19 July 2022
Clifford Chance expands Tech Group with hire of partner Devika Kornbacher in the US
Kornbacher specializes in Tech Transactions, Intellectual Property and Data Privacy
Clifford Chance announced today that technology and intellectual property partner Devika Kornbacher will join its Global Technology Group in the United States. Kornbacher brings more than 15 years of experience in technology transactions, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy.
Joining as Co-Chair of the Firm's Tech Group alongside Jonathan Kewley (London) and Paul Landless (Singapore), Kornbacher will focus on advising clients on a wide variety of technology-related legal matters, including obtaining, protecting, licensing, and enforcing intellectual property rights, technology commercialization, data privacy compliance, and cybersecurity preparedness. She also has extensive experience across a wide array of transactions, including license agreements, procurement, supply, and distribution agreements, collaboration agreements, software development agreements and patent clearances.
Jonathan Kewley says, "The pandemic has accelerated the pace and scope of tech transactions, and cybersecurity and data privacy are now more critical than ever. Devika, with her deep knowledge of technology and the laws around these matters and her track record of excellence, will boost our focus on expanding our technology offerings in the US and globally."
DC Office Managing Partner and a leader in the firm's US Tech Group Megan Gordon adds, "Devika's hiring realizes our ambition to grow our technology offerings in the US. Her deep knowledge of technology, connection with the unique challenges in the sector, and experience across the spectrum of technology, technology transactions and intellectual property will deliver immediate value to our clients in the US and across the wider network."
Kornbacher, who joins from Vinson & Elkins, says, "Clifford Chance's Tech Group has significant cadence in the global market, here in the US and particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific - I am proud and extremely enthusiastic to join this team and can't wait to harness the power of an international tech practice and expand our presence in the US."
Clifford Chance's Tech Group serves as a single global team offering clients tech law advice across the spectrum on matters impacted by technology and its rapid transition, including on matters such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain, big data and cybersecurity.