Sidley represented United Airlines in its recently announced partnership with and strategic equity investment in CLEAR, a biometric identity authentication company. The partnership includes free or discounted CLEAR membership pricing for U.S.-based MileagePlus members. The strategic equity investment will support CLEAR’s growth, including bringing CLEAR to the airline’s hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport starting later this summer. United is also supporting CLEAR’s efforts with the city of Chicago to open CLEAR lanes at Chicago O’Hare in the coming months. CLEAR already operates at United’s hubs in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington Dulles.
Additional details are contained in the companies’ press release. Sandi Knox (Emerging Companies and Venture Capital, Palo Alto) led the Sidley team, which also included Suresh Advani (Tax, Chicago).