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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 with technology and data partnerships in the financial services industry, including payment cards and systems, cryptoassets, blockchain technology, market and reference data, digital banking, and financial analytics. Mr. Eckstut is also the Corporate lead for Covington’s Futures and Derivatives practice, drawing on experience in transactions involving trading platforms and exchanges, benchmarks, clearinghouses, and other critical elements of financial markets.


  • 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 bank, on market data licensing issues relating to its fintech strategy.
  • A startup, on an agreement with a blockchain technology company to develop a software platform for issuing digital security tokens.
  • An online travel platform, on a payment facilitator agreement with a payment processor and associated submerchant agreements with platform participants.
  • A financial data aggregator, on data sourcing and data access negotiations.
  • A startup cryptocurrency exchange, on regulatory issues and its terms of services.
  • A travel company, on a strategic vendor agreement with a payments company.

Other Matters

  • 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 client’s digital and traditional media purchases in the United States.
  • The sponsor of a carbon credit standard in a data registry services agreement.
  • A diversified industrial conglomerate, on its forms and strategy for negotiating with digital technology vendors.
  • The manufacturer of a wireless vehicle speed management tool for the transportation industry, on its form customer agreement.
  • A travel company, in a services agreement with an advertising agency for creative branding services.

Pro Bono

  • Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute et al. v. Smith et al. (S.D. Ohio 1:18:-cv-00357 TSB). The firm represents plaintiffs challenging Ohio’s current congressional redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Previous Experience

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