Sarah Schaedler


San Francisco

Sarah Schaedler is the global chair of the Technology Transactions Group at Orrick.

Sarah’s practice focuses on structuring and negotiating the intellectual property aspects of complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business divestitures and commercial transactions where software and technology are the principal assets. Sarah also advises on intellectual property and technology contracts related questions in the context of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Sarah routinely advises on carve-outs and business separation transactions and helps clients with structuring and implementing their intellectual property and technology separation roadmap.

Sarah has counseled several companies in their preparation for a divestiture and understands the issues a buyer is focused on in the context of intellectual property matters. She regularly helps companies implement remediation steps around their intellectual property assets to help them to a successful closing.

She has significant experience advising private equity funds on investments involving companies that are driven by technology & innovation, as well as intellectual property reliant consumer product companies and companies that are stepping into digitalization.

Sarah is also a member of Orrick’s AI leadership group and involved in thought leadership projects related to AI matters on corporate transactions.

Educated and trained in Germany, France and the United States, Sarah’s international experience provides her with additional knowledge on cross-border transactions and international matters.

    • Aptean on its acquisition of Open Systems (2020), and other confidential non-public transactions.
    • Aria Energy in its de-SPAC business combination with Rice Acquisition Corporation and Archaea Energy (announced deal value $1.15 billion) (2021).
    • COVA Acquisition in its de-SPAC business combination with ECARX (announced deal value US$3.82 billion) (2022).
    • Kognitiv Corporation on its sale of Intelligent Shopper Solutions (2020).
    • Local Bounti on its de-SPAC business combination with Leo Holdings (announced deal value US$1.1 billion) (2021).
    • Pitney Bowes on its sale of Tacit Knowledge to Grid Dynamics (2021).
    • Reigning Champs on its US$200 Million sale to Endeavor (2021).
    • Sizewise on its US$230 Million acquisition by Agiliti (2021).
    • Trimble Navigation in its divestment of Time and Frequency, LOADRITE, Spectra Precision Tools and SECO accessories businesses to Precisional LLC, an affiliate of private equity firm The Jordan Company (2022), and several confidential non-public transactions.
    • True Wind Capital in its investment in W Energy Software (2022), and other confidential non-public strategic investments and acquisitions.
    • Turn/River Capital in the acquisitions of Redwood International Business Group BV (2021), Teli Communications (2021), PairSoft (2022), ActiveState Software (2020), and the sale of Invincti Security Corp (2021), and other confidential non-public transactions.
    • Workday in its acquisition of Zimit (2021) and VDNLY (announced deal value US$510 million) (2021).
    • Zynga in its acquisition of Chartboost (announced deal value US$250 million) (2021).