Claudine Meredith-Goujon

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Claudine Meredith-Goujon

Claudine Meredith-Goujon

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

* Practices:
* Corporate
* IP Transactions

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1997

B.A., Indiana University, 1992

Clerkship

Hon. Jane A. Restani, U.S. Court of International Trade

Bar Admissions

New York

As a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group, Claudine Meredith-Goujon concentrates her practice on intellectual property transactions and counseling. Ms. Meredith-Goujon has advised on a variety of transactional intellectual property matters, including licensing of trademarks, brands, copyrights and software, as well as sponsorship agreements, trademark clearance, prosecution and registration and enforcement and maintenance of intellectual property assets. Her practice includes numerous Internet law issues, including licensing and distribution of content online and privacy law and the negotiation of commercial agreements, including IT and vendor contracts. Ms. Meredith-Goujon’s practice also includes addressing and structuring the intellectual property aspect of mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, securitizations of franchise businesses and financings in a broad range of industries.

EXPERIENCE

Ms. Meredith-Goujon's recent transactions include:

* KIK Custom Products in:
* its acquisition by affiliates of Centerbridge Partners; and
* connection with a long-term licensing arrangement with The Clorox Company for the use of the CLOROX® brand on pool-cleaning products.

* Performance Sports Group Ltd., a New Hampshire-based developer and manufacturer of high performance sports equipment and apparel, in its acquisition of an exclusive perpetual, worldwide license from Q30 Sports, LLC, a Connecticut-based research and development company dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the growing problem of Traumatic Brain Injury, to use its patent and technology assets in the development of products intended to address the issue of mild traumatic brain injury in sports and athletic activities.
* Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global learning company, in its $575 million acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services division of Scholastic Corporation, the world's largest publisher and distributer of children's books.
* Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. in connection with its whole-business securitization of the Arby's branded restaurants, backed primarily by franchise royalties and licensing fees from company-owned restaurants in the United States, Canada and certain international jurisdictions.
* Spectrum Brands, a Wisconsin-based global consumer products company, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Armored AutoGroup Parent, Inc., a Connecticut-based consumer products company consisting primarily of the Armor All and STP brands, as well as several other lines of products in the automotive care and accessories business, from Avista Capital Partners.
* Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in its three-year collaboration agreement with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) for, and related option to acquire, a number of market-leading over the counter pharmaceutical brands in Brazil, Mexico and certain other parts of Latin America.
* Citigroup, Inc. in the sale of:
* its retail banking business in Japan, including about 740,000 customer accounts, to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and
* Citi Cards Japan, Inc., a Japan-based issuer of branded credit cards, to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

* Kate Spade & Company(formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies) in the sale of:
* the Juicy Couture brand and related intellectual property assets to Authentic Brands Group; and
* Lucky Brand to LBD Acquisition Company.

Ms. Meredith-Goujon was a member of the Journal of International Law and Politics and was a 1997 Paul, Weiss summer associate. She is a co-author of the article, "Revising Privacy Policies on the Internet," which was published in The State Bar News of the New York State Bar Association (2001) and has spoken at a variety of CLE programs on brand licensing, legal trends in fashion, emerging copyright issues and the fundamentals of privacy and data security in an electronic world.

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Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1997

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

B.A.
Class of 1992

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

Memberships
Member
Prior

This student-run publication is devoted to commentary on contemporary issues in international and comparative law. JILP features articles on international legal topics by leading scholars and practitioners, as well as notes, case comments, and book annotations written by Journal members.

Career History
Partner
Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Intern, Office of the Legal Adviser
1998 - Prior

The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established.

Clerk
Prior

The United States Court of International Trade, formerly the United States Customs Court, and before that the Board of General Appraisers, is an Article III court, with full powers in law and equity. The Court sits in New York City, although it is authorized to sit elsewhere, including in foreign nations.

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Driven Brands, Inc., Roark Capital Group, Inc. purchase Clairus Group from Ridgemont Equity Partners

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Taylor Morrison Home Corp. purchases William Lyon Homes, Inc.

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CI Capital Partners LLC purchases WTS International, Inc.

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