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Adam Chernichaw


New York

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Adam Chernichaw


New York

Adam is a partner in the Technology Transactions practice in the New York office. Adam advises clients in structuring complex (and often innovative and transformative) commercial transactions to help execute their strategic goals.

He represents a variety of global businesses across a number of industry sectors including financial services, social media, life sciences, food services, commercial airlines, telecommunications, sports, hospitality and entertainment. For over twenty years, Adam has had a particular focus in the financial technology (fintech) sector, representing buy-side and sell-side institutions, users of fintech products and services, and companies seeking strategic alliances and product integrations.

Adam has extensive experience in information technology and business process outsourcings, cloud and "as a service" offerings, payment processing services (including BIN Sponsorship arrangements, P2P payments systems, and other payment services), mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. 

Noteworthy experience includes advising (includes previous firm experience):

  • Deutsche Bank AG. Advised Deutsche Bank on a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google Cloud aimed at accelerating the bank’s transition to cloud services and the co-innovation of new products and services.
  • Aramco Services and Saudi Aramco. Represented Aramco Services and Saudi Aramco for over a year, on a strategic outsourcing for systems integration, application development and maintenance for IT systems to run one of the largest integrated chemical facilities in the world. These facilities are currently being built as part of a recently announced US$20 billion Sadara Chemical Company joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. The transactions include four separate Framework Agreements covering the complete automation of the facilities and integration of the systems of the various facilities that are associated with the project.
  • Global Financial Institution. Represented a global financial institution in outsourcing certain human resources functions (such as recruitment processes, travel and entertainment services, background screening, commission payment and employee benefit plan administration) and "software as a service" transactions.
  • Grupo Bimbo. Represented an international baked goods company in one of the largest information technology outsourcing transactions for Latin America.
  • Verizon Wireless. Represented Verizon Wireless in connection with the "Softcard" joint venture, with other major wireless carriers, for the development of a wireless payment platform. Work included advising on the structure of technology and IP contributions, vendor selection and negotiation of the sourcing and licensing arrangements with the various parties engaged to build the platform, commercial terms and potential royalty and value streams, as well as the rights as between the venture and the participating carriers and third-party licensees.
  • Tribe Mobile. Represented Tribe Mobile in connection with its strategic partnership with the Virgin Group to launch Virgin as a branded mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the Latin American region.
  • Commercial airline. Represented a commercial airline in connection with outsourcing the building of a new wide area network to support its global reservation and passenger check-in system.

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, 1996

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York


JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1995

BA, State University of New York at Albany, 1991


Awards & accolades

Ranked Lawyer, FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

USA, Chambers USA, 2021

Ranked Lawyer, Nationwide Technology

Chambers USA 2021

Ranked Lawyer, New York Technology

Chambers USA 2021

Published work

  • Chernichaw, Petrasic, Shukla and Bronfrieund (2018) “The Year of Blockchain: Global Legal Framework Begins to take Form”, SA Financial Regulation Journal.
  • Chernichaw (2017), Introduction and Contributing Author for “Chambers 2017 Legal Developments in the Global FinTech Sector Guide"