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    Corporate & Securities - Technology


    “The most responsive, value added lawyers I have ever come in contact with... They don't waste any time or money and are the most pleasant people on the face of the earth.”

    -Chambers USA

    Pillsbury’s Corporate & Securities – Technology practice guides its technology clients through every stage of a company’s development, from incubating the idea to securing funding to IPO or exit and beyond. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, emerging growth companies and industry-leading multinationals rely on Pillsbury for advice on everything from formation to financing and corporate governance to cross-border acquisitions.

    For a bootstrapped startup, Pillsbury’s Technology team operates as a small-scale boutique. For a high-tech leader making a time-sensitive acquisition, we assemble a multidisciplinary team with deep experience. We provide the right lawyers for the specific needs of our clients, never overwhelming them with what they don’t need.

    Technology Specific Experience
    Pillsbury lawyers collaborate across practice areas in technology-focused teams structured to serve our clients’ diverse and unique needs.

    • Big Data
    • Gaming
    • Blockchain
    • Life Sciences and Health Care
    • Communications
    • Mobile
    • Cleantech
    • Renewable and Alternative Energy
    • Cloud
    • Semiconductors
    • Cybersecurity
    • Social Media
    • Defense and Aerospace
    • SaaS/Software
    • E-commerce
    • Software Defined Networks
    • Fintech

    Pillsbury’s attorneys encompass a diverse set of practice areas, including corporate, intellectual property, executive compensation, tax, licensing, global sourcing, government contracts, regulatory and litigation.

    Practice Highlights
    • Over 1,000 underwritten and other public offerings valued at more than $350 billion since 2000
    • 77 IPOs as both issuer and underwriters’ counsel – one of the leaders in the country
    • Over 50% of Pillsbury’s M&A activity involves technology companies
    • 2016 US News and World Report/Best Lawyers ranked Pillsbury as a Tier 1 firm for Venture Capital and Securities/Capital Markets law
    • 2015 Chambers Global recognized ten Pillsbury practices and 24 Pillsbury attorneys among the world’s top lawyers.
    • 2015 Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers ranked 38 Pillsbury practices and 98 individual lawyers. Fourteen Pillsbury practices honored were recognized as national in terms of reach and quality of offerings.
    • 2015 Legal 500 ranked 27 Pillsbury practices in its 2015 edition.
    • Pillsbury was named as a “go-to firm” in 2015 in the areas of Corporate, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Securities.
    • Pillsbury ranked fifth for the most U.S. IPOs handled by firms acting for issuer’s counsel in The American Lawyer’s 2013 Corporate Scorecard.
    • The M&A Advisor named Pillsbury as a 2014 winner for "Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year" in the Over $100 million to $1 billion category.

    Technology Transactions
    For most startups and younger companies in the tech arena, the value of their intellectual property far outstrips the book value of any tangible assets recorded in financial statements. In fact, for many of these companies, commercially driven, IP-derived transactions represent a primary avenue for growth.

    Securing the necessary IP ownership rights calls for affirmative protective steps that start on the very first day that the business plan for a new company is conceived. From forging that initial IP agreement among founders to the numerous confidentiality, IP ownership and licensing agreements a new company needs for every entity with which it interacts, Pillsbury’s Technology Transactions team has ample experience in helping transform intellectual property into market value.

    Our clients include companies across a broad spectrum of technologies and industries that are hardware manufacturers, software providers and some that are a bit of both.

    Every new technology can trigger a ripple effect of needed adjustments in even the most established types of agreements. Our attorneys look beyond the boilerplate, helping to highlight potentially advantageous changes to contract language for outbound licensing while helping neutralize potential risks that come with the adoption of new technologies and inbound licenses. Our deep involvement with the venture capital community and potential acquirers provides valuable insight as to those contract provisions that enhance investment attraction.

    Our attorneys help companies with the preparation and evaluation of:

    • Joint venture, strategic alliance and partnership agreements
    • Asset sales, acquisitions and spinouts
    • OEM, reseller and distribution agreements
    • NDA, EULA, TOS and privacy policies
    • University and research and development licenses
    • Consulting and service agreements
    • Technology transfer, licensing agreements
    • Marketing agreements
    • Government contracts
    • Online sales and service agreements for websites and mobile applications

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