Stuart D. Levi is co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, and he coordinates the firm’s blockchain, outsourcing and privacy practices. He has been a recognized leader in the technology transaction field for over 30 years and in 2018 was recognized as a National Law Journal Trailblazer in cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech.

Bio

Mr. Levi has a broad and diverse practice that includes outsourcing transactions, technology and intellectual property licensing, fintech and blockchain matters, privacy and cybersecurity advice, branding and distribution agreements, cloud computing agreements, technology transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures. Mr. Levi also counsels clients on website and technology policies, intellectual property strategy and regulatory compliance. His background in computer science and the information technology industry allows Mr. Levi to understand the technology and business drivers underlying transactions and agreements in these areas.

Mr. Levi’s representations have included:

Fintech/Blockchain/Cryptocurrency

  • a financial services institution in connection with the R3 Distributed Ledger Group;
  • a developer of a new blockchain platform and a related cryptocurrency; a global bank in connection with the development of an onboarding platform for cryptocurrency purchases;
  • a provider of a tagging and recordation system to store information about fine art on a blockchain;
  • a developer of a stablecoin platform and cryptocurrency;
  • a developer of a platform to tokenize certain collectible assets;
  • a fund in connection with investments in cryptocurrencies;
  • a developer of an online platform for the exchange of goods that will accept cryptocurrencies;
  • a provider of blockchain-enabled payment services in connection with providing such services to a brick-and-mortar retailer;

Cybersecurity and Privacy

  • advising companies on all matters relating to the collection and use of personal data, including biometric data;
  • numerous companies in connection with data breaches and security audits, including companies in the financial services, insurance, manufacturing, health care and publishing industries;
  • numerous companies in complying with U.S. and foreign privacy and cybersecurity laws, including GDRP, GLB, HIPAA, COPPA, and other federal and state requirements;
  • companies on transborder data flow issues, including assisting companies with U.S.-EU and U.S.-Switzerland Privacy Shield certifications;

Outsourcing

  • S&P in the outsourcing of certain IT functions and services, finance and accounting services, and human resources services;
  • Citigroup Inc. in the outsourcing of various business processes and information technology and application development services;
  • American Express Company in the outsourcing of certain global printing operations;
  • Barclays Capital in the outsourcing of payroll services;
  • Hexaware in connection with the provision of information technology and business process outsourcing services to various entities;

Strategic Technology Ventures

  • LinkUK in connection with the development and installation of Wi-Fi kiosks in the U.K.;
  • Walmart in connection with various technology matters;
  • Airfox in connection with providing a mobile payment service for Via Varejo in Brazil;
  • A&E Television Networks, LLC in its joint venture with Vice Media Inc. to launch Viceland, a cable channel;
  • JP Morgan Chase in a co-branded global payment solution venture with AirPlus;

Stadium Naming Licenses

  • MetLife, Inc. in the acquisition of the naming rights for MetLife Stadium (home of the N.Y. Jets and N.Y. Giants);
  • FirstEnergy Corporation in acquiring the naming rights for FirstEnergy Stadium (home of the Cleveland Browns);

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • The Walt Disney Company in its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd.; and
  • Amadeus IT Group in its acquisition of Navitaire;

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Levi was director of intellectual property for Reuters America Inc. and a vice president of Reuters NewMedia Inc. In these roles, he was responsible for all of Reuters’ technology and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Levi has written and spoken on numerous outsourcing, privacy, technology and intellectual property issues, and each year he co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s Open Source Institute. Mr. Levi has been named by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2004 and by Chambers Global as one of the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in technology transactions each year since 2002. He also was previously selected by Crain’s New York Business for its list of Forty Under Forty — New York’s Rising Stars, where he was cited for his work in internet law. In addition, Mr. Levi repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for information technology law.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986 (cum laude)
  • B.A., Computer Science and Political Science, Columbia University, Columbia College, 1983 (magna cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York

Stuart D. Levi

Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology; Outsourcing; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Media and Entertainment
stuart.levi@skadden.com