Technology transactions in United States

Cooley LLP

The team at Cooley LLP is well known for assisting telecoms, fintech and software sector clients, as well as education and online media start-ups, with patent issues, development and distribution agreements, licensing matters and M&A-related technology transactions. Keith Berets leads the practice from the Colorado office. Other key contacts include Palo Alto-based T’Challa Jabari Graham and Adam Ruttenberg and Adam Chase, both based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Keith Berets

Fenwick & West LLP

Fenwick & West LLP's practice has an excellent reputation for its expertise in  advising biotech, healthcare, fintech, media and software companies, to name a few sectors, on high-profile M&A-related technology transactions, licensing deals, collaboration agreements and development arrangements. Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence projects also feature in the group's workload. In the Mountain View office, Stefano Quintini advised Terns Pharmaceuticals on its collaboration and license agreement with late-stage pharmaceuticals company GENFIT to develop and commercialize therapies to treat liver disease. In San Francisco, practice head Jake Handy provides ongoing advice to Denali Therapeutics on patent and licensing issues. Other key partners in San Francisco are Ralph Pais and Jonathan Millard, who has experience of licensing matters and a variety of other commercial agreements. Vejay Lalla is a key contact in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jake Handy

Key clients


Cisco Systems




Loxo Oncology

Denali Therapeutics

DataFox Intelligence


m ss ng p eces

Blue Vision Labs

WhiteHat Security


Halozyme Therapeutics



Terns Pharmaceuticals



Work highlights

  • Advised production and entertainment company m ss ng p eces on its partnership with Baskin-Robbins and 22squared to create an alternate reality game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things (Season 3).
  • Represented data cloud company Cloudera in a merger of equals with data management company Hortonworks.
  • Acted for digital health company ResMed in a collaboration agreement with Cerner Corporation for the purpose of improving out-of-hospital care transitions and chronic disease management.
  • Advised WhiteHat Security on its acquisition by NTT Security Corporation.
  • Represented digital imaging company Shutterfly in its $2.7bn acquisition by private equity firm Apollo Global Management.


The technology team at Goodwin garners praise for its excellent reputation and established strength in complex M&A-related deals; recent highlights include advising Twilio, a cloud communications platform-as-a-service company, on its $3bn acquisition of SendGrid, an email marketing company. John Egan, Kenneth Gordon and Silicon Valley-based Anthony McCusker jointly head the practice. Alessandra Simons is a key name in San Francisco. Stephen Charkoudian is also highly regarded. Apart from McCusker and Simons, all named lawyers are based in Boston.


Responsiveness, pragmatism, business acumen, technical prowess and software industry knowledge‘.

Key clients

Carbon Black

Qualtrics International





BitSight Technologies



Work highlights

  • Advised data security analytics company Exabeam on its acquisition of SkyFormation, an Israeli cybersecurity company offering cloud data security solutions.
  • Acted for cloud security provider Carbon Black in its sale to VMware for an aggregate purchase price of $2.1bn.
  • Represented Opex Analytics, a provider of artificial intelligence solutions to Fortune 500 companies, in its sale to software development company Llamasoft.
  • Acted for data-driven TV advertising platform clypd in its sale to AT&T, where it became part of subsidiary company Xandr’s portfolio.
  • Acted for Continuum in its sale to and subsequent merger with ConnectWise.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles joint ventures, IT outsourcing, licensing agreements and prominent M&A-related technology transactions for clients from the private equity, aviation, pharmaceutical, telecoms and fashion sectors. Recent highlights for the team included advising GlaxoSmithKline on its agreement with Pfizer to combine consumer health businesses into a new joint venture. Key names include patents expert Neil Hirshman; Seth Traxler, who is noted for his experience in handling matters involving technology assets; and Palo Alto-based Vladimir Khodosh, who is very experienced in advising on software licensing mandates. Also recommended are Matthew Colman, Aaron Lorber, Adam Petravicius and New York-based Shellie Weisfield Freedman. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Key clients

Avaya Holdings

BC Partners

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eos Energy Storage

Francisco Partners

General Motors

GI Partners


Le Tote

Neiman Marcus Group


Spectrum Brands Holdings

The Boeing Company

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised business communications company Avaya Holdings on a strategic partnership with cloud-based communications company RingCentral for the development of Avaya Cloud Office, a global unified communications as a service solution.
  • Assisted private equity firm BC Partners with its $2.1bn acquisition of Presidio, an IT solutions provider.
  • Represented alternative asset manager GI Partners in its acquisition of Insurity, a leading software platform for the Property & Casualty insurance industry.
  • Advised Le Tote, an online fashion rental start-up, on its acquisition of department store chain Lord &Taylor, making the client the first digitally native brand to acquire an established brick-and-mortar retailer.
  • Advised Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm focused on software, data and technology-enabled businesses, on its $1.9bn acquisition of MINDBODY, a technology platform for the fitness, beauty and wellness services industries.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Boston-based Sarah Gagan and London-based Gail Crawford jointly head Latham & Watkins LLP's practice, which advises across a broad spectrum of commercial technology transactional matters, such as joint ventures, services agreements, IP matters and licensing deals for clients drawn from the telecoms, financial services, media and automotive industries, among others. Los Angeles-based Ghaith Mahmood led the advice to Univision on its sale of Gizmodo Media Group to private equity firm Great Hill Partners, including a transition services agreement for the client to continue to host Gizmodo's websites and a technology license agreement to permit both buyer and seller to use each other's technology platforms through a transition period. Other key figures include Silicon Valley-based Anthony Klein, San Francisco-based J.D. Marple and Jeremiah Wolsk in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gagan; Gail Crawford

Key clients




Honey Science Corporation





Axoni Y

Virgin Galactic

Univision Communications

Insomniac Games


Desktop Metal

Goertek (HK)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyundai on its $4bn joint venture with technology mobility company Lyft to develop and commercialize autonomous vehicle technology.
  • Advising Goertek HK, a  subsidiary of electronic components company Goertek, on its $134.6m investment in MACOM Wireless HK, a subsidiary of MACOM Technology Solutions Holding, in order to form a joint venture with MACOM.
  • Assisting computer science company AdRoll with the IP and licensing aspects of its joint venture with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten.
  • Represented Insomniac Games in its acquisition by Sony.
  • Assisted spaceflight company Virgin Galactic with negotiations of technology and services agreements with Virgin Orbit and Galactic Ventures in connection with the client’s merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings in order to make the client into a publicly traded company.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP advises media, financial services, food and beverages, biopharmaceutical and prominent technology companies on licensing and development agreements, outsourcing deals and intellectual property aspects of transactions. Recent highlights include Jeffrey Osterman advising Sanofi on the technology and IP aspects of its amended and restructured Immuno-oncology Discovery and Development agreement with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, while practice head Michael Epstein assisted athenahealth, a provider of network-enabled services for medical groups and health services, on the technology and IP aspects of its $5.7bn acquisition by private equity firm Veritas Capital and investment firm Evergreen Capital. Charan Sandhu has expertise in advising on the technology aspects of private equity and M&A transactions. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Osterman; Charan Sandhu

Key clients

Alibaba Group


Brookfield Asset Management

The Campbell Soup Company


Eli Lilly and Company

Getty Images

L’Oreal USA

Nexeo Solutions

Oneida Indian Nation

Quest Diagnostics


SoftBank Vision Fund

Wyndham Destinations

Work highlights

  • Advised Eli Lilly and Company on its global licensing and research collaboration agreement with Avidity Biosciences to develop and commercialize potential new medicines in immunology.  
  • Assisted SoftBank Vision Fund with the technology and IP aspects of its $1bn investment in Uber Technologies’ Advanced Technologies Group.
  • Advised the Oneida Indian Nation on its licensing agreement with Scientific Games Corporation for the delivery of a sports betting technology platform.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

The New York-based team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is strong in handling outsourcing, intellectual property and technology matters relating to M&A-related technology transactions, joint ventures, licensing and partnership agreements. Pritesh Shah is advising Whitney Wolfe Herd, the CEO of dating app Bumble, on Blackstone's acquisition of a majority stake in MagicLab. Practice head Frank Azzopardi is highly regarded for his expertise in intellectual property law.

Practice head(s):

Frank Azzopardi

Other key lawyers:

Pritesh Shah

Key clients

SS&C Technologies

Millicom International Cellular

Kitty Hawk Corporation


Hudson Group

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Work highlights

  • Advising SS&C Technologies, a provider of software for the financial services industry, on its acquisition of IBM’s Algorithmics assets.
  • Advised Millicom International Cellular on its $1.65bn acquisition of the entire share capital of Telefónica Móviles Panamá, Telefónica de Costa Rica and Telefonía Celular de Nicaragua, involving a number of software and IT services agreements.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) has extensive experience in handling, among other areas, cloud computing, data, fintech, artificial intelligence, and blockchain matters for prominent software, IT, telecoms, entertainment, retail and consumer goods corporates. The team has been especially busy advising on high-profile M&A-related transactions, intellectual property matters and outsourcing agreements. Washington DC-based Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski provide ongoing assistance to a prominent mobile telecommunication company concerning a proposed merger between the client and another US telecoms entity. The practice group is jointly headed by Silicon Valley-based Victoria Lee, Gregory Manter in San Diego, and Los Angeles-based Vincent Sanchez. Other key partners include Tzung-Bor Wei in Silicon Valley and Palo Alto-based Jeffrey Aronson.

Key clients



SoftBank Group

Trend Micro

HCL Technologies


Samsung Ventures



Work highlights

  • Advised Qualcomm on the sale of its wireless electric vehicle charge business and a number of IP assets to WiTricity.
  • Advised StackPath, a provider of internet cybersecurity services, on the sale of its VPN business division to j2 Cloud Services.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is adept at handling the whole spectrum of commercial technology transactions for a client base of financial services, hospitality, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage companies, to name a few areas. In New York, practice co-head Daniel Angel advised Omnicom Group on the negotiation of a health and welfare benefits administration outsourcing agreement with bswift. In Palo Alto, practice co-head David Kennedy has expertise in assisting life sciences companies with licensing agreements, and practice co-head Carrie LeRoy is very experienced in advising on the intellectual property aspects of technology transactions. Other key partners include Los Angeles-based William Peters and Stephen Nordahl in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Nordahl; William Peters

Key clients

Marriott International

Voya Financial

BJC HealthCare

Johnson & Johnson

Bridgewater Associates

Cardinal Health

Mauser Packaging Solutions

Tenet Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Assisting electronics company Ricoh Americas with the negotiation of a finance and accounting outsourcing agreement with a prominent provider.  
  • Assisting Southern California Edison Company with the negotiation of an agreement for digital management services, as well as advising on the extension of a number of outsourcing agreements.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a solid track record assisting clients from the fashion, healthcare, media and software industries with technology licensing agreements and commercial contracts. Key contacts include John Brockland in San Francisco and Michele Farquhar, who leads the communications practice from the Washington DC office.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The practice group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is very experienced in handling fintech projects, and has solid capabilities in assisting with cybersecurity matters, outsourcing transactions and licensing deals for clients in the blockchain, life sciences, retail, IT and media industries. The team is jointly headed by Philadelphia-based Michael Pillion and Barbara Melby. Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley has established expertise in advising on patent licensing. New York-based Vito Petretti assists with domestic and international outsourcing agreements. Doneld Shelkey is a key name in the Boston office. In May 2019 Janice Davis joined the Dallas office from Bracewell LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Pillion; Barbara Melby

Key clients

The Clearing House Payments Company

CorVel Corporation


Navient Corporation


Ravenswood Solutions

Sabre Airline Solutions

SanDisk Corporation

United Microelectronics Corporation

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing assistance to Navient Corporation concerning its partnership with a financial services company for the provision of technology solutions for education loans.
  • Advising Gap on software licensing agreements.
  • Assisting Ravenswood Solutions, a company that provides technology to US military ground troops, with a strategic partnership with a manufacturer.

Venable LLP

Venable LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in advising clients from media, hospitality, healthcare, software and financial services sectors on development and licensing agreements. Practice co-head William Russell, who splits his time between Washington DC and New York, is assisting Baker Hughes Company with the development of new contracts to include cloud-based software products. Practice co-heads Armand Zottola and Nora Garrote are based in Washington DC, and San Francisco-based practice co-head James Nelson is very experienced in outsourcing agreements.

Key clients

General Electric

Baker Hughes Company

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Destinations



Syneos Health

Work highlights

  • Assisted GE Healthcare with a number of technology licensing and services deals.
  • Advised Wyndham Destinations on agreements for the use of cloud-based software services.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has extensive expertise in handling M&A-related IP, outsourcing and technology transactions for a client base of life sciences, fintech, biotech, software and digital health companies, to name a few sectors. The practice is jointly led by Ian Edvalson and James Clessuras in Washington DC. Other contacts include Miranda Biven, who splits her time between San Diego and Palo Alto, John McGaraghan and Matthew Wiltermuth. All named attorneys are based in Palo Alto unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

James Clessuras; Ian Edvalson

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Dallas-based Samantha Hale Crispin heads up the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which stands out for its strong capabilities in large-scale M&A-related technology transactions. The group is also adept at handling licensing agreements and development deals for clients drawn from the automotive, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Highlights included assisting a prominent automotive company with a joint development agreement with a number of automotive and fuel manufacturers to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Austin-based corporate lawyer Jordan Herman is 'an exceptional attorney as well as a talented business mind'.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hale Crispin

Other key lawyers:

Jordan Herman


Jordan Herman is an exceptional attorney as well as a talented business mind‘.

Key clients

Cisco Systems

Liberty Expedia Holdings

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Zix Corporation



Work highlights

  • Acted for WellSky in a software licensing and service agreement for the supply of blood transfusion software for all hospitals in the province of Alberta in Canada.
  • Assists long-standing client Cisco Systems with technology licensing agreements.
  • Advising Spectrix Therapeutics on licensing matters.

Baker McKenzie LLP

The team at Baker McKenzie LLP is noted for its solid expertise in outsourcing and software licensing agreements, and has also been kept busy advising clients on cloud computing and data-related transactions. Practice head Peter George has expertise in advising domestic and international clients on outsourcing, cloud computing and internet of things matters. Also recommended is Samuel Kramer, who handles blockchain-related licensing contracts and development agreements. Adam Aft, senior counsel Michael Mensik and Washington DC-based Sonia Baldia are notable names. Unless otherwise stated, named lawyers are based in Chicago. In August 2019 Leif King joined the Palo Alto office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and in May 2020 Marcela Robledo joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter George

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles high-value technology-related M&A and joint ventures for media, financial services, software, pharmaceuticals and biotech clients, and regularly advises on intellectual property matters arising from transactions. The team advised The Walt Disney Company on its $10.6bn sale of 21 regional sports networks and Fox College Sports to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which involved agreements for a multitude of copyright-based domain names and transfers of IP rights, after successfully representing the client in its $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. David Kappos, who is well known for his expertise in intellectual property, jointly heads the team alongside George Schoen. Keith Hallam is another key contact. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

David Kappos; George Schoen

Other key lawyers:

Keith Hallam

Key clients




The Walt Disney Company





J.D. Power

Johnson & Johnson



Pitney Powes


Rogers Communications

Roivant Sciences


Work highlights

  • Advised Biogen on its collaboration agreement with Skyhawk Therapeutics for the development of small molecule treatments for patients with neurological diseases.
  • Advised IBM on its $1.8bn sale of multiple software products to HCL Technologies.
  • Represented RELX in the joint venture arrangement between LexisNexis Legal & Professional with LEAP Legal Software, a provider of cloud-based legal software solutions, involving IP licensing matters.
  • Advising data analytics company J.D. Power in connection with its pending sale to Thoma Bravo.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Headed by Aaron Rubin, the team at Morrison & Foerster LLP handles software and technology licensing and development agreements, M&A-related transactions, and intellectual property issues relating to technology deals. Firm managing partner Tessa Schwartz is advising a carbon removal venture company on a joint development agreement to advance the development of carbon capture technology. Paul Jahn, William Schwartz and Rufus Pichler are other key figures. All named lawyers are based in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Rubin

Key clients

ON Semiconductor



Vista Equity Partners



Gates MRI

Work highlights

  • Advised the Gates MRI on its collaboration and license agreement with biopharmaceutical company Spero Therapeutics.
  • Assisting SoftBank with its investment in AI and robotics startup Bear Robotics.
  • Advising CRM company Saleforce on the IP aspects of its $15.7bn acquisition of analytics platform Tableau Software.

Sidley Austin LLP

New York-based Jennifer Coplan and Palo Alto-based Glenn Nash jointly head the team at Sidley Austin LLP, which regularly handles licensing, outsourcing, technology-related joint ventures and M&A-related transactions for clients across a broad range of industries.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York-based Lori Lesser heads up the practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which reports a recent uptick in tech-related M&A, often with an international flavor. Lesser acted for Refinitiv, a data and analytics company, in its $27bn acquisition by the London Stock Exchange (LSE), in order to create a global financial market infrastructure provider.

Practice head(s):

Lori Lesser


The individuals stand out in their ability to provide practical solutions‘.

Key clients






Great Minds

Johnson Controls

Microsoft Corporation



Work highlights

  • Assisted Blackstone with its acquisition of mobile advertising and app monetization technology company Vungle.
  • Advised semiconductor company Versum Materials on its $6.5bn acquisition by German company Merck.  
  • Represented Syncsort, a software company specializing in big data, in its $700m acquisition of the Pitney Bowes software and data business.
  • Assisted Blackstone with its acquisition of a majority stake worth $3bn in MagicLab.
  • Represented First Data Corporation in its $22bn merger with Fiserv.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The practice group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is jointly headed by New York-based Stuart Levi and Bruce Goldner. The team is noted for its solid expertise in high-value M&A-related technology transactions. Recent highlights include advising open source software company Red Hat on its $34bn acquisition by IBM; Howard Ellin and Brandon Van Dyke - both based in New York - led on this matter. Other key partners in the Palo Alto office are Kenton King and Michael MiesLeif King left the firm for Baker McKenzie LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Levi; Bruce Goldner

Key clients

Dassault Systèmes

NXP Semiconductors

Zayo Group Holdings

Red Hat

Work highlights

  • Advised 3D design company Dassault Systèmes on its $5.8bn acquisition of Medidata Solutions, a clinical trials software entity.
  • Assisted NXP Semiconductors with its $1.76bn acquisition of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology and related assets of Marvell Technology Group.
  • Advising fiber network company Zayo Group Holdings on its acquisition by Digital Colony Partners and EQT Partners.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP advises a solid client base of corporate entities, such as IT companies and financial institutions, on M&A-related technology deals, with fintech matters forming the bulk of the team's recent workload. In a highlight, New York-based Arlene Hahn advised investment firm Motive Partners on its launch of Motive Labs. Fintech expert Adam Chernichaw, also in New York, and Silicon Valley-based Daren Orzechowski are notable names. Global practice head Jost Kotthoff is based in the Frankfurt office in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Jost Kotthoff

Key clients





Deutsche Bank

CVC Partners


Work highlights

  • Assisted with its acquisition of roundCorner, a company which provides CRM solutions for nonprofit organizations.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners on its $1.8bn acquisition of IT services provider ConvergeOne.
  • Assisting financial software company Intuit with data sharing agreements concerning customers’ financial data.    


WilmerHale counts life sciences, healthcare, fintech and software among its key strengths, and has been kept busy advising on outsourcing deals, licensing agreements and cloud computing transactions. The practice is jointly headed by Steven Barrett and Jeff Johnson. Michael Bevilacqua has extensive expertise advising across a range of tech-related agreements, while New York-based Robert Finkel is well known for his experience in outsourcing transactions. Apart from Finkel, all named lawyers are based in Boston. Belinda Juran retired in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Steven Barrett; Jeff Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bevilacqua; Robert Finkel

Key clients

Acacia Communications

Analog Devices

Bottomline Technologies

Compulink Management Center

Eldridge Industries

Hilton Worldwide


Progress Software

Rudolph Technologies

WeWork Companies


Work highlights

  • Assisting semiconductor company Rudolph Technologies with the IP aspects of its merger of equals transaction with Nanometrics.
  • Represented business payments and digital banking company Bottomline Technologies in its acquisition of BankSight Software.
  • Assisted Compulink Management with providing cloud services agreements to broker-dealer and wealth management clients.
  • Assisted semiconductor company Analog Devices with a licensing agreement worth over $1m.
  • Assisting Hilton Worldwide with a transaction with e-commerce company Adyen for the provision of payment processing technology in Australia.  

Arnold & Porter

Washington DC-based Susan Hendrickson and San Francisco-based Thomas Magnani jointly head the team at Arnold & Porter, which advises on licensing deals, outsourcing agreements, cloud computing matters, and intellectual property issues for clients from the fintech, media, IT, telecoms and automotive sectors. Magnani leads the advice to the Saul Zaentz Company on licensing deals with a number of video game developers concerning the use of the merchandising rights for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Senior associate David Hung is a name to note in the San Francisco office.

Other key lawyers:

David Hung

Key clients


Fullpower Technologies

Carnival Corporation


Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Time’s Up

The Saul Zaentz Company

The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

The World Bank Group



Work highlights

  • Assisted the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem with the shutdown of cloud-based digital entertainment service Ultraviolet, after assisting the same client with the development and rollout of Ultraviolet.
  • Acting as primary counsel for the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation and its two initiatives, and
  • Assisting Pfizer with a number of global outsourcing and services agreements.
  • Assisted data center provider DigiPlex with multiple transactions with a hyperscaler entity concerning the construction of custom cloud services data storage centers.
  • Assisted internet of things company Fullpower Technologies with its strategic partnership with bedding company Serta Simmons Bedding, concerning the latter’s use of the client’s sleep monitoring technology.

Bracewell LLP

Primarily based in Texas, the technology transactions team at Bracewell LLP is especially strong in advising a client base of insurers, financial institutions, healthcare entities and retailers on IP-related issues. Houston-based Jeffrey Andrews and Austin-based Thomas Adkins are key contacts. In May 2019 Janice Davis moved to the Dallas office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Adkins

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been kept busy advising financial services, consumer products, telecoms and technology clients on the IP and tech aspects of large-scale acquisitions. Practice head Daniel Ilan is advising Google on its $1.2bn acquisition of Fitbit; other highlights included assisting 3M with its $1bn acquisition of the technology business of healthcare company M*Modal, which involved considerations of IP and data privacy issues. Associate Jane Rosen is very experienced in handling technology licensing matters. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ilan

Other key lawyers:

Jane Rosen

Key clients




Warburg Pincus

ESL Investments

Goldman Sachs






Work highlights

  • Assisted América Móvil with the IT and IP aspects of its $648m acquisition of Telefónica’s operations in El Salvador and Guatemala.
  • Assisted retail company Lowe’s with its acquisition of a Retail Analytics platform from Boomerang Commerce.
  • Advised 3M on the $230m sale of its gas and flame detection technology business to Teledyne.
  • Assisted Google with the technology and IP aspects of its acquisition of Fossil’s smartwatch technology assets.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP handles technology transactions for clients in the life sciences, fintech, e-commerce, e-health and cloud computing sectors, to name a few areas. Intellectual property matters are another key strength for the team. Palo Alto-based Suzanne Bell and Nigel Howard in New York are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Bell; Nigel Howard

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP counts fintech as a core strength of the practice, and has been also been advising on outsourcing, healthcare-related tech projects, and M&A-related transactions. The team advised Thrive Technologies on its acquisitions of financial services provider Tier1Net and IT cloud services provider EaseTech. Rakesh Gopalan in Charlotte heads up the group. New York-based capital markets expert Stephen Older is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rakesh Gopalan

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Older

Key clients


Teledyne Technologies

ExlService Holdings

Banyan Technologies Group

Axispoint Technology Solutions

Mobile Communications of America

Clearview Continuity

Thrive Technologies

Work highlights

  • Represented software company ClearView Continuity in the merger with Assurance Software.
  • Assisted private equity manager Five Points Capital with its acquisition of GrammaTech, a developer of software-assurance tools and cybersecurity solutions.
  • Advised payment automation solutions provider AvidXchange on its $125m acquisition of BankTEL Systems.
  • Assisted Axispoint Technology Solutions Group with its acquisitions of ShoreGroup Solutions and HighStreet Network Solutions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Boasting an on-the-ground presence on both coasts and a particularly active team in Silicon Valley, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is very well known for its venture capital financing work, acting for roughly a fifth of US unicorn start-ups across a wide range of industry sectors. In addition to financing, the practice group has remained active in tech company M&A and buyout transactions, and . Key figures in the global tech transactions group are joint practice heads Daniel Yost in Silicon Valley ('highly experienced and client focused'), and New York-based Glynna Christian, who is rated by clients for her performance in notably high-stakes commercial negotiations and deals. Timothy Greene was promoted to partner in January 2019; he is also in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

Glynna Christian; Daniel Yost

Other key lawyers:

Anik Guha; Timothy Greene


Highly practical advice, deep experience, knowledgeable about Silicon Valley tech transactions practices. 

Daniel Yost is highly experienced, practical, very detail-oriented and client-focused.  Glynna Christian is great in high-stakes negotiations and deals.

Tim Greene is also highly experienced in enterprise SaaS and open source software issues (among other domains); responsive, takes an ownership approach to client matters. 

Key clients

Shopify, Inc


Verisign, Inc.

Vitech Systems Group, Inc.

Tesla Energy Inc. (Tesla Motors, Inc.)

Microsoft Corporation


Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Fulcrum Bioenergy

Flex 8 No Vital Connect, Inc.


Aptean, Inc.

Twist Bioscience Corporation









Upstart Holdings, Inc.

StreamSets, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised VeriSign, Inc., a global leader in domain names and internet security, on the sale of its security services product suite to Neustar, Inc., a leading global information services provider.
  • Advised Ottawa-based Shopify (a leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses) on its acquisition of Tictail, a Stockholm-based e-commerce online marketplace where independent sellers and emerging brands can open up shop.
  • Twist Bioscience Corporation, a leading bioscience company, in connection with a range of different commercial agreements and acquisition of Genome Compiler Corporation, an Israeli-based company providing software for genetic engineers, molecular and synthetic biologists.
  • Representing Flex, a leading manufacturing services provider to the world’s leading electronics companies, in connection with several commercial agreements with a number of companies.
  • Advising Tesla Motors, Inc. on global warranties and terms and condition matters in relation to Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for self-consumption of solar power generation, emergency backup power, load shifting and other applications.

Proskauer Rose LLP

The New York-based team at Proskauer Rose LLP regularly handles IT-related instructions from the media, retail and leisure industries, and has noted strength assisting an established client base of asset managers. The firm assists internet media company VerticalScope with a range of licensing, intellectual property and outsourcing agreements. Jeffrey Neuburger and Robert Freeman share leadership of the practice. Daryn Grossman, who was made managing partner in January 2020, is a key contact. Associate Wai Choy is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Daryn Grossman; Wai Choy

Key clients

Cox Communications

Component Assembly

The Eclipse Foundation




Henry Schein

Rockefeller Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cox Communications with the integration of Amazon Prime into its Contour pay TV platform.
  • Advises Rockefeller Capital Management on certain technology and outsourcing agreements.
  • Advising Component Assembly and construction industry analytics provider C/F Data on technology agreements.

Ropes & Gray LLP

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is noted for its strong capabilities in assisting a solid client base of private equity groups, telecoms companies and financial institutions; recent work includes representing advanced technologies provider OGSystems in its $300m acquisition by Parsons, a technology company focused on the defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure markets. Boston-based Edward Black shares leadership of the practice with Silicon Valley-based Andrew Thomases and Matthew Jacobson, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, is very experienced in M&A matters. In San Francisco, private equity expert Eric Issadore and transactional lawyer Paul Scrivano are also names to note.

Key clients

Bain Capital

Vista Equity Partners


Charlesbank Capital Partners


Work highlights

  • Assisted investment firm Silver Lake with its investment in software company EverCommerce, including the acquisition of an ownership stake in the company.
  • Advised Qorvo, a semiconductor company, on its acquisition of Active-Semi International, a private fabless supplier of programmable analog power solutions.
  • Assisting semiconductor supplier MACOM with establishing a joint venture with Chinese electronic components company Goertek for the development of certain semiconductor technology.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP handles joint venture mandates, intellectual property matters, and outsourcing and licensing agreements for media, financial services and retail entities. The group is advising Truepic, a photo and video verification platform, on IP issues concerning its image verification technology. The practice group is jointly headed by New York-based Daniel Schnapp, Brian Anderson in San Francisco and Michael Orlando in San Diego. Los Angeles-based Sidney Fohrman is noted for his expertise in media and entertainment sector mandates. James Gatto in Washington DC garners praise for his 'innate ability to understand, simplify, and protect complex technologies in cutting edge fields'.

Other key lawyers:

Sidney Fohrman; James Gatto


James Gatto has an innate ability to understand, simplify, and protect complex technologies in cutting edge fields‘.

Key clients






Sony Pictures

Geo AI


Work highlights

  • Assisted US-based healthcare revenue cycle management company R1 RCM with its outsourcing services agreement for the provision of end-to-end revenue cycle management services across Quorum Health Corporation’s 26 hospitals and outpatient centers in 14 states.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Television in the formation of a joint venture with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, involving the sale of the client’s streaming service Crackle.