Keren Livneh


Keren has broad experience advising clients on intellectual property, technology and data-related transactions, risks and strategies. 

She has significant experience negotiating commercial transactions, strategic acquisitions, complex carve-outs, investments, joint ventures, joint development arrangements, and licensing and service agreements across a variety of industries and sectors, including technology, life sciences, financial services and luxury brands. Keren has also worked extensively on the IP-related aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, including in connection with hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles and Energytech. She regularly advises clients on the use of generative AI, and advises AI platform providers on complex license agreements.

Keren is a member of CHiPs, a non-profit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy, as well as a founder of the firm’s ‘Talking Tech Together’ women’s initiative.


Representative matters

JDE Peet's, the world's leading pure-play coffee and tea company, on long-term global license and supply agreements to manufacture, market and sell Caribou Coffee consumer and foodservice coffee products. The transaction will provide JDE Peet's with a strong platform to expand its premium coffee portfolio in North America. 

Broadway Technology, a cutting-edge fintech company that provides solutions for electronic trading, market data and risk management, in its sale to Bloomberg. 

Christie's, the world-leading art and luxury business, on the sale of its Christie's International Real Estate business to real estate brokerage and technology firm @properties, and related long-term global brand license agreement. 

SAP on its $2.4bn acquisition by merger of Callidus Software, a leader in cloud-based software solutions to businesses with sales enablement and customer engagement. 

The Nielsen Company on its acquisition of the Precima customer analytics business of Alliance Data Systems, the NYSE-listed provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions. 

Core Power on its joint collaboration with Southern Company and TerraPower, a nuclear innovation company backed by Bill Gates, under which the parties are developing a first-of-a-kind Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR), a clean nuclear energy technology with a wide range of potential applications.

The U.S. Department of Energy on IP, privacy and technology matters connected to its multi-billion dollar program to fund the production and development of lithium-ion battery and related energy storage and electric vehicle technologies. 

Voltera in a joint development agreement with Nikola, a company focused on the design, development and eventual production of hydrogen fuel cell powered heavy duty trucks, to develop a network of refueling stations for Nikola vehicles in North America. 

A global healthcare company, on three separate skin care divestments from its Consumer Healthcare business, spanning 53 geographic markets, as part of a £1bn divestiture program.

Macquarie Investment Management Advisers on its up to $1.7bn acquisition of the investment management business of NYSE-listed Waddell & Reed, an asset management and financial planning company with the combined business becoming a top 25 U.S. mutual fund manager by assets under management

Hitachi on its $1.4 billion acquisition of JR Automation Technologies, an automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions company based in the US

Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm Group, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the central nervous system, on the acquisition of the assets and rights related to prescription brand Buccolam® for child epilepsy from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.

Carlyle Investment Management in its role as sponsor for the design, construction and operation of an energy system (consisting of fuel cells, batteries and solar units) to be installed at and used to power The New Terminal One at JFK Airport, which is one of the largest redevelopment projects in New Jersey’s history.

DXC Technology Company (DXC), the NYSE-listed global IT services provider, on its Reverse Morris Trust transaction involving Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company's global enterprise services segment and Computer Sciences Corporation, which had a transaction value at closing of approximately $14 billion and resulted in the formation of DXC. 

Fresenius Kabi, the global health care company, in connection with its agreement to acquire Akorn, Inc., a Chicago-based manufacturer of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, for approximately $4.3 billion. 

A multinational media conglomerate on the sale of its Intellectual Property & Science Business, which became Clarivate, to Onex and Baring for $3.55 billion. 

Deutsche Börse on its $1.1 billion sale of International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc. to Nasdaq.

Published Work

  • Ridgway M., Parker N., Livneh K., Montano Young N. (2000) “The Role of IP in Digital Disruption”, Managing IP 
  • Potts B., Stone D., Feldges J., Livneh K. (2019) “Practical Preparations for Brexit: A Global Perspective”, Managing IP 
  • Livneh K., Reed J. (2019) “The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cybersecurity 2019”, USA (Chapter 35) 
  • Livneh K. (2016) “What Hangs in the Balance in Microsoft’s Win Against the U.S. Government?”, Allen & Overy Digital Hub 

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer, Master of Laws in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, Cornell Tech, 2022 to present
  • Guest lecturer, Fordham Law School, 2011 and 2015
Keren is a rising star of the IP transactions scene, who is making her mark
IAM Patent 1000, 2022





State of New York, USA, 2009 

England and Wales, 2024 (Registered Foreign Lawyer) 

Republic of South Africa, 2005 


LL.M (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Columbia University School of Law, 2008 

LL.B (cum laude), University of the Witwatersrand, 2005 


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.