Lori E. Lesser

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Lori E. Lesser

Lori E. Lesser

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Biography

Lori Lesser is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she practices in the Litigation Department and is Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Lori advises on all aspects of intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including corporate transactions, litigation, licensing, outsourcing, strategic agreements and counseling in fields including media and entertainment, software and technology, financial information, apparel, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Internet, mobile and social media services and nonprofits.

* Lori has represented companies including Accenture, Adidas, ADT, AIG, Airvana, Alibaba, AOL, Barclays, Defy Media, Deutsche Bank, Ellucian, Fast Retailing, Galen, Google, Interactive Data Corp., ITT, JPMorgan, L-3, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Mars, Microsoft, New York Public Library, Nielsen, Novartis, NXP, Owens-Illinois, Sesame Workshop, Sirius XM, Take-Two Interactive TD Bank, Thomson Reuters, Travelers, Tyco, Universal Studios, Viacom, Virgin Mobile and Warner Music. She has represented private equity firms including Apax, Blackstone, Centerbridge, First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, J.C. Flowers, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lightyear, Lion Capital, Silver Lake, Vestar and Warburg Pincus.
* Her IP transactional experience includes mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and secured financings, bankruptcy and restructurings, joint ventures, licensing, outsourcing, counseling and other strategic agreements. Her IP litigation practice comprises trial and appellate work and WIPO arbitrations.
* Lori is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, which writes: “Those who work with Lori Lesser are effusive in their praise.” Clients have cited her as “a thought leader in the transactional space” and “impressive” “an exceptionally smart and knowledgeable lawyer” who “does a good job of focusing on the issue at hand” a “master of the subject matter” and “so knowledgeable about technology law and technology itself - she understands the development that makes good business possible.” The Legal 500 recognizes Lori as a “Leading Lawyer,” where she is described as “not only a top-notch technology lawyer but also a superb transactional one.”
* She is also consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, for which she has been named the “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” for New York City. She has been listed in the “Top 50 Under 45” U.S. IP Lawyers (IP Law & Business magazine), “Top 45 Under 45” U.S. women lawyers (The American Lawyer), “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation) and “20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” (Law360). She has been ranked in New York City’s top 100 lawyers and top 50 women lawyers by Super Lawyers. She has received the Burton Award for legal writing and the Award of Excellence from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her IP work in private equity deals has been featured on the cover of IP Law & Business.

Lori has served as a David Rockefeller Fellow for New York City and serves on the boards of the Partnership Fund for New York City and GreaterNY. She is a member of the Radcliffe Institute’s Dean’s Advisory Council, a director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the immediate past president of the Harvard Law School Association of NYC. She serves on advisory boards for ChIPs (chief IP counsel), ProPublica and Hunter College’s pre-law advisory program.

Lori lectures frequently on IP topics and co-chairs PLI conferences on technology and software issues.

Lori graduated from Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1988) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1993).

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New York City, NY

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Number of Awards

23

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Partner at MSD Capital LP

MSD Capital is an investment firm primarily focused on the following investment activities: investing in publicly traded securities, engaging in traditional private equity activities, investing in real estate and selectively forming partnerships with established third-party managers in the private and public markets.The MSD Public Equities group's primary investment mission is to utilize their family capital base and resources in making long-term equity investments in a limited number of outstanding companies. The group employs a disciplined, research-intensive analytic process in their search for businesses that possess sustainable long-term competitive advantages and are managed by honest, astute and shareholder-driven people. In addition to investing in equities, MSD maintains a substantial convertible bond portfolio.Private equity is an integral part of the long-term investment strategy of MSD. They seek to deploy capital in outstanding businesses with excellent management teams at attractive valuations. As distinct from private equity funds, they provide long-term, permanent capital and are able to invest without the pressures of fund raising.MSD invests in established public and private companies through privately negotiated transactions, including buyouts of private companies and divisions of public or private companies and acquisitions of public companies through going private transactions. They also make purchases of blocks of stock from public or private companies seeking equity capital or persons, families or funds seeking liquidity on existing investments. Transaction examples include leveraged and management buyouts, going private transactions, mezzanine debt and other structured investments, Private Investments in Public Entities (PIPEs) and growth equity financings, platform acquisitions and roll-ups and partnerships with other financial sponsors.While they maintain a generalist approach with regard to industries and transaction structures, they generally seek to invest in non-technology companies as a means to diversify their portfolio.MSD seeks investments with the following characteristics: solid business fundamentals including recurring revenue, high margin businesses with organic growth potential and favorable long-term prospects. They also seek investments in companies with stable, predictable operating earnings and free cash flow as evidenced by consistent operating history, a strong and sustainable market position based on high barriers to entry, attractive valuations and favorable transaction structures. Other considerations are sensible valuation multiples with attractive free cash flow yields, conservative leverage ratios with emphasis on safety of principal and strong management teams.MSD also engages in special opportunities investing. The group focuses on a variety of event-driven investment strategies including distressed debt investing, equity restructurings, direct investments and merger arbitrage.The firm's Partnership Investments group invests in a select number of investment partnerships across a variety of investment disciplines and asset classes, including hedge funds employing specific public equity and fixed-income strategies, private equity funds and real estate. They seek to generate superior risk-adjusted and tax-efficient returns by concentrating their investments with outstanding managers who collaborate with the firm to build economically aligned, long-term strategic relationships.

Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1993

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

AB, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1988

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

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Current

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The not-for-profit Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” Today, more than 6,000 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Members of INTA find true value in the Association’s global trademark research, policy development and education and training. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington DC and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

Fellow
Current

The FPA is the principal public forum in New York City for foreign policy addresses, attracting broad national and international attention. Over the years, U.S. presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, have delivered major addresses before FPA audiences. Through its annual meetings program and World Leadership Forum, the FPA gives members access to discussion and debate on the most critical issues facing America today. More than 60 heads of government have participated in the World Leadership Forum since 2000.

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Current

The Women's Forum is a community where preeminent New York women leaders of diverse achievement come together to make a difference for each other and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance to them.

Career History
Partner
Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Boards & Committees
Member, Steering Committee
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The New York City Investment Fund is a private fund with a civic mission. The Fund has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The key criterion for investment is that the venture is likely to generate benefits for New York City and its communities. Priorities include job creation, revitalization of distressed areas and innovative ideas or products that position New York at the cutting edge of growth sector industries.NYFM invests in technology or Internet companies, but only alongside an experienced lead venture capital investor. They do not make grants, but will provide below market financing for not-for-profit projects that advance their mission. They do not make long-term real estate investments nor invest in real estate for housing. They will provide short-term real estate financing for projects that have a significant impact in terms of permanent job creation, new business development or revitalization of a community.NYFM provides subordinated debt to leverage other private capital or to maintain maximum ownership for management of minority-owned companies. When investing in a venture capital deal, returns are expected to equal those of other at-risk parties.About one third of the fund's assets are owned by a limited liability company, with investors who have effectively made an interest free, unsecured loan to the fund for a period of fifteen years. Another third of the assets are held by the Civic Capital Corp., a public charity established to administer tax exempt contributions that have been donated to the fund. These investments are restricted to investment in eligible charitable activities such as economic development. The balance of assets is held by the New York Small Business Venture Fund I and II.

Political Donations
$1,000
2013

Representative from Alabama's 7th Congressional District

$5,200
2013

Senator from New Jersey

$2,500
2012

Representative from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District

Transactions
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USI Insurance Services LLC, USI, Inc. (New York) purchase U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. from Kohlberg & Company LLC

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Chart Industries, Inc. purchases Harsco Corp. /Industrial Air-X-Changers Business from Harsco Corp.

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Harris Corporation purchases L3 Technologies, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Rank #123
2014
Crain's New York Business - Most Connected New Yorkers
1997
Court Admission: Supreme Court of the United States
1995
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Events
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Harvard Law School - “Celebration 55” Global Women’s Conference

Organizer
Harvard Law School - Class of 1993 15th Reunion

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