Vanessa L. Colman


Vanessa is counsel in the firm’s Corporate & Securities and Commercial & Technology Transactions practice groups. She provides strategic advice on a range of corporate, commercial and technology matters.

Prior to joining NGE, Vanessa was Director and Managing Counsel for Groupon, where she led legal support for global M&A, strategic partnerships, product initiatives, and payment processing and related matters.

Vanessa has deep experience representing clients, from startups to public companies, in structuring, negotiating and implementing strategic alliances and technology transactions, including joint ventures, platform integrations and other licensing arrangements. She also has a broad background advising clients on new products and business lines and matters affecting technology platforms. Vanessa’s in-house experience allows her to bring unique insights and a customer focused approach to help her clients execute complex transactions and develop and implement new products, services and features.

Vanessa has developed a well-earned reputation for providing practical advice on all stages of the M&A process and corporate transactions, including venture capital, equity investments and partnership agreements. She also drafts and negotiates a wide variety of commercial deals, including vendor, payment processing, sponsorship and referral agreements, opposite SaaS and other service providers, payment card networks, Big Tech, venues and promoters, and sports teams and leagues.

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