Bonnie Chen
  1. Counsel

Ms. Chen is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the IP & Tech Transactions Group. She advises clients on intellectual property, technology and media-related issues arising from corporate and commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, licensing and development arrangements, joint ventures and collaborations, financings, restructurings and capital market offerings.

With a degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering, Ms. Chen has extensive experience in counseling pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a variety of transactions, including licensing agreements, research and development agreements, collaboration agreements and product and intellectual property acquisitions/divestitures.

She also regularly advises on intellectual property and technology matters for a wide range of clients including technology companies, media and telecommunication companies, financial institutions and fashion companies.

Ms. Chen has a particular focus on negotiating and drafting intellectual property and other commercial agreements, including licensing agreements, research and development agreements, manufacturing agreements, supply and distribution agreements and trademark co-existence agreements.

Work Highlights

  • Comcast's “put/call” agreement with The Walt Disney Company regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership interest in Hulu
  • The Ferrero Group's $1.3 billion acquisition of Kellogg Company’s cookie, fruit and fruit-flavored snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses
  • Roche’s acquisition of Tensha Therapeutics, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca’s acquisition of ZS Pharma
  • Shire’s sale of its mRNA platform to RaNA Therapeutics
  • IPOs of Editas Medicine and AC Immune
  • Tory Burch in connection with various internal licensing and design agreements
  • V.F. Corporation’s sale of its Contemporary Brands businesses to Delta Galil Industries
  • Solvay in connection with its buyout of its joint venture with Eastman Chemical Company
  • SS&C Technologies acquisition of Conifer Financial Services 

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2019-present
  • Associate, 2015-2019

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.S., Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2007
    • Dean's List
    • Public Service Award
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2011
    • Dean's List
    • George Washington Scholar
    • Thurgood Marshall Scholar
    • Member, George Washington International Law Review