Pieter S. de Ganon

Associate | Palo Alto

pdeganon@mofo.com | (650) 813-5912

(650) 813-5912

Pieter specializes in international arbitration. He has served as counsel before AAA, ICC, ICDR, JAMS, JCAA, and SCC tribunals in English and Japanese. He has particular experience with intellectual property and licensing arbitration – disputes involving trade secret, patent, tort, and contract claims relating to technology development and monetization – and with M&A arbitration – disputes arising from cross-border business combinations, such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. Pieter has also litigated patent infringement and trade secret claims in federal court and the ITC, and conducted investigations related to corporate fraud and competition.

Pieter maintains an active public interest practice. He is part of the cross-office team that exposed conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detention facilities and secured a permanent injunction compelling their improvement. For this work, Pieter and the team were awarded the MLK Award for Civil Rights Advocacy by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the American Heritage Award by the American Immigration Council, and the Courageous Luminaries Award by the National Immigration Law Center.

After law school, Pieter clerked for Judge Leonard Sand, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Judge John Noonan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. During law school, he served as an articles editor for the New York University Law Review.

Before moving to the Bay Area in 2018, Pieter practiced in the firm’s Tokyo office and taught law at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in Japanese history; reads, writes, and speaks Japanese; and attended Tokyo University as a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholar and Kyoto University as a Fulbright Scholar. He has a working knowledge of Dutch and Italian.

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  • Represented Toshiba Corporation, respondent, in suite of three ICC arbitrations seated in New York against Western Digital arising out of $18 billion sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation. California and Japan law applied. Achieved a procedural victory that allowed the sale to close and the disputes to settle.

  • Represented Japanese multinational, respondent, in ICDR arbitration seated in New York against Dutch multinational in a dispute arising from a patent cross-license agreement. New York law applied. Over $1 billion at stake. Obtained dismissal of claim.

  • Represented Japanese car maker, respondent, in JCAA arbitration seated in Tokyo against a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer in a dispute arising from a joint-venture agreement. Japan law applied. Over $500 million at stake. Parties settled.

  • Represented Danish company Haldor Topsoe in ICDR arbitration seated in New York against German-based Orion Engineered Carbons in dispute arising from agreement relating to the licensing of Haldor Topsoe’s emissions control technology. UK law applied. The case settled on confidential terms after the conclusion of a week-long arbitration hearing and closing argument.

  • Represented Immersion, respondent, in ICC arbitration seated in Honolulu against Samsung Corporation. New York law applied.

  • Represented venture capital firm, claimant, in JAMS arbitration seating in San Jose against Indian multinational. Delaware law applied. Parties settled.



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