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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
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David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath.  He is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property, including intellectual property management and strategy, the development of global intellectual property norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation‑based assets. Mr. Kappos supports the Firm’s clients with a wide range of their most complex intellectual property issues, including those pertaining to blockchain and financial technology (FinTech) as well as data security and privacy.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP‘s combination of transactional and regulatory expertise has made it a compelling choice for some of the country’s largest banking and fintech operators. Corporate partner Scott Bennett has an extremely strong track record representing issuers and underwriters in related public and private securities offerings. The firm’s representation of the online trading platform Robinhood Markets in 2021 is demonstrative of its cross-practice approach to supporting clients. This included the company’s $1.9bn Nasdaq IPO, a $3.4bn private placement of convertible notes and warrants, and the successful dismissal of several lawsuits, led by litigation partner Kevin Orsini, concerning Robinhood’s decision to temporarily restrict trading during the volatile GamesStop short squeeze. The regulatory side of the practice was also boosted following the recruitment of financial services partner David Portilla from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Practice head and IP partner David Kappos is a key asset, working closely with corporate and regulatory partners on related blockchain and fintech issues.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

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.

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