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Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Transactions 2018: Unique Legal Considerations

Speaker(s): Anne-Kathrin Kroemer, Carrie M. LeRoy, Jill Hubbard Bowman, Linda Shih, Lisa A. Fontenot, Susannah Wright
Recorded on: Mar. 15, 2018
PLI Program #: 240744

Carrie LeRoy advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property, technology and sourcing transactions, including development and license agreements, patent and other technology license agreements, outsourcing, joint ventures and strategic collaborations.

Clients benefit from Carrie's experience working within a range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology and cross-border transactions. Her extensive work for technology companies, including leading semiconductor, social media and information technology companies, involves advising on the intellectual property aspects of a range of complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset purchase, joint development and intellectual property divestitures. She also advises companies in the electronics, software, electronic storage, telecommunications, e-commerce and financial services sectors. She regularly handles a variety of commercial transactions, including original equipment manufacturer, reseller, distributor, sales representative, services, manufacturing and supply agreements. Another aspect of Carrie's practice includes intellectual property counseling, including with respect to the allocation of intellectual property ownership, protection and monetization of intellectual property rights, open source and data privacy.

Widely recognized as a leader in intellectual property transactions and an innovator in the industry, Carrie has been honored by a number of California's leading legal publications in recent years. In 2017, Carrie earned top ratings for her patent work from Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the world’s leading intellectual property business media platform. The Daily Journal recognized Carrie as one of its 2016 "California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year" for her cutting-edge work with regard to a highly complex technology transaction valued at $37 billion. That same year, she was also named to The Recorder's list of "Women Leaders in Tech Law." In 2015, she was selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of its "2015 Women of Influence," and in 2014, The Recorder presented her with an "Innovator Award" for a pro bono program she developed to educate teens on the laws relating to social media and technology usage.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Carrie was a partner at an international law firm. She has also worked in-house with Marvell Semiconductor as a senior intellectual property licensing attorney, where she negotiated and drafted a variety of inbound and outbound technology.

Linda Shih is Associate General Counsel for Intel Corporation's Internet of Things Group (IOTG), and has served as lead attorney for IOTG since its formation as a separate Intel business unit and $3B+ SEC reportable operating segment at the beginning of 2014. In addition, Linda has also served as General Counsel of Intel's Automated Driving Group (ADG) since it was formed as a separate business unit in 2016 to focus on autonomous driving (self-driving) cars. Linda is also lead attorney liaison for Mobileye (an Intel subsidiary focused on autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems). In these roles, Linda supports the SVPs of IOTG and ADG, and leads a worldwide team of lawyers and legal professionals who enable IOTG and ADG to grow Intel's presence in these fast-growing fields.

Linda received her B.A. from Cornell University, and her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She practiced in San Francisco, CA as an associate attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as in the area of corporate securities and governance, and as an associate attorney at Cooley LLP in the area of technology transactions.

Anne-Kathrin Kroemer is Director of Legal at Rubrik, Inc. where she negotiates complex transactions, manages corporate compliance matters and oversees all aspects of Rubrik’s legal operations. As Rubrik’s first in-house lawyer, she built out the legal team and established a privacy program.

Prior to Rubrik, Anne-Kathrin held various in-house legal roles at companies in the Bay Area after working at Skadden Arps LLP as a corporate associate.

She periodically lectures at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of Vienna Law School.

Anne-Kathrin graduated from Stanford Law School and the University of Vienna Law School.

Jill Hubbard Bowman leads and collaborates with cross-functional and cross-geo teams at Intel on intellectual property law strategy and complex licensing issues. Jill is chief IP counsel for the Intel's Internet of Things Group and the Automated Driving Group. Jill has been focusing on IPR issues for autonomous vehicles. She also leads Intel's Technology Licensing Practice Group. Jill is known for teaching fun programs on hard topics like IP rights indemnity and patent exhaustion. Jill also facilitates worldwide women's leadership workshops focused on overcoming gendered, career-limiting beliefs. Jill is a registered patent attorney and loves new, new technology and science.

Lisa A. Fontenot has advised clients as to mergers, acquisitions and investments involving technology companies for over two decades.

Ms. Fontenot was named a 2016 Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder – San Francisco, is recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is on the shortlist for the "Best in Media and Entertainment" Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Award 2017.

She counsels clients across a variety of industries, including some of the world’s leading technology companies and innovative startups, with particular expertise in the media, entertainment and technology sector. Ms. Fontenot counsels on issues ranging from securities disclosure and governance to strategic matters, including public and private M&A. She has extensive experience representing both U.S. and foreign buyers and sellers successfully completing cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. Ms. Fontenot also represents private equity/venture capital investors in connection with their investment in, and equity dispositions of, portfolio companies and related securities matters.

Ms. Fontenot is Editor of A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules (Wolters Kluwer) and author of the chapter "Audit Committee Disclosures." She appears regularly as a speaker at continuing legal education programs about securities, governance and transactional matters. 

Ms. Fontenot serves on the Board of Directors of UPWARD, a nonprofit seeking to accelerate career advancement for senior professional women, and Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement, Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Fontenot received her J.D., Order of the Coif, and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

As Credit Karma's Chief Legal Officer, Susannah Wright manages all legal matters at the company, including corporate, regulatory, consumer protection, compliance and government affairs. Susannah joined in June 2017 as Credit Karma's first chief legal officer as the company continues to expand rapidly, increasing both its member base and service offerings.

A former prosecutor, Susannah was previously Associate General Counsel at Tesla, where she built and led Tesla's compliance department, following Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity. Prior to that, Susannah spent over three years as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Compliance at SolarCity, where she created the company's compliance department and advised on on regulatory and compliance matters, including consumer protection, data privacy and security, safety, licensing, product, trade, and internal investigations. Prior to joining SolarCity, Susannah was an attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP where she focused on government investigations, crisis management and data privacy. She previously served as a senior assistant district attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.

Susannah is an alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law and Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude.