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Robert J. Sell

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5841
Fax: (312) 460-7841
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Bob Sell is a Partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Group.  Mr. Sell is also a member and a leader of the Firm’s Technology Transactions sub-practice, and a member of the Corporate Group’s Mergers and Acquisitions sub-practice.  Mr. Sell has a unique combination of extensive experience with the negotiation and structuring of sophisticated corporate transactional agreements, and technology industry and intellectual property knowledge.

Mr. Sell assists his clients with general corporate advisory matters, transactional contract drafting and negotiation, licensing and commercialization of intellectual property assets, and strategic partnership and joint venture transactions.  Mr. Sell also assists growth through advice in relation to private securities offerings, and venture capital and private equity financings.  Finally, he assists companies in a variety of industries with achieving financial success through business sales, mergers and acquisitions, and asset dispositions.

In the area of Technology transactions, Mr. Sell regularly prepares and negotiates the terms of enterprise computer software license and implementation agreements, hardware purchase agreements, software development and services agreements, data processing agreements, value-added reseller agreements, and software marketing and distribution agreements.  Mr. Sell also has extensive experience and knowledge with respect to the outsourcing, data confidentiality and security, independent contractor, inventor and intellectual property ownership issues that arise in such projects.

Mr. Sell represents various computer hardware and software companies, telecommunications companies, wireless internet service providers, nanotechnology and biotechnology firms, and a variety of other technology intensive and internet based businesses, at all stages of development (from early stage to public).  Mr. Sell has also assisted national and international financial, accounting, insurance, food industry, and metals industry companies, in connection with corporate transactions and technology transactions.

Bob Sell is a Partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Group.  Mr. Sell is also a member and a leader of the Firm’s Technology Transactions sub-practice, and a member of the Corporate Group’s Mergers and Acquisitions sub-practice.  Mr. Sell has a unique combination of extensive experience with the negotiation and structuring of sophisticated corporate transactional agreements, and technology industry and intellectual property knowledge.

Mr. Sell assists his clients with general corporate advisory matters, transactional contract drafting and negotiation, licensing and commercialization of intellectual property assets, and strategic partnership and joint venture transactions.  Mr. Sell also assists growth through advice in relation to private securities offerings, and venture capital and private equity financings.  Finally, he assists companies in a variety of industries with achieving financial success through business sales, mergers and acquisitions, and asset dispositions.

In the area of Technology transactions, Mr. Sell regularly prepares and negotiates the terms of enterprise computer software license and implementation agreements, hardware purchase agreements, software development and services agreements, data processing agreements, value-added reseller agreements, and software marketing and distribution agreements.  Mr. Sell also has extensive experience and knowledge with respect to the outsourcing, data confidentiality and security, independent contractor, inventor and intellectual property ownership issues that arise in such projects.

Mr. Sell represents various computer hardware and software companies, telecommunications companies, wireless internet service providers, nanotechnology and biotechnology firms, and a variety of other technology intensive and internet based businesses, at all stages of development (from early stage to public).  Mr. Sell has also assisted national and international financial, accounting, insurance, food industry, and metals industry companies, in connection with corporate transactions and technology transactions.

Education

  • J.D, Northwestern University School of Law (1990)
  • B.A., University of Illinois (1987)
    cum laude with highest honors
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Pi Sigma Alpha

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Business Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections

Presentations

  • Co- Presenter, “Driving Sales With On-Line Marketing,” panel presentation at The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium, University of Chicago (September 15, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Business Transactions 501: Growing Through M&A,” panel presentation at The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium, University of Chicago (September 15, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Chicago Suburban Tech Talk Meetup,” panel focused on data security risks and security breach prevention, Schaumburg, Illinois (June 16, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Chicago Suburban Tech Talk Meetup,” panel focused on lessons learned by two prominent Chicago technology company entrepreneurs, Northfield, Illinois (March 10, 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Investing in, Financing & Acquiring Tech Companies,” ACG Chicago (February 11, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Re-recruiting Your Best Employees,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center (October 6, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Supplementing Organic Growth with Acquisitions,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center (October 6, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Chicago Suburban Tech Talk Meetup,” panel focused on lessons learned by two Chicago area technology company entrepreneurs (September 30, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Chicago Suburban Tech Talk Meetup,” panel focused on angel financing and bank financing for technology companies (May 14, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Selecting a Form of Business Entity, and Funding Your Entrepreneurial Company,” University of Illinois at Chicago Business School (April 16, 2015)
  • Author, “Preparing Your Entrepreneurial Business For Financing,” presented at the Chicago Association For Corporate Growth Entrepreneurship Bash (November, 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Executive Compensation Strategies,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (October 10, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Capitalizing the Business,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (October 10, 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions,” Webinar (July 15, 2014)
  • Moderator, "The Legal Issues of Social Media: It's Complicated," presented by The Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Chicago (April 30, 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions,” ACG Chicago (April 9, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Improving Business Performance Through The Use of Technology,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (October 1, 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, “Social Media and Its Impact on Your Business," The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (October 4, 2012)
  • Moderator, “Attracting Capital: What is the Current Environment?,” panel presentation, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (October 4, 2012)
  • Moderator, “Business Transition Strategies” panel presentation," The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (September 21, 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Managing Your Workforce From the Outside In,” The Entrepreneurship Institute of Chicago President’s Symposium (September 21, 2011)