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Keren Livneh


New York

Keren Livneh


New York

Keren leads our U.S. Transactional IP practice and has broad experience spanning transactional, counseling, and contentious matters. She has significant experience negotiating the IP-related aspects of M&A and other commercial transactions, strategic and bankruptcy-related acquisitions, collaborations, debt and equity financing agreements, and licensing and software as a service (SaaS) arrangements across a variety of industries.

She advises clients on IP and data-related risks and exposure in potential acquisitions and divestures, and negotiates the use and ownership of background and jointly developed IP in service, collaboration and joint venture agreements. Keren also counsels on IP-related disputes, strategies and protections, and advises on data protection and privacy issues, including in relation to cloud computing and outsourcing arrangements.

Keren is ranked as one of the Top Women Attorneys in New York for Intellectual Property in The New York Times’ Rising Star listing (2014 to 2019) and presented Lawline’s “The ‘Art’ of the Deal: Navigating Transactional Intellectual Property Issues” webinar (see a clip here). Keren is also a member of ChIPs, a non-profit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy, as well as the firm-wide 'Women in IP' working group.

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Experience highlights


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2009

Admitted: Attorney, Republic of South Africa, 2005


LL.M., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University School of Law, 2008

LL.B., cum laude, University of the Witwatersrand, 2005

Other noteworthy experience 


  • Google in relation to its corporate client software product.
  • Hitachi on its $1.4 billion acquisition of JR Automation Technologies, an automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions company based in the US.
  • Sumo Group on its acquisition of Pipeworks, a US video games developer, for an enterprise value of up to $99.5 million.
  • Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm Group, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the central nervous system, on the acquisition of the assets and rights related to prescription brand Buccolam® for child epilepsy from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
  • Carlyle Investment Management in its role as sponsor for the design, construction and operation of an energy system to be installed at and used to power The New Terminal One at JFK Airport, which is one of the largest redevelopment projects in New Jersey’s history.
  • WillScot, a leading specialty rental services provider of innovative modular space and portable storage solutions, on its combination with Mobile Mini, a NASDAQ-listed provider of portable storage solutions, in a stock-for-stock merger, and related $2.4 billion asset-based revolving credit facility.
  • Associated British Foods on its acquisition of Anthony’s Goods, a leading digital-native brand in the natural and organic food space.
  • Louis Roederer, the French Champagne house, on its acquisition of California-based Diamond Creek Vineyards’ winery assets for $80 million.

Published work

  • Ridgway M., Parker N., Livneh K., Montano Young N. (2000) “The Role of IP in Digital Disruption”, Managing IP
  • Potts B., Stone D., Feldges J., Livneh K. (2019) “Practical Preparations for Brexit: A Global Perspective”, Managing IP
  • Livneh K., Reed J. (2019) “The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cybersecurity 2019”, USA (Chapter 35)
  • Livneh K. (2016) “What Hangs in the Balance in Microsoft’s Win Against the U.S. Government?”, Allen & Overy Digital Hub
  • Livneh K. (2016) “In a Privacy Paradigm Shift, Microsoft Sues the U.S. Government”, Allen & Overy Digital Hub
  • Regan S. (Editor in Chief) (2009) “The Sedona Conference International Overview of Discovery, Data Privacy & Disclosure Requirements”, A Project of the Sedona Conference Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure


Ranked as one of the Top Women Attorneys in New York for Intellectual Property

The New York Times’ Rising Star listing (2014 to 2021)