Melanie advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity considerations at all stages of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings, financings, and licensing agreements. In all kinds of corporate deals, Melanie advises clients on all aspects of data sharing during due diligence, structuring transactions, evaluating target compliance, and strategic planning for integration planning and beyond.
Melanie works closely with clients on privacy issues throughout their lifecycle, from initial policies and website terms of service to data transfer and licensing agreements for corporate transactions across a wide range of tech and life science industries. Clients depend on her deal-making experience and deep knowledge of tech-related M&A for their most strategic transactions. Melanie also advises clients on compliance with domestic and international data privacy regulations, such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Prior to joining Fenwick, Melanie was a senior associate at Simpson Thacher where, among many deals, she advised Blackstone in its acquisition of Bumble’s parent company and advised Bumble in its subsequent $2.5 billion IPO. She also advised TransUnion in its $515 million acquisition of Verisk Financial Services. In the adtech space, Melanie advised Blackstone on numerous deals, including its investments in Liftoff, Vungle, JetFuel, and GameRefinery.
At Columbia Law School, Melanie was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a member of the Columbia Business Law Review, and recipient of the Michael D. Remer Memorial Award for achievement in arts and copyright law.