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Linklaters Business Services

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ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7456 2000
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Fax 020 7456 2222
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Marly Didizian

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Work 020 7456 3258
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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Technology, media and telecommunications.

Position

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

Career

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.

Languages

French, Arabic, Armenian.

Education

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's team has 'good commercial acumen, which is blended with legal expertise and a pragmatic approach'. Julian Cunningham-Day, in particular, is 'very smart, super-helpful and gets things done with the minimum of fuss'. The team, which is led by Richard Cumbley, has a notable focus on high-value, strategically-significant, business-critical commercial agreements. Areas of expertise include the contentious and non-contentious aspects of large BPOs, technology-related procurement transactions and IT/telecoms contracts. It is particularly strong in regulated sectors, such as financial services (including fintech), telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and energy. Reflective of the complexity of the firm's work, Marly Didizian and managing associate Greg Palmer recently advised Sappi Group on the negotiation of key service and supply arrangements with Lenzing AG, and also parallel negotiations of an outsourcing agreement (also with Lenzing). The firm is also highly active in the negotiation of core pensions administration outsourcing agreements; Cunningham-Day, managing associate Lindsey Brown and others are acting for clients such as Aviva and Diageo (among various others) in this space. Georgina Kon, who has more than 14 years of commercial contracts experience, acts for customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors. John Crozier, who heads up the firm's global outsourcing practice, is a council member on the Global Sourcing Association (GSA) UK Council.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Linklaters LLP's practice is divided into competition, corporate and TMT-related work, with Aisling Zarraga and Marly Didizian at the fore. Zarraga heads the corporate team and other key members include James Inglis and Matthew Bland. Didizian works at the helm of the TMT team with other notable names such as Ian Karet, Nigel Jones and Yohan Liyanage. Liyanage defended Regeneron and Sanofi in an appeal regarding the sale of the cholesterol drug Praluent due to patent infringement. Karet is acting for Merck & Co in its trade mark dispute with Merck KGaA regarding the Merck name. Key members of the competition team include Nicole Kar and Sir Christopher Bellamy.

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