Huu Nguyen is a deal lawyer with a strong technical background. He focuses his practice on commercial and corporate transactions in the technology and venture space, and counsels and assists clients with fintech and payment systems transactions, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicle (AV) matters, licensing, outsourcing, complex commercial arrangements, strategic relationships, financial regulatory matters, privacy and security matters, cyber law and intellectual property (IP) rights matters. He also helps his clients with accelerator and foundry formations and associated fund formations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate formation and other related matters.

    Before practicing corporate, commercial and technology law, Huu focused on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Huu seconded as an in-house counsel with a global financial services company. Huu was a board member of the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington and has worked on IP and transactional matters pro bono for nonprofits. 

    Huu is the Vice-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee of the American Bar Association (2018-2019), and has spoken widely on artificial intelligence law and written about the subject.

    In his first career, Huu was a robotics, machine learning and AI research scientist and consulted with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on technology.

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    Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

    • Advising a machine learning company in its divestiture of one of its technology platforms to a fund.
    • Advising a British media company in its bid to buy a US-based algorithmic data analytics and social media company.
    • Assisting a natural language processing (NLP) and legal analytics company with its data and IP issues, as well as its technology and commercial transactions.
    • Counseling a predictive automotive routing technology provider with its joint ventures, consulting services and IP issues.
    • Negotiating a commercial arrangement and licensing for an AI-enabled fintech platform.
    • Negotiating a commercial arrangement related to autonomous vehicles.
    • Assisting a bio-informatics company with its commercial transactions.
    • Assisting with a quantitative trading agreement.

    Fintech & Payment Systems

    • Negotiating commercial arrangements for a company that provides trading technology.
    • Advising on technology and data security arrangements for a marketplace platform company.
    • Representing a bank with its strategic alliance with a peer-to-peer payment service provider.
    • Assisting a start-up fintech company that provides payment gateway technology with its commercial relationships.
    • Representing a global financial services company with its regulatory review for a new card product and related legal diligence.
    • Representing a global financial services company with an SaaS-based loyalty program.
    • Representing a national property management in the acquisition and implementation of an integrated payment solution from a large financial institution.
    • Representing a retailer in the acquisition and implementation of digital wallet technology.
    • Advising on merchant processing agreements for clients in various industries.

    Commercial & Supply Chain Arrangements

    • Assisting in the establishment of a car sharing program.
    • Negotiating a car hailing app agreement.
    • Representing an international manufacturer of equipment in cross-border sale, resell and promotion of goods.
    • Representing an international distributor of beauty supplies in retail sales transactions.
    • Representing a foreign reseller with cross-border resale transactions of high technology equipment in the financial services industry.
    • Representing a large clothing retailer with various commercial arrangements.

    Outsourcing & Technology Transactions

    • Representing a leading financial services institution in outsourcing and licensing transactions.
    • Representing a life sciences company in sourcing of ERP solutions.
    • Representing a software provider in data center agreements, IP licenses, EULA, collaboration agreements, financial data services/cloud computing agreements, and employment and developer agreements.

    Software Licensing

    • Representing a consumer products company in manufacturing and development transactions.
    • Representing a large shipping terminal operator in software escrow agreements, consulting and software development agreements, IP licenses and terminal services-related transactions.
    • Representing software companies in connection with EULAs and employee, contractor, referral and reseller agreements.
    • Drafting a beta testing agreement for an enterprise software company.
    • Advising various clients regarding open source, shareware and freeware licensing risks.

    Formations, Mergers & Strategic Alliances

    • Representing a start-up in the formation of an innovation program and associated funding vehicles.
    • Representing a multinational media company in the acquisition of interest in a US producer and distributor of television shows.
    • Representing a financial services software provider in connection with collaboration and strategic alliance transactions.
    • Representing and advising a microchip manufacturer in the wind down of a joint venture and in new merger transactions.
    • Representing a computer and electronics manufacturer in the acquisition of a high-tech company.

    Privacy & Data Security

    • Providing a global finance company with privacy advice related to an online consumer product.
    • Counseling clients with GLBA and other consumer privacy-related matters.
    • Assisting clients with comprehensive written information security programs.
    • Drafting and advising on privacy policies and related FTC issues.

    Internet & E-Commerce

    • Representing clients with their SaaS and other cloud computing arrangements, including e-commerce solutions.
    • Counseling online clients about user-generated content agreements, DMCA issues, terms of use and publicity releases.
    • Representing a start-up online music company in connection with music licenses and website terms of use.

    Education

    • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 2005
    • The University of Texas at Austin, M.S., with honors, 1997
    • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., with honors, 1992

    Admissions

    • New York, 2007
    • Washington, 2005

    Languages

    • English
    • Vietnamese

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    • Speaker, Cross-Border M&A in the Staffing and Recruitment Space, February 7, 2017.
    • Speaker, Artificial Intelligence in Legal Knowledge Management, December 9, 2016.
    • Speaker, Introduction to FinTech: Legal and Regulatory Issues, October 10, 2016.
    • Speaker, Innovation Programs: Accelerators, Incubators, Foundries, University Programs and More, May 24, 2016.
    • Speaker, Structuring Commercial Agreements for New Product and Service Deployment: Customer Collaboration Agreements and Pilot Programs, April 20, 2016.
    • Speaker, Negotiating Long-Term Requirements Contracts with Suppliers, April 13, 2016.
    • Co-author, “The Future of Dispute Resolution for Crowdfunding Websites,” June 2015.
    • Author, “Impacts of the Durbin Amendment’s Network Exclusivity Prohibition,” Thomson Reuters Fintech Law Report, May 2015.

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