ProfessionalsClaudine Meredith-Goujon

Partner

Tel: +1-212-373-3239
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cmeredithgoujon@paulweiss.com

+1-212-373-3239
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0239

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As a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group, Claudine Meredith-Goujon concentrates her practice on intellectual property transactions and counseling. Ms. Meredith-Goujon has advised on a variety of transactional intellectual property matters, including licensing of trademarks, brands, copyrights and software, as well as sponsorship agreements, trademark clearance, prosecution and registration and enforcement and maintenance of intellectual property assets. Her practice includes numerous Internet law issues, including licensing and distribution of content online and privacy law and the negotiation of commercial agreements, including IT and vendor contracts. Ms. Meredith-Goujon’s practice also includes addressing and structuring the intellectual property aspect of mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, securitizations of franchise businesses and financings in a broad range of industries.

EXPERIENCE

Ms. Meredith-Goujon's recent transactions include:

  • Universal Parks & Resorts in connection with the proposed Universal Beijing Resort project which will include the Universal Beijing Theme Park, CityWalk and a Universal branded hotel. 
  • Simon Property Group, a real estate ownership, management and development company, as part of a consortium with General Growth Properties and Authentic Brands Group, in its acquisition of New York-based apparel and accessories brand, Aéropostale.
  • Berkshire Partners in its investment in Kendra Scott Design, Inc., a fashion accessories brand.
  • Roark Capital Group:
    • in its definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Jimmy John's Sandwiches, a fast-casual restaurant brand; and
    • portfolio company Jimmy John’s in connection with the $850 million whole-business securitization of its franchise system, consisting of 2,600 fast-casual restaurants in the United States.
  • Funds affiliated with Viking Global Investors LP, a Connecticut-based global investment firm, in its investment in Rockefeller Capital Management, an independent financial services firm newly formed by Rockefeller Financial Services, Inc., the New York-based parent company of Rockefeller & Co., and Gregory J. Fleming.
  • Harris Corporation, a technology innovator, in its $690 million sale of its government IT services business to Veritas Capital.
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global learning company, in its $575 million acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services division of Scholastic Corporation, the world’s largest publisher and distributer of children’s books.
  • Citigroup, Inc. in the sale of:
    • its retail banking business in Japan, including about 740,000 customer accounts, to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and
    • Citi Cards Japan, Inc., a Japan-based issuer of branded credit cards, to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • Kate Spade & Company (formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies) in its:
    • sale of the Juicy Couture brand and related intellectual property assets to Authentic Brands Group;
    • sale of Lucky Brand to LBD Acquisition Company; and
    • $2.4 billion acquisition by Coach, Inc. 
  • KIK Custom Products in:
    • its acquisition by affiliates of Centerbridge Partners; and
    • connection with a long-term licensing arrangement with The Clorox Company for the use of the CLOROX® brand on pool-cleaning products.
  • Performance Sports Group Ltd., a New Hampshire-based developer and manufacturer of high performance sports equipment and apparel, in its acquisition of an exclusive perpetual, worldwide license from Q30 Sports, LLC, a Connecticut-based research and development company dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the growing problem of Traumatic Brain Injury, to use its patent and technology assets in the development of products intended to address the issue of mild traumatic brain injury in sports and athletic activities.

Ms. Meredith-Goujon is a member of the Advisory Board of the Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law Center of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She was a member of the Journal of International Law and Politics and was a 1997 Paul, Weiss summer associate.  She is a co-author of the article, “Revising Privacy Policies on the Internet,” which was published in The State Bar News of the New York State Bar Association (2001) and has spoken at a variety of CLE programs on brand licensing, legal trends in fashion, emerging copyright issues and the fundamentals of privacy and data security in an electronic world.

 

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