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Eric Johnson

Lawyer admitted in New York and California, U.S.A.

Education :  Harvard University (J.D.); Boston College (B.A.)
Languages :  English
Location :  San Francisco
Contact :  ejohnson@TransAsiaLawyers.com

About Eric

Eric is an experienced business attorney focusing on tech, media and finance, with a particular emphasis on complex cross-border matters.

Areas of Practice

China Strategy and Market Entry

Eric works with the world’s most prominent technology and media companies on China market entry, strategic investments, partnerships, product development, and commercial matters, including:

  • Airbnb
  • Akamai
  • Amazon
  • Blizzard
  • Condé Nast
  • EA Games
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • GoPro
  • Hasbro
  • LinkedIn
  • Microsoft
  • New York Times
  • Nokia / Here
  • Pearson
  • RIM
  • Skyscanner
  • Valve
  • WeWork
  • Wikipedia
  • Zynga

Eric’s work for these clients encompasses the full scope of issues relevant to operating in an unfamiliar market, including: entry strategy, joint venture and partnership arrangements, M&A, due diligence, a wide range of commercial contracts, licensing and development agreements, IP protection, leases, financing, and government approvals.

Start-Up Financing and IPOs

Eric represents investors and start-ups active in China or breaking into mature markets like the US, including deals with:

  • Accel
  • Intel Capital
  • Kleiner Perkins
  • Lightspeed
  • Redpoint
  • Sequoia
  • Silver Lake
  • TPG

This work typically covers the full deal cycle, including term sheets, financing package, investor and founder rights, IP arrangements, incentive plans, pre-investment restructuring, founder and investor exits, board matters and ongoing corporate governance.

As part of this practice, Eric has worked with several of the most successful Chinese start-ups from seed stage through to their US IPOs and beyond, including:

  • Autohome
  • Qunar
  • RenRen
  • Youku Tudou
  • Weibo

Other Experience

In parallel with the above, Eric has advised on a wide variety of China and cross-border transactions, including:

  • Schools and ed-tech establishment / M&A
  • Trademark, copyright and domain claims
  • General M&A
  • US-inbound investments
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • R&D agreements
  • Film and TV production / financing
  • IP and software licensing
  • Employment matters

Before coming to TransAsia, Eric worked as a corporate and securities associate with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. He also worked with a prominent U.S. NGO, and taught international and trade law at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics.