Ketan Pastakia

Counsel, New York



Ketan Pastakia is counsel in the Technology Transactions Group within the Firm's Merger & Acquisition Practice. Ketan concentrates his practice on transactions involving the development, acquisition, transfer, and licensing of intellectual property and technology. He represents multinational corporations in a variety of industries, including Internet software, mobile devices, autonomous vehicles, drones, semiconductor technology, hardware manufacturing, and medical services. Ketan has significant experience with joint ventures, joint development and strategic alliances, distribution and supply agreements, hardware/software licensing, open source issues, cloud computing and data privacy protection.

Ketan has also represented clients in complex patent litigation matters and has experience with pre-suit investigations, document discovery, invalidity and non-infringement contentions, inter partes reviews, expert reports and depositions.

Ketan holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information networking. Prior to attending law school, he spent many years as a senior technical analyst and project manager for telecommunications companies.

Bars and Courts
New York
New Jersey
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Rutgers School of Law – Newark
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University


VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc. (NYSE: VPCC), a SPAC sponsored by Victory Park Capital, in its US$4 billion business combination with Dave Inc., a financial platform.

Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACND), a SPAC, in its US$3 billion business combination with Beacon Street Group, LLC, a leading multi-brand digital subscription service platform that provides premium financial research, software, education and tools for self-directed investors.

dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV (NYSE: DMYQ), a SPAC, in its US$2.8 billion acquisition of Planet Labs Inc., a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth.

Fusion Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FUSE), a SPAC, in its US$2.2 billion business combination with MoneyLion Inc., America's leading digital financial platform.

Graf Industrial Corp. (NYSE: GRAF), a SPAC, in its US$1.8 billion business combination with Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., a developer of Lidar Technology for corporate and consumer markets.

ION Acquisition Corp 2 Ltd. (NYSE: IACB), a SPAC, in its US$1.3 billion business combination with Innovid, Inc., a global leader in connected TV ad delivery and measurement.

Intel Corporation in a series of acquisitions of technology companies innovating in sectors such as autonomous vehicles, drones and semiconductors.

Facebook in connection with various intellectual property, product, content, and technology transactions.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. in connection with the sale of the SHARPER IMAGE business.

Qingdao Haier, a company that is 41 percent owned by the leading Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier Group Corp., in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business, through an auction process. The transaction was named "Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor 2017.

B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. II, a SPAC, in its US$550 million business combination with Eos Energy Services LLC, a leading manufacturer of zinc hybrid cathode battery energy storage systems.

Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ("DSBJ") in its US$292.5 million acquisition of the printed circuit board business from Flex Ltd.

Avon Rubber p.l.c. (LSE: AVON), a leading provider of life critical personal protection systems to military and first responder markets, in its US$130 million acquisition of Team Wendy, LLC, a leading supplier of critical protective systems including helmets and helmet liner and retention systems for military and first responders.

Anthem, Inc. in:

  • its acquisition of myNEXUS Inc., a post-acute benefits management company focused on delivering innovative home and community-based product offerings;
  • its acquisition of InnovaCare Health, L.P.'s Puerto Rico-based subsidiaries, including MMM Holdings, LLC (MMM) and its Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, MMM Healthcare, LLC, as well as affiliated companies and Medicaid plan. MMM is Puerto Rico's largest MA plan and one of the fastest-growing vertically integrated healthcare organizations in the United States;
  • its acquisition of Aspire Health, Inc., the nation's largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care provider; and
  • its acquisition of America's 1st Choice, a privately – held for – profit Medicare Advantage organization that offers HMO products in Florida and South Carolina.

Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., North America's largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty materials for printing, in the acquisition of Crane Stationery Corporation.

SDIC Fund Management Co., Ltd. in its agreement to acquire an ownership stake in Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

Harvest Partners in its acquisition of PRO Unlimited, a provider of contingent workforce management services and software.

Harvest Partners in its joint acquisition with Audax Private Equity of CWD Holdings Corp., a distributor of auto parts.

Quad-C Management, Inc. in its investment in Pharm-Olam International, Ltd.; and Vaco Investor Holdings LLC.