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Mehdi Ansari


Mehdi Ansari

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Mehdi Ansari is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s General Practice Group. Mr. Ansari’s practice focuses on advising clients on a wide range of transactions involving technology and intellectual property, including mergers and acquisitions, licenses, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, research and development agreements, settlements and strategic advice. He represents clients in a wide range of industries, including consumer and retail, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, and technology, media and telecommunications.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Ansari received his bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, in electrical engineering and computer science.

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Intellectual Asset Management – Named to the Patent 1000 (2019-2020)
  • The National Law Journal – IP Trailblazer (2019)
  • The M&A Advisor – Emerging Leader Award (2018)
  • Global M&A Network – Americas Top 50: Rising Star (2018)
  • IFLR – Shortlisted for Americas Rising Star – Patent Award (2018)
Speaking Engagements
  • “The Future of Watching Sports,” Penn Law Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium (February 2020)
  • “CIPO Scenarios,” IPBC Global (June 2019)
  • “The Rise of Data in Transactions,” Global Data Review Roundtable (April 2019)
  • “Technology Law in the Private Sector,” NYU Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (March 2019)
  • “Out of the blocks – mitigating patent risk over distributed ledgers,” IAM, Summer 2020


  • AT&T, in its $2.35 billion acquisition of Alltel wireless properties from Verizon, and its $950 million sale of AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management
  • Alcatel Lucent in its $16.6 billion acquisition by Nokia
  • in its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market
  • AXA S.A. in its acquisition of 50% of Tian Ping Auto Insurance Company consisting of two transactions: a merger between AXA’s P&C business in China and Tian Ping to form a joint venture company and a purchase by AXA of shares held by certain shareholders of Tian Ping and in connection with the $662 million sale of its private equity business, AXA Private Equity (AXA PE), to a consortium consisting of AXA PE management and other co-investors
  • A client in acquisition of several patent portfolios related to video encoding/decoding
  • BAMTech in its formation of BAMTech Europe and related partnership with Discovery Communications
  • Bayer in connection with its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto – the largest ever all-cash takeover of a public company – and its $7 billion sale of selected crop science assets to BASF
  • Bayer in its $6.9 billion sale of Bayer Animal Health to Elanco, creating the world’s second largest animal health leader, and $1.6 billion SEC-registered secondary sale of 54.5 million Elanco shares
  • Bright House Networks, in its combination with Charter and Time Warner, to create an $80 billion cable company
  • Concho Resources in its $9.5 billion acquisition of RSP Permian
  • Cymer in its $3.9 billion acquisition by ASML
  • DISH Network Corporation in its acquisition of the Boost prepaid mobile business of Sprint Corporation
  • Frank McCourt and his entities in connection with Olympique de Marseille, and various other business interests
  • General Cable Corporation in its $3 billion acquisition by Prysmian Group
  • GGP in connection with Brookfield Property Partners' $28 billion acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of common stock of GGP other than those shares currently held by Brookfield and its affiliates
  • Goldman Sachs in numerous acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings
  • Harris Corporation in its approximately $35 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies and its $4.75 billion acquisition of Exelis Inc., the largest deal in the defense industry in nearly 20 years
  • Intercontinental Exchange in its $8.2 billion acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange and its $5.2 billion acquisition of Interactive Data Corporation
  • Intel, in many matters, including its $1.5 billion cross-license and settlement agreement with NVIDIA, sale of more than 150 patent families to Sony, joint development matters with Micron, and many patent license and sale/acquisition agreements
  • Kodak in its $527 million sale of certain digital imaging patents to a group including Apple, Google and Facebook, and its worldwide cross-license with LG
  • LSC Communications in its acquisition of the Print Logistics component of R.R. Donnelley & Son’s Company's Logistics business
  • The Madison Square Garden Company in various arena matters
  • Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) in connection with the $1.58 billion sale of a majority ownership interest in MLBAM’s subsidiary, BAMTech, to The Walt Disney Company
  • Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and MLBAM in connection with MLBAM’s formation of BAMTech, MLB’s digital streaming technology business
  • Rhône Capital in connection with its affiliated investment entities’ $560 million all cash acquisition of Fogo de Chão, including with respect to corporate and securities matters, the acquisition financing, tax and executive compensation and benefits
  • The trustees of the Rockefeller family trust, as sole voting stockholder of Rockefeller Financial Services (RFS), in connection with the formation of Rockefeller Capital Management pursuant to the acquisition of RFS backed by Viking Global Investors LP. The deal included the transfer and licensing of certain trademarks of RFS, including the name “Rockefeller”
  • RR Donnelly & Sons in its spin-off of its financial print and PRS businesses to create three independent companies
  • Ruckus Wireless, in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Brocade
  • An investor consortium led by Silver Lake Partners, in the $2 billion acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype from eBay, and the resolution of all intellectual property disputes with Skype’s founders
  • Skype and Silver Lake Partners, in the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • Sotheby's in its acquisition of Thread Genius, a startup specializing in taste-based image recognition and recommendation technologies
  • ​UBS in connection with its 20-year naming rights agreement for UBS Arena, the arena being constructed at Belmont Park which is expected to become the new home of the New York Islanders
  • United Rentals in its $2.1 billion acquisition of BlueLine Rental from Platinum Equity and its $715 million acquisition of BakerCorp International
  • UnitedHealth Group in connection with its wholly owned subsidiary’s acquisition of Empresas Banmédica and certain of its shareholders and the resulting tender offer for all of Banmédica’s outstanding shares, valuing Banmédica’s equity at approximately $2.8 billion
  • UnitedHealth Group in connection with Optum’s $13 billion pending combination with Change Healthcare and $4.3 billion acquisition of DaVita Medical Group and its $12.8 billion acquisition of Catamaran
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in its $15.8 billion acquisition of Salix, and its $2.6 billion acquisition of Medicis
  • Veritas Capital, in its acquisition of Thomson Reuters Healthcare for $1.25 billion