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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Technology and digital media firm Kemp Little LLP provides full-service support to businesses in a broad cross-section of industries on all aspects of their operations. Led by Calum Murray, the team assists with warehousing and parts supply, advertising and sponsorship, and agency and distribution arrangements, among other matters. It particularly adds value in large-scale business transformation projects, where it acts for customers and suppliers. Paul Hinton and Lee Rubin assisted the London Metal Exchange (LME) with licensing all of its data to the world’s metal markets, and also the roll-out of an electronic portal to enable clients to order its products (and access their terms and conditions). In another highlight, Andrew Joint, managing associate Edwin Baker and others acted for Principality Building Society on the outsourcing of its IT platform to replace its internal banking platform. Joint, who is an expert on transformational IT systems, has been at the forefront of the firm’s advice to clients on the adoption and use of Artificial Intelligence technology. Paul O’Hare, who leads the outsourcing practice, has almost 20 years of experience acting for technology sector clients. Chris Hill, Tania Williams and Emma Wright are other names to note.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Technology and digital business are sector strengths for Kemp Little LLP’s ‘very responsive, pragmatic’ team. It is especially strong in private M&A, is commended for its ‘great service’, and ‘punches above its weight’. Practice head and ‘standout performerCharles Claisse is ‘technically and commercially great’, and ‘goes the extra mile for clients’; he acted for Arrow Mobile Communications on its acquisition by a company backed by Growth Capital Partners. Claisse and Andy Moseby advised Anthony Ganjou on the £25m sale of stakes in Curb Media, Visualise and Dooh.com to the Chime/CSM group. Moseby also acted for MSCI on the sale of its global corporate occupiers benchmarking business – a business providing performance analytics of commercial buildings – to JLL, and assisted Technicolor with its acquisition of numerous assets from Munky. Glafkos Tombolis, who is noted for his strength in TMT and healthcare, is ‘very knowledgeable and very down to earth’. Senior associate Deborah Angel has ‘an excellent eye for detail’ and is ‘focused on the right ideas’; associate Patrick Roux ‘makes large workloads and long hours seem easy, and is always there when clients need him’. Senior associate Adam Kuan is also recommended.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Boutique firm Kemp Little LLP has significant experience acting in venture capital-backed deals for investors and investees in the digital media space, including Arrow Mobile Communications, Four Seasons Ventures UK, MobAds and RUAG. Team head Charles Claisse regularly handles venture capital work as well as private equity and general corporate matters in the technology sector; he is acting for Dealflo on its Series B fundraising from Notion Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. Andy Moseby advised online banking platform, Monese, on its $10m Series A financing from numerous investors including Anthemis Exponential Ventures.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP is noted for its strength in the online and mobile gambling sector, where the team advises on rapidly developing areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence (AI), in-app purchases and digital currencies, and the firm is praised by clients as being ‘a very informative resource for all things related to online gambling’. Notable work included advising William Hill on its supply arrangement with Playtech, and is also assisting Raflr with gambling regulatory issues in relation to its digital draw and its affiliate marketing arrangements. Susan Biddle heads the practice.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP has particular expertise acting for clients in the financial services and fintech sectors. David Williams, who heads the team, has been advising Japan Airlines on various matters, including collective claims for outstanding holiday pay, changes to remuneration structures for UK operations, drafting a new staff handbook, and potential litigation concerning senior employees. Kathryn Dooks has been providing strategic advice to Accenture, including TUPE transfer and discrimination issues. Clients also recommend Marian Bloodworth.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s expertise in the financial services and technology sectors is apparent from its client roster, which includes Winton Capital Management, Onzo, PhotoBox and Close Brothers. The ‘innovative’ department, which has ‘an uncommon willingness to add value both within and outside specific instructions’, is led by Nicola Fulford and also features commercial technology practice head Calum Murray as a key practitioner; he is highly regarded for contractual and regulatory data protection matters. Notable areas of strength for the practice include advising on online operations, cloud-related data issues and international data transfers, and it also assists with data breaches and cybersecurity issues, employment-related data protection matters, and GDPR compliance.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Technology boutique Kemp Little LLP began advising financial institutions on regulatory matters in earnest in 2014. Its fintech practice counts payments, cryptocurrencies, data, regtech and trading platforms as strengths; it is also active in biometrics and acts for high-profile banks and technology companies ranging from start-ups to established global payments providers. Senior associate and fintech specialist Sophie van Wingerden is dual qualified in the UK and the US; she acted alongside technology and outsourcing expert Andrew Joint for WorldRemit on regulatory and compliance matters. On the corporate and investment side, M&A expert Andy Moseby acted for digital banking platform Monese on its $10m Series A fundraising, and acted alongside fintech practice head Chris Hill for paperless payments start-up Flux Systems on fundraising and its participation in the Techstars accelerator programme. In the e-wallets sector, Hill assisted Momentum International with SkiPass+, an app that allows customers to buy passes for numerous ski resorts using a card that doubles as a multi-currency payments card; specifically, Hill advised it on cross-border agreements with multiple parties, including payment providers, foreign exchange providers and the app developers themselves, and on revenue-sharing agreements with ski resorts. Other clients include Credit Benchmark, SmartCharts and AxeTrading. Financial regulatory expert Ralph Lovesy counts financial institutions and fintech start-ups among his client roster.

Leading individuals

Chris Hill - Kemp Little LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Kemp Little LLP provides ‘outstanding service’ and ‘innovative solutions’. Head of commercial technology Calum Murray handled various matters for online luxury clothing retail platform Farfetch. Emma Wright focuses on telecoms and cybersecurity, and works with B2B and B2C telecoms companies on their customer and wholesale arrangements, as well as assisting other infrastructure providers. Andrew Joint, who has core strengths in cloud technology, complex technology contracting and transformational IT systems, recently advised Accenture on multiple IT deals. Paul O’Hare heads the firm’s outsourcing practice, and recently advised Dealogic on a master services agreement with Masergy regarding global data and video network services and managed IT services. Other key figures include Paul Hinton, who heads the firm’s financial services practice, and fintech specialist Chris Hill. Accenture, Expedia and Principality Building Society are also clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s IP practice is ‘well informed’ and ‘practical’. The team is led by the ‘highly astute’ Paul Garland, who has ‘a strong commercial instinct’. IP litigator Rebecca Halford-Harrison is well known for her work in the life sciences and food technology sectors and Jeremy Harris handles contentious and non-contentious work for clients including Coca-Cola and Thomson Reuters. Mark Lewis joined the team from Penningtons Manches LLP, and has particular expertise in technology disputes. Sony and Ferrari are also clients.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Tech-sector specialist Kemp Little LLP is ‘always quick to respond’ and is praised for its ‘ability to marry knowledge of the law with technical understanding’. Highlights included advising Anthony Ganjou, the founder and owner of Curb Media, in respect of a sale of part of his shareholding in Curb Media, which involved Chime/CMS taking a stake in other businesses co-founded and co-owned by Anthony Ganjou. Buzzfeed, British Interactive Media Association, Ericsson Media, Thomson Reuters and Turner Broadcasting are also clients. Calum Murray, Paul Garland and team head Andy Moseby are ‘seasoned veterans of their trade’. Consultant Susan Biddle advised William Hill Online on the evolution of its supply arrangements with Playtech Software, including the extension of strategically important agreements for the supply of casino, poker and bingo software and services for use on its website and in the UK, Italian and Spanish markets. Senior associate Deborah Angel handles corporate matters.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP particularly excels in the area where life sciences intersects with digital technology. The team advises on IP strategy and litigation, regulatory issues, data protection and other corporate transactions. It recently assisted a multinational pharmaceutical company with its procurement process to comply with new requirements under the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), represented a NYSE-listed biotechnology company on the enforcement of its patents as well as opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO, and advised a Fortune 500 company on medical regulatory issues in a number of EU jurisdictions. Highly regarded patent litigator Rebecca Halford-Harrison heads the team, which includes Calum Murray, Charles Claisse, Glafkos Tombolis and Nicola Fulford.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

With a TMT focus, Kemp Little LLP’s cross-departmental team handles a range of commercial mandates for clients in the travel sector. It advises SITA on IP matters, and also acts for clients such as Expedia, Japan Airlines, Menzies Aviation UK, TripAdvisor, Egencia, and Sojern. Commercial technology head Calum Murray leads the team, which includes Emma Wright, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2016.

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