Corporate and Licensing Matters in Education

Universities and other education clients rely on us for a host of transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, research collaboratives, technology transfers, and licensing. We understand the special challenges education clients face and the rules to which they may be subject when contemplating and executing transactions.


  • Provide legal advice to university investment offices concerning their investments in various vehicles.
  • Represent a consortium of New York-based academic and medical institutions in matters including entity formation, governance and other corporate, tax, licensing, employment and regulatory matters. 
  • Represented the Mexican National Institute for Astronomy, Optics and Electronics in a cross-border joint venture with the University of Massachusetts to construct a state-of-the-art large millimeter radio telescope observatory in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Advised on the formation and structuring of The SNP Consortium, a public-private consortium in which The Wellcome Trust, leading global pharmaceutical and IT companies, and several major research universities in the United States and Britain collaborated to develop a publicly released map of the human genome based on the discovery and classification of single-nucleotide polymorphisms.
  • Represented major for-profit and nonprofit organizations in acquiring education-oriented companies, such as Educational Testing Service’s acquisitions of Assessment Training Institute and Prometric.
  • Represented some of the largest research universities in the country in customizing technology transfer agreements with private enterprises to their needs and particular technology requirements.