Technology Transactions

A traditional financial services company has a digital product launch. A leading education company wants to license its technology. An automotive tech startup is ready to be acquired by a more established industry player.

Today, every company is a tech company. Our team assists public and private companies across sectors with their technology transactions. We help our clients develop, acquire, use, license and sell the technology, data and intellectual property that is integral to their business.

  • We’re a global team of 50+ lawyers who focus on Technology Transactions in 12 offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • We help companies across sectors, from technology, finance and energy, to retail, manufacturing, education, life sciences and transportation.
  • We represent dozens of mature technology companies, including Microsoft and Tesla. And, together with our Technology Companies Group practice, we advise more than 2,700 technology company clients, including 6 of the world’s 10 biggest tech companies.
  • As Technology Transactions often involve issues across practice areas, we have experience (and bring in colleagues when we don’t) with Intellectual Property; Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation; Insurance; International Trade and Compliance; Product Liability; Tax and Antitrust.
  • Commercial and Licensing Agreements

    Clients turn to us for help with structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements in industries such as consumer products, e-commerce and other online services, cloud computing, mobile applications, cleantech, energy, entertainment and digital media, automotive, retail, biotech, life sciences, and others. We have developed innovative commercial agreements for bleeding-edge software platforms invoking complex rights allocations, including machine- and deep-learning software platforms, 3D printing and wearable technologies, and various “as-a-service” structures. We also have substantial experience structuring complex license arrangements involving dual-licensed (i.e., open source and proprietary) software, and otherwise advising on open source policy development and compliance.

    Product Launches

    We have particular strength in advising on digital product launches and transitioning products and services to the cloud, where our advice covers privacy, IP and cybersecurity issues. We also have deep experience in handling projects for clients that are heavily regulated, with a particular emphasis on consumer protection.

    Focus on the Tech Sector

    As a firm focused on serving the tech sector, we know the trends in IT legal issues and strategic transactions. Our clients includes companies in cloud services, online services, clean technology, automotive technology, social networking, online and mobile payments, mobile applications and gaming.

    • Advised Tesla Motors, Inc., a leading American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures, and sells electric cars, electric vehicle powertrain components, and battery products, in connection with global warranties and terms & condition matters for 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.
    • Advised E&J Gallo Winery, a winery and distributor headquartered in Modesto, California, in a software licensing matter.
    • Advised 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.
    • Advised Planet Labs on its acquisition of Terra Bella Technologies (formerly known as SkySat) from Google
    • Advised Michelin in its acquisition of a telematics business from Fleetcor Technologies
    • Advised IronPlanet in its $758 million sale to Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, the world’s largest seller of heavy machinery
    • Advised SoFi on its $100 million acquisition of Zenbanx, a fintech mobile bank
    • Advised Redbird in its acquisition by Airware, creating an end-to-end enterprise solution for commercial drone operations
    • Advised Nervana, a leading developer of artificial intelligence software and hardware, in its sale to Intel.
    • Advised Flextronics, a leading manufacturing services provider to the world’s leading electronics companies, in connection with key commercial agreements.