Mr John Lynn > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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John Lynn co-leads Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions Practice and heads the practice on the West Coast out of the San Francisco office. John’s practice focuses on the acquisition, financing and sale of intellectual property and technology-focused businesses, particularly in the software and high technology fields. John is on the forefront of understanding the complex relationships between intellectual property and technology, on the one hand, and business matters and risk, on the other hand. John’s practice focuses on efficiently understanding and addressing client needs and monitoring and advising on risk, and focusing on changes in the legal and business markets that affect technology and intellectual property.

John works on a wide variety of matters in which intellectual property, information technology and data protection play a key role, including private equity matters and other mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; financings and secured lending matters; and bankruptcies and restructurings. In addition John assists clients in connection with joint ventures and strategic alliances; intellectual property and technology transfers, licenses, and development agreements; royalty buy-outs; data transfer and license arrangements; and other commercial contracts (such as supply, distribution, and service agreements).

Before moving to the San Francisco office of Kirkland, John was a partner in Kirkland’s New York office.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

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.