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S. Burr Eckstut
Special Counsel
New York +1 212 841 1112 beckstut@cov.com Download V-card

Burr Eckstut advises clients on transactions involving intellectual property, technology, and data, including the negotiation of agreements for strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions, licensing, technology services, and outsourcing.

Mr. Eckstut is co-chair of Covington's Fintech Initiative, and has particular expertise in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, payment systems, market and reference data, financial analytics, and indexes.

Mr. Eckstut is also the Corporate lead for Covington’s Futures and Derivatives practice, with experience on transactions involving trading platforms and exchanges, benchmarks, clearinghouses, and other critical elements of financial markets.

Mr. Eckstut regularly advises a variety of businesses outside the financial sector on data licensing, developing data analytics, and forming data-oriented commercial partnerships.

  • Coinbase, Inc., in connection with a strategic agreement with Trading Technologies International Inc. for trading connectivity and the distribution of Coinbase’s cryptocurrency market data.
  • Defiance ETFs, in an agreement to license indexes for its Augmented & Virtual Reality ETF (AUGR) and Quantum Computing ETF (QTUM).
  • A medical devices manufacturer, in a complex strategic customer agreement and innovation partnership.
  • A major pharmaceutical company, in a master services agreement with an advertising agency covering substantially all of the company’s digital and traditional media purchases in the United States.
  • A Fortune 100 diversified industrial conglomerate, on its forms and strategy for negotiating with digital technology vendors.
  • A major travel company, in a services agreement with an advertising agency for creative branding services.
  • The manufacturer of a wireless vehicle speed management tool for the transportation industry, on its form customer agreement.
  • A startup cryptocurrency exchange, on regulatory issues and its terms of services.
  • A major bank, on commercial terms for new API tools for its fintech services.
  • A data aggregator, on data sourcing strategy and data access negotiations.

Pro Bono

  • Won legal immigration status for pro bono client who suffered abuse in home country.

Previous Experience

  • Bloomberg L.P., Legal Department Chief of Staff; Corporate Counsel (2012-2017)