Yixin (Yish) Gong
Yixin (Yish) Gong is a Technology Transactions Partner at White & Case in Silicon Valley, California.
Yish specializes in drafting and negotiating complex IP and technology agreements for clients across diverse industries, from tech and fintech to consumer goods and education, in matters relating to variety of technologies, including AI, big data, e-commerce and platform technologies. She offers legal and commercial advice on a range of commercial agreements, including technology and IP licensing transactions, services agreements, distribution agreement, JV arrangements, and sponsorship agreements. Yish also has experience advising on the technology and IP aspects of M&A transactions and other corporate transactions.
Prior to joining White & Case, Yish worked at the Sydney office of another leading international law firm. Her experience also includes secondments to work as in-house counsel to Meta Platforms.
Dual-qualified in California and Australia, Yish brings an international perspective to her practice. In 2017, she was awarded the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 award in the Commercial category (awarded to the best young lawyers across Australia).
Recent transactions include:
Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) in connection with various intellectual property, product, content, and technology transactions
Block (formerly Square) in connection with the creation of Crypto Open Patent Alliance, a unique non-profit community formed to encourage the adoption and advancement of cryptocurrency technologies and to remove patents as a barrier to growth and innovation
Meta Platforms and WhatsApp in connection with the technology, commerce and product integration deal associated with the US$5.7 billion investment by Meta Platforms into Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, India's largest telecom operator
Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) in connection with its new Portal devices and service
Other notable transactions include:
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) in connection with on the intellectual property and technology aspects of structuring of joint venture and financing arrangements for the development of direct air capture ("DAC") plants
Automobile manufacturer in connection with its investment in a next-generation battery materials company, and the strategic partnership agreements associated with the investment
A global financial institution in the establishment of its consumer digital banking platform in the U.S.
OpenText Corp. (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSE: OTEX), a Canadian seller and developer of enterprise information management software and one of Canada's largest software companies, in its US$75 million acquisition of XMedius, a provider of secure information exchange and unified communication solutions with locations in the United States, Canada and Europe
Humanwell and CITIC Capital China Partners on their US$ 600 million acquisition of Ansell's sexual wellness business*
A renewable energy and technology start-up in connection with its technology licensing agreement and customer terms*
Global food conglomerate headquartered in APAC region on:
- Acquisition of branded-juice and smoothie business*
- Acquisition of branded-yoghurt and breakfast foods business*
- Acquisition of specialty foods business*
Restructuring of the trademark portfolio for a global food company, including the transfer and assignment of trademarks in over 30 countries*
Global food manufacturer, distributor and retailer headquartered in Australian, with operations in New Zealand, Middle East, U.S., Pacific Islands and Asia, in connection with its distribution, manufacturing, services and R&D agreements*
* Includes experience prior to joining White & Case.
Co-author, "Diligencing AI-enabled M&A Targets", American Bar Association, Business Law Section