Orrick has advised Ford Next, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), in the creation of Canopy, a joint venture with ADT Inc. (NYSE:ADT). The joint venture combines ADT’s professional security monitoring and Ford’s AI-driven video camera technology to help customers strengthen security of vehicles across automotive brands.
Canopy plans to launch industry-first, multi-sensor security systems with professional monitoring early next year. The first products to be manufactured and sold will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. for the industry’s highest-volume commercial and retail pickups and vans – including the Ford F-150, F-150 Lightning, Transit vans and E-Transit – and will be easily installable by customers.
The Orrick team advising Ford on the joint venture was led by Colleen McDuffie, Danny Lopez, Max Hyatt and Jose Lamarque, and includes Beth Goldman, Adam Zuro, Peter Elias, Jason Flaherty, Michael Wiesner, Douglas Lahnborg, Betsy Wang, Julie Totten, Shannon Yavorsky, Nicola Whiteley, Alex Sobolev, Seth Reagan, Matthew Rose, Jennifer Clark-Smith, James Hall, Charlotte Oliver and Ashlie Smith.