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Carrie M. Leroy

Carrie M. Leroy

White & Case LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Carrie LeRoy represents and advises clients on a broad range of technology and commercial transactions, including development and license agreements, patent and other technology license agreements, outsourcing, strategic alliance, OEM, reseller, distributor, sales representative, consulting services, manufacturing and supply agreements, intellectual property asset acquisitions, e-commerce and Internet transactions.

Ms. LeRoy also advises clients on intellectual property matters, including allocation of ownership, protection and exploitation of intellectual property and intellectual property rights. Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. LeRoy was a senior transactional counsel for a major fabless semiconductor company focusing on storage and communications integrated circuits, where she negotiated and drafted a variety of inbound and outbound technology development, license and supply agreements and advised on intellectual property matters.

Transactions Ms. LeRoy has handled include representing:
  • Nokia Corporation on the intellectual property aspects of the $7 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft Corporation.
  • the special committee of the board of directors of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in the $512 million acquisition of Steinway by private investors.
  • Broadcom Corporation in its $147 million sale of Ethernet controller-related assets and non-exclusive IP licenses to QLogic Corporation; its $195 million acquisition of BroadLight, Inc.; its $335 million acquisition of Provigent Inc.; its $316 million acquisition of Beceem Communications Inc.; its $123 million acquisition of Teknovus Inc.; and its $3.7 billion acquisition of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc.
  • Dell Inc. in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Quest Software, Inc.
  • MIPS Technologies, Inc. in the sale of its operating company to Imagination Technologies for $100 million and the sale of its patent portfolio to Bridge Crossing, LCC for $350 million and related patent licensing transactions, which was named among the top matters in the “Lawyers to the Innovators” category in the Financial Times’ 2013 “US Innovative Lawyers” report.
  • RDA Microelectronics, Inc. in its $46 million acquisition of all of the baseband intellectual property assets of Coolsand Holding Co., Ltd., a privately held baseband company with operations in China, and its subsidiaries.
  • Advantest Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Verigy Ltd.
  • SanDisk Corporation in its $327 million acquisition of Pliant Technology, Inc.
  • Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation.
  • Hoya Corporation in its $235 million sale of Hoya Magnetics Singapore Pte. Ltd. to Western Digital Corporation.
  • INSIDE Contactless S.A. in its $58 million acquisition of Atmel Corporation’s Secure Microcontroller Solutions business and in patent license negotiations with Cryptography Research, Inc.
  • PMC-Sierra, Inc. in its $240 million acquisition of Wintegra, Inc., and in its acquisition for an undisclosed amount of a semiconductor technology and product line from Maxim Integrated Products Inc.
  • Visa Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition of CyberSource Corporation.
  • Netgear, Inc. in its $7.2 million acquisition of intellectual property assets relating to networking infrastructure.
  • Yahoo!, Inc. in connection with its affiliate Yahoo!7’s acquisition of Spreets Pty Ltd for $40 million.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Oy in connection with the sale of its fixed-wireless broadband business to CN Tetragen.
  • Zilog Inc. in its sale of business units to Maxim Integrated Products and Universal Electronics Inc. for $31 million and related intellectual property licensing arrangements.
  • White Energy Coal North America, Inc., in various intellectual property development and licensing arrangements relating to the production and manufacturing of coal.
  • Protalix Biotherapeutics, Inc. in its agreement with Pfizer Inc. to develop and commercialize a treatment of Gaucher’s disease.
  • Nike, Inc. in its sale of its Cole Haan business unit to the private equity firm Apax Partners for $570 million.
  • Beijing Perfect World Software, Co., Ltd. in various intellectual property licensing arrangements.
  • Calera Capital in its investment in Rock-It Cargo LLC and Competitor Group, Inc.
In 2009, Ms. LeRoy was the recipient of The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California for providing legal services to the poor.
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