• Share
  • Email
  • Print

Jessica C. Pearlman

Partner
+1.206.370.8352
Fax +1.206.370.6150
Jessica Pearlman is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and resides in the Seattle office. Ms. Pearlman represents emerging and established companies in various corporate, securities, and finance matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private clients, domestic and international. Ms. Pearlman has particular depth of experience in various technology sectors, including healthcare applications, software, social media, data security, data storage, mobile applications, and search and search engine optimization, as well as in digital and traditional media, biotechnology, and transportation.

Ms. Pearlman is a frequent presenter on mergers and acquisitions topics and was selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers, Who's Who Legal (2015-present) and as a Washington Super Lawyer and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington (2013-present). Ms. Pearlman was also selected by Lawyer Monthly for a Women in Law 2017 Recognition Award. Ms. Pearlman has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Business Law Solutions Advisory Board and the Practical Law Company Corporate Advisory Board. Ms. Pearlman is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s M&A Committee, is a former Chair of the M&A Committee’s Market Trends Subcommittee, and has served as Chair since 2010 of its flagship Private Target M&A Deal Points Study.

Achievements

  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 – present
  • Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2013 - present
  • Women in Law Recognition Award, Lawyer Monthly 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
  • Chair, American Bar Association Private Target Deal Points Study
  • Member, American Bar Association Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement Editorial Working Group
  • Former Chair, M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, M&A Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law
  • Adjunct Professor, the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Member, Practical Law Company Corporate Advisory Board
  • Member, Thomson Reuters Business Law Solutions Advisory Board
  • Reviewing Expert, “Basics of Acquisition Agreements” LawMeets competitions
  • Former member of Board of Directors, Hillel at the University of Washington, and Board of Governors, Washington Athletic Club
Selected Speaking Engagements
  • “Negotiating the Acquisition Agreement,” “Special Issues in Asset Acquisitions,” “Ancillary Documents,” and “Ethical Issues in M&A Transactions,” 23rd National M&A Institute, Las Vegas, NV, November 2018 (pending)
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Strafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, October 2018
  • “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations,” The University of Texas School of Law’s 14th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, TX, October 2018
  • “How Do You Do It?” 2018 Women Deal Lawyers Forum, Dallas, TX, October 2018
  • “Cultural Nuances in Deal Making – Perspectives from India, China, and Ireland,” International Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, September 2018
  • “U.S. and Canada Cross-Border M&A: Deal Activity to Date and Emerging Growth Industries,” Northwestern M&A and Corporate Integration Forum, Thomson Reuters, Seattle, WA, May 2018
  • “Insider's Insights from the Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, March 2018
  • “Deal Trends in Private Company M&A: How Do You Use Deal Points Data in a Negotiation, And What Results Should You Expect if You Do?”, 2017 Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 2017 
  • "Negotiating Contractual Indemnity in M&A Deals: Transactional and Litigation Considerations," Strafford CLE Webinars, via webcast, August 2017
  • Private Practice Attorney Panel, National Association of Women Lawyers Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2017
  • “Mock Negotiation: The Locked Box versus Price Adjustment Method in M&A Transactions,” International Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, New Orleans, April 2017
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Strafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, March 2017
  • “What’s Changed in M&A and Alternative Liquidity--M&A Insurance, and ABA Deal Point Study Trends,” 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 2016
  • “Exit, Stage Right - Planning for Your Private Company’s Ultimate Exit,” Boston Business Journal Power Breakfast Series, October 2016
  • “Negotiating Contractual Indemnity in M&A Deals: Transactional and Litigation Considerations," Strafford CLE Webinars, via webcast, August 2016
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Stafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, March 2016
  • “M&A Negotiation Trends: Insights from the 2015 Private Target Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, March 2016
  • “Enforceability of Obligations Against Non-Signatories in Private Mergers,” The University of Texas School of Law’s 11th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, TX, October 2015
  • “Deal Point Considerations in Venture Backed M&A,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, July 2015
  • “Deal Point Considerations in Venture Backed M&A,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2015
  • “Private Equity and Venture Capital Jurisprudence,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2015
  • “M&A Negotiation Trend: Insights from the 2013 Target Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In the Know series, via webcast, June 2014
  • “Private Company M&A: A Potpourri of Practical Pointers,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In the Know series, via webcast, September 2013
  • “Private Company M&A: A Potpourri of Practical Pointers,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2013
  • “Negotiating the M&A Deal: A Mock Negotiation of a Corporate Acquisition,” Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, and simulcast to UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA, February 2012
  • Hudson Clean Energy Partners: Sale of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC to Ontario Power Generation (pending)
  • The Weir Group PLC: Special counsel in acquisition of ESCO Corporation
  • 1026 Labs, Inc. d/b/a Vertex.AI: Sale to Intel Corporation
  • Rockefeller Group International, Inc.: Sale of Rockefeller Group Technology Solutions, Inc. to ConvergeOne, Inc.
  • Triad Isotopes, Inc.: Sale of radiopharmacy assets to Jubilant Draximage Radiopharmacies Inc., a subsidiary of Jubilant Pharma Limited and ultimate subsidiary of Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.
  • Branded Entertainment Network, Inc. (f/k/a Corbis Corporation): Sale of Splash News business to SilverHub Media UK Ltd. Financial
  • Corbis Corporation: Sale of assets and brands of Corbis’ Images business to Unity Glory International Ltd., an affiliate of Visual China Group
  • Port of Seattle: Formation of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a joint Port Development Authority (the first of its kind), with the Port of Tacoma
  • Corbis Corporation: Acquisition of assets of Plaid LLC
  • AmerisourceBergen Corporation: Acquisition of minority stake in, and joint venture with, Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A. 
  • Corbis Corporation: Acquisition of WSM Communications Group Limited
  • Renren Inc.: Sale of remaining interests in Nuomi Holdings Inc. to Baidu Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Baidu, Inc.
  • OpenSynergy GmbH and OpenSynergy Inc.: Acquisition of assets from Extended Systems Incorporated and iAnywhere Solutions, Inc., subsidiaries of Sybase, Inc., an SAP Company.
  • ORIX USA Health and Life Sciences: Acquisition of interests in Translational Drug Development from the Translational Genomics Research Institute. 
  • Renren Inc.: Sale of minority interest in Nuomi Holdings Inc. to Baidu Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Baidu, Inc.
  • Renren Inc.: Acquisition of 56.com.
  • AmerisourceBergen Holding Corporation: Acquisition of IntrinsiQ Holdings, Inc.
  • Corbis Holdings, Inc. (a subsidiary of Corbis Corporation): Acquisition of assets of Splash News & Picture Agency, Inc.
  • Tek-Tools Software, Inc.: Sale of assets to SolarWinds, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of assets of Interactive Supercomputing, Inc.
  • Smokey Point Distributing, Inc.: Sale to the Walden Group, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Powerset, Inc.
  • Rearden Ground Transportation, Inc.: Acquisition of assets of Ground Travel Technology Team, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Danger, Inc.
  • Recipezaar.com: Sale to Scripps Networks, LLC
  • Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft (Thailand) Co. Ltd.: Acquisition of assets of Global Care Solutions (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
  • Telecom Transport Management, Inc.: Multiple issuances of various series of preferred stock and of notes and warrants for preferred stock
  • Calidora Skin Clinics, Inc.: Issuance of Series A Preferred Stock
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of DesktopStandard Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Proclarity Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Apptimum, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of United Management Technologies Corp.
  • PRIMEDIA Business Magazines and Media, Inc.: Acquisition of assets of Boston Aviation Services, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Sybari Software Inc.
  • RealLegal, LLC: Sale of assets to Livenote, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of assets of Unveil Technologies, Inc.
  • Western Peterbilt, Inc. and Western Truck Parts & Equipment Company, LLC: Sale to GWP Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Greenbriar Equity Group LLC
  • Greenfield Online, Inc.: Acquisition of Ciao AG
  • Corbis Corporation: Acquisition of Zefa Visual Media Group
  • Cat Daddy Games LLC: Sale to Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of assets of Connectix Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of GeCAD Software
  • Navion (Shanghai) (a subsidiary of CapitalOne): Sale to MphasiS
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Navision a/s
  • T1MSN Corp.: Acquisition of Yupi Internet Inc. and reorganization
  • Microsoft Corporation: Sale of interest in Expedia, Inc. to USA Networks
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of Great Plains Software, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Sale of interest in DreamWorks Interactive to Electronic Arts
  • Microsoft Corporation: Acquisition of assets of Scoutfire, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation: Sale of interest in TransPoint to Checkfree Corporation
  • Optiva Corporation: Sale to Philips Holdings U.S.A., Inc.