Pritesh P. Shah
  1. Partner

Mr. Shah is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Intellectual Property and Technology 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

Recent Representations
  • GE in connection with the merger of GE Transportation and Wabtec Corporation
  • Emerson in connection with its acquisition of Textron’s tools and test equipment business and its acquisition of Paradigm and the Valves & Controls Business from Pentair 
  • Heineken in connection with its strategic partnership and licensing agreement with China Resources
  • FMC Corporation in connection with the separation of its lithium division into a new publicly traded company, to be called Livent Corporation
  • on its collaboration agreement with and investment in XpresSpa Group
  • IHS Markit in connection with its acquisition of Ipreo
  • MSCI in connection with the sale of InvestorForce and the sale of Financial Engineering Associates
  • Ferrero in connection with its acquisition of Nestle’s U.S. Confectionary Business
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on the formation of its Global Enterprise Tax Solutions Group comprised of the former GE Tax Group
  • Suez on its acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies
  • NICE Systems on its acquisition of inContact
  • Heineken on its acquisition of Brasil Kirin Holding S.A. from Kirin Holdings Company
  • ADP on its acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company
  • Comcast on the strategic investment by NBCUniversal in BuzzFeed
  • NBCUniversal in connection with its approximately $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation
  • Lockheed Martin in connection with its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft
  • RTL Group SA in connection with the Series B round of financing in clypd
  • MasterCard on its acquisition of VocaLink and acquisitions of Applied Predictive Technologies and 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
  • L Brands in connection with various international licensing, distribution and supply arrangements for Victoria’s Secret and other portfolio brands
  • PwC in connection with its global collaboration with Google in the enterprise solutions area
  • Solvay in connection its acquisition of Cytec Industries and buyout of its joint venture with Eastman Chemical Company
  • Aetna on its acquisition of bswift and proposed acquisition of Humana
  • Bertelsmann in connection with the creation of the world’s largest trade book publishing company, Penguin Random House
  • NBCUniversal in connection with its acquisition of Microsoft Corporation’s 50% share of the MSNBC Digital Network joint venture
  • Comcast in connection with the sale of advance wireless service spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless and other commercial agreements, including the creation of a technology joint venture
  • 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
  • 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
  • Technip’s acquisition of Stone & Webster Process Technologies and associated oil and gas engineering capabilities from The Shaw Group
  • TE Connectivity on its acquisitions of Creganna Medical Group, Measurement Specialties, and the SEACON group
  • 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


  • Legal 500 U.S. – Technology: Transactions, Next Generation Lawyer
  • New York Law Journal – Rising Star, 2019

Of Note

  • Member, Board of Directors, iCivics, Inc

Professional History

  • Partner, 2015
  • Associate, 2008-2015

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • 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