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Robert M. Finkel

Partner

Finkel, Robert M.

Robert Finkel is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and a member of the FinTech Group. Mr. Finkel has more than 25 years of experience in private practice representing leading international corporations and financial institutions in complex commercial transactions with a particular focus on technology and outsourcing. Over the course of his career, he has represented clients in more than 100 major outsourcing transactions, across a wide variety of industries and types of transactions.

Mr. Finkel has for many years been a Band 1 Chambers Global and Chambers USA ranked lawyer in the areas of Outsourcing (Global and Nationwide) and Technology (New York). He is one of only a handful of lawyers worldwide to have a Band 1 ranking in the Chambers Global and Chambers USA Nationwide and New York categories. Mr. Finkel is widely regarded by outside observers as being one of the leaders in the profession and has been described as having "a very good way of building trust" and is "an impressively active practitioner with a sense of gravitas" and one "who gives excellent strategic, business-focused advice." In addition, his "understanding of our company and the nuances of our business is magnificent," commented a client in 2013 for a major legal directory publication.

Practice

Mr. Finkel has extensive knowledge in structuring and negotiating outsourcing transactions and other complex technology and service arrangements. Mr. Finkel's practice also encompasses mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and software and technology licensing. His clients have included many of the leading domestic and international corporations and financial institutions.

Mr. Finkel has published on a broad range of corporate, outsourcing and technology issues in such publications as the M&A Lawyer, the Computer Lawyer, Cyberspace Lawyer, the Journal of Internet Law, Intellectual Property Today, E-Commerce Adviser, Global eCommerce, Director's Monthly and the National Law Journal, among others.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame list in 2017
  • Consistently recognized as a Band 1 ranked attorney by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his nationwide outsourcing and New York technology and outsourcing practices
  • Ranked in Band 1 for outsourcing in the 2012-2017 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, which describes him as "a leader in the outsourcing industry [who is] enormously respected," and has "great experience." Source were also quoted saying he does "fine work in outsourcing negotiations" and "his understanding of our company and the nuances of our business is magnificent."
  • Recognized as a "fantastic outsourcing lawyer" by The Legal 500 United States in the technology: outsourcing category. Sources state that "he is very knowledgeable and always achieves an appropriate balance between legal requirements and business drivers."
  • Consistently ranked by Who's Who in American Law for his technology and outsourcing practice
  • Named by LawDragon as one of the leading lawyers in the US, and recognized as an elite leading lawyer by LawDragon 3000 (previously known as 'The Finalist')
  • Recognized by Euromoney as one of the leading lawyers in both IT and media
  • Chosen by peers and through independent research as a "New York Super Lawyer" from 2006 through 2017

Publications & News

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March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

June 13, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Hilton in Exclusive Co-Branded Credit Card Partnership Agreement With American Express

WilmerHale client Hilton announced that American Express has been selected as the exclusive issuer for Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards in the United States, beginning January 1, 2018.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 24, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame

Charlene Barshefsky, Reed Freeman, Robert Finkel, Robert Novick, Seth Waxman and William Lee are the six WilmerHale partners who have been selected for inclusion in the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

Professional Activities

Mr. Finkel is a recent member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. He is an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where for the past several years he has instructed an advanced seminar course on Corporate Governance. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Finkel served as an aide to the late United States Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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Education

JD, Stanford University, 1987

MA, International Affairs, Columbia University, 1988

BA, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1981

Bar Admissions

New York

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