Deborah J. Kirk

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Deborah Kirk is a partner in the Corporate Department of the London office at Latham & Watkins, Global Vice Chair of the Technology Industry Group, and Vice Chair of the Global Recruiting Committee and Training Principal for London. She specializes in intellectual property (with a focus on trademarks, copyrights, and brand strategy), outsourcing, information technology, media, e-commerce, and data protection, with experience in both contentious and non-contentious work in her areas of expertise.

Ms. Kirk advises on a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters within her specialist areas, including: M&A due diligence on intellectual property; intellectual property licensing arrangements, product branding strategy, and brand development; advising on intellectual property aspects of finance and security arrangements, legal issues arising from online businesses and a variety of general commercial arrangements.

Ms. Kirk's client base covers a broad range of clients, principally in the consumer products, financial, media, pharmaceutical, and e-commerce sectors. 

Ms. Kirk's representative transactions include advising:

  • A confidential client by conducting intellectual property and supply chain diligence on a potential purchaser of a major UK snacks business, including chain of title and adequacy diligence of a large international trade mark portfolio and licensing and chain of title issues
  • A private equity client from a brand and patents perspective on the sale of its international infant consumer products
  • A shoe manufacturer on its branding strategy and design portfolio
  • A major international (but UK-centric) entertainment institution by providing intellectual property and supply and distribution chain diligence, including advising on the termination of a number of agency and distribution arrangements in a number of jurisdictions
  • A JV on the licensing structures to promote and sell alcoholic drinks products and related merchandising
  • A large payment institution on its business regulations and brand licensing arrangements as part of a de-merger and providing guidance as to brand development and strategy post-merger
  • A major telecom providing brand diligence and licensing advice on the divestment of its African business by way of a re-organisation and share purchase*
  • A major New York hedge fund in its successful trade mark infringement and passing-off action which was heard in the English High Court*
  • Norgine BV on the sale of intellectual property and commercialization rights in three over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to Meda AB, including setting up arrangements with the purchaser for the continuation of the manufacture and supply chain for a transitional period
  • A purchaser on the intellectual property and information technology aspects of the purchase of an on-line restaurant reservation services business
    Intellectual property and information technology aspects of the sale of a wind farm, including setting up post-closing transitional arrangements for general services (including software licensing)
  • A major bank in a high profile trade mark opposition which was decided in the bank’s favour at the Court of Appeal*
  • The purchaser in a business acquisition by a large software company in a strategic purchase to expand its software products portfolio*
  • A major bank on a large IT outsourcing consolidation*
    *Deal completed whilst at a previous firm

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