Adam Chernichaw

Partner, New York


Adam has been recognized for his transactional practice by Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 and is ranked as a top practitioner.


Adam is a partner in the Technology Transactions Practice within the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group, and is a member of the Firm's Fintech Leadership Team.

Adam advises clients in structuring complex (and often innovative and transformative) commercial transactions to help execute their strategic goals.

He represents a variety of global businesses across a number of industry sectors including financial services, social media, life sciences, food services, commercial airlines, telecommunications, sports, hospitality and entertainment. For over twenty years, Adam has had a particular focus in the financial technology (fintech) sector, representing buy-side and sell-side institutions, users of fintech products and services, and companies seeking strategic alliances and product integrations.

Adam has extensive experience in information technology and business process outsourcings, cloud and "as a service" offerings, payment processing services (including BIN Sponsorship arrangements, P2P payments systems, and other payment services), mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
State University of New York at Albany


Deutsche Bank, 2014
Adam advised Deutsche Bank in the outsourcing of its asset management investment platform – one of the largest outsourcing deals of its kind - to BlackRock, a multinational investment management firm. The IT solution offered a highly scalable system with the ability to evolve with his client's needs. The transaction reduced his client's costs, improved operational efficiency and reduced risk across the company.

Saudi Aramco, 2014
Adam represented Aramco Services and Saudi Aramco for over a year, on a strategic outsourcing for systems integration, application development and maintenance for IT systems to run one of the largest integrated chemical facilities in the world. These facilities are currently being built as part of a recently announced US$20 billion Sadara Chemical Company joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. The transactions include four separate Framework Agreements covering the complete automation of the facilities and integration of the systems of the various facilities that are associated with the project.

Financial institution – HR outsourcing, 2007, 2014
Adam represented a global financial institution in outsourcing certain human resources functions (such as recruitment processes, travel and entertainment services, background screening, commission payment and employee benefit plan administration) and "software as a service" transactions.

Perpetual licensing of the Braun brand for De'Longhi S.p.A., 2012
Adam worked as an adviser on intellectual property matters to appliance manufacturer De'Longhi S.p.A. on its perpetual licensing of the Braun brand from the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), in a deal worth up to €214 million. The agreement gave Treviso-based De'Longhi the perpetual right to use the Braun brand and connected patents within the small kitchen appliance, ironing and selected household appliance categories. For more details, see "White & Case Advises De'Longhi on €214 Million Perpetual Licensing of Braun Brand from Procter & Gamble."

Baked goods company – outsourcing transaction, 2006, 2012
Adam represented international baked goods company in one of the largest information technology outsourcing transactions for Latin America.

Verizon Wireless, 2011
Adam represented Verizon Wireless in connection with the "Softcard" joint venture, with other major wireless carriers, for the development of a wireless payment platform. His role in this matter involved advising on the structure of technology and IP contributions, vendor selection and negotiation of the sourcing and licensing arrangements with the various parties engaged to build the platform, commercial terms and potential royalty and value streams, as well as the rights as between the venture and the participating carriers and third-party licensees.

Tribe Mobile, 2011
Adam represented Tribe Mobile in connection with its strategic partnership with the Virgin Group to launch Virgin as a branded mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the Latin American region.

Commercial airline – outsourcing a new wide area network, 2011
Adam represented a commercial airline in connection with outsourcing the building of a new wide area network to support its global reservation and passenger check-in system.

Speaking Engagements

Panel member, "Risk Management Issues and Challenges Around Growth Strategies," June 13, 2017 AON Consulting Industry Symposium.

"New developments in software law: copyright, licenses and development agreements", September 2016: International Bar Association 2016 Annual Conference, Washington DC

"Internet of things, machine to machine communication and other spooky things: how best to deal with smart homes, intelligent cars, computer-based automated trading and self-automated logistics", October 2015: International Bar Association 2015 Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria

"Dealing with data and business information: practical ways of protecting digital data, business information and trade secrets", October 2014: International Bar Association 2014 Annual Conference, Tokyo, Japan

"Big Data Business Law: Grappling with Godzilla – Best Practices for Data Analytics", October 2013: International Bar Association 2013 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts

"Big Data: Legal Challenges Around Data Sourcing, Licensing, Analytics and Optimization", November 1, 2012: Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) – San Francisco Bay Chapter's conference entitled "Deal or No Deal 2012"

"Software as a Service Contract", November 16, 2011: Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) – San Francisco Bay Chapter's conference entitled "Deal or No Deal 2011: Digging Deep in the Box"

"Best Practices for Drafting Standard Contractual Provisions: Force Majeure and Other Clauses that Tend to be Overlooked", June 9, 2011, Hsinchu, Taiwan; June 10, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan: 2011 Symposium on International IP Strategies for Taiwanese Technology Companies

"Best Practices for Drafting Indemnification Provisions", June 3, 2010, Hsinchu, Taiwan; June 4, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan: 2010 Symposium on International Intellectual Property Strategies for Taiwanese High-Tech Companies

"Distinguishing the Cloud From the Fog. A Practical Legal Approach", May 17, 2010: East Coast CIO Forum


The Year of Blockchain: Global Legal Framework Begins to Take Form, SA Financial Regulation Journal, March 6, 2018 (with Kevin Petrasic, Ajita Shukla and Matthew Bornfreund)

Introduction and contributing author ("Vendor Risk Management as Applied to Fintech Contracts"), Chambers 2017 Legal Developments in the Global FinTech Sector Guide

World Cup "Ambush Marketing" Charges Part of Event Brand Protection Strategy, BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, June 25, 2010, (by Tony Dutra)

Get Yer Mitts Off My Savings, Corporate Counsel, February 4, 2010, (co-author with Howard Wettan)

Looking East, US Law Firms Boost India Practices, IP Law 360, January 18, 2007, (by Erin Marie Daly)

Privacy Ramifications for Outsourcing Overseas Could Prove Costly to Companies, New York Law Journal, October 4, 2006, (co-author with David Bender)

Can I Protect a Great Business Idea from Being Stolen?, New York Enterprise Report, October 2006

Awards and Recognition

Listed in Chambers Fintech Legal Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies 2020

Listed in Chambers USA Technology & Outsourcing 2020

Listed in Legal 500 Media Technology and Telecoms, Outsourcing

Listed in IAM Patent 1000