The recent resurgence in M&A activity has included a number of high profile deals in the retail and consumer products industry. Whether the deals involve retailers with E-Commerce divisions or companies who focus exclusively on E-Commerce, the issues involved in these transactions differ dramatically from traditional brick and mortar M&A. This webcast focuses on the key legal issues involved in conducting due diligence, negotiating, signing and closing M&A deals in the E-Commerce space.
This is the fourth installment in a series of regular briefings to be hosted by members of Gibson Dunn's Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Group on corporate, litigation, intellectual property, tax and real estate topics of particular importance to these industries.
Rashida K. La Lande, is a corporate partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a member of the firm's Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Group. Ms. La Lande's corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and transactional private equity. She represents a wide spectrum of retail companies, manufacturing companies, retail advisory companies and private equity sponsors who invest in the retail and consumer products industries. She has written numerous articles for legal publications and participated in many panels relating to M&A topics, including most recently writing a Practice Note entitled "Private Equity Strategies for Exiting a Leverage Buyout" for The Practical Law Company.
David Kennedy is an intellectual property partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a member of the firm's Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Group. Mr. Kennedy specializes in intellectual property transactions involving software, semiconductor chip, Internet and other types of technologies or content. He regularly assists with intellectual property issues (including due diligence issues) arising out of merger and acquisition transactions and has substantial experience involving a wide range of distribution, supply and other commercial transactions or arrangements. He frequently participates in programs sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations and has contributed chapters or articles regarding intellectual property issues to a number of treatises, including Intellectual Property in Business Transactions. including Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, S L. Weakley, ed. (2008) and Intellectual Property in Business Organizations: Cases and Materials, Richard S. Gruner, Shubha Ghosh, Jay P. Kesan (2006).
Alexander H. Southwell, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn's Information Technology and Data Privacy practice group, is a partner in the firm's New York office. Mr. Southwell's practice focuses on counseling a variety of clients on privacy, information technology, data breach, theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, computer fraud, national security, and network and data security issues, including handling investigations, enforcement defense, and litigation. In particular, Mr. Southwell regularly advises companies victimized by cyber-crimes, advises on a wide range of corporate transactions in the technology arena, and counsels on issues under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and related federal and state statutes. Additionally, Mr. Southwell handles a range of white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement defense, internal investigations, compliance, and complex civil litigation matters. An experienced trial and appellate attorney, prior to joining the firm, Mr. Southwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
Lois F. Herzeca, Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn's Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Group, is a corporate partner in the firm's New York office. Ms. Herzeca's broad corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, licensing agreements, and joint ventures. She represents a wide spectrum of fashion designers, luxury goods companies, retail companies and manufacturing companies. She has written numerous articles for legal and financial publications, including most recently "Strategies for Allocating Long-Term Value in Fashion and Apparel License Agreements," for the May 2010 issue of Entertainment Law and Finance.
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