Technology, Media & Telecommunications

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TMT companies and investors operate in dynamic markets subject to intense public and regulatory scrutiny. To address critical legal matters, Ropes & Gray works across practice areas to manage the many challenges of these fast-changing industries.

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“They have a keen understanding of legal issues, but are also both capable of and willing to dive into the complex technology issues associated with such matters.” U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
“This top firm has the experience and expert knowledge to handle all types of IP matters for leading clients in the science and technology industries.” Chambers USA
“Ropes & Gray's IP group covers the spectrum of litigation, prosecution and technology and IP-related transactional work.  Some of the biggest technology-driven and brand-reliant names in the world rely on the firm for work in all these areas, and the group's trial lawyers are season veterans of major litigations in the nation's most competitive jurisdictions.” Chambers USA

Overview

Ropes & Gray’s technology, media & telecommunications group consists of a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys with years of experience handling matters in the areas of technology transactions, M&A, data privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, finance, fintech, capital markets, antitrust, regulatory and tax.

Our lawyers combine extensive legal knowledge with a comprehensive understanding of the TMT market and the regulatory and political factors that can influence business decisions. We have deep expertise with both disruptive technologies and the more traditional technologies that support today’s digital economy.

Our TMT clients include both companies that develop, manufacture, service or sell technology goods and services, as well as investors and lenders who buy, sell and finance these organizations.

 We regularly advise TMT clients across the full gamut of TMT subsectors including automotive and aeronautical, consumer technology, energy technology, fintech, AI, big data, gaming, hardware, semiconductors, software, internet and e-commerce, media and telecommunications. 


Ropes & Gray’s award-winning TMT practice is regularly ranked among the world’s leading practices by high-profile publications such as U.S. News & World ReportLegal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 and Chambers USA 2017

  • Chambers Global 2019 – Ranked in the U.S. across technology-focused fields including “Intellectual Property: Patent” and “Corporate/M&A”.
  • Chambers USA 2019 – Nationally ranked as a leading firm across fields affecting technology clients including “Corporate/M&A: The Elite” and “Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare,” among others. Recognized regionally in technology-focused fields in California, New York and Massachusetts. Multiple lawyers recognized as leading attorneys.
  • The Legal 500 US 2019 – Ranked  nationally by across technology-focused practices including “Media, technology and telecoms: Cyber Law (including data privacy and data protection),” “Media, technology and telecoms: Data privacy and data protection,” “Technology Transactions: Fintech,” and “E-discovery.” Recognized for “Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts: M&A: large deals ($1bn+).”
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2019 – Named “Firm of the Year” for patent law. Ranked in the top tier nationally for information technology law and patent law, and recognized regionally in New York, California and Massachusetts for various technology-focused practices.
  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyers North America – In 2019, ranked number two among the industry’s best law firms. Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation practice was also cited for developing a software license that is transferable using a blockchain. Commended in the “Driving Value” category for advising Quantopian, a crowdsourced hedge fund.
  • The National Law Journal “Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazers” 2018 – Sarah Davidoff (hedge funds) named to this inaugural list of innovative attorneys.
  • The Daily Journal (California) 2018 – Gabrielle Higgins (IP litigation) named to its “Top IP Litigators in California.”
  • The Recorder(California) 2017 – Megan Baca (IP transactions) named to its “Women Leaders in Tech Law” list.

Capabilities

Our TMT group works with clients to address critical legal matters such as:

  • Early-stage investments, including planning, operations and regulatory issues
  • Designing founders’ arrangements and capital structures, as well as creating and implementing advisory boards
  • Developing intellectual property portfolios that protect patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intangible assets

TMT clients rely on Ropes & Gray to: 

  • Counsel on acquisitions, mergers or investments involving a technology business or business units, as well as execute spin-off, split-off or carve-out transactions
  • Advise on the establishment of commercial arrangements, joint development agreements and other strategic relationships
  • Execute initial and follow-on offerings, private placements, and other capital markets transactions
  • Provide counsel on structured financings, privatizations and other capital-raising ventures

Ropes & Gray’s industry-leading litigation practice represents TMT clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including:

  • Administrative proceedings, antitrust investigations and environmental compliance matters as well as matters regarding trade secrets and confidential information
  • A breadth of legal issues, such as regulatory and litigation matters, that affect technology-based systems and quantitative trading platforms
  • Civil and criminal investigations, as well as labor, employment and executive compensation matters
  • Data breach litigation
  • Consumer or financial institution class actions 
  • Administrative proceedings and government or internal investigations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Antitrust investigations, litigation and compliance
  • Patent and other IP litigation
  • Labor, employment and executive compensation matters

Experience

  • Bain Capital, as controlling consortium member, in connection with the approximately $18 billion (two trillion yen) acquisition and approximately $14 billion (1.5 trillion yen) acquisition and other financing for Toshiba Memory that was sold as a competitive auction. This transaction was awarded the 2018 “Japan Deal of the Year”, “M&A Deal of the Year” and the “Technology, Media & Telecommunications Deal of the Year” by the ALB, the “M&A deal of the year for North Asia” by the Asia Legal Awards, ranked as “One of the Top Global PE Deals of 2018” by Pitchbook, received standout recognition for innovation in managing complexity and scale by the Financial Times, and also was awarded the 2019 “Private Equity Deal of the Year” by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards.
  • Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman), Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics (E.D. Tex., D. Del., PTAB, Fed. Cir. Court of Appeals) – Representing Samsung in a long-running, multi-jurisdictional dispute relating to Imperium's (an NPE) assertion of three patents for image sensors and camera modules. In January 2019, we received a very favorable decision from the Federal Circuit, affirming the PTAB's findings that two patents are invalid and finding that the jury should have found the third patent invalid. In April 2019, the Third Circuit also vacated a dismissal order related to a breach of contract case brought against Imperium in Delaware.
  • Qorvo, Inc., a leading semiconductor company, in its acquisition of Active-Semi International, Inc. and its collaboration transaction with Zomedica Pharmaceuticals involving the use of Qorvo’s bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technology.
  • Baillie Gifford in its investment in Ant Financial Services Group, China’s biggest online payment platform.
  • Summit Partners, a global alternative investment firm, in its $1.2 billion sale of ABILITY Network, a leading cloud-based software-as-a-service health care technology company, to technology company Inovalon.
  • Decentralized Code Network (Deconet), a blockchain company, in intellectual property licensing matters.
  • Mentor Graphics Corporation, an electronic design automation company, in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Siemens AG.
  • Atlantic Media, Inc., a national media company that includes Quartz, National Journal Group, and Government Executive Media Group, in the sale of Quartz, a global business news outlet, to Uzabase, a Japanese business intelligence and media company which is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, for cash and Uzabase stock.
  • Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited et. al. – We represented IP Bridge in a multi-patent infringement litigation involving standard essential technology. After a jury trial in November 2018 in the District of Delaware, we secured a favorable verdict on behalf of our client.
  • OGSystems in its acquisition by Parsons. OGSystems provides advanced technologies for geospatial intelligence, big data analytics, and threat mitigation; its core defense and intelligence customers include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and Special Operations Command. 
  • Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al. v. Acceleration Bay (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) – Representing three global computer gaming companies, including Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic Arts, in challenging three patents through multiple petitions for inter partes review. The patents relate to broadcasting information in computer networks.
  • Flight Centre Group, one of the world’s largest travel agency operations, in a strategic investment and commercial agreement with The Upside Travel Company, a company that operates a corporate travel platform.
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