Doug Whipple is a transactional lawyer whose recent representations include: establishment and structuring of patent, TM, and copyright pooling between DaimlerChrylser, BMW, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, and Audi for the development of MOST, an international high-speed electronic communications standard for use in automobiles; US counsel for Materna Information & Communications GmbH, a German wireless solutions provider; issuer's counsel in a German technology IPO; and the establishment of an OEM telematics alliance in Germany. He also represented Harman International in the acquisition of its navigation systems technology provider and was counsel to a U.S. telecommunications entity in establishing a digital fixed wireless network in Ukraine. Doug was Harman's lead counsel in Europe for all M&A, corporate, and other matters from 1993-2000. He was also acting European general counsel for Hyster-Yale, responsible for all M&A, corporate, and other matters of Hyster-Yale in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
His other international representations include privatization of the world-famous Gundel Restaurant, a Hungarian structured finance project for a major U.S. bank involving more than 20 commercial properties, the privatization of energy utilities and a press distribution system in Hungary, the establishment of manufacturing operations in Hungary for a German railroad parts manufacturer, as well as representations of Harman International in its acquisitions of AKG Vienna (headphone and microphone technology), Studer Revox AG in Switzerland (digital sound mixing technology), Becker Autoradio in Germany (automobile audio, video, communication, and navigation technologies), and the Nokia loudspeaker business in Germany, Hungary, and Sweden.
Doug began practice at Jones Day's New York office in 1988, where he joined the M&A group. In 1992, he moved to Jones Day's Frankfurt office, was key to building the office organically during the course of 9 years from 3 to 50 lawyers, and was the lawyer for the top billing client of the Frankfurt office 6 years in a row. During the period of 1993 to 1996, Doug was Jones Day's lawyer-in-residence at the Budapest office, returning to Frankfurt at the end of 1996. He became a partner in the firm in 1998. After moving to Jones Day's D.C. office, Doug left Jones Day in 2003 and started a private practice focused on technology companies. Doug formerly had been a software engineer at Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage, New York.
Doug holds a B.A. in Computer Science from N.Y.U. (Phi Beta Kappa) and received joint degrees in law (J.D. cum laude Georgetown University Law Center 1988) and Foreign Service (M.S. with honors in International Business from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 1988). Doug is fluent in English and German and previously studied piano performance with Russell Sherman and Beethoven Quartets with Rudolf Kolisch at the New England Conservatory of Music. Doug sits on the Board of the Arts at George Mason University.
He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia and New York.