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Andrew Klungness

Partner
Fenwick & West LLP

Leveraging nearly two decades of business and legal experience, Andrew navigates clients—at all stages of their lifecycles—through the opportunities and risks presented by novel and complex transactions and business models.

Andrew is a co-chair of Fenwick’s consumer technologies team, as well as a principal member of its fintech/blockchain group. He works with clients in a number of verticals, including fintech, blockchain (NFTs, DeFi, Layer 1, and others), e-commerce, consumer products, proptech, marketplaces, and edtech, among others.

Andrew leads significant and complex strategic alliances, joint ventures and other collaboration and partnering arrangements, which are often driven by a combination of technological innovation, industry disruption, and rights to content, brands or celebrity personas. He also structures and negotiates a wide range of agreements and transactions, including licensing, technology sourcing, manufacturing and supply, channel partnerships and marketing agreements. Additionally, Andrew counsels clients in various intellectual property, technology and contract issues in financing, M&A and other corporate transactions.

Apart from his transactional practice, Andrew provides strategic counseling regarding best practices to reduce the risks associated with doing business on digital platforms, from online, to mobile and social media, to connected devices, to enterprise and consumer blockchain implementations. This counseling often involves advice around intellectual property, consumer protection (e.g., warranties and subscription auto-renewal law) and international issues, as well as privacy and data security.

Andrew is an enthusiastic member of the LA tech community, having practiced technology law in Santa Monica since the “dot com” era. His passion for local startups carries over into helping his earlier stage clients develop, protect and monetize their IP; navigate the “grey areas” of the law inevitably present in innovation and disruption; and implement “playbooks” around the day-to-day contracts that make up their business.

My Sessions

The Future of Cryptocurrency & Beyond

Cryptocurrency, NFTs, and digital assets continue to gain prominence, but with increased interest can come increased uncertainty. With a growing number of investors and myriad new uses, many are considering what the future holds. How will institutions and businesses handle heightened demand for these digital assets? Should investment strategies change? What ecosystem impacts can we […]

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