Tim M. Swan



One South Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60603



Tim M. Swan


TIM SWAN takes a practical approach to helping clients solve problems. As a member of the Technology & IP Transactions practice, he invests the time to understand his clients’ specific technologies and needs in order to help them achieve their goals efficiently in every deal. Tim employs a similar finesse when working through complex technology and IP issues in M&A transactions. He advises clients in various industries, including software, information technology, telecommunication, healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, agricultural, financial services and insurance, among others. He also advises clients on e-commerce, internet and open source issues. Tim is a partner in the Chicago office and has been with Sidley his entire career.

Tim helps clients prepare and negotiate licensing, collaboration, joint venture, development, professional services, contract research and other technology related agreements, as well as all technology and IP aspects of M&A agreements. Such representation has led to Tim being named by the 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA as an “associate to watch” in Technology & Outsourcing and recommended by the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. for Media, Technology and Telecoms.

He has represented:

  • Monsanto Company in its $300 million long-term strategic alliance with Novozymes to research and commercialize sustainable microbial products in the agricultural industry
  • The Hartford Financial Services Group on technology and transition services matters in its divestiture of four businesses at the same time, including retirement, individual life insurance, variable annuity and broker-dealer businesses
  • GE Healthcare in connection with the formation of Intel GE Care Innovations, a joint venture with Intel Corporation to develop and market home-based health technologies
  • GE Healthcare in its formation of Caradigm, a joint venture with Microsoft Corporation to develop and market a unified data aggregation and analysis platform for health care providers

Tim received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Tim obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated magna cum laude from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he was a captain on the Fightin’ Engineers football team.

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