Pritesh P. Shah
  1. Partner

Mr. Shah is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the IP & Tech Transactions Group. His practice focuses on providing advice and strategic counseling to technology, media and telecommunication companies, consumer product and fashion companies, fintech companies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and private equity and other investors on the intellectual property, data privacy, and technology aspects of a wide variety of transactions, including in connection with strategic commercial and licensing agreements, acquisitions/divestitures, mergers, spinoffs, joint ventures, and other development and collaboration arrangements.

His experience includes drafting, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of intellectual property, data privacy and technology related transactions, including software, algorithm and mobile application development, licensing and distribution agreements, data monetization and exploitation arrangements, AI and machine learning agreements, research and collaboration agreements, product manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements, web traffic and web search agreements, e-commerce and website operation agreements, information technology outsourcing and services arrangements, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and IoT connectivity agreements, franchise and agency agreements, sponsorship and marketing arrangements, cable distribution and affiliation agreements, trademark license and co-existence agreements, patent acquisition and cross-license arrangements, copyright and programming rights agreements and other strategic intellectual property, data privacy and technology related commercial exploitation arrangements.

Work Highlights

SPAC Technology Representations

  • Doma on its combination with Capitol Investment Corp. V
  • MoneyLion on its combination with Fusion Acquisition Corp.
  • VG Acquisition Corp. on its combination with 23andMe
  • Payoneer on its combination with FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp.
  • PLAYSTUDIOS on its combination with Acies Acquisition Corp.
  • Taboola on its combination with ION Acquisition Corp. 1 Ltd.
  • Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. on its combination with WM Holding Company, the parent company of Weedmaps

TMT Representations

  • Comcast on its:
    • acquisition of Deep Blue Communications
    • strategic investment by NBCUniversal in BuzzFeed
    • sale of advance wireless service spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless and other commercial agreements, including the creation of a technology joint venture
  • NBCUniversal on its:
    • acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
    • acquisition of Microsoft Corporation’s 50% share of the MSNBC Digital Network joint venture 
  • FreeWheel, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, on its acquisition of BeeswaxIO Corporation
  • Reliance Industries Limited and Jio Platforms Limited on:
    • Facebook’s proposed investment into Jio Platforms and related commercial partnership agreement between Jio Platforms, Reliance Retail Limited and WhatsApp
    • Google’s proposed investment into Jio Platforms and related commercial partnership agreement between Jio Platforms and Google
  • Tencent Music on its acquisition of a 10% equity stake in Universal Music Group 
  • Pivotal Software on its acquisition by VMware
  • Taboola on its merger with Outbrain
  • Roper Technologies on its acquisition of iPipeline
  • Millicom on its acquisition of Telefónica assets in Panamá, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • Calm.com on its collaboration agreement with and investment in XpresSpa Group
  • NICE Systems on its acquisition of inContact
  • RTL Group SA in connection with the Series B round of financing in clypd
  • PwC in connection with its global collaboration with Google in the enterprise solutions area
  • Bertelsmann in connection with the creation of the world’s largest trade book publishing company, Penguin Random House
  • Baidu’s acquisition of the online video business of PPStream
  • ARM’s acquisition of rights to MIPS Technology’s patent portfolio
  • Symantec in connection with its acquisition of the authentication and identity security business of VeriSign
  • TE Connectivity on its acquisitions of Creganna Medical Group, Measurement Specialties, and the SEACON group

Consumer Products Representations

  • L Brands on its:
    • separation of Victoria’s Secret
    • various international licensing, distribution and supply arrangements for Victoria’s Secret and other portfolio brands
  • Heineken on its:
    • strategic partnership and licensing agreement with China Resources
    • acquisition of Brasil Kirin Holding S.A. from Kirin Holdings Company
  • Sycamore Partners on its acquisition of the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey brands from Ascena Retail Group
  • Ferrero on its acquisition of Nestle’s U.S. Confectionary Business
  • Olam Food Ingredients on its acquisition Olde Thompson
  • Hudson Group on its:
    • acquisition of the operations of Brookstone's airport stores
    • controlling stake in the assets of OHM Concession Group, a food and beverage concessions operator
  • EF Education First on the proposed investment by Permira Funds in EF Kids & Teens business headquartered in Switzerland with schools in China and Indonesia
  • Cornell Capital’s Corelle Brands on its merger with Instant Brands
  • Nutrisystem on its acquisition by Tivity Health

Fintech and Financial Services Representations

  • IHS Markit on its:
    • pending $44 billion merger with S&P Global
    • 50/50 joint venture with CME Group to combine post-trade services
    • acquisition of Ipreo
  • Galaxy Digital on its acquisition of BitGo and U.S. listing
  • S&P Global on its sale of SPIAS
  • cxLoyalty on the sale of its Global Loyalty division to JPMorgan Chase
  • MSCI in connection with the sale of InvestorForce and the sale of Financial Engineering Associates
  • ADP on its acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on the formation of its Global Enterprise Tax Solutions Group comprised of the former GE Tax Group
  • MasterCard on its:
    • acquisition of VocaLink
    • acquisition of Applied Predictive Technologies
    • acquisition of the Payment Gateway Services Business of Transaction Network Services
  • SS&C Technologies in connection with its acquisition of Citigroup’s Alternative Investor Services business
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with the sale of its Global Oil Merchanting business

Industrials Representations

  • FirstGroup on its sale of First Student and First Transit to EQT Infrastructure
  • GE on the merger of GE Transportation and Wabtec Corporation
  • Emerson on its acquisition of Textron’s tools and test equipment business and its acquisition of Paradigm and the Valves & Controls Business from Pentair
  • Brookfield Business Partners on its $13.2 billion acquisition of the Power Solutions business of Johnson Controls
  • Raytheon Technologies on its sale of Forcepoint to Francisco Partners 
  • FMC Corporation on the separation of its lithium division into a new publicly traded company, to be called Livent Corporation
  • Suez on its acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Lockheed Martin on its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Solvay on its acquisition of Cytec Industries and buyout of its joint venture with Eastman Chemical Company
  • Technip on its acquisition of Stone & Webster Process Technologies and associated oil and gas engineering capabilities from The Shaw Group

Healthcare Representations

  • Pfizer on the combination of Upjohn with Mylan
  • Amwell in connection with its multi-year, strategic partnership with Google Cloud to deliver transformative telehealth solutions across the global healthcare ecosystem
  • Signify Health on its acquisition of PatientBlox
  • Aetna on its acquisition of bswift and proposed acquisition of Humana
  • Shire in connection with its acquisitions of Lumena, SARcode Bioscience and ViroPharma
  • Roche in connection with its acquisition of IQuum and its partnership with Spero Therapeutics
  • TPG Capital on its acquisition of Convey Health Solutions

Ongoing intellectual property advice and counseling for a number of pro bono clients, including Sandra Day O’Connor’s Our Courts/iCivics Project and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

 

Recognition

  • Legal 500 U.S. – Technology Transactions, Next Generation Partner, 2020
  • New York Law Journal – "Rising Star," 2019

Of Note

  • Member, Board of Directors, iCivics, Inc

Professional History

  • Partner, 2015-present
  • Associate, 2008-2015

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.S., Mass Media, New York University, 2005
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2008
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Managing Editor, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts