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Daren Orzechowski

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

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Daren Orzechowski

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

Daren is the global co-head of the firm’s Technology practice. He is a partner in the Silicon Valley office focusing on M&A and technology transactions. For more than 20 years, Daren has represented clients from a variety of industries in connection with their most important strategic intellectual property, data and technology-focused transactions.

He regularly counsels clients in connection with M&A and IP strategy and licensing matters.

Daren is recognized as a top technology deal lawyer both in Silicon Valley, where he is based, and globally. He has handled matters relating to a wide variety of technologies, including cloud computing and software-as-a-service offerings, drones, autonomous vehicles, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, social media, infrastructure and platform technologies, blockchain, and augmented and virtual reality related technologies. This experience provides him with a broad perspective that is essential to analyzing difficult legal issues related to new and emerging technologies. He is ranked by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, and IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Private equity and venture capital investors as well as large corporate and start-up clients seek Daren's advice regarding transactions involving the acquisition, development and licensing of intellectual property, software, hardware and data. Daren has also assisted clients in forming new funds for investment into the technology industry. He has an extensive track record in M&A, strategic alliances, outsourcing, and licensing arrangements, as well as day-to-day operational matters ranging from product development to supply chain issues for devices and cloud-based solutions. He regularly handles complex international joint ventures and corporate transactions and projects related to digitization and information technology.

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Experience highlights

Office

Silicon Valley

550 High Street, Second Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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San Francisco

140 New Montgomery
San Francisco
CA 94105

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: State Bar of California, 2018

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2000

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

US Supreme Court

Academic

JD, Fordham University School of Law, 1999

BA, Tufts University, 1996

Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

  • Zendesk in connection with various transactions, including its acquisition of Klaus, a provider of a leading AI-powered service quality management platform.
  • Aidentyx, a provider of smart manufacturing asset performance management software products, in connection with its formation and spinoff from BIStelligence.
  • Bain Capital Ventures in connection with various venture capital investment transactions.
  • Slack regarding various technology transactions: Slack, in connection with various technology transactions, involving its products and infrastructure, data privacy and policy matters, and customer contracts and terms of use, including transactions with key partners such as Amazon Web Services and IBM.
  • EchoStar Corp., in connection with various transactions, including a spin-off of certain technology and infrastructure assets relating to satellites and set-top boxes, and separating such business from its DISH Network consumer pay-TV business; and an exchange of its EchoStar Technologies businesses for the Hughes Retail Group tracking stock owned by DISH Network Corp., which was effectively a carve-out M&A transaction involving the cross-licensing of valuable intellectual property and information technology assets.
  • Salesforce, in connection with various transactions ranging from alliances with data provider partners to M&A transactions.
  • Baring Private Equity Asia and its portfolio company, Prometric, on its acquisition of Academic Merit (DBA Finetune Learning), a leading innovator in artificial intelligence-assisted education and workforce software tools.
  • Pegasus Capital in its acquisition of a significant equity interest in Six Senses Group, a luxury resort and spa management and development company, which manages resorts and spas under the brand names Soneva, Six Senses and Evason and Six Senses Sanctuary.
  • Iconix Brand Group, Inc., a brand management company, in a variety of transactions including an acquisition of the UMBRO brand from Nike, Inc.; sale of its entertainment division, which included the rights to Peanuts, including content featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and other well-known characters, and Strawberry Shortcake and its related characters, to DHX Media Ltd.; sale of its SHARPER IMAGE business.; a transaction with Madonna resulting in the creation of a MATERIAL GIRL-branded line of clothing and a creation of a joint venture with a Hong Kong-based company to expand Iconix's business in Asia.
  • Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, in a number of transactions including an acquisition of myNEXUS Inc., a post-acute benefits management company focused on delivering innovative home and community-based product offerings; an acquisition of InnovaCare Health, L.P.’s Puerto Rico-based subsidiaries, including MMM Holdings, LLC, one of the fastest-growing vertically integrated healthcare organizations in the United States; an acquisition of Beacon Health Options, the largest independently held behavioral health organization in the United States, from Bain Capital Private Equity; an acquisition of Aspire Health, Inc., the nation’s largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care provider; a sale of 1-800 CONTACTS, INC., a leading contact lens retailer, to Thomas H. Lee Partners; its related sale of 1-800 CONTACTS' glasses.com business to Luxottica; and a sale of its pharmacy benefit management business to Express Scripts, Inc.

Pro bono 

  • The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation advising in connection with various trademark and commercial contracting matters.
  • Myeloma Investment Fund in connection with various philanthropic venture capital investment transactions, including investments into Cullinan MICA, Indapta Therapeutics, and Fortis Therapeutics.
 

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Band 2, Technology Transactions, California

Chambers USA, 2020-2023

Leading Lawyer, Technology Transactions

The Legal 500 US, 2021-2022

IAM Strategy 300

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), 2020-2022