Ira Kalina protects and leverages client innovation and negotiates and executes multimillion-dollar strategic agreements and transactions. For more than two decades, Ira has been advising multinationals and other companies on the development, distribution and monetization of technology. His work spans technology transactions, outsourcing, strategic corporate ventures, information technology, online initiatives, data licensing
and open-source matters. He is a go-to resource for clients in financial services, health care, media, gaming, entertainment, education and traditional manufacturing industries. Ira regularly counsels clients on SaaS/Cloud services, artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data and open source projects, from project ideation, RFP and contract negotiations through ongoing operational adjustments and exit strategies. He also advises on broad-based outsourcing arrangements. He works with private equity and strategic acquirers in technology, privacy and commercial contract evaluations, then seamlessly transitions to representing the acquisitions in ongoing transactional work and vendor consolidation.
Clients rely on Ira for advice on developing and leveraging innovation, whether independently or in conjunction with third parties through joint ventures, investments or strategic alliances. He offers both legal and business acumen, having earlier led business development for an internet startup, where, among other things, he developed relationships with distribution partners. Today, Ira helps clients establish joint research and development projects, sponsored research programs with universities and national laboratories, and dedicated labs between universities and industry. He also assists with inbound/outbound licensing programs, technology transfer and distribution and asset distribution.