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Marly Didizian

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Technology, media and telecommunications.


Specialist in commercial and regulatory IT, outsourcing (ITO and BPO) and large-scale technology procurement, data protection, media and broadcasting and telecoms.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London 1994-96; secondment to the competition policy branch of OFTEL 1996-97; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London 1997-98; secondment to the BBC’s commercial legal department 1998-99; associate Linklaters, London 1999-2001; managing associate 2001-04; partner 2004.


French, Arabic, Armenian.


St Paul’s Girls’ School; Robinson College, Cambridge (1992 BA Law Upper Second)); College of Law, London (1993 Law Society Finals).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Linklaters LLP handles a wide range of transactions for customers and suppliers, with standout capabilities in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, life sciences and telecommunications; it is ‘really good for the big stuff’, according to one client. Its workload includes IT and technology-related matters involving data centres, managed network and mobility services, service desks, and infrastructure. On the BPO side, the team’s expertise spans functions such as human resources, finance and accounting, and facilities management. The firm’s global footprint makes it well placed to undertake matters with an international flavour; John Crozier, and managing associates Mathew Baldwin and Amruta Bapat, are part of a cross-office team advising Novartis on the procurement of production infrastructure services across a number of production facilities in Europe. HSBC, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Three Mobile are other notable clients. Georgina Kon made partner in 2016. Richard Cumbley leads the team, which includes Julian Cunningham-Day and Marly Didizian.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Linklaters LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘very good response times’ and has ‘good business and industry knowledge’. Richard Cumbley has core strengths in commercial and regulatory IP matters. He recently advised UBS on a private virtual currency used to settle financial transactions. Julian Cunningham-Day is best known for handling IT procurement, outsourcing and offshoring issues. John Crozier is an expert on outsourcing and commercial transactions; Marly Didizian specialises in outsourcing and commercial IT agreements; and Georgina Kon has experience in commercial and regulatory IT issues. Other clients include BT and Sainsbury’s.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Linklaters LLP has ‘extensive experience and knowledge in the healthcare sector’. The team amply draws on its expertise in all areas of corporate finance, M&A, banking, IP, data protection and outsourcing, product liability, regulatory and antitrust projects; according to one client, it demonstrates ‘extraordinary commitment and responsiveness to overcome challenges that clients’ businesses face within the industry’. Recent highlights include acting for Accord Healthcare on its successful £603m acquisition and related financing for Allergan’s former pharmaceutical generics business in the UK and Ireland from Teva Pharmaceutical Industry; acting for Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as co-defendants in a high-value patent litigation action brought by Amgen relating to a new class of medical treatments for lowering the level of cholesterol; and assisting US-based Merck & Co with the defence of a trade mark infringement claim brought by Merck. New York-based competition expert Thomas McGrath, corporate partner Aisling Zarraga and TMT specialist Marly Didizian co-head the global healthcare practice. Didizian is ‘highly commercial, a pleasure to work with and a trusted adviser’. Ian Karet focuses on handling the IP aspects of acquisitions and disposals, as well as patent and trade mark disputes. IP litigator Nigel Jones and counsel Yohan Liyanage are also highly recommended.

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