American Express’ Acquisition of Mezi


O’Melveny represented Mezi in its acquisition by American Express.

American Express (NYSE: AXP) has acquired Mezi www.mezi.com, a personal travel assistant app that helps consumers plan and book trips. The Mezi app allows travelers to simply message their requests for flights, hotel or restaurant reservations, and Mezi provides recommendations and makes travel arrangements at the customer’s request. Founded in 2015, Mezi uses artificial intelligence (AI) and human expertise to personalize the online travel discovery and booking experience. By learning travelers’ preferences and understanding the way customers make requests using natural language, Mezi gets smarter and more efficient over time.

The acquisition of Mezi follows an investment made in 2016 by American Express Ventures, the strategic investment arm of American Express, as well as a successful pilot with American Express Card Members. For those currently already enrolled in the AskAmex pilot, it will continue to run through the first half of 2018.

Going forward, Mezi will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express and will continue to develop its core technologies and enhance its capabilities in digital travel concierge services. “We’ve built Mezi to become better with each and every interaction and based on the success of our pilot with American Express, we are excited to bring Mezi’s mobile capabilities to more Card Members,” said Snehal Shinde, Co-Founder and CTO, Mezi. The company’s co-founders will continue to lead Mezi, and will report to Phil Norman, Vice President, Amex Digital Labs, Global Consumer Services Group at American Express.

O’Melveny’s team was led by partner David Makarechian (Picture) and counsel Chris Hagenbuch, along with associates Bhavreet Gill and Virginia Harris. Counsel Brian Danella and associates Tom Oslovar and Courtney Hood handled IP matters, senior counsel Warren Fox and associate Rebecca Cottrell advised on executive compensation, partner Bob Fisher and counsel Billy Abbott advised on tax, special counsel Scott Pink advised on privacy law, and partner Eric Amdursky advised on labor and employment law.

Involved fees earner: David Makarechian – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Christopher Hagenbuch – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Bhavreet Singh Gill – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Brian Danella – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Tom Oslovar – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Courtney Hood – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Warren Fox – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Rebecca Cottrell – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Eric Amdursky – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Robert Fisher – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Billy Abbott – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Scott Pink – O’Melveny & Myers LLP;

Law Firms: O’Melveny & Myers LLP;

Clients: Mezi;