Legal · NDA

Who is authorized to sign NDAs?

Sarabjeet Kaur Senior Software Consultant at HCL Technologies

February 12th, 2017

We are in the process of getting an NDA signed by another company in other to engage in conversations for a potential partnership. However, when checking the document I see that it was signed by someone that is not the CEO.

My question is related to who needs to sign typically those documents? In this case is the NDA valid or do we need to follow up and request the document to be executed again by either the CEO or someone else on their management team?

Thanks so much!

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Juan Zarco Managing Director, Silicon Valley Ventures Growth Partners llp

February 12th, 2017

Anyone with actual/apparent authority associated with the company.

Chicke Fitzgerald

February 12th, 2017

Any officer is generally authorized to sign an NDA. Just remember that while NDAs provide some protection, if you can't afford to defend any infringement in court, it is just a formality.