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Ed Black is head of Ropes & Gray's Intellectual Property Transactions Group, and co-head of the firms Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry group. He is a corporate and intellectual property attorney who represents global companies in both the management of strategic intangible assets, and transactions related to strategic intangible assets. These transactions include mergers, acquisitions, asset transactions, joint ventures and alliances, collaborations, licensing and other arrangements. Ed's clients include hedge funds, technology and telecommunications companies, consumer branded product companies, health care management organizations, financial services companies, media organizations and private equity investors.
Mr. Black has led the firm's IP team in connection with hundreds of M&A actions, including successful client acquisitions of The Weather Channel, SunGard, Volt Information Sciences and Houghton Mifflin.
He also regularly represents strategic operating companies in connection with the creation and management of intellectual assets in ways that optimize value through various means, including best practice rights management, alliances, licensing, co-venturing, asset sales or debt-based financing, holding company strategies and other arrangements.
Ed has been recognized as a leading lawyer by many publications including The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2016), Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-2015), IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2015), Legal 500 (2013-2015), Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2013-2015), Managing IP – "IP Star" (2013-2014) and Intellectual Asset Management – A Guide to the World's 300 Leading IP Strategists (2014). Ed is viewed by clients as being "knowledgeable of the legal issues and how they impact business decisions, and for being responsive and sensitive to in-house legal concerns including efficiency and cost."
Ed Black remains active in a number of trade and professional associations, where he is also a regular speaker on intellectual property, media and technology and the purchase, sale and operation of businesses built around proprietary rights.