The business of innovation is rewarding, driving productivity and economic growth and changing the way we live and work. But it is also highly competitive, requiring the conviction to develop nascent products, the creativity to amass market share, and the tenacity to safeguard pivotal IP assets. O’Melveny offers the complete suite of legal and business expertise to players in the technology arena, supporting growth at every stage of the corporate life cycle—from early-stage start-ups to multi-billion-dollar global enterprises.
Our lawyers are seasoned counsellors, most of whom have decades-long track records of helping technology companies secure success in the boardroom as well as in the courtroom. Noted for acting as true partners to our clients, we work to understand their products, business models, and corporate objectives. We feature particular strength in some of the hottest sectors across the industry, including cloud computing, enterprise software, consumer products and electronics, media and entertainment, efficient and sustainable technology, mobile, and semiconductors and capital equipment, as well as the emerging financial technology and “sharing economy” sectors.
The strongest validation of our commitment is the success of our clients—Legal 500 observes that “[O’Melveny’s] success in the sector is illustrated by the number of key clients that have risen from start-up status to major global brands."
Baihe Holding Corporation
O’Melveny represented online matchmaking site Baihe in its US$120 million sale to a Chinese buyer and the unwinding of its VIE structure to facilitate an A-share listing in China. Read
Dealertrack Technologies, Inc.
O’Melveny advised Dealertrack Technologies, Inc., a leader in software solutions and services for automotive retailers, in its US$4 billion sale to Cox Automotive, Inc. Read
O’Melveny successfully defended Giant Interactive, one of China’s leading online game developers and operators, in a shareholder class action seeking to enjoin Giant’s proposed going-private transaction, which O’Melveny also successfully handled. Read
When Honeywell’s US$5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc drew scrutiny from antitrust authorities around the world, O’Melveny lawyers worldwide mobilized to defend the transaction before the Federal Trade Commission, China’s Ministry of Commerce, and the European Commission. Read
O’Melveny has advised Kabam, the leader in free-to-play core gaming, in numerous transactions since its establishment in 2006, including all of its venture capital financings and all of its acquisitions. Read
O’Melveny represented the underwriters, led by Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC in the US$1 billion initial public offering of LendingClub Corporation (LendingClub) on the New York Stock Exchange. Read
O’Melveny represented the underwriters, led by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., RBC Capital Markets LLC and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc., in connection with a US$112 million primary and secondary offering of shares of common stock of LendingTree Inc. Read
O’Melveny represented MakerBot, a leader in desktop 3D printing, in its acquisition by Stratasys Ltd. Read
Mentor Graphics Corporation
O’Melveny secured another victory for Mentor Graphics Corp., a maker of electronic design automation software and hardware, when a Federal Circuit panel affirmed a US$36 million verdict and a permanent injunction against Synopsys Inc. in a long-running patent dispute. Read
O’Melveny has played a critical role in Microsemi’s growth, having handled some 15 deals for the chipmaker over the past eight years, including its successful US$2.5 billion cash-and-stock “deal jump” to acquire PMC-Sierra and its recent definitive agreement to divest a component of a board level systems and packaging business to Mercury Systems, Inc. for US$300 million. Read
NextVR, an innovative technology company, turned to O’Melveny to help raise US$80 million in a Series B funding round to broadcast live events in virtual reality. Read
Open Source Licensing
O’Melveny provides world-class advice and counseling on matters of open source software licensing and computer software copyright. Read
O’Melveny represented Priceline, a provider of online travel and travel-related reservation and search services, in its acquisition of Rocketmiles. Read
O’Melveny has represented private equity investor Rizvi Traverse on acquisitions and financings, including advising in 2015 on its US$800 million investment in SnapChat. Read
Second Circuit Privacy Case
A team of O’Melveny attorneys serving as amicus counsel helped achieve a major pro bono victory for privacy advocates and providers of cloud-based services when the Second Circuit, in a landmark decision, ruled that a warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) cannot compel US companies to produce data stored outside the country. Read
O’Melveny achieved a jury victory for Semtech subsidiary Triune Systems in trade secret litigation in Texas state court. Triune was the plaintiff in the complicated case, which covered more than 70 asserted trade secrets. Read
SK hynix Inc.
O’Melveny helped SK hynix Inc. (formerly Hynix Semiconductor) obtain a favorable settlement in long-running patent and antitrust litigation with Rambus, Inc. The 13-year dispute involved litigation on two continents, in multiple trial courts, multiple appellate proceedings and litigation before multiple agencies. Read
O’Melveny represents Yahoo! and a female executive, Maria Zhang, in a high-profile same-gender, quid pro quo sexual harassment case that has received wide-spread press coverage. Read
- Lookout Mobile Security
- Skyworks Solutions
- Verizon Communications