Emily M. Karlberg (Lieberman)
Emily Karlberg (Lieberman) is counsel in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property transactions and technology, media & telecommunications groups. She focuses her practice on complex intellectual property, technology and privacy issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including business divisions, spinoffs, carve-out transactions and joint ventures. Emily works with clients across all stages of the business cycle and in a range of industries, including software, financial services, data, health care, media and educational technology.
Clients look to Emily for advice on a range of commercial agreements, including those covering licensing, services, partnership, sales, marketing and consulting. An important part of her practice involves counseling emerging growth clients on IP, privacy and technology matters arising from entity formation, corporate partnerships and other complex strategic transactions.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Emily practiced at international law firms in San Francisco and New York.
Emily’s experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray includes advising:
- Coupa Software in its $1.5 billion acquisition of LLamasoft, a supply-chain management provider.
- Hims & Hers Health, Inc. in its acquisition of online pharmaceutical company YoDerm, Inc.
- Kenna Security, Inc. in its sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Shapeways, Inc., a 3-D printing service provider, in its SPAC transaction with Galileo Acquisition Corp.
- ChargePoint, an electric vehicle infrastructure company, in its SPAC transaction with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation.
- Giphy, an animated gif search engine, in its sale to Facebook.
- Factual Inc., a location data company, in its merger with Foursquare Labs Inc.
- Flipkart Online Services in its $16 billion sale to Walmart Inc. and acquisition of eBay India technology assets.
- Vox Media in its acquisition of New York magazine.
- Kofile Technologies, a government IT provider, in its sale to Audax Private Equity.
- PerchHQ, an ecommerce company, in its license agreements and acquisitions of Amazon FBA businesses.
- DriveScale, Inc., a software company, in its sale and license of IP assets to Twitter.
- Cited, “Skilled in the Art: IP Laterals,” Law.com (January 14, 2022)
- Profiled, “Ropes & Gray Lands IP Attorneys in New York, San Francisco,” Law.com, New York Law Journal, and The Recorder (January 11, 2022)
- Speaker, “Acquisitions of Technology Companies,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter (February 8, 2022)
- JD, Columbia Law School, 2012; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Executive Director, Columbia Moot Court; Editor, Journal of European Law
- BA (History), Northwestern University, 2007
Admissions / Qualifications
- California, 2014
- New York, 2012
- Super Lawyers Rising Star (2020-2021)