Robert M. Finkel


Robert M. Finkel is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. Over the course of his more than 20 years of experience in private practice in New York, Mr. Finkel has represented clients in a variety of corporate and merger and acquisition transactions, with a particular emphasis on technology clients and technology transactions. His practice areas include a broad range of general corporate transactions, including technology and service company mergers and acquisitions, information technology and business process outsourcing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and software and technology licensing.

Mr. Finkel’s clients have included many of the leading domestic and international corporations and financial institutions, which he has represented in complicated corporate, technology, outsourcing and other complex commercial transactions.

Mr. Finkel has published on a broad range of corporate, outsourcing, and technology issues in such publications as the M&A Lawyer, the Computer Lawyer, Cyberspace Lawyer, the Journal of Internet Law, Intellectual Property Today, E-Commerce Adviser, Global eCommerce, Director’s Monthly and the National Law Journal, among others.

He has been widely recognized over the past decade as a leading U.S. practitioner in the corporate and technology area by Chambers & Partners Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Lawdragon (as one of the 3,000 leading lawyers in the U.S.), Legal 500, SuperLawyers and Who’s Who in American Law. Chambers has ranked Mr. Finkel in the top band, with a number one ranking in each of technology and outsourcing.

Mr. Finkel is a recent member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where for the past several years he has instructed an advanced seminar course on Corporate Governance. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Finkel served as an aide to the late United States Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Board and Professional Memberships

  • Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, Member
  • Adjunct Professor, New York Law School

Publications and Speeches

  • Co-author, “The Cloud: Everything Has Changed, But Is Anything New,” Bloomberg Law Reports (2010).
  • Co-author, “Should you let your captive go,” The Daily Deal (2010).
  • Author, “Green Tech: Can IT Outsourcing Help Cure Our Energy Blues?” The National Law Journal (2009).
  • Author, “Taking Stock of Your Service Provider,” FSO Magazine (2007).
  • Author, “Negotiating Services Deals with Equity,” Global Services (2008)
  • Author, “Outsourcing Deals Go Hybrid,” Global Services (2007)
  • Author, “The World is even Flatter” Corporate Dealmaker (2007).
  • Co- author, “Overseas Outsourcing by Financial Institutions: Assessing the Legal and Regulatory Landscape,” The Journal of Financial Transformation, 2004.
  • Co-author, “Protections Against the Tech Wreck,” Storage Management Solutions, 2003.
  • Co-author, “Insolvency Rights and Wrongs: Addressing Bankruptcy Risks in Information Technology and Other Service Agreements,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, August 2003.
  • Co-author, “Venturing Overseas for Software Services,” New York Law Journal, March 2002.
  • Co-author, “Sorting Out Property Rights in Cyberspace,” World Trade Executive, May 2000.
  • Author, “Aligning to Go Online: Key Issues in Negotiating Web Joint Ventures,” Cyberspace Lawyer, December 1999.
  • Co-Author, “Facing the Web’s Phantom Menace: Understanding Online Privacy Fears, and How E-Businesses Can Respond,” Journal of Internet Law, November 1999.
  • Author, “Portals and Partnerships: A Negotiation Primer,” Electronic Commerce Advisor, March/April 1999.
  • Co-Author, “Strategies for Creating Technology Alliances,” Director’s Monthly, November 1998.
  • Co-Author, “Caveat Emptor Virtualis: Key Concerns for Negotiating E-Commerce Software Agreements for the Internet,” Intellectual Property Today, October 1998.
  • Co-Author, “Voyage of the Spammed,” Cyberspace Lawyer, June 1998.
  • Co-Author, “Negotiating Equity Based Outsourcing Transactions,” The Computer Lawyer, June 1998.
  • Co-Author, “Avoid Getting Caught in Your Own Web: Key Issues in Website Development and Hosting Agreements,” The Journal of Internet Law, May 1998.
  • Co-Author, “The Emergence of Technology Strategic Alliances,” The M&A Lawyer, April 1998.

Awards and Recognition

  • Band 1 for Technology and Outsourcing (National & New York), Chambers USA
  • “Leading Lawyer for Technology: Outsourcing” Legal 500
  • Recognized as a leading US practitioner in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Recognized as a leading US practitioner by Lawdragon


  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Columbia University, M.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • French