Gareth Kristensen’s practice focuses on intellectual property, technology, data protection, and cybersecurity matters.

Gareth advises leading multinational corporations, private equity firms, and high-growth companies on the IP and data aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets offerings, financings, and other significant corporate and commercial transactions.

His practice covers the full range of IP rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, database rights and trade secrets. His experience includes structuring and negotiating patent, trademark, and data licenses; software development and license agreements; e-commerce arrangements; manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements; and R&D services arrangements and outsourcings, as well as advising on the resolution of IP disputes, brand co-existence arrangements, and IP risk management.

Gareth also advises on the full range of legal issues relating to data, including GDPR and data privacy matters in the context of the development or acquisition of innovative technologies.

Gareth joined the firm in 2011. He was resident in the New York office in 2018, and he has previously been on secondment in London to GlaxoSmithKline’s IP licensing and transactions team.

Notable Experience

  • Google on various matters, including data privacy issues.

  • Brookfield Asset Management in connection with the acquisition of the Leela Hotel Chain and the Leela brand in India.

  • Lavazza in connection with its acquisition of Mars Drinks from Mars Inc.

  • Hillhouse Capital on various matters, including its acquisition of Scotch whisky producer Loch Lomond Group, and its 50/50 joint venture with Peet’s Coffee to roll out the franchise in China.

  • The International Olympics Committee on various matters.

  • GlaxoSmithKline on various matters, including long-term collaborations, IP licensing transactions, material transfer agreements, product manufacturing arrangements, and EU consortium arrangements.

  • The Raine Group and Temasek in connection with a co-investment in SoundCloud.

  • Barclays Bank PLC in the $790 million sale of its index benchmarking and risk analytics business, Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions Ltd., to Bloomberg L.P.

  • Credit Suisse Asset Management on software, data, and other IP aspects of the spin-out of its $1 billion quantitative and systematic hedge fund.

  • Warburg Pincus and other investors in connection with the $1.25 billion investment in Airtel Africa Ltd.

  • JUUL Labs in a $12.8 billion investment by Altria Group, and various other IP matters.

  • Lafarge in the divestment of €6.5 billion of assets as part of its merger with Holcim.

  • Sabre Holdings in its sale of lastminute.com to Bravofly Rumbo Group.

  • Amundi in its €3.55 billion acquisition of Pioneer Investment from UniCredit.

  • Technology licenses, branding, and commercialization agreements relating to a “hyperloop” technology development company.

  • A leading online resource-sharing marketplace on e-commerce, hosting, IP licensing, platform structure, website terms, and conditions.

  • A leading vehicle telematics technology company on data licensing matters.

  • Numerous multinational corporations on group-wide and cross-border GDPR compliance programs, cyberincident response, and crisis management matters, including State-owned enterprises, asset managers, financial institutions, leading European price comparison websites, and prominent retailers and fashion brands.

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Selected Activities

  • Member, Society for Computers and Law
  • Member, Data Protection Working Group, Financial Markets Law Committee, 2018

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