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Arthur Cox Belfast‚Äôs team is singled out for its ‚Äėresponsiveness and attention to detail‚Äô; the group advises private and public sector clients on IT transactions and compliance matters. A key strength of the practice is assisting clients with high-profile public-sector IT procurement mandates. The team is assisting the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs with implementing its ¬£8.7m IT system to track the health of food animals in the country after representing the client in the successful procurement of the contract, and advising Land and Property Services on its LPS Nova Programme, involving a number of procurement projects in order to digitally transform the functions and services of LPS. Other key clients include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. William Curry¬†leads the team, in which Paul McBride¬†is also a key name.

Carson McDowell¬†has a solid track record assisting technology companies, public sector bodies, retail companies and telecoms providers with regulatory matters, transactions and disputes, and has seen an uptick in instructions from start-ups. The group is advising Innovation Ulster, the technology company owned by Ulster University, on its investment in NeuroCONCISE Medical‚Äôs brain computer interface invention, a wearable neurotechnology that interprets brainwaves and translates them into control signals so the wearer can interact with computers without moving; the invention is aimed at helping people with brain injuries. Other clients include Go Testify and AMMI Systems. The ‚Äėapproachable and knowledgeable‚Äô Dawn McKnight¬†leads the team and is well known for her expertise in tech-related mandates. Peter Guzhar¬†made partner in May 2017.

A&L Goodbody‚Äôs team handles funding rounds, investment matters and regulatory issues for a broad range of clients, including large technology companies. Biotechnology, including medical technology, continues to be a key area of instruction for the group; highlights included assisting BrainWaveBank with obtaining investment funding for the development of a neuroscience platform to monitor brainwave activity; the platform‚Äôs findings contribute to a data bank to aid medical research. In another matter, the team acted for Neurovalens on obtaining private equity funding worth ‚ā¨1.3m for developing a weight-loss technology device. Other clients include Axial 3D and George Best Belfast City Airport. Mark Thompson¬†and Brendan Fox¬†jointly lead the team, which also includes associates Mark Stockdale¬† and Jonathan Hacking.

Forde Campbell LLC is a boutique firm with a solid track record in assisting clients across the spectrum of commercial, IT, IP and media law matters. Recent work for the team includes data protection advice, cross-border licensing transactions and software development matters. Start-up companies are key clients for the group, which has a reputation for representing app developers and cloud integration service providers. Highlights included advising data intelligence and risk management company C6 on sourcing information placed on the dark web. Other clients include In Your Element and DocTap. Rory Campbell and Katey Dixon jointly head the group.

Mills Selig’s IT team handles transactional mandates, M&A matters and investment work for investment funds and technology companies. The group is advising technology company SUSSD on the development of a social media app to encourage young people’s direct involvement in local politics and is assisting cloud discovery software company Ampliphae with creating bespoke user and licence agreements for its security and compliance platform. Other clients include First Derivatives, Locum Match and software company My Nursery Pal. Kathryn Walls leads the team and is well known for her expertise in technology-related mandates.

Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP’s IT practice is well known for assisting public bodies and technology companies. Representative work includes representing clients in e-commerce and delivery service agreements in relation to major M&A matters and advising medical technology companies on licensing and exploitation of software. Adrian Eakin is the key name.

Tughans assists investment funds with technology-related investments and also handles transactional matters for technology companies. Highlights included acting for software company AuditComply - which provides enterprise risk management software across the engineering, manufacturing, food and logistics industries - on an inward investment made by Business Growth Fund, First Derivatives and Invest Northern Ireland. Global search engines are included in the firm’s client base. Adrian O'Connell leads the team and is known for handling non-contentious mandates; corporate partners Ciara Lagan, John McGuckian and James Donnelly often act on transactions in this area.

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