During five-plus years at Lindquist & Vennum, Ben Skoglund honed his skills by working primarily on mergers and acquisitions – but also by developing what amounted to a secondary practice in technology transactions. Those two areas have now come together for Skoglund in his new position at Amazon.com.
“At first I was doing mostly M&A work, but the transactions I worked in had more and more of a technology component – whether the target itself was in a tech-related industry,” said Skoglund.
“The opportunity at Amazon is pretty exciting, and it happened in no small part because of the experience I got at Lindquist.”
Recently, Skoglund played a key role for Lindquist in a complex divestiture deal that took in 10 countries at once and totaled more than $500 million. The case required him to manage foreign counsel across 10 jurisdictions, including making sure they knew what was expected of them and that they were doing their jobs as asked.
In his new role, Skoglund looks forward to the volatile landscape in technology law and how it will affect his practice.
“Data privacy and security will be the key legal issues,” he said. “Also, the number of sensors and devices is set to expand by the billions over the next decade. We’re on that cutting edge.”