Stephen provides strategic advice on technology and intellectual property matters to clients ranging from large publicly traded companies such as Amazon, Cisco Systems, Symantec and Goldman Sachs to startups across a broad range of emerging technologies. He has deep experience across several technologies and business models, including SaaS/Cloud, networking, security, open source, fintech, blockchain, autonomous transportation and mobility, and mobile content and messaging.

Technology Mergers and Acquisitions

Stephen has served as lead outside IP counsel for serial acquirers, buyers and sellers on hundreds of mergers and acquisitions worth billions of dollars, including many industry-defining deals.

Stephen has developed and helps his clients implement best practices for IP diligence, risk allocation and integration for technology M&A transactions. He also manages the IP aspects of complex technology divestitures and carveouts, including Symantec’s divestitures of its information management and website security solutions businesses, and Cisco System’s divestitures of its Linksys, consumer premises equipment and video solutions businesses.

Startup Guidance

Based on his extensive work in technology mergers and acquisitions, Stephen understands the issues that most concern investors and buyers and that can impact valuation. He applies that knowledge to help his earlier-stage clients develop, protect and monetize their technology and IP assets. He helps structure, draft and negotiate key technology and IP agreements, including:

  • IP and technology development
  • Procurement and licensing
  • Sales, distribution and marketing
  • Strategic alliances and business process outsourcing

He also conducts IP audits and helps his clients prepare for their initial public offerings.

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  • Representative Transactions
    • Concur’s $8.3B acquisition by SAP
    • GitHub’s $7.5B acquisition by Microsoft
    • SuccessFactors’ $3.4B acquisition by SAP
    • Fitbit’s $2.1B acquisition by Google
    • Facebook’s $2B acquisition of Oculus VR
    • Workday’s $1.55B acquisition of Adaptive Insights
    • General Motors’ acquisition of Cruise Automation
    • Multiple deals for Amazon
    • Multiple deals for Symantec, including:
      • Sale of its enterprise security assets to Broadcom for $10.7B
      • Sale of the Veritas information management business to The Carlyle Group for $7.4B
      • Merger with Blue Coat for $4.65B
      • Acquisition of LifeLock for $2.3B
    • Dozens of acquisitions for Cisco Systems, including:
      • NDS Group for $5B
      • AppDynamics for $3.7B
      • Sourcefire for $2.7B
      • Acacia Communications for $2.6B
      • Duo Security for $2.3B
      • BroadSoft for $1.9B
      • Meraki for $1.2B

Representative Clients

  • American Express
  • Cisco Systems
  • Goldman Sachs
  • NortonLifeLock
  • SuccessFactors
  • Voxer
  • Wificoin
  • Workday

Education & Admissions

Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley

Admitted to practice in California


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