Nader A Mousavi

Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Nader A Mousavi is a partner and co-head of the IP and technology group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Mr Mousavi is widely recognised as one of the top technology deal lawyers in the world. He is a leading expert in IP transactions and strategy. For more than 20 years, Mr Mousavi has focused his practice on technology-intensive mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and collaborations, as well as the licensing of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, content, pharmaceuticals, data, software and other technology. He has led deals across a wide range of industries, including technology, media, Internet, telecoms, life sciences, agtech, fintech, blockchain, consumer and sports. Many of these have been cross-border transactions. Mr Mousavi also advises on the transaction review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Mr Mousavi has advised acquirers (eg, Amazon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Bayer and Philips), sellers (eg, Kite Pharmaceuticals, Pharmasset, Skype and Stemcentrx), investors (eg, CPPIB, Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake) and others (eg, DirecTV, Dolby, Fiat, Intel, Kodak, Major League Baseball, VeriFone, Verily and Waymo) on a wide range of strategic transactions involving intellectual property and technology. In aggregate, these transactions represent more than $400 billion in M&A deal value and more than $5 billion in patent licensing royalties.

A distinguished thought leader in the field, Mr Mousavi is a law lecturer at Stanford Law School (2015-2019), where he teaches a course on patent and technology licensing. Mr Mousavi is a member of the advisory board for Stanford Law School’s law, science and technology programme and is the law school’s national reunion chair. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.

Before joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Mr Mousavi was a partner at another leading law firm and general counsel of a telecoms software company. He received his bachelor’s from the University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

Professional associations

  • LES (Silicon Valley)
  • Stanford Law School

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
1870 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto CA 94303
United States

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