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Pritesh P. Shah

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, financial institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and private equity and other investors on the intellectual property and technology aspects of a wide variety of transactions, including in connection with acquisitions/divestitures, mergers, spinoffs, joint ventures, development and collaboration arrangements and other strategic commercial and licensing agreements.

His experience includes drafting, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of intellectual property and technology related transactions, including software and mobile application development, licensing and distribution 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 and technology related commercial exploitation arrangements.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Ferrero in connection with its acquisition of Nestle’s U.S. Confectionary Business
  • Emerson in connection with its acquisition of Paradigm and the Valves & Controls Business from Pentair 
  • 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

Professional History

  • Partner, 2015
  • Associate, 2008-2015


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4147
    F: +1 212 701 5147

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