Marcelo Halpern is the firmwide Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions & Privacy practice and focuses his practice on complex commercial transactions involving the development, deployment and distribution of technology in a wide variety of industries. Marcelo regularly works with clients in the blockchain industry, advising on technology and platform issues, structuring token offerings, digital currency issues, tokenization of assets, and the development and operation of blockchain based collaborative platforms. In addition, he has advised on the formation and operation of several blockchain consortiums.
Marcelo provides practical counsel in connection with emerging technologies, including those related to big data analytics, artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain, internet of things, smart cities, mobile, cloud computing and “as a service” platforms, hardware and e-commerce, as well as the overall interplay of interoperability, industry standards and IP licensing approaches. He has a strong focus on complex strategic alliances and licensing transactions, outsourcing and ERP implementation, digital strategies—including open source licensing, data security, data use and privacy issues—and other marketing and distribution strategies.
Marcelo counsels multinational FORTUNE 100 companies, startups, emerging growth companies, governments and nonprofits on structuring and negotiating collaboration, development, distribution, license and service agreements. He also frequently advises clients on intellectual property and technology issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, industry alliances and consortia, joint venture arrangements, financings, data management and tech transfer transactions.
Marcelo was honored by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as the Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” in the technology law category and has been listed since 2004 as one of “America’s Best Lawyers” for technology law by Chambers USA in its annual guide of leading business lawyers.