Michelle Ontiveros Gross

Silicon Valley | San Francisco
  • 140 Scott Drive
  • Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • USA
 
 

Michelle Ontiveros Gross advises clients on a range of intellectual property and privacy and data security matters, including in connection with strategic alliances, joint ventures, M&A and financing transactions, intellectual property strategy and commercialization, development agreements and other commercial arrangements, and privacy and data initiatives.

Ms. Gross helps companies successfully develop and protect their technology assets, drawing on her breadth of experience in the industry. Her practice spans a variety of transactional, intellectual property, and privacy and data security matters, with a particular focus on complex technology transactions, cloud, SaaS, and outsourcing transactions, and large-scale mergers and acquisitions and capital markets offerings.

Her transactional work includes advising on the technology and data privacy aspects of:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Capital markets transactions and financings
  • Integration of business units and product lines in connection with mergers and acquisitions
  • Intellectual property strategy and commercialization, including:
    • Copyright, patent, and trademark matters
    • Development and distribution agreements
    • Software licensing and services agreements
    • Open source counseling
    • Patent licensing
    • Joint development of technology

Ms. Gross also regularly advises clients on data privacy and security matters, including:

  • Privacy and data security policies
  • Cybersecurity terms in commercial transactions
  • SEC cybersecurity disclosure
  • Privacy and data security issues in connection with product development
  • Data ownership and data rights
  • Privacy and data security regulations, including:
    • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other State Privacy Laws
    • NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation
    • Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
    • CAN-SPAM

Ms. Gross has received national recognition for her practice work, including by Profiles in Diversity Journal, which named her to its 2019 Women Worth Watching list.

Ms. Gross’ experience includes advising:

  • Nestlé in its:
    • US$2.6 billion acquisition of Aimmune Therapeutics*
    • US$4 billion sale of its US ice cream business to Froneri*
  • CDK Global, Inc. in the sale of its international segment to Francisco Partners for US$1.45 billion*
  • CDPQ in its US$1 billion investment in Invenergy Renewables*
  • Pentland Group, in its acquisition of the Speedo North America business from apparel conglomerate PVH Corp.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

 
  • Bar Qualification
    • California
    • New York
    Education
    • JD, Columbia Law School, 2004
    • BS in Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 2001
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