Jeremy J Wolk

Jeremy J. Wolk



Jeremy Wolk’s practice encompasses various business and corporate law matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, commercial deals, strategic initiatives and intellectual property transactions. His clients range from IP-centric startups to Fortune 150 corporations, which he counsels on the purchase, sale, development and monetization of content and technology assets, as well as, information technology and business process outsourcing transactions.

What do you focus on?

I am a transactional attorney focusing on the acquisition, divestiture, commercialization and utilization of companies, assets and market offerings. While diverse in nature, my clients tend to have core assets that are based in intellectual property, many of whom I have advised though the trials, tribulations and triumphs inherent to such companies. Prior to joining NP, I was the senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of iVillage Inc., a public company listed on the NASDAQ National Market acquired by NBC Universal, Inc. for $600 million. My experience leading buy, sale and business venture processes provides a unique insight into such transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

I assist clients with buying and selling companies and assets. My industry experience is broad in scope and scale from small manufacturers, software developers and food purveyors to international wine distributors, aviation services companies and media businesses.

Licensing

I have vast experience in the inbound and outbound licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights in many industries including software, media, information technology, renewable energy, biotech and emerging technology. Through legal mechanisms I assist these companies with maximizing monetization and protection of these IP assets. I also advise on the services that often accompany the creation, maintenance or enhancement of intellectual property assets.

Outsourcing/Privacy

I advise clients on global and domestic technology and service transactions to facilitate strategic initiatives, protect assets and avoid the pitfalls inherent to these transactions.  I regularly strategize, draft and negotiate agreements for classic information technology and business process outsourcing, cloud and “as-a-service” offerings, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.  As these transactions often include data security and privacy risks, I team with clients to design practical and legal protections. 

Commercial Transactions and General Counsel Activities

As a General Counsel of iVillage Inc. and NBC Universal, Inc., I spent seven years advising the company and its numerous foreign and domestic subsidiaries on day-to-day operational activities for their online, print and television offerings. As such, I have a unique understanding of the commercial activities and the demands of a general counsel and since joining NP have acted as external general counsel for clients with no legal department to assisting companies with legal departments the size of some law firms.

Equity Offerings and Financings

I represent a myriad of venture capitalists, private equity funds, financial institutions and issuers in securities offerings and financing activities. In addition to traditional debt and equity issuances and investments, I have advised IP-focused private equity funds with patent commercialization funding arrangements, international banks with commercial financings of film and television productions and major universities with venture investments.

What do you see on the horizon?

Cash flows from intellectual property will diversify as owners seek new methods to monetize core and under-utilized assets, private equity funds target IP portfolios as a new investment class and investors participate in the new Intellectual Property Exchange International. We will be ready to assist in traditional and novel ways for buying, selling and commercializing IP assets.

Presentations

  • Moderator, “Private Equity Investing Outlook: What is next for the Consumer Products & Services Industry,” Nixon Peabody Hot Topics in the Middle Market, March 2017

Representative Experience

  • Represented global information technology solutions and services company in acquisition of assets from major entertainment company and related transactional matters involving conversion of application suite to software-as-a-service offering to major movie and television studios.
  • Represented leading grocery e-tailor in strategic transactions including services agreements for relaunch of online store and “bet-the-company” commercial agreements involving new automated warehouse management facility and systems.
  • Represent prominent imaging technology company on all commercial aspects of development and worldwide launch of sharing economy offering.
  • Advising Valaquenta Intellectual Properties Limited, a Bermuda company, in several intellectual property transactions, including sale of assets and patent license of foreign exchange trading platform to Gain Capital Holdings, Inc. (GCAP), including post-closing matters relating thereto.
  • Represent a leading digital and social game publisher in corporate activities involving tender offer of foreign parent company.
  • Represented exchange trading platform developer in implementation of monetization strategy and intellectual property transactions, including sale of assets and patent license of foreign exchange trading platform to Gain Capital Holdings, Inc. (GCAP).
  • Represented Bermuda intellectual property holding company in connection with its purchase of patents and assets from a prominent firm consisting of several investment funds and one of the largest patent portfolios.
  • Represent an Austin-based private equity firm concentrated on intellectual property investments in the acquisition and licensing of portfolio assets.
  • Represent leading professional print and online media company in development, strategic initiative and inbound and outbound licensing transactions.
  • Represented global leader in business process and document management in licensing transactions and general corporate overflow matters.
  • Represented leading French multi-platform interactive entertainment company in valuation and divestiture of IP portfolio assets.
  • Represented leader in photography products in joint venture proposal with major semiconductor company.
  • Represented BBA Aviation (BBA:LN), a global industry leader in aviation services, in its acquisition of the trade and assets of PLH Aviation Services and Dryden Air Services.
  • Represented North American Partners in Anesthesia, the largest single specialty anesthesia management company in the United States, in the recapitalization of NAPA’s practice management company (Awarded 2011 ACG New York Champion’s Award for Healthcare & Life Sciences Deal of the Year).
  • Represented venture capital fund of major university in portfolio investments.
  • Represented healthcare services firm in the sale of the assets of its mobile radiology division.
  • Represented five of the eleven CapX 2020 utilities in closing the first of five contemplated joint venture transactions. CapX2020 is a joint initiative of eleven transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region to expand the electric transmission grid to ensure continued reliable and affordable service.

Deal Watch: Private equity hits new heights

The American Lawyer | November 22, 2021

This article on the surge in private equity deals includes NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its $1.2 billion business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi’s operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

Four firms lead three-way SPAC to create new beauty platform

Bloomberg Law | November 18, 2021

This article covering a roughly $1.2 billion merger of skin care and beauty brands with a special purpose acquisition company mentions NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi's operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

2021 Intellectual Property Power List

The Daily Record | October 29, 2021

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk has been named to the publication’s “Intellectual Property Power List.” The accolade includes a short Q&A article on Jeremy’s legal practice in the IP space, his community impact and involvement, and what he looks forward to doing as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Major ruling protects sexual orientation, gender identity

Rochester Business Journal | July 10, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent determination—notably during Pride Month—that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under federal law. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester partner Stephanie Caffera, Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, Boston department attorney Aimee Bierman, and Long Island associate Christopher Moro, all of the Labor and Employment group.

Five steps businesses can take now to minimize coronavirus-related risk

Rochester Business Journal | June 12, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on how businesses can prepare now for legal implications of the coronavirus, putting themselves in a stronger position for long-term success. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Rick McGuirk.

Peloton case an example of intellectual property rights of copyright owners

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.

Coronavirus putting crimp on firms doing business in China

Rochester Business Journal | February 21, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about how employers with business operations in China are responding to the coronavirus outbreak and related travel restrictions. The article is based on an alert by Hong Kong Corporate partner David Cheng, Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Benjamin Kim, San Francisco Labor and Employment senior counsel Jeffrey Tanenbaum and associate Rachel Conn, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman

Keep up with laws developing to protect our consumer data

Rochester Business Journal | November 15, 2019

In the latest installment of his monthly column, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk analyzes state-level legislation aimed at enhancing consumer privacy rights and protections, similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Rochester Corporate associate Jenny Holmes contributed to the column.

Your business may be liable for years-old website images

Rochester Business Journal | October 11, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk co-wrote this contributed article illustrating the need for website owners to be vigilant about the copyright status of images posted to their sites. This column is based on an alert by Boston Intellectual Property associate Troy Lieberman.

Expansive changes bolster protections for employees in New York State

Rochester Business Journal | September 20, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk co-wrote this contributed article on changes to employee protections in New York State, including new limitations on nondisclosure agreements and an increased window for filing harassment claims. The article is adapted from an alert by Long Island Labor and Employment partner Tara Daub Eyer and associate Justin Guilfoyle.

Cuomo advances 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda with new job laws

Rochester Business Journal | August 16, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk co-wrote this column on a pair of bills signed into law in New York that aim to curb pay discrimination due to gender or other differences.

Brunetti case attempts to further determine “unprotected speech”

Rochester Business Journal | July 26, 2019

This column by Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk analyzes a recent Supreme Court decision on whether individuals have a First Amendment right to register federal trademarks of “obscene” words and phrases. The column is based on an NP Alert written by Intellectual Property partners Jeff Costellia, Jason Kravitz and Deanna Kunze, and associate Anthony Duncan.

U.S. releases new guidance on status of on-demand service providers

Rochester Business Journal | June 28, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed article outlining new guidance from the Department of Labor on whether “gig economy” workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.

Websites open to the public must comply with the U.S. Disabilities Act

Rochester Business Journal | April 06, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed article along with Labor and Employment counsel Todd Shinaman and associate Jeremy League describing the pertinent legal framework outline website owners’ obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Patent office issues new guidance on patent applications

Rochester Business Journal | February 22, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, with the help of Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Jennifer Hayes and Washington, DC, Intellectual Property associates Anthony Duncan and Emily Sandhaus, authored this column the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s new guidance on software patent applications.

Facebook lawsuit underscores importance of transparent collection and use of data

Rochester Business Journal | January 25, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column analyzing a lawsuit filed against Facebook in Washington, DC, alleging violations of state-level consumer protection laws by the social media company. This article incorporates perspective from an alert written by Washington Complex Commercial Disputes associate Brian Donnelly, Rochester Corporate associate Jenny Holmes, and Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Karina Puttieva.

Contact

Jeremy J. Wolk

Partner

Rochester

Phone: 585-263-1050

New York

Phone: 212-940-3000


Fax: 866-560-0661

Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, M.B.A., Banking & Finance

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

Ithaca College, B.S., Sport Management/Pre-Law

New York

Jeremy was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and was the Best Lawyers 2022 Rochester, NY, “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships). Jeremy has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2016.

Jeremy has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 for Corporate/M&A (Upstate New York). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Jeremy was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2013-2016 in the area of Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual Property.

  • Board of Trustees and Secretary, Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation
  • President, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester New York
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Monroe Community College Foundation
  • Assistant Secretary, Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Member, American, New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations
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