In the past year, Sidley shaped Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s ability to operate independently within acquirer Heineken, which bought out the remaining 50 percent of the Petaluma-based brewer for an undisclosed amount.
Sidley also counseled Adobe Systems Inc. in its strategic alliance with Microsoft, which made Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud, while Microsoft made Adobe Marketing Cloud its preferred marketing service for its Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition. But perhaps most impressively, Sidley helped Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, transfer administration for top-level domain names away from the U.S. government to the California-based nonprofit organization.
Glenn Nash, global co-leader of Sidley’s technology & IP transactions practice, declined to answer questions about the deals themselves, citing client confidentiality, but he did share some of what makes Sidley tick with The Recorder.
What would you say is the trait of your deal lawyers that keeps clients coming back? What is your department’s calling card? Quality, client service and a team that is immersed in the technology industry and has the legal and business know-how to get technology deals done.
How do you balance the need to cross every T and dot every I in a particular matter with demands to be efficient with client resources? We leverage our deal experience and knowledge of market practices to achieve both goals for clients. Additionally, by making sure we are in sync with the client’s needs on a particular technology deal we can get great results for the client in a timely and cost-efficient manner.