Nicholas is a partner in the firm’s Technology Practice. He advises a wide range of clients on all types of complex technology projects including: outsourcing transactions; IP licensing; cloud services; strategic alliances and collaborations; and technology development and innovation projects. Nicholas also has considerable experience on renegotiations and dispute management in this area, and on cybersecurity matters ranging from cybersecurity strategy and management to incident response. He has been a featured speaker at a number of national conferences on topics ranging from vendor management regulation to innovation strategy to cybersecurity regulation and strategy.
Primary Focus & Experience
Mr. Smith focuses mainly on advising companies on complex commercial transactions, including IT and business process outsourcing projects, investment operations outsourcing projects, technology development projects, strategic alliances, and licensing and services agreements. He has significant experience advising on the renegotiation and exit from these arrangements and on disputes in the sector. He also advises on a wide range of cybersecurity-related matters, including the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy regarding cybersecurity, cybersecurity regulation, and incident response.
Mr. Smith also has advised on the technology aspects of numerous private equity and restructuring matters, often supporting client efforts to rationalize their technology strategy and operations in connection with M&A transactions, investments, and restructurings.
His recent representations include advising:
- A major global bank on the establishment of a financial industry utility services offering;
- A major global bank on the transformation of its data storage strategy and operations;
- A global pharmaceutical company on a number of IT outsourcing and BPO transactions;
- A major US health company on a series of interrelated IT outsourcing and IT transformation projects;
- A global hospitality brand on its response to a cybersecurity incident and a related contractual dispute with its service provider;
- A global logistics company on its renegotiation of its ERP license, including the adoption of a new pricing model to enable “indirect access” via interconnected company systems on predictable financial terms;
- A number of major companies on disputes and renegotiations of existing technology services agreements; and
- A wide range of reorganizations of company operations and technology in connection with corporate restructuring and bankruptcy matters.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Mr. Smith has been recognized as an outstanding practitioner in Chambers and in Legal 500.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
- University of Iowa, B.A.
- District of Columbia
- New York