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TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS

Thompson Coburn’s technology transactions practice brings together a team of attorneys with diverse skill sets to assist clients in acquiring, licensing, developing, protecting, and monetizing technologies across many industries.

Our clients include large and established companies, both public and privately-held, as well as early stage startups, whose businesses span the spectrum of modern technology and intellectual property rights, including information technology, software development, healthcare, life science, food and agriculture, e-commerce, logistics, telecommunications, leasing, alternative energy, manufacturing, financial services, and defense and government.

We work with our client to address a broad range of issues including:

  • Joint ventures and corporate partnering
  • Procurement and outsourcing
  • Technology transfer and development
  • Licensing
  • Venture capital, private equity, and venture debt financing 
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Pre-litigation risk analysis 
  • Patent prosecution
  • Compensation and employment issues unique to tech
  • Data security
  • Federal, state and local taxation

We recognize that technology transactions play a significant role in driving value in nearly every aspect of our clients’ businesses. Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, many with technical backgrounds or in-house experience, collaborate with clients to grow and improve relationships with their business partners and customers, identifying and managing risk and regulatory considerations, and efficiently deploying resources.

We understand the business and technical issues our clients face and the competitive environment in which they operate, and we deliver a creative and practical problem-solving approach to help our clients achieve their objectives. Where appropriate, our team includes members of the Intellectual Property, Human Resources, Litigation, Cybersecurity, and other pertinent practice groups within the firm.

Our colleagues in the firm’s Lobbying & Policy group provide strategic advice on federal government relations and public policy. This enables technology clients to create a compelling message to the highest levels of government, work in coalitions with similar objectives, and identify legislative and regulatory trends.  

To enhance efficiency and collaboration, we use a number of project management and technology tools to increase our efficiency and collaboration with our clients. For matters that have an international component, we draw on a broad network of local counsel throughout the world to provide country-specific advice.

We advise licensors and licensees in transactions covering virtually every type of intellectual property asset, including patented technology, trademarks, software, copyrighted works, and know-how.

Our technology transactions attorneys work with clients to develop and commercialize intellectual property assets in corporate partnering, value-added reseller arrangements, and joint venture and co-development matters in many fields, such as life sciences, information technology, consumer products, infrastructure, and health care.   

Clients rely on us to structure and negotiate business process, information technology and other outsourcing and procurement transactions.

We have experience representing strategic buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions transactions involving technology assets. We also represent funders and issuers in venture investing and lending transactions, including established entities looking to acquire equity or debt of early stage technology companies as well as the issuers themselves.  Many of these transactions include a “corporate partnering” component along with the investment to establish a collaboration to develop and distribute technology.

Where required, our technology transactions work also involves colleagues whose practices focus on the prosecution and protection of intellectual property through registration and litigation; on hiring, retaining and compensating service providers; advising technology companies on the unique federal, state and local taxation issues that affect them; and working with clients on data security. 

Associate
St. Louis

Jesse assists corporate clients with a wide range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general business counseling.

Jesse assists corporate clients with a wide range of transactional matters,...

Jesse Doggendorf
Partner
Chicago

Barry serves as an advisor to publicly held and private companies as well as individuals involved in all types of complex transactions.

Barry serves as an advisor to publicly held and private companies as well a...

Barry Fischer
Partner
Chicago

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at each stage of their business.

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entreprene...

Matt Hafter
Partner
St. Louis

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of mechanical and electrical arts.

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent app...

Matt Himich
Partner
Chicago

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
New York

James serves as legal adviser to investors, entrepreneurs, investment advisers and investment bankers as they fund or invest in new companies, grow established private co...

James serves as legal adviser to investors, entrepreneurs, investment advis...

James Kardon
Partner
Chicago

David is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

David is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

David Kaufman
Partner
St. Louis

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Partner
St. Louis

Michele is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group and serves on the Firm's Management Committee.

Michele is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group a...

Michele Kloeppel
Associate
St. Louis

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general business counseling.

Sarah advises corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities law...

Sarah Larson
Partner
St. Louis

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.

Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides client...

Tom Litz
Associate
Chicago

Matthew represents public and private companies across the country on a wide range of corporate matters while providing comprehensive advice on corporate and business iss...

Matthew represents public and private companies across the country on a wid...

Matthew Misichko
Associate
St. Louis

Jaime assists clients with a variety of corporate and securities matters and financings.

Jaime assists clients with a variety of corporate and securities matters an...

Jaime Monte
Partner
Chicago

Clients look to Sartouk for counsel on how to advance their business goals through strategic and creative approaches to the protection and enforcement of their intellectu...

Clients look to Sartouk for counsel on how to advance their business goals ...

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
New York

Shoko helps companies protect their valuable brands in markets around the world through strategic trademark counseling and enforcement.

Shoko helps companies protect their valuable brands in markets around the w...

Shoko Naruo
Partner
Chicago

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them in federal courts across the United States.

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them...

Michael Parks
Partner
St. Louis

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies and service providers, with a focus on IP portfolio man...

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the worl...

Tom Polcyn
Partner
Los Angeles

Jennifer serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, institutions and companies, including entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and emerging companies,...

Jennifer serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, ins...

Jennifer Post
Partner
St. Louis

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the institutions and individuals that invest in them.

Chris is a valued strategic partner to emerging companies and the instituti...

Chris Reid
Partner
St. Louis

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and provides comprehensive counsel on licensing and technology transfer.

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and...

Steve Ritchey
Partner
St. Louis

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, marketing and business.

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, ...

Mark Sableman
Partner
Chicago

Jim serves as a trusted advisor to clients facing complex cybersecurity and privacy issues — particularly those in the country's most highly regulated industries.

Jim serves as a trusted advisor to clients facing complex cybersecurity and...

James Shreve
Partner
Los Angeles

Luke is an experienced commercial litigator who has successfully litigated commercial disputes of all types.

Luke is an experienced commercial litigator who has successfully litigated ...

Luke Sosnicki
Partner
Washington, D.C.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart
Partner
St. Louis

Fred is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

Fred is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

Fred Strasheim
Partner
St. Louis

Brent helps his clients navigate the complexities of mergers, acquisitions, financings, and other significant corporate transactions from initial negotiation through exec...

Brent helps his clients navigate the complexities of mergers, acquisitions,...

Brent Trame
Partner
Chicago

Nathan advises both buyers and sellers in a range of sophisticated M&A transactions, including private equity and strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and leveraged ...

Nathan advises both buyers and sellers in a range of sophisticated M&A ...

Nathan Viehl
Partner
St. Louis

Jennifer is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.
Partner
Los Angeles

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small- to mid-sized companies, as well as their principals, in a variety of industries.

Barry serves as a corporate strategist and outside general counsel to small...

Barry Weisz
Partner
Chicago

Described by one client as a highly effective "legal quarterback," Kevin handles a wide range of transactional and governance matters for corporate clients and financial ...

Described by one client as a highly effective "legal quarterback," Kevin ha...

Kevin Young