Internet of Things

As the Internet of Things brings connectivity to virtually everything, it is changing the way we interact and do business. The rapidly expanding quantities and types of data created, and the ways in which they are shared, create a host of business opportunities and legal challenges.

Client successes

  • Menlo Technologies in its acquisition of SSi Consulting, a leading financial management software (ERP) implementation and consulting firm.

  • Private equity firm GTCR in its acquisition of Sage Payment Solutions, the North American payments business of Sage Group.

  • CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and innovative cloud solutions, on its investment in and strategic collaboration with Virtual Clarity, a provider of ITaaS transformation strategy and leadership.

  • MSC Software and its majority stockholder Symphony Technology Group on Hexagon AB's agreement to acquire MSC for $834 million.

  • FairPoint Communications, a leading business and broadband solutions provider, in its $1.5 billion sale to Consolidated Communications.

  • MSC Software and its majority stockholder Symphony Technology Group on Hexagon AB's agreement to acquire MSC for $834 million.

  • Samsung Electronics in its $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries, Inc., the market leader in connected car solutions.

  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to Hewlett Packard Enterprise in connection with HPE’s $8.8 billion sale of its noncore software assets to London-listed Micro Focus International.

  • Brocade Communications Systems in its $1.2B acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, a deal structured as an exchange offer that drastically shortens the time required to close a transaction.

  • Airbnb, Inc. on a variety of financial services and transactional matters related to the expansion and operation of its business in numerous countries.

  • eBay in one of the most significant patent decisions of the past decade. We advised our client from trial through appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and ultimately obtained a unanimous 9-0 ruling in eBay’s favor, changing the standard for injunctive relief in all patent cases.

  • Samsung in establishing its mobile payment system platform, Samsung Pay, and negotiating payment systems agreements with all the major banks and credit card companies in the United States.

  • Zynga in the largest trade secret case in the history of social gaming. Our attorneys obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of Zynga, establishing, for the first time, that social game concepts and specific game mechanics can and do arise to the level of a protectable trade secret.

  • McKinsey & Co in outsourcing a cloud-based HR system to manage the entire lifecycle of applicants, employees, contractors, and alumni.

  • Facebook on multiple matters including domestic and international payments advice, as well as assisting with the development and offering of a person-to-person money remittance service through Facebook.

  • WorldVu Satellites Limited, also known as OneWeb, in a private placement in excess of $500 million to strategic partners including Qualcomm, the Virgin Group, Bharti, Airbus Group, Hughes Network Systems, Intelsat, Totalplay and The Coca-Cola Company, to fund the development of a satellite constellation to provide global access to the Internet.

  • PayPal on legal, regulatory, and operational issues regarding the establishment of a merchant cash advance program for small business customers based on the sale of future credit-card receivables.

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