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Brad Chernin advises a broad range of public and private companies and entrepreneurs with respect to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, strategic investments, joint ventures, licensing and general corporate matters. His clients include internet, social networking, digital media, financial technology, software and SaaS, online gaming, life sciences and clean technology companies.

Mr. Chernin has a particular interest in corporate acquisitions involving SaaS, gaming, digital media and technology. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Chernin taught middle school students in New York City through the Teach for America program.

  • Tencent Holdings Limited in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Supercell for $8.4 billion.
  • Microsoft in various strategic transactions, including:
    • its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services Business;
    • its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype;
    • its patent monetization transaction with Nokia and Core Wireless involving 2000+ wireless patents;
    • its $1.1 billion acquisition of 800 patents from AOL, and its $550 million sale to Facebook of the rights to acquire a portion of the AOL portfolio; and
    • in advising on various licensing issues surrounding mobile application marketplaces.
  • Tencent Holdings Limited in connection with its acquisition of Riot Games as well as in multiple minority strategic investments.
  • A Medium Corporation (medium.com) in connection with its acquisitions of Superfeedr and Embed.ly, in multiple rounds of venture financing and other corporate matters.
  • Prosper Marketplace, Inc., in its acquisitions of American Healthcare Lending and Billguard., in multiple rounds of venture financing worth over $70 million and other corporate matters.
  • A Fortune 100 company in connection with numerous acquisitions of privately held software companies.
  • Samsung Electronics Corporation in connection with its acquisition of PrinterOn.
  • Sanofi in connection with the Onduo joint venture with Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) regarding high-tech devices to improve diabetes care.
  • JD.Com in connection with its investment in and joint venture with ZestFinance, Inc.
  • Salesforce.com in connection with multiple minority strategic investments.
  • Illumina in connection with the Helix joint venture with Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures regarding a custom genomics program.
  • Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures and its affiliates in investments in several venture-backed biotech companies, including Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Immune Design Corp. and Ultragenyx.
  • Sanofi in its purchase of a medical diagnostics and device manufacturer through bankruptcy proceedings.
  • TrioMed Innovations (formerly BioStar Innovations, Inc.) in its acquisition of Safe Life Corp.
  • BBVA in connection with multiple minority strategic investments.
  • Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation in its role as lead investor in Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.’s Series B financing.
  • MedImmune Ventures in its role as lead investor in G1 Therapeutics’ Series A financing.
  • Solazyme in a collaborative research, development and license agreement.
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in connection with various manufacturing development and supply arrangements.
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in connection with various clinical and other related services agreements.

Pro Bono

  • Camp Phoenix, an organization that empowers low-income children to overcome the summer learning gap through joyful academic learning, enrichment, and community building, in connection with its tax-exempt status and employment matters.
  • Accountability Counsel, an organization that assists communities to defend their human and environmental rights through complaints to the accountability offices tied to projects that cause harm, in connection with its general corporate matters.

Previous Experience

  • Teach for America, Special Education Teacher (2004-2006)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business/Corporate "Rising Star" (2013-2016)