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Sai Pidatala

Senior Counsel

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1856
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Sai Pidatala is Senior Counsel in the Corporate department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Houston office. Aside from being an experienced US corporate transactional lawyer, he also spearheads the global Middle East and India practices in conjunction with the firm’s deep bench of international corporate & commercial attorneys. Sai concentrates in M&A, cross-border transactions and other general corporate & commercial work spanning the US, the Middle East and key markets in Asia including Hong Kong and Singapore. He has worked at law firms in New York, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Sai advises clients in the energy, retail, hospitality, life sciences, logistics and manufacturing spaces. Additionally, he has provided advice on matters related to media & entertainment, technology & IP, joint ventures, reorganizations and financings for domestic and international clients including family offices, banks, high net worth individuals and multinational corporates.  

A seasoned technology transactions attorney, Sai has negotiated and finalized complex licensing, outsourcing and tech transfer agreements while providing regulatory and compliance advice on cutting-edge data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Sai uniquely advises individual and corporate clients with business interests in and related to India. He maintains high profile relationships with legal and business contacts throughout India.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Sai was a founding partner at a law firm based in Washington DC where he represented food & beverage industry clients, e-commerce portals, franchises, startups, investors and digital media companies of various sizes. He was also a Senior Associate and interim head of the Corporate Department at various international law firms based in Dubai.

Before practicing law, Sai worked at the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he assisted in US federal prosecutions.

Sai Pidatala is Senior Counsel in the Corporate department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Houston office. Aside from being an experienced US corporate transactional lawyer, he also spearheads the global Middle East and India practices in conjunction with the firm’s deep bench of international corporate & commercial attorneys. Sai concentrates in M&A, cross-border transactions and other general corporate & commercial work spanning the US, the Middle East and key markets in Asia including Hong Kong and Singapore. He has worked at law firms in New York, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Sai advises clients in the energy, retail, hospitality, life sciences, logistics and manufacturing spaces. Additionally, he has provided advice on matters related to media & entertainment, technology & IP, joint ventures, reorganizations and financings for domestic and international clients including family offices, banks, high net worth individuals and multinational corporates.  

A seasoned technology transactions attorney, Sai has negotiated and finalized complex licensing, outsourcing and tech transfer agreements while providing regulatory and compliance advice on cutting-edge data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Sai uniquely advises individual and corporate clients with business interests in and related to India. He maintains high profile relationships with legal and business contacts throughout India.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Sai was a founding partner at a law firm based in Washington DC where he represented food & beverage industry clients, e-commerce portals, franchises, startups, investors and digital media companies of various sizes. He was also a Senior Associate and interim head of the Corporate Department at various international law firms based in Dubai.

Before practicing law, Sai worked at the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he assisted in US federal prosecutions.

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School

  • B.A., With Distinction, Cornell University

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Affiliations

  • Member, Asia Talent and Diversity Council, Asia Society – 2015-2017
  • Member, Board of Directors of American Business Council of Dubai & Northern Emirates – 2015
  • Member, American Chamber of Commerce-Abu Dhabi (AmCham) – 2014-2018

Presentations

 

  • Speaker, Doing Business with Dubai, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, Texas (September 9, 2019)
  • Presenter, Understanding the US Trade War: A Legal and Practical Guide, Asian Chamber of Commerce Business Conference (August 14, 2019)
  • Presenter, Investments in a New World: Succeeding Under CFIUS and FIRRMA, Live Webinar, Strafford Webinars (March 28, 2019)
  • Presenter, Structuring Cross-Border Commercial Transactions: Negotiating and Drafting Key Deal Terms, Live Webinar, Strafford Webinars (December 11, 2018)
  • Presenter, Dispute Resolution and Transactional Aspects of Debt Restructuring, 14th In-House Congress Mumbai, Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai, India (December 6, 2017)
  • Presenter, The Collaborative Decade: Driving Progress Through Partnership, The Podcast Series for Business Leaders – Episode 2, Reed Smith Conversations Podcast produced by Wf360, LLC
  • Panelist, A Guide to UAE Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, Legal Week’s Corporate Counsel Forum Middle East 2017, Ritz Carlton-JBR Hotel, Dubai, UAE (May 11, 2017)
  • Lecturer, New UAE Companies Law and Effects on Simulated Agreements, UAE University College of Law, Al Ain, UAE (April 30, 2017)
  • Panelist, Role of IP Portfolio in M&A Transactions: The Focus on IP Due Diligence, World IP Forum 2017, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru, India (April 26-28, 2017)
  • Presenter, Driving Recruitment & Advancement of Asian Pacific American Talent, Live Webinar, Asia Society (March 30, 2017)
  • Panelist, A Practical Guide to Handling Commercial Issues in the UAE Legal Market, 11th In-House Congress Middle East, Raffles Hotel, Dubai, UAE (February 22, 2017)
  • Sponsor-Presenter and Co-Host, Annual Investor Dinner and Founder Pitch Session, Envestors MENA, Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai, UAE (November 21, 2016)
  • Presenter, Navigating E-commerce: The Legal Implications of Electronic Transactions, TwoFour54 Media Free Zone, Abu Dhabi, UAE (May 24, 2016)
  • Panelist, Trade & Export: Dealing with Your Agents and Distributors, Legal Week’s Corporate Counsel Forum Middle East 2016, Ritz Carlton-JBR Hotel, Dubai, UAE (May 11, 2016)
  • Moderator, The Business of Startups and Emerging Growth Companies in the UAE, hosted by Reed Smith LLP, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM, Dubai, UAE (April 20, 2016)
  • Presenter, Doing Business in the UAE, sponsored by Conferitus Conferences LLC, Hilton Hotel, Mumbai, India (February 25, 2016)
  • Panelist, Doing Business in the Middle East, hosted by Reed Smith LLP, London, United Kingdom (September 18, 2015)
  • Panelist, Every Company is Now a Media Company – How Can Your Business Adapt and Prepare for New Opportunities Ahead?, Legal Week’s Corporate Counsel Forum Middle East 2015, Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE (May 13, 2015)
  • Presenter, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, sponsored by Conferitus Conferences LLC, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE (April 29, 2015)
  • Presenter, Employment Law in the UAE, sponsored by Conferitus Conferences LLC, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE (March 25, 2015)
  • Lecturer, Introduction to Company Structure and Joint Ventures in the UAE/Doing Business in the UAE, UAE University College of Law, Al Ain, UAE (March 1, 2015)
  • Presenter, Drafting and Negotiation of Commercial Contracts, sponsored by Conferitus Conferences LLC, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE (February 10, 2015)
  • Presenter and Industry Leader, Building Trust in Online Transactions, Roundtable on E-Commerce, ArabNet Digital Summit 2013, Atlantis Hotel, Dubai, UAE (June 26, 2013)
  • Presenter, Arbitration in the Dubai International Financial Centre: The Preferred Venue for Maritime Disputes, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Dubai, UAE (June 4 and June 11, 2013)
  • Guest Speaker, Franchises 101, The Strategy Sessions on Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Kesi Stribling, CEO of KSG Strategic Consulting, Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2012)
  • Presenter, Intellectual Property Rights Protection, Winning the World Export Series: Mitigating Export Risk, sponsored by Export DC and the DC Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. (November 28, 2012)
  • Presenter, Ask a Tech/Startup Law Firm: Legal Agreements and Issues Every Startup Should Know From Founding to Financing; Digital Capital (DC) Week 2012, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2012)
  • Panelist, Make Money, Keep Money; 2012 Wealth & Wellness Summit presented by KSG Strategic Consulting & Howard University CEDAR Center, Washington D.C. (September 27, 2012)

Publications

Accolades

  • Two-time consecutive Nominee and Finalist, AmCham Young Achiever Award, AmCham 6th/7th Excellence Awards, Abu Dhabi, UAE, - Young Achiever Award: “Young entrepreneur under the age of 40 who has demonstrated smashing success in professional practice and exemplifies a commitment to excellence by inspiring others in launching UAE-based business opportunities” (2016 and 2017)
  • Best Oralist, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC Legal Writing Award, Vanderbilt Law School (2008)