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Claude P. Goetz

Chair, Financial Services Practice
Claude Goetz advises clients on business transactions, finance and commercial legal issues, and mergers and acquisitions. His clients are concerned principally with intellectual property and information technology, including payment systems. He counsels parties to credit card-related matters and represents buyers and sellers in all aspects of U.S. and multinational private asset and equity acquisitions, and assists licensors and licensees of intellectual property. In addition, Claude has extensive experience with joint ventures, executive employment and severance, sales agency, governance, corporate counseling, and commercial contracts.

Claude is the current chair of DWT’s financial services practice group. He served as the partner-in-charge of the New York office from 2010-2014. 

Claude's clients include: financial institutions; credit card banks; print, broadcast and online media outlets; and service providers in each of those industries.  

Practice Highlights
  • Representing credit card issuers and affiliates in connection with co-branding, issuing, processing, network branding, and auxiliary agreements; affinity/loyalty programs, technology sharing/transfer operations, and liquidity infusion transactions
  • Representing private equity sources of funding in investment transactions with payment and loyalty innovators
  • Representing rights holders in the purchase and sale of intellectual property portfolios and rights  
  • Representing private equity funded publishers of enthusiast magazines and operators of related online venues in the purchase, sale, and financing of portfolio properties
  • Representing owners of social-networking websites in the acquisition and disposition of member lists
  • Representing purchasers and sellers of intellectual property/information technology businesses
  • Representing licensors and licensees of content, software, and other intellectual property in transactions licensing within, into and out of the United States and as to related development, maintenance, outsourcing, and other professional services

Representative Experience

Credit card programs, networking branding, processing agreements and affinity programs for U.S. credit card issuers, processors, acquirers and retailers

Representing multiple U.S. credit card issuers in connection with network branding arrangements, cobranded card agreements with airline, big box and specialty retailers and related affinity/loyalty programs and private label credit card programs; representing processors, acquirers and retailers in connection with transaction processing agreements. (Ongoing)

Venture capital investment transactions

Representing non-bank affiliates of U.S. financial institutions in private equity investments in payment and loyalty innovators. (Ongoing)

Sale of New York-based theatrical production company to multi-national real property developer

Negotiated the sale of Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, LLC to Westfield Development, Inc. (2016)

Network branding arrangement

Represented a top-five card issuing bank in a global branding and processing transaction with a world-wide payment network. (2015)

Serial acquisitions of enthusiast and B2B publications and online venues

On behalf of Apprise Media, Canon Communications, and other media companies, negotiated the acquisition of Beckett Publications, Action Media, Hot Import Nights, Action Pursuit Games, Kung Fu Magazine, and dozens of other titles. (2010)

Sale of musical theater portfolio and partnership interests for The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization and entities owned by the Hammerstein family

Negotiated the sale of the extensive Rodgers and Hammerstein musical theater portfolio and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization to the Imagem Music Group. (2009) Read more

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Kay & Boose LLP, New York, N.Y.
  • General Counsel, Deluxe Electronic Payments Systems, Inc., Milwaukee
  • Associate, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, Philadelphia
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