Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has launched an intellectual property and technology transactions practice with the hire of Harry Rubin, a former Ropes & Gray corporate partner who will head the new group based in New York.
Kramer Levin announced Rubin’s hire in a statement Monday, describing the partner as an experienced adviser to businesses of all sizes and life stages, from startups to multinationals. Rubin is also fluent in four languages—German, French and Hebrew, in addition to English—and has focused part of his practice on deals in the European and Israeli markets, as well as domestic transactions in the U.S.
“Harry’s deep knowledge and expertise in technology transactions complement our M&A and intellectual property practices and enable us to provide additional industry insight to clients ranging from private equity firms and financial institutions to technology and life sciences companies,” said Kramer Levin managing partner Paul Pearlman in a statement.
At Kramer Levin, Rubin will serve as a partner in the firm’s corporate department and lead the newly created IP and technology transactions practice. He comes to the firm from Ropes & Gray, where he was also a partner and held a leadership role as co-head of the firm’s international practice group. At his prior firm, Rubin worked on a variety of deals, including global mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and financings, and IP protection and commercialization, according to Kramer Levin.
“Harry is an exceptional lawyer with an impressive track record,” Howard Spilko, co-chair of Kramer Levin’s corporate department, said in a statement. “Clients will benefit from his strategic guidance on harnessing the value of technology for a competitive advantage as well as in technology contracts and due diligence analysis.”
Rubin said Kramer Levin was a good fit for his international focus, particularly in light of its presence in Paris, and that he was looking forward to helping the firm craft a new practice.
“This was a unique and completely unexpected opportunity to join an elite New York firm in a role that would enable me to conceptualize and build up a practice group focused on originators and users of IP and technology assets in multiple knowledge-driven industries with a cross-border bent,” Rubin said in an email Monday.
Regarding his goals for the newly launched IP and technology transaction practice at Kramer Levin, Rubin added that one key focus is “integration with Kramer Levin’s leading corporate, IP, restructuring, finance and litigation practices and working closely with the Silicon Valley and Paris offices.”
“We will also focus on creative ways to leverage, commercialize and monetize IP,” he said.
For Kramer Levin, the addition of Rubin follows a string of strong financial results in recent years. In 2017, the firm posted gross revenue of $387 million and profits per equity partner above $2 million. Those figures marked a second consecutive year of record financial outcomes for Kramer Levin; on the revenue side, the firm’s 2017 results marked a nearly 10 percent increase over the prior year.
Rubin’s departure from Ropes & Gray, meanwhile, comes after recent changes in the structure of that firm’s IP offerings. As reported in 2017, the firm took a step that year to spin off its patent prosecution group, which became a new boutique called Haley Guiliano.