Bonnie Chen
  1. Counsel

Ms. Chen is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology 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

  • Davis Polk since 2015

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