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Paul Allen

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property & Technology


Paul is a partner at DLA Piper and leads the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology practice in the Middle East. He is also DLA Piper's lead partner in the Middle East for the technology, media and telecommunications ("TMT") sectors. Paul has over 16 years of international experience, having worked for extended periods in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific. Throughout his career, Paul has focused on digital economy related projects, in particular on the procurement and delivery of large-scale outsourcing, business transformation, managed services and network related transactions in the TMT, aviation, financial services, education, healthcare and government sectors. Paul also advises clients on general IT, intellectual property, data protection, cybersecurity, ecommerce and corporate matters. In this regard, Paul regularly advises clients on their market strategies and coordinates the provision of a broad range of corporate, commercial and dispute resolution related advice and support for those clients. Paul also plays an active role in DLA Piper's learning and development activities, serving on the International Learning & Development Partner Forum.


‚ÄĘ Queensland University of Technology, BA (European Studies) ‚ÄĘ Queensland University of Technology, LLB (Hons) ‚ÄĘ Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales ‚ÄĘ Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

United Arab Emirates

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

A ‚Äėgo-to firm for trade mark enforcement‚Äô, DLA Piper Middle East LLP‚Äôs practice is also active in copyright, franchising and licensing matters for clients such as¬†Adobe,¬†Duracell and¬†Paramount Pictures. Paul Allen‚Äôs team also includes newly promoted partner Jamie Ryder.

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Paul Allen - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Within: TMT

A ‚Äėclass act‚Äô, DLA Piper Middle East LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong regional offering‚Äô and ‚Äėwell-established practice‚Äô mark it as top tier for TMT. Group head Paul Allen, ‚Äėa leader in technology law‚Äô, advised Dubai Holdings on the outsourcing of its ICT infrastructure network. Newly made-up partner¬†Jamie Ryder, ‚Äėan outstanding media lawyer‚Äô, advised Saudi Telecom Company on its $1.8bn purchase of the worldwide broadcast rights for the Saudi Professional League and other matches. Eamon Holley, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2019,¬†is noted for regulatory matters. Legal director¬†Emily Southon, who joined in 2018 from Barclays, is a fintech specialist.

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