F. Dario de Martino

F. Dario de Martino


Federico II University School of Law (J.D., 2002)
Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2006)

Bar Admissions

New York

Dario de Martino is a partner in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, and serves as the Co-Chair of MoFo’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group.

Mr. de Martino’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, principally in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, and corporate governance matters. He represents a broad array of U.S.-based and international clients, ranging from global corporations to closely held companies, most of which are active in the following industries: technology including blockchain and cryptocurrencies, financial services, and healthcare. He regularly counsels clients in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, including with respect to private equity investments in companies developing blockchain-based technologies and token offerings (also known as ICOs).

Mr. de Martino is a frequent speaker and writer on various topics in M&A and private equity with a particular focus on emerging technologies, blockchain investments and token offerings. He is also actively involved in the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. de Martino was a transactional associate at two other major international firms.

Representative Matters*

  • Represented Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, in its $350 million recommended all-cash takeover of NewVoiceMedia Limited, a leading global provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology. 
  • Represented Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, in its acquisition of Telefonica Digital, Inc. and its subsidiaries, TokBox, Inc. and TokBox Australia Pty Ltd., from Telefónica Digital Ltd., a subsidiary of Telefonica S.A.
  • Represented GMO Internet, Inc., a leading global internet hosting company, with respect to its cross-border private placement of cloud-mining rental contracts.
  • Represented Kora Technologies Limited, a technology company developing a blockchain-enabled, self-sustaining and community-owned platform providing financial services to the unbanked, with respect to its cross-border private placement of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFT).
  • Represented AccessCoin, LLC, a technology company developing a blockchain-enabled, open source, decentralized protocol that enables the management, use and transfer of digital assets, with respect to corporate governance and securities matters.
  • Represented Daiwa Securities Group Inc., a global financial services company, in its agreement to acquire both Sagent Advisors and Signal Hill Holdings LLC.
  • Represented Wentworth Management Services LLC in its acquisition of Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (PKS), an independent broker-dealer with 485 offices in all 50 states.
  • Represented Ducera Securities as financial advisor to Monsanto Company in its $66 billion sale to Bayer AG.
  • Represented DST Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of 100% ownership of Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. and International Financial Data Services Limited, previously operated as 50/50 joint ventures with State Street Corporation.
  • Represented Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced, cloud-based analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry, in its $105 million acquisition of Creehan Holding Co., Inc., the parent company of Creehan & Company, an independent provider of specialty pharmacy and medications management software-as-a-service platforms.
  • Represented DST Systems, Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated information processing and servicing solutions, and its wholly owned subsidiary ALPS Holdings, Inc. in its acquisition of Kaufman Rossin Fund Services, LLC, a provider of specialized administration services to the global financial community.
  • Represented FUJIFILM Holdings, a leading provider of imaging, information and document solutions, in its acquisition via tender offer of Cellular Dynamics International, a developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities.
  • Represented a leader in the removal and reprocessing of bakery and cereal-grain byproducts into animal feed in connection with the company’s acquisition of a company specializing in the production of animal feed.
  • Represented a leading supplier of precision instrumentation solutions for latency-sensitive trading systems in its acquisition of all the assets of a latency management service provider.
  • Represented the key management team of a technology company specializing in information, security and communication solutions, in management buyout of the company's majority shareholder.
  • Represented an NY-based music publisher in the acquisition of a music catalog from another music publishing company.
  • Represented a video cooking magazine in its seed round financing led by major venture capital firms.
  • Represented a special-purpose acquisition company in a business combination that included the purchase of entities holding a $50 million real estate portfolio in Italy.
  • Represented a Montreal-based menswear brand in its cross-border acquisition of all the tangible assets of a men’s clothing company.
  • Represented the estate of the largest stockholder of a retail chain specializing in party-related merchandise in discussing strategic alternatives for the company and, ultimately, its acquisition by a retailer of party supplies.
  • Represented a storage performance software company in its $13.6 million series A preferred stock financing.
  • Represented an investment entity controlled by a global investment bank in a $3 million Series A round financing in a company that gamifies regulatory and compliance training.
  • Represented a developer of interactive learning technology on its $160 million acquisition of a NY-Based educational software developer.
  • Represented a global gaming company on the $80 million acquisition of a leading U.S. technology-based gaming services company.
  • Represented an extractor of natural sweeteners on its $50 million joint venture with a U.S.-based refined sugar company.
  • Represented a European bank in its $4 billion cross-border acquisition of European local banks.
  • Represented an alternative energy corporation in its private offering of more than $1.1 billion of secured and unsecured long-term debt securities, including senior notes and first mortgage bonds.
  • Represented a biopharmaceutical company in its $20 million private placement in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Represented a European high-tech company in its $5 million venture capital financing.
  • Represented a telecommunication corporation in its cross-border acquisitions of Spanish, Italian and German companies for over $200 million.
  • Represented an international hotel group in its cross-border joint-venture and acquisitions of properties in the U.S. for over $750 million.

*Includes prior law firm experience

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