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Adam Aft

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Adam Aft helps global companies navigate the complex issues regarding intellectual property, data, and technology in M&A and technology transactions. He is the lead in Chicago for the Firm’s Technology, Media, and Telecom industry group. Adam also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Theresa L. Springmann of the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Practice Focus

Adam advises clients on transformational activities, including the intellectual property, data and data privacy, and technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, back office transformations, new product and service initiatives, and new trends driving business such as data monetization and artificial intelligence.

Adam also represents clients in structuring and drafting technology and software license agreements, telecommunication agreements, cloud agreements, supply chain agreements, outsourcing agreements, and other agreements involving data, intellectual property, and technology.

Representative Legal Matters

M&A - Intellectual Property, Data/Data Privacy, and Technology

Regularly advised publicly listed and private company clients on IP, data/data privacy, and technology issues in billions of dollars of acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic investments, including:

  • Technology, Media, and Telecom (including software, OEM, AI, IoT, FinTech, and tech-enabled industrial applications)

  • Health/Pharma (including software, medical devices, and healthcare technology)

  • Consumer Goods and Retail (including technology aspects of packaging, home goods and food products) 

  • Manufacturing (including automotive, packing delivery, traditional manufacturing, and chemicals)

Data, Cloud, and Software

  • Drafted and negotiated cloud and XaaS agreements for clients (both buy and sell side) in industries including pharmaceutical, internet of things/communication infrastructure, and consumer electronics

  • Structured data licensing and processing agreements for big data analytics application for pharmaceutical client seeking to use data analytics to drive better care outcomes

  • Developed open source policy and guidelines for clients enabling effective use and management of open source

Telecom, Connectivity, and IoT

  • Represented automotive OEM on multiple transformational telecommunications agreements, including all telecommunications connectivity to and within its production facilities

  • Drafted terms and conditions for IoT devices for clients in industries including energy, office supplies, and consumer electronics and advised regarding related IoT requirements

Admissions

  • Illinois~United States (2015)
  • Virginia~United States (2010)

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.) (2010)
  • Indiana University (B.A. Economics; B.A. Political Science)

Languages

  • English

Co-author, "AI Bill Emphasizes Transparency And Consumer Control," Law360, November 6, 2019

Co-author, "Cases Referencing Cloud Computing," Journal of Legal Metrics, 2019

Co-author, "Global Outsourcing in a Digital World," Practising Law Institute Coursebook, September 2019

Co-author, “Insights & Trends From our 2017 Cloud & Digital Disruptions Survey,” Silicon India, April 9, 2018

Co-author, “Resubmit DMCA Designated Agent Information by December 31st,” Lexology, September 22, 2017