F. Dario de Martino

F. Dario de Martino

Education

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

Bar Admissions

New York

Dario de Martino is an associate 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 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 GMO Internet, a leading global internet hosting company, with respect to its cross-border private placement of cloud-mining rental contracts.
  • 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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