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Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence in M&A and Investment Transactions

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The development, use and commercialization of artificial intelligence presents novel issues, and how an M&A or investment target manages these issues can materially impact its risk profile (such as its actual or potential liabilities) and its valuation. Lawyers and consultants from Microsoft, Salesforce, Oliver Wyman, and Covington who are experienced with M&A and investment transactions involving AI technology will share their perspectives about these emerging issues. The panelists also will offer insights on what buyers and investors can do to assess and address AI issues in the M&A and investment context throughout the transaction lifecycle, starting with the negotiation of the LOI through post-closing matters.

Topics will include:

  • Strategies for addressing trustworthy AI in transactions in a complex and evolving legal and business landscape;
  • Strategies for addressing emerging AI proprietary rights issues in transactions, including the target’s practices with respect to training data and AI outputs; and
  • How the approach may vary based on the target’s business and the purchaser’s post-closing plans.

Please join us for this highly interactive panel discussion that brings together the dealmakers from Microsoft and Salesforce with Covington’s and Oliver Wyman’s M&A and AI authorities.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
9:30 - 11 a.m. Pacific
12:30 - 2 p.m. Eastern

Log-in details will be provided upon registration.

Click here to register.

CLE: 90 minutes of CLE accreditation is available in California and New York. We will provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance should you wish to apply in another jurisdiction.


Lee Tiedrich

Lee Tiedrich is co-chair of the firm’s global and multi-disciplinary Artificial Intelligence Initiative. She brings together an undergraduate education in electrical engineering and over 25 years of legal experience to counsel clients on a broad range of technology transactions (including in the investment and M&A context), intellectual property, AI governance and ethics, data and other emerging technology matters.

Denny Kwon

Denny Kwon represents public and private companies, private equity firms, and investment banks in a wide range of M&A transactions. In his 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Kwon has advised clients in strategic transactions in the technology, life sciences and other industries, and has become a trusted advisor to some of the most active acquirers in the technology industry.

Garrett Krueger
Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney

Garrett Krueger is a Senior Attorney in Microsoft Corporation’s Corporate Legal Group. Garrett is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft whose practice focuses on corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and investments. Garrett’s primary clients are Microsoft’s Corporate Development, Integration and M12 groups.

Mike Philips
Assistant General Counsel

Mike Philips is an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) organization. In his current role, he supports the company’s Business Development and Corporate Development organizations, with a focus on complex commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mike has supported a variety of enterprise and consumer products, field organizations and policy functions, and helped lead the development of Microsoft’s foundational Responsible AI Principles.

Omar Alam
Director; Senior Corporate Counsel
Salesforce Ventures

Omar Alam is lead counsel at Salesforce Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Salesforce. Salesforce Ventures is the second most active Corporate VC globally and is focused on creating the world's largest ecosystem of enterprise cloud companies. It has invested in over 400 companies in 23 countries since 2009, and has over $2.5B in assets under management.

Wei Chen
SVP, Associate General Counsel, Strategic Transactions

Wei Chen is the SVP and Associate General Counsel at Salesforce, leading the legal functions for mergers & acquisitions, strategic investment, real estate and data center. During her 10+-year tenure at Salesforce, Salesforce has become one of the most active acquirers and strategic investors in the technology space, the largest corporate tenant in San Francisco, and a prominent leader in cloud computing.

Ege Gürdeniz
Oliver Wyman Digital

Ege helps clients become data- and analytics-driven decision makers. Focusing on the intersection of risk management and advanced analytics, Ege advises on how to effectively and responsibly adopt artificial intelligence at scale. Ege also leads Oliver Wyman’s AI Academy, which is an immersive learning experience designed to help senior decision makers, executives, and board members develop a fundamental understanding and intuition around the abilities, business applications, and pitfalls of AI.