Legal 500 Technology London
“The team is technically very competent, able to reconcile business practicality with legally complex approaches. They do not save time or expertise, but are also very pragmatic with costs. I highly recommend them. Mike Pierides leads the Technology, Outsourcing & Trading group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP and has extensive experience in cloud and SaaS arrangements. The team specializes in outsourcing transactions for clients and service providers, and new technologies are also at the center of the team`s concerns, including quantum computing and virtual payment arrangements. The group also assists its clients with data protection and privacy. Timothy Corbett is a key name and advises clients on cross-border corporate transactions in the technology sector. “Kit Burden is an expert in his field with extensive market knowledge and excellent legal advice. He is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic in his approach and brings real added value to any project. “The breadth and depth of their knowledge and experience, the quality of their written advice, their legal briefs and their appeal make Bird & Bird`s sport unique. Mayer Brown International LLP`s technology transactions practice assists clients with IT service delivery, service contracts and outsourcing, as well as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and other transformative business transactions for technology companies and particularly for clients in the financial services industry.
The team is co-led by Mark Prinsley, who primarily advises technology companies on outsourcing transactions; Andrew Stewart, who works in finance and accounting, human resources, facilities management, information technology and telecommunications; and Richard Page, who has a strong TMT practice focused on M&A mandates. Oliver Yaros is also a key member of the team, managing financial industry utility projects, technology outsourcing projects and IT systems procurement transactions. Ian Karet leads the trademark, copyright and design practice at Linklaters LLP, a trusted advisor to some of the world`s largest consumer products, healthcare, telecommunications, technology and financial services companies, which regularly manage their intellectual property portfolios. The company`s transactional practice is of particular importance, with recent highlights, including helping Unilever sell its global tea business. Attorney Natalie Ellerby is a key member of the team and has extensive experience advising on trademark litigation alongside Karet. “John Warchus is involved in all technical legal requirements. Bristows LLP has one of the largest patent banks and is considered “one of the UK-based patent law firms” with a full-service capability. The team is consistently at the forefront of the market, handling precedents or managing multi-jurisdictional issues, and advising leading global technology and life sciences clients on commercial, regulatory, competition and litigation matters. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf co-lead the patent litigation team, which has recently heard a number of high-profile cases, including controversial FRAND licensing issues in the telecommunications sector, as well as patent portfolio defense and enforcement mandates related to the blockbuster drug Gilenya. The team also includes Brian Cordery, a life sciences patent attorney, Richard Pinckney, who is a key point of contact for technology clients, Gemma Barrett, Robert Burrows and Rachel Mumby.
On the transaction side, Matthew Warren leads the practice, which includes Claire Smith. “David Varney has been an invaluable resource and sounding board with his approachable style, solution-oriented advice and market knowledge. Invested time in building trust with the in-house legal team. Norton Rose Fulbright`s multidisciplinary practice combines the firm`s strengths in financial services and technology; This enables collaboration between banking, insurance, finance, IP/IT, corporate, payments, litigation and tax departments. The practice deals with the scope of work in the fintech space, including advice on P2P platforms, payment systems, regtech and insurtech issues, artificial intelligence, smart contracts, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. Sean Murphy, Global Head of Fintech, advises on investments, acquisitions and joint ventures in the fintech sector. Victoria Birch, Co-Head of Payments, focuses on fundraising, investments and acquisitions, as well as legal and regulatory issues surrounding the use of blockchain technology and distributed ledgers. Hannah Meakin leads the company`s regulatory fintech offering and is also an expert in cryptocurrencies and tokens. Nicholas Berry completes the management team and oversees the practice of insurtech.
Beyond the partner level, attorney Albert Weatherill is another key member of the department. Charlotte Rowlandson joined Allen & Overy LLP in 2021. Mayer Brown International LLP has a proven track record of expertly managing large corporate transactions and the intellectual property involved in such transactions. The firm also handles disputes with the media and advises film/television studios on legal issues arising from production. Miles Robinson leads the department, focusing on disputes arising from contracts and commercial matters that regularly affect multiple jurisdictions. James Whitaker, who is very active on the controversial site, regularly represents players in the film and television industry and is one of the company`s main contacts for charities in this field. “The team has extensive experience across the entire spectrum of the technology landscape, from telecommunications to fintech to SaaS contracts. In addition, the team makes extensive use of its team of legal analysts in Glasgow in due diligence exercises, which helps maintain cost efficiency. Baker McKenzie`s extensive team advises clients and technology and telecommunications providers on contentious and non-litigious mandates and is well positioned within the firm`s global practice to support multinational corporations. On the telecoms side, she deals with regulatory mandates, network transformations such as the introduction of 5G, mobile device agreements and network outsourcing. The Group`s IT expertise extends to advising clients on future projects involving new technologies such as cloud services, AI and blockchain, as well as digital transformations. `Excellent negotiator` Steve Holmes leads the team in London and is co-head of the European group, which deals with both technology and telecommunications issues, from technology outsourcing to the fibre business.
Sue McLean, an expert in financial services and fintech, supports clients in cutting-edge technology areas including cloud, blockchain and AI. Other key names include Robbie Downing, who is known in telecom regulatory affairs, and senior counsel Harry Small, who has extensive experience in technology and outsourcing matters. Maulik Mittal is an important name at the associated level. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has expertise in regulatory advice, regulated transactions, as well as cryptocurrencies, payments, blockchains and ICO matters. The UK branch works with its US partners, which include emerging fintech payment service providers, traditional financial institutions, fintech investors and technology companies developing payment platforms. Jacqui Hatfield co-leads the practice with Chris Grew, the former focusing on fintech platforms and cutting-edge technologies, including DeFi platforms, in the financial services space. Shawn Atkinson, Jamie Moore and Ylan Steiner are other key members of the team. “Vicky Cooper is transparent and trustworthy, strong in legal analysis and provides effective negotiation support.” “The legal team is fantastic. We have worked with a number of junior and experienced lawyers; Everyone is good at getting to know us as customers and our usual approach quickly.