech Labs which develops employee- and customer-facing innovations such as AOT.
  • Advised Eli Lilly and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dermira, in an exclusive outbound license agreement with Evommune to develop and commercialize three development programs for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.
  • Advised Verizon on the sale of Verizon Media to funds managed by Apollo Global Management for $5 billion.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a hugely experienced team that is praised for bringing 'a deep bench of expertise and market knowledge to each transaction, along with a pragmatic approach to reaching the best outcome'. The scale of the practice and the firm's global reach ensures complete coverage across a range of transaction types, including cross-border IP diligence and monetization deals, M&A support, outsourcing and strategic collaborations. The practice saw activity across an equally wide selection of industries including aviation, agtech, robotics, fintech, digital and social media, and AI. The firm's work in the semiconductor space was particularly notable, including advising Nvidia on its proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm, which was ultimately abandoned for competition reasons, and assisting Advanced Micro Devices on its $35 billion takeover of Xilinx. The team also advised Beyond Meat on its PLANeT Partnership joint venture with PepsicCo, including support on commercial IP and operational matters. Key partners include Boston-based global vice-chair Sarah Gagan, and in Silicon Valley, Anthony Klein who is 'nothing short of amazing'. Los Angeles partners Alex Voxman  ('responsive, professional, thoughtful and knowledgeable') and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Ghaith Mahmood  come highly recommended. JD Marple   (Silicon Valley) and Jeremiah Wolsk (Washington DC) are also noted for their outsourcing work.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Klein; JD Marple; Jeremiah Wolsk; Ghaith Mahmood; Alex Voxman

Testimonials

‘Tony Klein and his team are nothing short of amazing. They bring a deep bench of expertise and market knowledge to each transaction, along with a pragmatic approach to reaching the best outcome. Each member of the team has a strong technical and financial background and the ability to (effortlessly) lead large, often multi-business unit and sometimes multi-firm endeavors to successful conclusion. The team is well regarded by the business units and in-house counsel they work with and, as importantly, the company’s senior leaders.’

‘Arielle Singh, Natasha Phillips, Erica Chae, Ghaith Mahmood, Amy Dippolity, Nick Goshgarian, Pelin Serpin, Amy Tosi and many others work seamlessly under Tony Klein’s guidance. This team can and has handled everything from enterprise agreements for telecom deals to world-wide joint businesses that are dependent on and driven by technology but also regulated by multiple jurisdictions, both in terms of privacy and other regulation. The Latham team is well rounded, each member has not only strong technology (including privacy and IP expertise) credentials but strong business and financial acumen. When contributing on capital market or other extremely large deals the team works incredibly well with corporate finance peers at the firm (or remarkably, with other firms). As a bonus, working with this team is like working with an extension of our legal department; each member is well respected for their legal and professional contributions and well liked as team players.’

‘Alex Voxman is responsive, professional, thoughtful and knowledgeable. He and his team are invariably willing to put in the time and effort to get the necessary work done on the time frame required. Adele Zhang is intelligent, organized, upbeat and service-oriented. Given her relative lack of seniority, she adds tremendous value to every matter she works on. Ghaith Mahmood is extremely knowledgeable about the sector and is able to apply both his legal knowledge and his industry knowledge to provide practical, applicable solutions to business challenges.’

 

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

NVIDIA

Advanced Micro Devices

Beyond Meat

Joby Aviation

Meta Platforms (formerly, Facebook)

Drizly

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Holdings

Airbnb

Mojito

Binance

Zimmer Biomet

Blackrock

The Reformation

Livingstone International

Deere & Company

Apex Technology

10x Genomics

Alder Fuels

Tencent Holdings

Work highlights

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has an ‘exceptionally hard working and diligent‘ team that covers the full suite of M&A, restructuring and standalone technology transactions. The dedicated practice represents a mix of technology and life sciences companies, as well as banks and private equity investors, on their most business critical deals, including domestic and cross-border strategic alliances, IP acquisitions and disposals, research and development agreements, outsourcing transactions and licensing agreements. Key to the team’s popularity is its ‘deep knowledge and experience in the technology field’ including its ‘ability to deal with challenging personalities in stressful negotiations‘. The largely New York-based group is co-chaired by the versatile Jeffrey Osterman and the ‘outstandingCharan Sandhu, who took over from former global practice head Michael Epstein, a partner with over 30 years’ experience in the market. Other key individuals include recently promoted partner Adam Dennis, and Silicon Valley-based partner Karen Ballack who is noted for her ‘great expertise, creativity, and good judgment‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeffrey Osterman; Charan Sandhu

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Epstein; Karen Ballack; Dennis Adams

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent attention to detail, knowledge of IP transactions laws, understanding of technology, ability to deal with challenging personalities in stressful negotiations.’

    ‘Exceptionally hard working and diligent. Strong commitment to diversity and excellence.’

    ‘The Technology Transactions team has deep knowledge and experience in the technology field. They are trusted partners in thinking through issues and strategies to close gaps during negotiations. This team’s expertise leads to efficiencies that, in many cases, make it more cost efficient to use them than using a firm with lower billing rates.’

    ‘Karen Ballack and Charan Sandhu are both outstanding partners. They both apply great expertise, creativity, and good judgment in their work. Both are responsive and excellent drafters.’

     

    Key clients

    Advent International

    Allego Holding

    American Securities

    Bain Capital Private Equity

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Blackstone

    ChargePoint

    Churchill Capital Group

    Eli Lilly and Company

    EO Charging

    Exide Technologies

    Fortress Investment Group

    Goldman Sachs

    The Gores Group

    Guggenheim

    Hologic

    L’Oréal USA

    Maxim Integrated Products

    MGM Resorts International

    Micron Technology

    NPC International

    The Progeria Research Foundation

    Providence Equity Partners

    PSG

    Sanofi

    SiriusXM

    Vonage Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advising Maxim Integrated Products, a designer, developer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, on the technology and IP aspects of its $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at over $68 billion.
    • Advising Advent International on the technology and IP aspects of the $3 billion merger of its portfolio companies: Clearent LLC, a provider of payment processing services to financial institutions, ISOs and agents, developers and merchants; and Transaction Services Group Limited (New Zealand), a provider of business management software and integrated payments solutions to the health, fitness and childcare businesses, to form Xplor Technologies.
    • Advised Churchill Capital Corp IV, a SPAC sponsored by Churchill Capital Group, on the technology and IP aspects of its $11.75 billion merger with Lucid Motors, a designer, developer and manufacturer of luxury electric automobiles, in a transaction that values Lucid at approximately $24 billion and that included a $2.4 billion private placement in public equity.

    Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

    M&A and capital markets are natural sweet spots for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, but the firm’s technology transactions expertise goes well beyond pure corporate finance. The group’s transactional credentials cover a broad range sectors and emerging technologies including fintech, blockchain, artificial intelligence, open source software and robotics. This includes advice on technology licensing and development agreements and the strategic management of technology assets and related commercialization programs. Much of this is underpinned by partner David Kappos, the firm’s leading IP lawyer who regularly assists corporate and banking clients on IP heavy transactions, such as Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM. Additional support from lawyers in key areas such as antitrust adds further weight to the offering. Corporate partner George Schoen has an extremely strong reputation for M&A and joint ventures across all corners of the technology market. Corporate partner Keith Hallam is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    David Kappos; George Schoen

    Other key lawyers:

    Keith Hallam

    Key clients

    Afterpay

    Aras

    Deutsche Börse

    Deutsche Telekom

    Disney

    GreenSky

    Hibu

    IBM

    Illumina

    Just Eat Takeaway.com

    Prosus

    Robinhood

    Scientific Games

    Swvl

    Work highlights

    • Represented Robinhood in its $1.9 billion IPO.
    • Representing Afterpay in its pending $29billion acquisition by Square.
    • Representing Amazon in its pending $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM.

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP combines its market-leading corporate finance practice with a strong underlying understanding of IP-heavy technology companies and how best to monetize their assets. This includes high-end support on outsourcing transactions, as well as licensing, collaboration, distribution, and research and development issues. Key partners in the New York-based team include practice head Frank Azzopardi, whose expertise is key to seeing M&A deals through to completion, as well as broader licensing and supply arrangements. Pritesh Shah provides strategic guidance to companies and private equity investors operating across the TMT space, including fintech and biotech companies. Matthew Bacal is also highly experienced in M&A, licensing, development and outsourcing agreements. Recent highlights include assisting Emerson Electric on the agreement to combine its industrial software and geological software businesses with Aspen Technology, to form a new NASDAQ-listed entity, AspenTech.

    Practice head(s):

    Frank Azzopardi

    Other key lawyers:

    Pritesh Shah; Matthew Bacal

    Work highlights

      DLA Piper LLP (US)

      DLA Piper LLP (US) has a good spread of experience that covers high-end corporate finance transactions as well as standalone technology matters. The multi-faceted practice is spread throughout the firm’s impressive domestic network of offices, with active partners practising out of the West and East Coasts, and the central states. The lawyers are well-versed in providing support on high-end corporate mandates including SPAC mergers, IPOs and financings. Open licensing contracts, strategic relationships, outsourcing negotiations, data privacy, digital transformations and collaboration agreements all feature prominently on the agenda, with the team operating comfortably across a range of technologies, including blockchain, fintech, semiconductors, insurtech, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. The global team is also highly experienced in cross-border transactions and is co-chaired by Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley and Chicago-based Vincent Sanchez. San Diego’s Mark Lehberg is experienced in outsourcing, cloud computing and software as a service. John Gilluly in Austin is also highly active.

      Practice head(s):

      Victoria Lee; Vincent Sanchez

      Other key lawyers:

      Mark Lehberg

      Key clients

      TikTok

      HCL Technologies

      Infosys

      NetApp

      Netflix

      Qualcomm Incorporated

      Red Hat

      Salesforce

      Softbank Group Corporation

      Visa

      TikTok

      HCL Technologies

      Infosys

      NetApp

      Netflix

      Qualcomm Incorporated

      Red Hat

      Salesforce

      Softbank Group Corporation

      Visa

      TikTok

      HCL Technologies

      Infosys

      NetApp

      Netflix

      Qualcomm Incorporated

      Red Hat

      Salesforce

      Softbank Group Corporation

      Visa

      Work highlights

      • Represented Navitas Semiconductor, an industry leader in gallium nitride power integrated circuits (GaN power ICs), in the recent closing of its business combination with special purpose acquisition company Live Oak Acquisition Corp. II.
      • Assisted AEye, a lidar start-up that developed its technology for use in autonomous vehicles as well as to support advanced driver assistance systems in passenger cars, in its merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III that will value the company at US$2 billion.
      • Represented SmartRent.com, a leading proptech company, in its previously announced business combination with Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp. I (FWAA), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.

      Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

      Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a good pedigree in technology and strategic sourcing transactions where it represents a broad mix of providers and end-users. This includes advice on offshoring and shared services agreements, as well as restructurings, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Recent highlights include assisting the pharmaceutical company Janssen, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson, on the build-out of a product platform with IBM. The firm also advised the global hotel chain Marriott International on its digital transformation project. Hewlett Packard is a major client on the technology front, which the firm advised on the development of a private cloud solution and a related agreement with Infosys. Key partners include New York-based technology transactions co-chair Daniel Angel, and strategic sourcing and commercial transactions co-chairs Stephen Nordahl and William Peters, respectively based in New York and Los Angeles.

      Practice head(s):

      Daniel Angel; Stephen Nordahl; William Peters

      Key clients

      Johnson & Johnson

      Janssen

      Marriott International, Inc.

      Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

      Oak Hill Advisors

      Prudential Financial

      Southern California Edison Company

      Affirm, Inc.

      PepsiCo

      Optum360

      Work highlights

        Hogan Lovells US LLP

        Hogan Lovells US LLP combines a strong domestic and international network to support multinational clients on a wide range of technology transactions. This includes advice on IP licensing agreements and related corporate finance work. Audrey Reed and John Brockland, respectively based in Washington DC and San Francisco, are two of the firm’s lead partners.

        Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

        Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has an experienced multi-disciplinary technology group that serves the industry with an impressive range of expertise. The bulk of the firm’s work is done through the technology, outsourcing and commercial transactions group, which coordinates with colleagues in the M&A, TMT and IP teams on related strategic and corporate issues. The lawyers are trusted by numerous household name clients to assist with major strategic alliances, services agreements, technology transfers, licensing, outsourcing and M&A mandates. This is built on a cross-practice foundation that includes data security, privacy and employment. Global technology co-head Barbara Melby, and the team’s founding partner Michael Pillion, both work out of Philadelphia and share over 50 years’ experience in the market. Other key partners are well positioned throughout the US, including Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley, Doneld Shelkey in Boston, and Vito Petretti and corporate partner Sheryl Orr  in New York.

        Practice head(s):

        Barbara Melby; Michael Pillion

        Other key lawyers:

        Rahul Kapoor; Vito Petretti; Doneld Shelkey; Sheryl Orr

        Key clients

        AmerisourceBergen Corporation

        Anthem

        Axispoint Technology Solutions Group

        Becton Dickinson

        Cincinnati Bell

        Comtech Telecommunications

        Genpact

        GI Partners

        Independence Blue Cross

        Kraft Group

        Omnispace

        Pearson

        Sabre

        SanDisk Corporation

        Turtle Beach

        Vanguard

        Xperi Corporation

        Yandex

        Work highlights

        • Representing Sabre in connection with the negotiation of a 10-year strategic partnership with Google.
        • Represent SanDisk with the drafting and negotiation of commercial and IP issues related to its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic.
        • Representing Axispoint Technology Solutions Group in its acquisition of dinCloud.

        Morrison Foerster

        The lawyers at Morrison Foerster bring ‘excellent advice and insight‘ on an impressively broad range of technology related transactions. M&A deals and other forms of corporate finance feature prominently, but the firm also impresses with its embedded expertise in strategic matters, including joint development, distribution and supply agreements, as well as global outsourcing projects and all forms of IP licensing and commercialization. This extends to all corners of the technology market, including artificial intelligence, AR/VR, blockchain, fintech, healthtech, semiconductors and the internet of things. Recent work highlights include advising the gaming and animation company Unity Technologies on its $1.6 billion acquisition of the technology division of Weta Digital. A team led by San Francisco-based Tessa Schwartz assisted Salesforce on the IP, privacy and regulatory aspects of its $27 billion takeover of Slack Technologies. Aaron Rubin  heads the practice from San Francisco, with other highly experienced partners including William Schwartz and Justin Haan also based in the Bay area. A well-stocked New York office includes outsourcing head Vivian Hanson and of counsel Anthony Ramirez.

        Practice head(s):

        Aaron Rubin

        Other key lawyers:

        Vivian Hanson; Stephanie Sharron; Tessa Schwartz; William Schwartz

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent advice and insight. The individuals work as a part of our team and are an invaluable member of any transaction or negotiation.’

        ‘There are several things that make the people at MoFo stand out. All big firm attorneys need to meet Big Law Table Stakes: Knowledge, Skill and Judgement. MoFo’s team easily does that. Where they differentiate is on the commitment to the client relationship. Our MoFo attorneys work with us to really learn our business, our concerns, our technology and our risk tolerance. They treat our “smaller” deals with the same responsiveness and attention as our “big” deals, because they all matter to us. They commit to building long term relationships with us and getting to know us a bit outside of our billable matters. They also work with us to achieve our shared goals of building a more diverse and inclusive team. Tessa Schwartz and Monica Cai are two standout attorneys with whom we often work.’

        ‘I have used many top firms during my career and MoFo stands out in several ways. MoFo has deep subject matter expertise in technology transactions and licensing matters. They bring great technical know how to drafting and negotiation. They also have great industry knowledge, which helps us weigh risks and stay competitive with peer companies. They also have great judgement – they give good practical advice on matters, weighing legal risks and norms as well as business goals. I would also say that they have an all around great team. Everyone I have worked with there has been smart, responsive and personable.’

        Key clients

        Divvy

        Kahoot

        Main Post Partners

        MobileIron, Inc.

        Salesforce

        ShowingTime

        SoftBank

        Unity Software Inc.

        Walmart

        Divvy

        Kahoot

        Main Post Partners

        MobileIron, Inc.

        Salesforce

        ShowingTime

        SoftBank

        Unity Software Inc.

        Walmart

        Work highlights

          Venable LLP

          Venable LLP  is commended for its ‘deep knowledge of the tech industry‘ and ‘ability to convey complex concepts and structures to non expert audiences‘. The standalone team provides invaluable support to other departments within the firm, including related advice on M&A deals. Core to its offering is a strong focus on domestic and international systems procurement and strategic sourcing deals, built on an understanding of relevant technologies, including Saas and cloud agreements, AI, and the internet of things. This spans various sectors including healthcare, financial services, pharma, retail, energy and manufacturing.  Key partners in Washington DC include the ‘attentive, kind and pragmaticNora Garrote who co-chairs the IP transactions group, experienced TMC co-chair William Russell, and Armand Zottola. San Francisco partner Jim Nelson is active on the IP transactional and outsourcing side. The ‘charming, creative and detail-oriented‘ trade mark partner Rebecca Liebowitz (Washington DC) and Baltimore-based corporate partner Anthony Rosso  are also singled out.

          Practice head(s):

          William Russell; Nora Garrote; James Nelson; Armand Zottola

          Other key lawyers:

          Rebecca Liebowitz; Anthony Rosso

          Testimonials

          ‘A solid team that delivers great work and is great to work with while being very competitive from a pricing perspective.’

          ‘Anthony Rosso has been a great partner to our M&A team, assisting with numerous transactions over the years.’

          ‘Deep knowledge of the tech industry and the market standards for key terms and conditions. Excellent language skills (Spanish) and ability to convey complex concepts and structures to non expert audiences, which facilitates efficient decision making purposes.’

          ‘Nora Garrote is an attentive, kind and pragmatic attorney who is always willing to go the extra mile and provide timely support to complete important and urgent deliverables. I value her sense of responsibility, warmth and experience in dealing with complicated matters and a diverse array of counterparties. Rebecca Liebowitz is a charming, creative and detail-oriented attorney who is great at managing the portfolio of trademark applications and registrations that we hold in the US, Europe and Asia. I value her dedication, frankness and optimism.’

           

          Key clients

          GE Healthcare

          Dura-Line (subsidiary of Orbia Advance Corporation S.A.B. de CV)

          Numotion

          YogaGlo, Inc.

          Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

          Shoshin Works

          DC Green Bank

          Electrify America

          InstallNET International

          The Carnegie Hall Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Advising GE Healthcare on structuring and negotiating complex technology-driven deals including a strategic collaboration with a major technology infrastructure provider to expand GE Healthcare product offerings and better serve GE Healthcare customers.
          • Advising Dura-Line on various transactional matters, including the negotiation of two technology-centric strategic alliance agreements.
          • Represented a major provider of medical technology products in a technology collaboration deal to make innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) to better serve patients and providers in the medical field.

          WilmerHale

          WilmerHale has a long history representing technology companies and end-users on the full range of corporate and standalone technology issues. Licensing, outsourcing and services agreements all feature prominently on the agenda, as does advice on big data and related cybersecurity and privacy issues on cross-border development and distribution deals and IP portfolio development. The team’s ‘broad capabilities‘ are key to the firm’s wider corporate offering in related M&A, venture capital financings and IPOs. This expertise extends to areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, fintech, health-tech and the internet of things. Lead partners include Jeff Johnson and Sarah Hogan in Boston for life sciences and related digital health matters. Ashwin Gokhale in San Francisco regularly assists with transactions in the software and hardware industries, while New York’s Robert Finkel handles outsourcing and technology service agreements. Up-and-coming Boston-based partner Ariel Soiffer is noted for his’ excellent responsiveness‘ and ‘cutting edge legal advice‘.

          Practice head(s):

          Steven Barrett; Jeff Johnson

          Other key lawyers:

          Robert Finkel; Ashwin Gokhale; Ariel Soiffer

          Testimonials

          ‘Having a single point of contact that can leverage the broad capabilities of the firm.’

          ‘Ariel Soiffer provides excellent responsiveness, cutting edge legal advice, and insight to how legal impacts business issues.’

          Key clients

          Acacia Communications

          Analog Devices, Inc.

          Bottomline Technologies

          Endurance International Group Holdings

          Halomine

          nference, Inc

          Progress

          Spectris

          WEX

          Zaius

          Work highlights

          • Represented Acacia Communications, a provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems.
          • Represented Voyager Therapeutics in its negotiation and execution of a significant license agreement with Pfizer.
          • Represented ZebiAI Therapeutics in its acquisition by Relay Therapeutics, handling the negotiation of the milestones, earnouts and intellectual property representations.

          Baker Botts L.L.P.

          Baker Botts L.L.P. has strong credentials for the full suite of technology driven transactions, with lawyers well-placed throughout its US office network. In addition to support on M&A and capital markets related transactions, the team has a good grounding in negotiating licensing, development, distribution and outsourcing agreements. The firm’s strong links to the energy industry also makes it an obvious choice for expanding areas such as energy-tech. The well regarded team is co-chaired by corporate partner Samantha Hale Crispin in Dallas, which is a key hub for Texas’ booming tech industry. Co-chairs Brian Lee in Palo Alto and Jonathan Gordon in New York round out a strong leadership team. Clients also rate New York corporate partner Lee Charles   who 'exhibits extraordinary patience and does an excellent job in breaking down complicated contractual language for the laymen'.

          Practice head(s):

          Samantha Hale Crispin; Brian Lee; Jonathan Gordon

          Other key lawyers:

          Lee Charles

          Testimonials

          ‘Our company and legal team have been working exclusively with Lee Charles. His knowledge of M&A and auction related deals is superb. His background and experience gives a higher level of confidence to his clients when making tough decisions. Additionally Lee exhibits extraordinary patience and does an excellent job in breaking down complicated contractual language for the laymen so they feel comfortable in reaching a determination on how to proceed. If we are involved in a high stakes and complicated deal Lee is the attorney we would feel most comfortable representing us.’

          Key clients

          AES Corporation

          Avellino Lab USA

          Brother Industries

          Diamondback Energy

          DZS

          Eaton Corporation

          ESO Solutions

          Form Automation Solutions

          Gaddis Partners

          GCI Liberty

          Ifly Holdings

          LG Electronics

          Liberty Broadband Corporation

          Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation

          Liberty Media Corporation

          Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

          Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

          Mediacom Communications Corp.

          Milestone Technologies

          MSG Networks

          OncoNano Medicine

          Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

          Qurate Retail

          Renibus Therapeutics

          Salem Partners LLC

          Saviynt

          Toyota Motor North America

          TransPerfect Global

          Walt Disney Company

          Wellsky

          Zix Corporation

          Work highlights

          • Representing Liberty Media Corporation and Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation (LMAC) with respect to its corporate-sponsored SPAC – which raised $575 million in its initial public offering in January 2021.
          • Represented, Zix Corporation, a provider of cloud email security, productivity and compliance solutions, in its acquisition of privately-held CloudAlly, an Israel-based provider of enterprise-grade, software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-based backup and recovery solutions for business.
          • Represented GCI Liberty in its acquisition by Liberty Broadband  in a stock-for-stock merger that represented $8.7 billion equity value for GCI Liberty.

          Baker McKenzie LLP

          Baker McKenzie LLP has an experienced and multi-disciplinary team of technology transactions lawyers spread throughout its US network. Clients benefit from strong expertise across a range of areas including procurement, outsourcing, partnership agreements and joint ventures, as well as IP licensing and monetization programs. This is in addition to broader support on M&A, capital markets and related areas such as data security, privacy, compliance and litigation. The firm represents technology providers and end-users and was recently involved in several high profile deals within the gaming and software space. Key partners include Chicago-based  Peter George, Michael Mensik and Samuel Kramer (‘all the best qualities you would want in attorney‘) who are especially active on the outsourcing side. North America IP and Technology chair Pamela Church has good credentials for IP-heavy transactions and agreements.

          Practice head(s):

          Peter George

          Other key lawyers:

          Michael Mensik; Pamela Church; Samuel Kramer; Adam Aft

          Testimonials

          ‘Baker Chicago team had substantial experience in negotiating multi-year business process outsourcing deals.’

          ‘Samuel Kramer was our attorney. Throughout the process, Sam guided us with all the best qualities you would want in attorney – He was tough and firm representing our interests, responsive, explained complex legal clauses and their impacts simply to non lawyers, and above all, was practical when providing recommendations (weighing “legalese” against the likelihood or practicality).’

          Key clients

          Informa

          Devolver Digital

          Zynga

          NielsenIQ

          Joyo Interactive/Kuaishou

          Daily Mail & General Trust

          North Equity

          Work highlights

          • Advised Informa on a newly formed joint venture that combines Novantas and Informa Financial Intelligence’s FBX Group to create an intelligence and specialist data company serving the retail and commercial banking market.
          • Advised Devolver Digital, an American video-game producer, on its sale of the “Fall Guys” franchise to Epic Games, including a license agreement to the market and selling merchandise related to “Fall Guys.”
          • Assisted Zynga, a leading developer of social games, in its acquisition of Echtra Games, the role-playing game publisher behind Torchlight III.

          Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

          Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s clients benefit from a strong team of ‘subject matter experts’ who ‘provide comprehensive and pragmatic guidance’. The firm has invested heavily in its technology transactions team in the past two years, and in 2021 recruited former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP counsel and commercial IP lawyer Daniel Forester to its New York office. His addition adds weight to an already strong team that represents a mix of start-ups and public companies on related issues including M&A, joint ventures, outsourcing and servicing agreements, and transactional IP and licensing. Recent transactions have covered a range of sectors including digital special effects, carbon capture, autonomous driving, and blockchain. The team is led by global co-chair Daniel Yost from Silicon Valley, who alongside San Francisco’s Sarah Schaedler brings a huge amount of corporate and IP licensing experience to key hubs on the West Coast, with strong support from recently promoted partner Ramin Tohidi (San Francisco). Boston-based IP licensing partner Shana Solomon is popular with biotechnology companies.

          Practice head(s):

          Daniel Yost; Sarah Schaedler

           

          Other key lawyers:

          Daniel Forester; Shana Solomon; Ramin Tohidi

          Testimonials

          ‘The team at Orrick is professional and timely. They honor deadlines and are conscious of our internal deadlines. They provide comprehensive and pragmatic guidance and are able to bring in subject matter experts, as needed.’

          ‘Orrick is unique in that they have big law caliber talent, resources, and reach, but work with you like a boutique and strive to make sure that the services are tailored to your business. Our experience with Orrick has felt like a true partnership.’

          ‘Everyone we have worked with at Orrick has been outstanding. They have been attentive to the hectic needs of a hyper growth company and seem genuinely interested in understanding our business, which means they keep us abreast of new legal and regulatory developments. They also make sure that other attorneys at the firm understand our business so that we can seamlessly grow with them into other substantive areas as our company’s needs grow. Daniel Forester is an exceptional partner and relationship manager. We have also had great experiences with Sundeep Kapur, Nick Farnsworth, Aravind Swaminathan, Alex Sobolev, and Christian Schroder.’

          ‘The lawyers assigned to us were wise, insightful, careful, thoughtful, deliberate, deep-thinking, experienced, and knowledgeable. They also genuinely cared about the well-being of my organization.’

          Key clients

          Weta Digital

          Occidental Petroleum

          Luminar

          Workday

          Reigning Champs

          Turn/River Capital

          United States Tennis Association

          Chainalysis

          Prime Trust

          Rafael Pharmaceuticals

          Guide Therapeutics

          Ferring Pharmaceuticals

          Partner Therapeutics

          ANI Pharmaceuticals

          Work highlights

          • Advised Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, on its acquisition of Zimit, one of the only configure price quote (CPQ) solutions built specifically for services industries.
          • Advised the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on the launch of its 2021 US Open Tennis Championships NFT (non-fungible token) collection, which became available to fans to commemorate their experience with the 2021 US Open.
          • Advised Turn/River Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that specializes in growth capital investments in various strategic transactions.

          Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

          Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a top tier outsourcing practice that also has extremely good credentials for broader technology transactions and related service agreements. Clients include major end-users operating across several key sectors including health insurance, banking, credit cards, retail, and technology. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘unique team approach‘ and its ‘capabilities across all areas of outsourcing – complex technology, employee and HR matters, data privacy, GDPR‘. Washington DC-based partner Aaron Oser leads the ‘incredible‘ team, which includes fellow DC partner Mario Dottori, and Austin’s Elizabeth Zimmer, who is noted for her ‘first-class client service,‘ and John Barton  (‘makes you feel like you are his only client’). Other key individuals include Vipul Nishawala in New York and Silicon Valley’s Shaalu Mehra, who stands out for his market-leading IP licensing expertise.

          Practice head(s):

          Aaron Oser; Mario Dottori; Vipul Nishawala

          Other key lawyers:

          Shaalu Mehra; Elizabeth Zimmer; John Barton

          Testimonials

          ‘Knowledge, experience, accessibility’

          ‘Excellent and holistic client service management, use of initiative in our client care, obvious investment in a capable group of associates that give us comfort in the whole team, value creation in appropriate staffing of our matters and innovative support of our projects, solid expertise and bulletproof work product’

          ‘Liz Zimmer has shown us first-class client service, and has established a true partnership. John Barton makes you feel like you are his only client, and has demonstrated excellent focus on strategy and execution. Mia Rendar is an incredibly bright and promising professional, and a solid associate – one to watch.

          ‘Pillsbury has a unique team approach. Led by Mario Dottori, no job is too big (thousands of medium vendors, one large vendor) or too small (simple NDA). They keep going and do not break stride during a challenge. They have capabilities across all areas of outsourcing – complex technology, employee and HR matters, data privacy, GDPR, etc. The PMO is incredibly unique – able to manage and track hundreds of vendors and thousands of legal documents and where those vendors and contracts are in the execution pipeline. For a large deal, they are able to break it down and parallel process the aspects, providing excellent advise on the gives/gets of legal guardrails.’

          ‘Too many to name- Mario Dottori, Lee Rubin, Benjamin Dean, Christine Richardson, Rachel Newell, Meighan O’Reardon, Joseph Kendall, Ash Masrani — across the board a lot of expertise and the team applies itself to conduct large scale acquisitions – no delays in procurement no matter the topic. The team is incredible. I have used them on three all-year deals in the past four years, and cannot recommend them highly enough.’

           

          Key clients

          Kareo

          Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

          Zebra Buyer LLC & Zebra Group Holdings LLC

          Ford Autonomous Vehicles

          Figment

          State Street Bank and Trust Company

          EmblemHealth, Inc.

          Morgan Stanley

          Blue Shield of California

          Work highlights

          • Advised Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on all facets of an ambitious COVID-19 community engagement program designed to get 700,000 students and 75,000 staff back in the classroom safely.

          Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

          Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has a highly experienced New York-based team that is ‘very quick in understanding complex technological and legal issues‘. The practice provides critical support to the firm’s highly active corporate finance team, with good experience of M&A, financings, capital markets listings and restructurings. This is in addition to an active standalone offering that is regularly involved in significant IP, technology and privacy/cybersecurity transactions, including collaboration and licensing agreements. The IP transactions department is led by the highly regarded and versatile Lori Lesser who also co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice. Other key individuals include counsel Genevieve Dorment and associate Alysha Sekhon, who is singled out for praise by clients.

          Practice head(s):

          Lori Lesser

          Other key lawyers:

          Genevieve Dorment

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is very quick in understanding complex technological and legal issues. Lori Lesser and Alysha Sekhon are an incredible bench.’

          Key clients

          Blackstone

          Bumble

          CSL Behring

          Dell

          EQT

          Hellman & Friedman

          Johnson Controls

          Microsoft Corporation

          Refinitiv

          TransUnion

          Travelers

          Work highlights

          • Representing Dell Technologies  in connection with the announced agreement to spin-off its 81% equity ownership interest in VMware valued at $52 billion.
          • Representing Microsoft Corporation in connection with its announced $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications.
          • Representing EJF Acquisition, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its announced $8.5 billion business combination agreement and plan of merger with Pagaya Technologies.

          Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

          Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has a focused team of IP and technology transactions lawyers who provide high quality support to the firm’s market leading corporate finance team, as well as advising clients on standalone matters. The firm’s M&A practice ensures a regular flow of high profile IP and technology driven corporate mandates including purchases, sales, spin-offs and restructurings. Notable recent examples include advising ZeniMax Media on its on its $7.5 billion takeover by Microsoft. Other major clients include Spotify, which the team advised on several investments, including its respective 2021 acquisitions of The Ringer, Podz Inc and Betty Labs. The team, particularly IP and technology co-heads Stuart Levi and Bruce Goldner, are also high experienced on IP acquisition, licensing deals, and other forms of commercialization projects. Partner Howard Ellin is a key contact on the M&A side. Partners mentioned are all based in New York.

          Practice head(s):

          Stuart Levi; Bruce Goldner

          Other key lawyers:

          Howard Ellin

          Work highlights

            White & Case LLP

            White & Case LLP is a popular choice with clients who praise the firm’s ‘exceptional customer focus and speed of advice,‘ and its ‘tremendous breadth of knowledge and skills’. Clients come from across a range of sectors including social media, e-commerce, software and hardware manufacturing. The US team works closely with colleagues in key hubs such as Frankfurt, and advises on a range of IP licensing, partnership, outsourcing and supply and distribution agreements. The lawyers also offer critical support on high profile corporate transactions, including M&A and SPAC combinations. A team including highly-rated former partner Daren Orzechowski left to join Allen & Overy LLP in late 2021, but the firm retains several high quality lawyers. Clients ‘unhesitatingly recommend‘ New York partner Arlene Hahn, who has an extremely good track record on IP and technology driven transactions and now heads the global technology transactions and outsourcing practice. Erin Hanson, who handles technology and outsourcing agreements, is praised for her ‘wonderful attention to detail‘.

            Practice head(s):

            Arlene Hahn

            Other key lawyers:

            Erin Hanson

            Testimonials

            ‘Tremendous breadth of knowledge and skills and the ability to give advice in a way that is straightforward and understandable to the layman.’

            ‘Exceptional customer focus and speed of advice. Prepared to go the extra mile to ensure we understand any advice given, the impact of our decisions. There are two Partners that truly stand out and both with different and complimentary skills I would like to mention.

            ‘Very responsive, detail oriented. Team approach that doesn’t feel over-lawyered.’

            ‘Great experience with Erin Hanson. She’s focused on achieving the best outcome for her client, and making sure that the client is with here along the way. She is great at explaining language and positional nuances and a strong advocate during negotiation. She pays wonderful attention to detail.’

            ‘We selected White & Case and I could not have been happier. The team diligently met our needs, pivoted on a dime as needed (which was often), and was extremely responsive. Our deal could not have been done without the White & Case team, more specifically Arlene Hahn.’

            ‘Arlene Hahn was involved from nearly the beginning. She drove the meetings, took notes, translated our ramblings into a comprehensible legal framework, recorded actions, and kept us on task. Arlene was also able to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders and ensure the complete satisfaction of those involved, which is a rarity with so many legal and commercial people. Moreover, Arlene is that very rare lawyer that combines a deep understanding of clients’ strategic goals with the tactical ability to reflect this intuitively and comprehensively in the final agreement. I would unhesitatingly recommend Arlene and her White & Case team to any company looking to outsource legal support for a technology transaction.’

            ‘White & Case has a very good transactions team. They are knowledgeable and very professional in the way they treated us as well as our contract partner. Always calm, cool and considered in their opinions and very insightful. Exactly what we were looking for in an advisor.’

            ‘We worked extensively with Arlene Hahn. She is thorough, clever and provides great insights. It is/was a pleasure working with her and I highly recommend her in leading or supporting difficult transactions.’

            Key clients

            Panasonic Corporation

            Avast

            Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp

            dMY Technologies

            SES Holdings

            Fusion Acquisition

            Falcon Capital Acquisition

            ION Acquisition Corp 1

            CM Life Sciences

            Work highlights

              Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

              Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has an ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ team that is ‘always extremely responsive to requests for assistance‘. The Palo Alto office has an experienced group, including practice head Matthew Berger and partner Tiffany Lee, who are praised for their ‘keen understanding of the industry, its trends and the constantly evolving business landscape‘. The firm represents a selection of household name technology, social media and e-commerce companies, including Salesforce and Spotify. The team has had a longstanding relationship with Facebook/Meta, assisting with numerous development, services and infrastructure agreements. On the hardware side it represents LG Display on its agreements with consumer electronics companies for the manufacture and supply of displays. New York partner Eugene Chang also has an active IP licensing and outsourcing practice.

              Practice head(s):

              Matthew Berger

              Other key lawyers:

              Tiffany Lee; Eugene Chang

              Testimonials

              ‘Willkie Farr is extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter in which we focus our practice as in-house counsel. Matt Berger and Tiffany Lee at Willkie are highly responsive, helpful, thorough and consummate professionals in all respects.’

              ‘I can count on Matt Berger and Tiffany Lee to respond to urgent requests for legal guidance and/or work product, regardless of whether the request is after hours or on the weekend. Matt and Tiffany are highly thorough in their analysis and very skillful at identifying material issues that impact our business. I feel comfortable that we have identified and mitigated key risks in a transaction when I am working with the Willkie team.’

              ‘Matt Berger and Tiffany Lee have been providing their legal advice and opinion to our company for the past decade. Matt and Tiffany have been instrumental in negotiating key agreements with respect to key strategic partners. What makes Matt and Tiffany stand out in relation to other similarly situated firms/attorneys, is there keen understanding of the industry, its trends and the constantly evolving business landscape. But even more so, it’s their ability to take that knowledge and seamlessly weave that knowledge into our arguments and our understand, allowing us to better prepare our business teams with guidance and preparation beyond the immediate circumstances, but several years ahead, allowing up to be thoroughly and fully prepared to meet the next challenge.’

              ‘Superior subject matter expertise with all models of manufacturing, distribution and supply chain agreements. Extremely knowledgeable and responsive. Provides strategic analysis and risk mitigation strategies. Cohesive and thorough drafting and language to create bullet-proof contracts. Collegial and diverse. Provides competitive advantage for my business.’

              ‘Matthew Berger and Tiffany Lee the best of the best in terms of work quality, responsiveness and subject matter expertise. Both have an understanding of the overall technology marketplace, and look beyond just the contract drafting to bring a competitive advantage to engagements.’

              ‘The Willkie Farr technology transactions team has a broad range of expertise in a variety of different subject matter areas, and is always extremely responsive to requests for assistance. The team has enabled our company to shore up its protections in the hardware purchasing space and has helped update templates to keep current with current developments in the law.’

              ‘Matt Berger and Tiffany Lee are standout partners at the firm and our company trusts them with advising on a number of our most critical supplier relationships. We couldn’t be happier with the advice Matt and Tiffany have provided over the years and look forward to continuing our engagement with the team for years to come.’

              ‘High expertise in technology and IP. Great communication skills.’

              ‘Matt Berger and Tiffany Lee are deep experts in technology, but also great accessibility for their clients.’

              ‘Matt Berger is an excellent practitioner, he is a strategic thinker, great negotiator and technically precise and exceedingly thoughtful drafter. I want him in the fox hole with me, no doubt.’

               

              Key clients

              Salesforce

              Meta Platforms

              Snap

              LG Display

              Dong-A Pharmaceutical

              City of Hope

              Loyale Healthcare

              LG Innotek

              FTV Capital

              Akorn Pharmaceutical

              Work highlights

                Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

                Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has a good track record for high value domestic and cross-border technology transactions. Its lawyers cover various transaction types across industries where IP is a major asset. This includes licensing agreements, outsourcing, cloud and software-as-a-service, as well as technology sharing and joint ventures. The team also provides critical support to the firm’s active corporate finance practice advising on related M&A, capital markets and restructuring deals. Highly experienced practice head Daniel Ilan has strong credentials in various technology, data and IP issues, including advice on transactional-related cybersecurity and privacy matters. Clients include major technology, internet, hardware and software companies, including Alphabet/Google, as well as private equity funds.

                Practice head(s):

                Daniel Ilan

                Key clients

                Altaris Capital Partners

                Alphabet/Google

                American Tower

                Astound Broadband

                dMY Technology Group

                GlobalFoundries

                Ness

                Work highlights

                • Advised dMY Technology Group, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), in its merger with IonQ, a next-generation quantum computing company.
                • Advised Brookfield on the technology aspects of its pending acquisition of Scientific Games Corporation’s global lottery services and technology business for approximately $5.8 billion.
                • Advised GlobalFoundries, one of the global leaders in semiconductor manufacturing and design, and its selling shareholder, Mubadala, on the technology and IP aspects of its initial public offering.

                Eversheds Sutherland

                Eversheds Sutherland has built an extremely strong pedigree for software and pharmaceutical licensing work, including outsourcing, cloud, and software as a service agreements. The firm's expanded international footprint has also made it an attractive choice for cross-border technology transactions where it represents a broad mix of technology, communications, universities (and their spin-offs), and end-users. Atlanta-based partner Peter Quittmeyer has impressive credentials on the licensing side and has practised in the market since the early 1980s. Corporate partner and US TMT head William Dudzinsky in Washington DC is also noted for his expertise in the automotive and mobility sector. Other key individuals include corporate co-head Robert Pile and partner Brian Murphy, both based in Atlanta.

                Practice head(s):

                William Dudzinsky

                Other key lawyers:

                Peter Quittmeyer; Robert Pile; Brian Murphy

                Key clients

                State of Georgia (Georgia Technology Authority)

                Emory University (Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory)

                Fiserv (including First Data Corporation)

                FLEETCOR Technologies

                Cox Communications

                Noro-Moseley Partners and SSM Partners Growth Equity II

                Deutsche Börse

                MicroCorp

                Medlytix

                Noble Systems Corporation

                Work highlights

                • Advising Medlytix on establishing its service and distribution network and maintaining compliance with consumer credit and health care privacy regulatory schemes, including providing counsel on numerous transactions with customers, channel partners, third-party data providers, and related privacy and security matters.
                • Represented Emory University on a range of drug development and licensing projects, including helping Emory accomplish the licensing of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
                • Advising Fiserv on a range of technology transactions, including in its acquisition of Inlet, LLC, a technology-driven electronic bill matching and presentment business which was a joint venture of Broadridge Financial Solutions (Broadridge) and Pitney Bowes.

                McGuireWoods LLP

                McGuireWoods LLP represents a broad mix of technology companies and end-users on transactional and strategic matters. This includes dedicated support to companies, private equity funds and banks in M&As, joint ventures, financings and IPOs where the IP assets are a key driver. Coupled with this is a good track record for strategic advice on outsourcing agreements and software-as-a-service business models, as well as the implementation of premisis and cloud-based software. Other areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, open source software and blockchain. Charlotte-based practice head Rakesh Gopalan is an experienced technology and securities lawyer who also co-chairs the firm’s fintech practice. Corporate partner James Anderson in Richmond brings plenty of sector knowledge.

                Practice head(s):

                Rakesh Gopalan

                Other key lawyers:

                James Anderson

                Key clients

                3D Systems

                Teledyne Technologies

                AvidXchange Holdings

                Biofrontera

                Electronic Transaction Consultants

                Smokescreen Technologies

                Brinks

                Ashling

                Nielsen Consumer

                HealthiPASS

                Proskauer Rose LLP

                Proskauer Rose LLP has good credentials across a wide variety of technology and e-commerce transactions. The team’s experience spans most established technologies and it has developed especially good expertise in emerging areas such as blockchain, biometrics and big data. The workload includes corporate support on M&A, joint ventures and financings, as well as standalone mandates such as production, distribution, rights and licensing agreements. Other core industry groups include financial services, healthcare and media and entertainment. Jeffrey Neuburger and Robert Freeman jointly lead the team from New York, with strong support from recently promoted partner Wai Choy.

                Other key lawyers:

                Wai Choy

                Key clients

                7RIDGE

                Blade Urban Air Mobility

                Blend Labs

                The Eclipse Foundation

                iHeartMedia

                Mizuho Securities USA

                Morgan Stanley

                The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

                Onex Credit Partners

                Redfin

                Rockefeller Capital Management

                VerticalScope

                Work highlights

                • Advised 7RIDGE in its investment in Digital Asset as part of a $120 million Series D funding round
                • Represented Redfin in its $608 million acquisition of RentPath.
                • Represented iHeartMedia in various matters, including its acquisition of Voxnest.

                Ropes & Gray LLP

                Ropes & Gray LLP has an experienced technology transactions team that is extremely busy on the corporate acquisitions front. The team provides strong support on major strategic M&As, private equity investments and SPAC combinations, where it represents a broad mix of funds and technology companies. The practice also advises clients on standalone technology transactions including collaboration and shared service agreements as well as licensing arrangements. The multidisciplinary group represents clients across several key markets, including fintech, software, transport, hardware, big data and communications. The team is co-led by Matthew Jacobson in San Francisco and Edward Black in Boston. San Francisco partner Paul Scrivano regularly advises on M&A and other corporate finance matters. Silicon Valley-based IP transactional partner Megan Baca is particularly experienced on the digital health side.

                Practice head(s):

                Edward Black; Matthew Jacobson

                Other key lawyers:

                Paul Scrivano; Megan Baca

                Key clients

                Advent Technologies

                Altimeter Capital Management LP / Altimeter Growth Corp.

                Altus Power

                Astra Space

                Atlantic Media

                Collision Communications

                Dragoneer Investment Group

                Egenera

                Francisco Partners

                HP

                LG Electronics

                Lilium

                Longview Acquisition

                McAfee

                Qorvo

                TPG Capital

                Work highlights

                • Represented publicly held Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its pending $40 billion business combination with Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading superapp.
                • Represented ServiceMax in its business combination agreement with Pathfinder Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.
                • Represented Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp., a SPAC formed by an affiliate of Dragoneer Investment Group, in its business combination with CCC Information Services, a SaaS platform for the property and casualty insurance economy.

                Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

                Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a ‘business savvy‘ team working at the intersection of various industries operating within the technology sphere, including entertainment, sports, retail, digital media, consumer products and healthcare. Clients benefit from good credentials in IP licensing and commercialization agreements, privacy and data security law, and other forms of outsourcing and strategic collaboration projects. The team also provides crucial support on IP and technology driven corporate matters including M&A, restructurings, capital markets, and antitrust. Brian Anderson  and Michael Orlando, respectively in San Francisco and San Diego, co-lead the team with the ‘amazingDaniel Schnapp in New York, who also heads the firm’s eSports industry team. Other key partners include Washington DC’s James Gatto, music and entertainment lawyer Sidney Fohrman in Century City, and the recently promoted Alexis Robinson in New York.

                Practice head(s):

                Brian Anderson; Michael Orlando; Daniel Schnapp

                Other key lawyers:

                Sidney Fohrman; James Gatto

                Testimonials

                ‘They’re business savvy and weigh legal risks against business needs.’

                ‘Alexis Robinson and Dan Schnapp are amazing and I’d recommend them to anyone.’

                Key clients

                American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

                Viacom

                Mastercard

                Heed, LLC

                Vevo

                Paramount

                News America Marketing (subsidiary of News Corporation)

                Peloton

                Cinedigm Entertainment

                Sony Pictures

                Tiny Horse

                ArtistXP

                Spotify

                Match.com

                adidas

                B8ta, Inc.

                Chelsea Football Club and Chelsea Digital Ventures

                BigGo

                Sony Interactive Entertainment

                Rakuten Mobile