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Tatiana Kruse

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Technology, communications, intellectual property.


Tatiana Kruse was head of the IP, technology and communications practice in Salans‚Äô London office before the Dentons combination. She has advised clients in many jurisdictions on all main forms of IT contract ‚Äď software licensing, development, maintenance and support; outsourcing; software, hardware and data distribution; implementation and integration; DR; consultancy; hosting and cloud-based services; and ITTs and teaming agreements. She has expertise in data protection, including compliance, policies and trouble-shooting. She advises on the protection and exploitation of trade marks, copyright and other IP, especially on the exploitation of IP and IT in joint ventures, and M&A of technology businesses, in particular long-term outsourcing contracts where a commercial cornerstone of disposals. She has a wealth of general experience, on transactions such as sale of goods and services, distribution, agency agreements, and manufacturing. She has a specific niche in data processing contracts for e-money and other financial services businesses. Recent experience includes advising on the establishment of a regulated e-money business initially targeted at a defined membership and now expanding globally; Sainsburys‚Äô outsourcing of its core banking operations; a Russian state institution on a fast data telecommunications contract; a Russian state institution on technology licensing in its Franco-US joint venture; data protection aspects of a global mapping project; contracts for on-line advertising services and the use of big data in that connection; re-structuring the trade mark portfolio on the splitting and sale of a known retail brand.


Trained Theodore Goddard, qualified 1995, made partner in present firm: 2008.


University of Oxford (BA Hons 1977); London School of Economics (MSc 1982); City University (Diploma 1990).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Dentons' first-rate team includes Martin Fanning, who 'applies a commercial mindset to legal issues'. The group assists clients with the gamut of commercial contracts in areas such as retail, aviation, healthcare and energy, among others.  Scott Singer, and senior associates Tristan Jonckheer and Nicola Harding, who assisted John Lewis Partnership with negotiating a number of major commercial deals in 2017, such as its contractual joint venture with HSBC to provide John Lewis-branded personal loans to customers. On the IT front, Dan Burge and senior associate Henrietta Baker advised EDF Energy on its application maintenance and development arrangements with TCS. Andy Lucas has a strong track record in public sector outsourcing projects, and acts for a number of government departments, including the Home Office and Ministry of Defence. Babette Märzheuser-Wood and Tatiana Kruse are also recommended. The firm expanded its offering in the Scottish market in 2017 by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens; the team now includes Alison Bryce and Ross Nicol, both of whom are based in Glasgow.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Dentons¬†merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017, which resulted in the firm expanding its reach across the UK. The¬†combined team handles transactions involving various industries, including (but not limited to) energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, financial services, retail, technology and hotels. The firm's prominence in midmarket transactions enables it to generate work from clients such as HIG Capital and Waterland Private Equity. It also recently secured Rutland Partners as a new client.¬†In 2017,¬†Nicholas Plant¬†acted for Graphite Capital in the circa ¬£50m auction sale of SK:N.¬†The firm is also highly active in cross-border, large-cap transactions; Plant¬†and¬†Tatiana Kruse¬†were part of a cross-office team, which acted for Blackstone in its $1bn acquisition of the Acetow business from Solvay. Plant was also the lead partner assisting Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners with acquiring euNetworks for ‚ā¨1.1bn. In another matter,¬†Stephen Levy,¬†Joseph Altendorff¬†and others are advising KKR on its proposed circa ‚ā¨6.8bn acquisition of Unilever's spreads business. Another dimension of the private equity practice is its involvement in Africa-related deals, with the London office working closely with the firm's Africa-based offices, and elsewhere in the global network, on a wide range of transactions.¬†David Collins¬†heads up the team.¬†Jonathan Polin¬†moved to¬†Howard Kennedy LLP.

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