Baker Botts lawyers are skilled at analyzing technological issues that impact business decisions such as the need for intellectual property licensing agreements or information technology sourcing contracts, or the ability to finance technology projects through credit and equity markets.
Our lawyers together hold more than 150 specialized or advanced degrees in:
- Computer science
This affords us an unmatched depth of industry knowledge. In short, our lawyers speak and understand the language of their respective fields which allows them to communicate in terms that can be understood by those involved in the decision-making process: boardroom executives, judges, juries, lawyers, technical staff, regulators, financial institutions, venture capitalists and shareholders. This also enables Baker Botts lawyers to quickly grasp technical nuances that often heavily influence the outcome of disputes and transactions.
We understand technology industry hot button issues. We appreciate the importance of:
- Risk mitigation strategies
- The frequent preference for purchase price adjustments, earnouts and structures to defer payment of a portion of the purchase price
- Conducting source code reviews on core technology within the broader IP diligence
- Conducting reviews of the target’s significant customer contracts
- Designing effective employee retention packages
- Planning for, and executing, effective post-merger integration
Technology industry experience encompasses all aspects of sales, acquisition, licensing and other arrangements that help maximize the value of our clients’ innovations. The firm routinely solves complex problems when clients encounter issues that mix intellectual property law with commercial transactions. Understanding the technologies involved in clients’ assets, firm lawyers are able to use transactional know-how to develop strategies that create or add value to clients’ portfolios.
- One of Baker Botts’ competitive strengths is our experience over a 20 year span in representing technology industry leaders in M&A transactions. Our understanding of the nature of the target’s underlying business enhances our ability to add value through different transaction design, diligence and execution approaches. For example, different strategies are required when the principal assets of a high-tech company’s acquisition target consist of software or other strategic technology including developers or other key personnel.
We have a deep understanding of the industries we serve and that knowledge provides us with the ability to deliver better solutions.