The Chambers USA and Chambers Global Leading Lawyers guides commented that with his "long track record" in the outsourcing field, the "smart and savvy" Akiba Stern is "well-known and respected" for his outsourcing work. These guides have cited Akiba as “an incredibly business-oriented expert” in IT outsourcing, and as “one of the best - he makes it happen on the pressure-packed deals and understands the pressures in-house lawyers face on these.” These guides also say that Akiba is “very strong on large-scale, multitower deals.” The Legal 500 guide states that “Akiba Stern’s ‘ balanced style’ also comes vociferously recommended by clients, who confirm that ‘his great sense of humour, very detailed knowledge of the outsourcing industry, aggressive stance with the suppliers when needed, and of course unparalleled legal knowledge’ make him ‘ truly a unique advisor’.” While Akiba's outsourcing experience is across all business processes (including ITO, AD&M, F&A, HRO, KPO, Logistics, and Facilities Management) and many business verticals (including large pharma, entertainment, manufacturing, and packaged goods), he has done most of his work for financial services companies, including investment banks, hedge funds, commercial banks, insurance companies. Other transactions that Akiba has completed include a strategic alliance between a major investment bank and a credit card issuer, a global strategic technology alliance between a multinational bank and one of the leading Internet portals, and a license agreement permitting the application of one of the world's best known trademarks to consumer electronics. Akiba helps his clients structure, negotiate, and implement commercial strategies, alliance structures, pricing models, governance arrangements, change management protocols, contract administration, and supplier compliance strategies. Specialties: Outsourcing, technology-enabled business transactions, Ecommerce, technology transfers, licensing, intellectual property, and joint ventures.