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Jean Marie R. Pechette

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Jean Marie R. Pechette is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office. Jean focuses her practice on information technology, intellectual property and data privacy matters, with a concentration on the health care industry.

Jean has represented and counseled public and privately held companies in various industries, including information technology and health care (such as healthcare providers and health systems as well as providers of medical devices, electronic medical records and other clinical information systems).

She has provided advice on structuring and negotiating complex commercial transactions, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer, software and content development, licensing, and distribution and hosting agreements (including Software as a Service (“SaaS”) and cloud computing), deployment of electronic health records, revenue cycle and
claims processing solutions, health information exchanges, and data warehouses; intellectual property issues related to data mining, transformation and creation of electronic databases, and has counseled on  data privacy and security, HIPAA, the HITECH Act and regulatory compliance issues unique to the health care industry.

Jean has more than 20 years of experience in private practice and six years of experience serving as general counsel for several of GE Healthcare’s emerging high-growth information technology and imaging archiving business units. She played an integral role in the growth of the imaging and IT business from a start-up venture (under $50 million) to an almost $2 billion business. She received several Management Awards including for “Leadership in Helping Drive Tremendous Growth for GEMS IT” and for her
“Outstanding Work on the UK LSP Project”. She was the lead lawyer for the international team that negotiated the long term agreement valued at £110M with Fujitsu Services LTD, the local service provider (LSP), to supply PACS (“picture archiving and communication system”) technology for 72 hospitals run by 42 NHS (the “National Health Service”) hospital trusts across the
South of England for the NHS under the National Programme for IT. At the time, the transaction was lauded as the single largest PACS deal ever signed in the UK, and the largest signed by GE globally. She has partnered with cross-functional and business development teams in evaluating potential targets, conducting due diligence, and structuring and negotiating acquisitions. She has also led integration projects, including developing and implementing regulatory compliance policies and processes, privacy and security protection programs, new “go to market” contract templates and  processes, and intellectual property protection strategies and programs for acquired entities.

Jean has structured, negotiated and closed more than 200 acquisition, licensing, distribution, development and strategic alliance transactions worldwide.

Jean is admitted to practice in Illinois and Indiana. She is a council member and the chair of the Healthcare Technology Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee for the Section of Science and Technology Law of the American Bar Association. She is also an honorary member of the board of directors of the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago and clerked for Judge Patrick D. Sullivan of the Indiana Court of Appeals early in her career.

 Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1980
 Indiana University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1977

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