Ka-onLi

Partner

Silicon Valley + 1.650.739.3916

Ka-on Li works closely with clients to successfully design, structure, and execute technology and commercial transactions to achieve high-stakes business objectives. She is an experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer whose practice focuses on commercial and licensing transactions for clients active in the technology, medical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, food and beverage, retail, consulting, financial, fashion, consumer goods, telecommunications, education, media, and entertainment fields. She advises both customers and service providers in strategic front-end and back-end contracting. Ka-on drafts and negotiates contracts involving outsourcing, IP commercialization, distribution arrangements, software and cloud-related matters, infrastructure and telecommunications projects, and manufacturing and supply services.

Ka-on has solid experience in assisting emerging and established businesses at a strategic level in U.S. and overseas markets. She has represented software and biotech companies at all stages, from formation to exit. She has drafted and negotiated some of the most significant collaborations and strategic agreements and alliances between industry entrepreneurs, service providers, acquirers, and investors. She has acted for clients on a full range of M&A and financing transactions involving domestic and foreign IP and technology assets on the buy-side and the sell-side, including clients such as SAP, Cardinal Health, The Riverside Company, GE, Verizon, and Blackberry.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Ka-on practiced in Sydney, Australia, where she worked on some of the Asia-Pacific region's most industry-changing and complex technology and infrastructure projects. She was also seconded to Australia's largest telecommunications provider for more than one year to negotiate and implement several large-scale outsourcing arrangements.

Ka-on is a member of the Firm's Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee.

Experience

  • NerdWallet acquires On The Barrelhead for $120 millionJones Day advised NerdWallet, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRDS), a platform that provides financial guidance to consumers and small- and mid-sized businesses, in its acquisition of On the Barrelhead, Inc. for total consideration of $120 million, consisting of approximately $70 million in cash and $50 million in NerdWallet Class A common stock.
  • Meridian Bioscience agrees to be acquired by SD Biosensor and SJL Partners in $1.53 billion all-cash transactionJones Day is advising Meridian Bioscience, Inc. in its $1.53 billion all-cash acquisition by SD Biosensor and SJL Partners.
  • GreatPoint Ventures invests in Current FoodsJones Day advised GreatPoint Ventures in its seed investment in Current Foods, a developer of plant-based seafood.
  • Verizon sells former Yahoo small business portfolioJones Day advised Verizon in the sale of the former Yahoo small business essentials portfolio to Infinite Computer Solutions.
  • FEI partners with Nationwide Marketing GroupJones Day advised FEI Group in its strategic partnership and merger with Nationwide Marketing Group, the independent retail channel’s largest buying, marketing and business support organization, supporting more than 5,000 independently owned businesses across North America.
  • Ansys, Inc. acquires OnScale, Inc.Jones Day advised Ansys, Inc. in the acquisition of OnScale, Inc., a cloud simulation provider.
  • Direct lender provides $100 million term loan facility to designer and developer of enterprise softwareJones Day advised a direct lender, as administrative agent, collateral agent, and sole lead arranger, in connection with a $80 million senior secured term loan facility and $20 million senior secured delayed draw term loan facility provided to a designer and developer of enterprise software, the proceeds of which were used, in part, to finance the acquisition of a data technology provider.
  • Eastman sells adhesives resins business product lines for $1 billionJones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company in the $1 billion sale of its adhesives resins assets and business to Synthomer plc.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires InlinerJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sections, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Inland Pipe Rehabilitation of Inliner, a leading, vertically integrated provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions addressing wastewater and storm water infrastructure, from Granite Construction Incorporated.
  • Cardinal Health enters into strategic collaboration with Ember Technologies to transform pharmaceutical cold chainJones Day advised Cardinal Health, Inc. in connection with its strategic partnership with Ember Technologies.
  • Hookit sells company to Kore SoftwareJones Day advised Hookit in the sale of 100% of Hookit’s stock to KORE Software, a portfolio company of Serent Capital.
  • Goode Partners acquires ReadyWiseJones Day advised Goode Partners in the acquisition and financing of ReadyWise, the leader in emergency food preparedness.
  • Asbury Automotive Group acquires Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Sempra Energy sells PXiSE Energy SolutionsJones Day advised Sempra Energy in the sale of membership interests in PXiSE Energy Solutions to Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
  • Misonix merges with BioventusJones Day represented Misonix, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSON) in its acquisition by Bioventus Inc. (Nasdaq: BVS).
  • CDPQ invests in $54 million Series C financing of JupiterJones Day advised CDPQ in the $54 million Series C financing of Jupiter, the global leader in climate analytics for resilience and risk management.
  • GreatPoint Ventures leads $17 million Series A financing round of Symbl.aiJones Day advised GreatPoint Ventures as lead investor in the $17 million Series A financing round of Symbl.ai, a developer-first platform providing the best in class conversation intelligence (CI).
  • Twilio acquires ValueFirstJones Day advised Twilio Inc. in its acquisition of ValueFirst Digital Media Private Limited, a leading Indian provider of digital communication solutions through telephone voice and data communications offering services in India and South-East Asia.
  • Verizon Media forms partnership with BuzzFeed to acquire HuffPostJones Day advised Verizon Media in its sale of HuffPost to BuzzFeed.
  • Smith & Nephew acquires Extremity Orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation for $240 millionJones Day advised Smith & Nephew plc, the global medical technology company, in its acquisition of the Extremity Orthopedics business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) for $240 million on a cash and debt-free basis.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 19, 2022
      AI in Drug Discovery and Development