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Nader A. Mousavi


Nader A. Mousavi

Palo Alto +1-650-461-5600+1-650-461-5600 +1-650-461-5700+1-650-461-5700
New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Nader A. Mousavi is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Palo Alto office and is co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group.

Widely recognized as one of the top technology deal lawyers in the world, Mr. Mousavi has been described by his clients as “‘an amazing lawyer and trusted legal and business partner…[with] a unique ability to think outside the box and meet company goals. There’s nobody better when you take into account substantive knowledge, composed demeanour and negotiation ability.’”(IAM Patent 1000). Clients praise his “‘legal erudition, superlative drafting and bargaining aptitude’” and note that “‘he is a uniquely talented lawyer. You can put him on pretty much anything…’” (IAM Patent 1000).

He has been named one of the “The World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and was recently named a Law360 2018 MVP in technology, and has also been recognized by The American Lawyer, Chambers USA, Daily Journal, The Legal 500 United States, Northern California Super Lawyers and the National Law Journal, among others.

For over 20 years, Mr. Mousavi has focused his practice on technology-intensive mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and collaborations, as well as the licensing of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, content, pharmaceuticals, data, software and other technology. He has led deals across a wide range of industries, including technology, media, internet, telecommunications, life sciences, agtech, fintech, blockchain, consumer, and sports.  Many of these transactions have been cross-border. Mr. Mousavi also advises on the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), as well as the transaction review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). 

He has advised acquirers (such as Amazon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Bayer, Philips), sellers (such as Kite Pharmaceuticals, Pharmasset, Skype, Stemcentrx), investors (such as CPPIB, Goldman Sachs, and Silver Lake), and others (such as DirecTV, Dolby, Fiat, Intel, Kodak, Major League Baseball, VeriFone, Verily, Waymo) on a wide range of strategic transactions involving IP and technology. In aggregate, these transactions represent over $400 billion in M&A deal value and over $5 billion in patent licensing royalties.

A distinguished thought-leader in the field, Mr. Mousavi is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (2015-2019), where he teaches a course on Patent and Technology Licensing. Mr. Mousavi is a member of the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology and is the law school’s National Reunion Chair. He recently received the Stanford University Associates Governors’ Award for exemplary and long-standing volunteer service to Stanford University (2019).

Mr. Mousavi is also a member of the board of directors of PAAIA, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.


Technology/IP Transactions
  • Dolby Corporation, in various patent transactional matters
  • The IP and technology aspects of the separation of Google’s Alphabet companies, Loon (wireless-enabled balloons), Verily (life sciences research), Waymo (autonomous driving) and Wing (drone delivery) from Google
  • Intel, in connection with numerous IP and technology transactional and strategy matters, including its pending auction of 8,500 cellular and connected device patents; its worldwide patent cross-licenses and settlements with Advanced Micro Devices and nVidia; its patent agreement with GlobalFoundries; and its NAND Flash memory joint venture with Micron Technology
  • Navistar International Corporation, in its strategic supply and joint development alliance with TRATON (formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus)
  • Skype, in its agreement with Facebook to make Skype available on Facebook platforms
  • CLS Bank, in its outsourcing to IBM of IT infrastructure used in the high-volume settlement of foreign exchange considered to be essential to the global financial system
  • Gemini, in connection with various Bitcoin data licensing agreements
  • Bitmex, in connection with various Bitcoin data licensing agreements
  • McCartney Productions, in an agreement with Hewlett Packard to create a private cloud for the music and content library of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney

Technology, Media and Telecom
  • Alcatel-Lucent, in its $16.6 billion acquisition by Nokia
  • AMC Networks, in its partnership with fuboTV
  • AT&T, in its $108.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner
  • FilmYard Holdings, parent company of MIRAMAX, in connection with beIN MEDIA GROUP’s acquisition of 100% of MIRAMAX
  • Major League Baseball and its wholly-owned subsidiary MLB Advanced Media ("MLBAM"), in connection with MLBAM’s formation of BAMTech, MLB’s digital streaming technology business, and Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of a 33% interest in BAMTech
  • Recruit Holdings, in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor
  • Ruckus Wireless, in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Brocade
  • Silver Lake Partners and Skype, in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • VeriFone, in its $3.4 billion acquisition by Francisco Partners

Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Amgen, in its $10.5 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and in its $1.16 billion acquisition of Micromet, Inc.
  • Bayer, in its $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto and its $7 billion sale of selected crop science assets to BASF
  • CVS Health, in its $12.7 billion acquisition of Omnicare, Inc.
  • Idenix Pharmaceuticals, in its $3.85 billion acquisition by Merck
  • Kite Pharma, in its $11.9 billion acquisition by Gilead Sciences
  • Pharmasset, in its $11 billion acquisition by Gilead Sciences
  • Royal Philips, in connection with:
    • its acquisition of the healthcare information systems business of Carestream
    • its $2.2 billion acquisition of The Spectranetics Corporation
  • Stemcentrx, in its $9.8 billion acquisition by AbbVie
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, in its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan Generics

Financial Institutions
  • Advice to various leading financial institutions regarding resolution planning for technology systems and intellectual property
  • Fiserv in connection with:
    • its acquisition of First Data Corporation
    • its $465 million acquisition of CashEdge
  • ING Groep in relation with:
    • the separation and allocation of rights in technology, trademarks and other IP in connection with the $3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct Canada) to The Bank of Nova Scotia
    • the $9 billion sale of its ING Direct USA online banking operation to Capital One Financial

Consumer and Retail
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, in its divestiture of U.S. rights in “Corona” to Constellation Brands, and in its subsidiary Ambev S.A.’s acquisition of various brands from the Mark Anthony Group of Companies
  • Kraft Foods Group, in its $55 billion merger with H.J. Heinz Company
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, in its acquisition of PODS
  • Panera Bread Company, in its $7.5 billion acquisition by JAB
  • Versa Capital Management, in its acquisition of Sport Chalet