Mr Derek Roach > McGuireWoods LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

McGuireWoods LLP
SUITE 4100
United States
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Derek’s practice focuses on information technology law, with an emphasis on technology transactions and outsourcings. He has extensive experience representing clients in large-scale technology and telecommunications projects, including multimillion-dollar technology licensing, procurement, development and integration projects. His representative transactions include ERP system integrations, multinational software and information content licensing, and public safety systems development and support. In addition, he counsels on Internet and e-commerce initiatives, software development and open-source issues, and confidentiality and intellectual property considerations. Derek’s outsourcing experience includes traditional and business process outsourcings, both onshore and offshore. He has represented private- and public-sector clients in their outsourcing initiatives, including state governments, foreign and domestic telecommunications providers, and companies in the publishing, transportation and energy sectors. Representative transactions include call center outsourcings, whole-enterprise IT outsourcings, software applications support and development outsourcings, and outsourcings of back-office systems. He also counsels technology-related startup companies through their entire life cycle, from initial formation and entity selection through successful exit strategies, including IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He represents individuals and companies obtaining (or providing) angel, seed-stage, and venture capital financing, and counsels on, among other things, equity compensation, noncompete issues, and other considerations for entrepreneurs. In 2010, Derek was named a leading lawyer in media, technology and telecoms (technology: transactions) in The Legal 500 United States guide.


Member, International Technology Law Association


The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1999; Illinois Wesleyan University, BA, magna cum laude, 1996

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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

McGuireWoods LLP handles the negotiation of outsourcing agreements, assists with data privacy aspects of outsourcing transactions and advises on information technology and business process outsourcing. Charlotte-based Rakesh Gopalan advised Top RX, a distributor of generic pharmaceuticals, on its engagements with cloud platform Evolve IP, which aims to revamp and outsource elements of the client’s technology assets to external data centers and eliminate technological redundancies. Contacts in the Chicago office include Derek A. Roach and Steve Gold, who acts as chair of the technology and outsourcing practice group.