ANDREW H. STEVENS
Attorney & Director of Operations
Columbus Technology and Corporate Lawyer
Update: The firm is proud to announce that Drew Stevens has been selected to the 2017 Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Andrew H. Stevens (Drew) joined Anthony Law in 2011. Drew has experience working with international and domestic companies, ranging from startups and middle market companies to Fortune 500 and multinational corporations. Drew’s practice includes technology and corporate, venture capital, securities, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), data security and privacy, and commercial real estate.
In terms of technology, Drew offers expertise with technology transactions, product development, software licensing, technology licensing, information technology (IT), distribution, software as a service (SaaS), hardware, e-commerce, mobile commerce (m-commerce), open source software, and financial technology (fintech) and cryptocurrencies. Drew works closely with clients to develop clear and effective legal strategies, helping to protect and commercialize cloud-based services, software and app development, wearable technology, digital media, social media platforms, and Internet of Things (IoT) services and products.
On the corporate side, Drew’s experience includes entity formation and complex restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, securities and exemptions, shareholder disputes, private equity, international business transactions, corporate audits, liquidation and dissolution, and corporate governance and compliance. Drew has worked with companies from a variety of countries and industries including technology, software, finance, retail, manufacturing, construction, fashion, alcohol, telecommunications, fitness, healthcare, sports and entertainment, and real estate development.
Drew works with both investors and founders on company financing and investment. He provides counsel on structuring funding, Regulation D exemptions, pre-money and post-money valuation, dilution, preemptive rights, vesting schedules, conversion rights, board structure, and liquidation preferences. Drew’s practice includes negotiating and advising on term sheets, stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements, and voting agreements.
Data Security and Privacy
Advising on both U.S. and international privacy and security regulations, Drew works with clients to develop systems that help ensure the protection of company and customer data. Drew counsels clients on federal privacy laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bailey Act (GLBA), international localization requirements, and opt-in and opt-out requirements. His experience includes advising on data breach notifications and responding to international data breaches.
Trademarks and Copyrights
Drew assists clients with filing trademark and copyright applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) and intellectual property portfolio management. His experience includes advising on brand selection and development, clearance searches, strategic filings and registration, maintenance of registered trademarks, infringement monitoring, enforcement, and licensing.
Languages and Volunteering
Drew is conversational in Mandarin and Spanish.
Outside the firm, Drew guest lectures at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and enjoys judging Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) competitions and volunteering at a local food pantry.
Representative Transactions and Practice Examples
-conducted due diligence and advised significant minority shareholder on corporate, securities, and valuation issues associated with the multimillion-dollar conversion of preferred stock to common stock in anticipation of an Australian initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
-negotiated and closed custom software as a services (SaaS) agreement with a Fortune 200 company
-assessed and managed data breach of international software company and advised on disclosure compliance and strategy involving personally identifiable information (PII)
-negotiated multimillion-dollar Fortune 100 M&A transaction and conducted due diligence to assess the asset purchase of a retail company
-guided software company on structure and rollout of healthcare information technology (IT) software products and apps, including assessing HIPAA and data security compliance
-drafted and negotiated software development agreement for a German multinational corporation
-represented telecommunications company in securing government service and hardware contracts
-advised consulting company on corporate restructuring and spin-off of successful subsidiaries
-drafted and negotiated multimillion-dollar Fortune 100 custom software development agreement
-conducted due diligence on Israeli software company to assess potential partnership
-negotiated the development and service of Magento e-commerce platform
-managed trademark and IP portfolio of health and wellness company
-advised SaaS provider on initial equity offerings and SEC exemptions
-negotiated Fortune 500 consulting services agreement
-conducted due diligence and closed M&A transaction involving the sale of an engineering company
-represented Chinese manufacturing company in dispute with American operations
-conducted IP due diligence related to settlement of technology partnership litigation
-drafted and negotiated software outsourcing agreement with a Costa Rican company
-prepared and drafted Fortune 500 IT services agreement
-negotiated branding rights and trademark licensing agreement for design and retail firm