Firms To Watch: TMT

Former Baker McKenzie  partner Jason Raeburn joined Paul Hastings LLP  in summer 2022 to head its London  IP practice. He’s described by one client as ‘considered,  pragmatic and his litigation expertise is exceptional.’
K&L Gates LLP is extending its TMT offering in London under the leadership of senior counsel Sunny Kumar, focusing on providing technology support to large corporate clients.

TMT in London

Baker McKenzie

With a global presence and a strong clutch of ‘excellent‘ lawyers across a range of practice areas, Baker McKenzie is well placed to provide full-service support to a variety of clients up to and including world-renowned multinationals. Steve Holmes chairs the technology team and co-chairs the EMEA technology practice group, with specialist expertise in areas including outsourcing, technology, telecoms, regulatory and commercial matters. As a solicitor-advocate with broad contentious experience, Will Holder co-leads the media and entertainment team with Ben Allgrove, whose experience in corporate transactions complements Holder’s knowledge of digital media. Sue McLean is a key contact for a range of technology work, including outsourcings, digital transformations, and issues relating to cutting-edge technologies such as AI and blockchain. Senior associate John Groom is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Steve Holmes; Ben Allgrove; Will Holder

Other key lawyers:

Sue McLean; John Groom; Maulik Mittal; Nadia Banno

Testimonials

‘Excellent team in Sue McLean & Maulik Mittal. Very capable, wouldn’t hesitate to use them on IT/TMT/Outsourcing matters.’

‘Maulik Mittal stands out beyond his years of qualification.’

‘The legal team is fantastic. We have worked with a number of both junior and senior lawyers; all are great at quickly getting to know us as a client and our usual approach. The entire team is friendly, diligent and skilled.’

‘I feel that the lawyers in the team at Bakers know their client really well, I don’t really feel that they are ‘external’ but very much part of our team, impressing through the quality of their work rather than fancy pitches or trying too hard!’

‘Nadia Banno – exceptional problem solver, great judgement, fast and clever.’

Key clients

3 (Hutchison 3G)

BBC

Digitalk

Egmont Publishing

Equinix Inc

Google

Hitachi

Hutch Games

Index Features

MagicLab

Novator Partners

Pinterest

Sinch

Take Two Interactive

Tik Tok

Trainline

YouTube

Work highlights

  • Acting for APG Group (one of the world’s largest independent pension fund managers) in respect of its €1.2bn joint venture with Dutch mobile telecoms company Royal KPN N.V.
  • Acted as legal adviser to the Joint Bookrunners in Sinch’s primary issuance of shares of approximately SEK9.4bn.
  • Advised Index Ventures on a $155m Series B investment round in Dream Games, an Istanbul-based mobile gaming company, valuing the business at $1bn.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‘s team of ‘phenomenal and exceptionally responsive lawyers‘ handles the range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the TMT sector. The practice is split into three groups: the tech and comms sector group, led by Ronald Hendrikx; the media, entertainment and sports sector group, led by Phil Sherrell; and the tech transactions practice group, led by Mark Leach. This structure allows it to put together specialist teams to handle complex matters including large-scale technology implementations, large-scale network infrastructure work, media and sports finance matters, and a wide variety of disputes. Hendrikx specialises in IT and communication projects, while Sherrell is well known for his litigation experience, and Leach for his work on outsourcings. Kimberly Wells is a key contact for businesses across a range of sectors, and was promoted to partner in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach; Phil Sherrell

Other key lawyers:

Alex Dixie; Kimberly Wells; Ian Edwards

Testimonials

‘‘Great lawyers, great level of service, top-notch intellect, writing and advocacy. Really dive deep to get to know the client’s business model and needs. Top-notch in every way.’

‘Exceptional technical and sector knowledge applied in a highly pragmatic way.’

‘Ian Edwards – sector knowledge, pragmatism, calmness under pressure, delivers.’

‘Phil Sherrell and the team – all phenomenal and exceptionally responsive lawyers.’

‘Pragmatic and commercially sensitive approach to negotiations.’

‘Ian Edwards – collaborative, pragmatic and commercially sensitive approach to negotiations.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

Allwyn

ARM

Docusign

Epic Games

Equinix, Inc

Guinness Six Nations Rugby

ICE Services

ICM Partners

Macquarie Bank

Nokia

TuneIn, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mitsubishi and Sisvel in a UK High Court claim against multiple defendants for a declaration that the terms and conditions of the licence agreement offered by Sisvel to its mobile communication program (MCP) patent pool are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND).
  • Acting for TuneIn in litigation brought against it by Sony Music and Warner Music.
  • Advised Allwyn on the development and negotiation of the key technology and connectivity agreements that will be critical to the successful delivery of the UK National Lottery over the 10-year licence term.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP‘s TMT offering focuses primarily on large and complex corporate transactions. With cross-practice support from specialists in areas including corporate law, litigation, antitrust, technology, and regulation, the team is well-equipped to provide support to major clients from start-ups to multinationals. Practice head André Duminy is renowned for his M&A experience, and has particular experience in the fintech and insurtech sectors. Jennifer Chimanga  is similarly highly regarded, and has worked increasingly on cross-border transactions; corporate specialist Toby Parkinson is also significant in this area. Simon Persoff brings expertise across technology and telecoms, while Kate Scott and Samantha Ward are cornerstones of the group’s litigation offering. Zayed Al Jamil joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2022, further strengthening the firm’s offering in outsourcing and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

André Duminy

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Chimanga; Kate Scott; Samantha Ward; Simon Persoff; Mark Fisher; Toby Parkinson; Zayed Al Jamil

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial. Diligence. Clear understanding of client objectives and timelines. Creative and solutions focused while being flexible and nimble.’

‘Jennifer Chimanga navigated an extremely difficult and complex process in a tight timeline involving deep technology systems and complex architecture. The availability of senior partners together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups is key to their success.’

Key clients

Africell

Allegro

Anchorage Capital Partners

Cellnex Telecom

Codere Group

Delivery Hero

EE

Epic Games

G.Network Communications

Gamesys Group

ITV

LZ Labs

NBC Universal / Comcast

News Group

Panasonic

Sitecore

Spotify

Telefonica

Tencent

The Hut Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex on the acquisition of the European telecoms towers business of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10bn.
  • Acted on the mega £31bn merger of Telefónica’s O2 UK mobile phone company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider to create the 50/50 JV “Virgin Media O2”.
  • Advised Sitecore on the acquisitions of Boxever and Moosend.

CMS

CMS‘ technology, media and telecoms team is distinguished by the strength of its offering across the full breadth of the sector. The team is led by experienced contentious and transactional lawyer Clive Gringras, who is especially well known for his work with US technology companies seeking to expand in the UK and across EMEA. Sam De Silva is a key practitioner for IT and telecoms clients, with a particular focus on complex and technical transactions, while Victoria Gaskell leads the UK media team, handling the full range of work for clients including prominent production companies, distributors and platforms. Selina Potter heads up the firm’s broadcasting offering, which provides commercial advice on matters such as content acquisition and distribution work. Emma Burnett leads on data protection issues, with experience in IT and IP law, and Ian Stevens leads the fintech group. Paul Silver is noted for his expertise in large-scale IT and business process outsourcings, while Chris Watson heads up the global technology, media and communications group.

Practice head(s):

Clive Gringras

Other key lawyers:

Sam de Silva; John Enser; Victoria Gaskell; Selina Potter; Emma Burnett; Ian Stevens; Paul Silver; Chris Watson

Testimonials

‘CMS’ expertise across all the converging sectors – media, entertainment, sport, communications, technology, retail etc – together with a number of ‘best in class’ partners sets them apart. Deep understanding of all the markets gives them a depth and sophistication, with the ability to leverage experience cross-industry in a way we really value. Coupled with strategic and drafting creativity, you definitely want them on your side in negotiations.’

‘This is the best all round TMT firm in the UK by a country mile. The breadth of experience is unparalleled and across the whole spectrum of TMT subsets. Lots of other firms have strong elements of TMT but never the whole array of disciplines and sub-sectors.’

‘One of the few firms that gets crypto.’

‘John Enser is a class-act. Super-smart and super-commercial: a relatively rare combination. Whip-smart and an incredible eye for detail with the ability to retain highly complex transactions and documents in his head simultaneously makes him someone you want on your side of the table. He’s quite a polymath so can leverage knowledge and experience cross-industry which is invaluable in these times of convergence.’

‘John Enser – the man who knows everything there is to know about all aspects of TMT.’

Key clients

New Balance

DZ Bank

Microsoft

Onfido

ViacomCBS

News UK and Ireland

Comcast

Jeremy Clarkson

ITV

Xiaomi

CityFibre

EllaLink

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on the Competition and Markets Authority’s high-profile investigation into Xbox subscription practices and the ultimate public undertakings that Microsoft provided to resolve the dispute.
  • Advised Comcast and ViacomCBS on aspects of their strategic joint venture partnership to launch SkyShowtime, a new European subscription video on demand service, including on the content supply arrangements and media regulatory advice.
  • Advised CityFibre on a major expansion of its strategic fibre-to-the-home partnership with Vodafone.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Known for providing ‘high-quality and reliable advice‘ to prominent clients across the TMT sector, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP draws on a deep bench of experienced lawyers to provide support on matters from M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, and foreign investment work to data protection, cybersecurity and fintech issues and a broad range of disputes. Nick Pantlin heads up the team in London and co-leads the technology sector aspect of the global offering, with a focus on assisting businesses with digital transformations. Hayley Brady leads the media and entertainment offering, with a wide practice encompassing film, TV, game, music and sport mandates. David Coulling now heads up the telco sector practice across the UK, US, and EMEA, filling Aaron White‘s shoes after the latter moved to a global corporate position. Veronica Roberts is a key contact for both foreign direct investment and EU and UK competition law, while senior associate Jeremy Purton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Veronica Roberts; Nick Pantlin; Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

David Coulling; Aaron White; Miriam Everett; Rachel Lidgate; Michael Hunt; Andrew Moir; James Farrell; Caroline Rae; Stephen Wilkinson; Jeremy Purton

Testimonials

‘The TMT team at HSF is high functioning and very personable. Hayley Brady has built a great team of associates around her who are a pleasure to work with, and provide high-quality and reliable advice.’

‘Hayley Brady is a standout and approachable partner, with a sound and forward thinking approach on the tech sector. She gives up the time needed to build close relationships with clients and is always on hand to answer questions and support.’

Bristows LLP

Contentious work is a core strength for the broad technology sector practice at Bristows LLP, with experience in disputes ranging from major FRAND cases to competition issues to media and data protection compliance work, which the firm handles for an impressive base of high-profile household names and multinational corporates. On the non-contentious side, strengths include corporate M&A and venture capital matters, commercial IP work, and strategic and project advice for clients across the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. The offering is anchored by experienced partner Mark Watts, who has particular experience in commercial IP and data protection work. Toby Crick is a key contact for telecoms clients, where Myles Jelf is also recommended for his litigation expertise. Adrian Sim is highly recommended for financial services implementation projects, and Pat Treacy for her experience in EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Adrian Sim; Pat Treacy; Paul Jordan

Testimonials

‘The team at Bristows is second to none in the UK technology law space. They are accessible, responsive, highly knowledgeable and experienced and are our go-to team for any complex, high-value or innovative IT deals.’

‘Great expertise, very approachable.’

‘Toby Crick is extremely knowledgeable, accessible, responsive and a pleasure to work with. He is both extremely tenacious and pragmatic when the demands of the deal necessitate it and brings a very sharp intellect and great sense of humour to his work with our company.’

‘Adrian Sim is superb at managing complex transactions. He works tirelessly and fully invests in the whole view (not just the legal), adding real value to a transaction.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Thomson Reuter Foundation

Google

Cisco Systems

Facebook/ Meta

United Technologies

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

WPP plc

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Canon

Schibsted Media

Oxis Energy

IP Group plc

The Guardian News and Media

Vice Media

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Eutelsat

OnePhone

Ofcom

CityFibre

Vorboss

Philips N.V

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Defending Philips in the first “FRAND case” brought by an implementer in the UK against a patent pool and a patent owner.
  • Assisted WPP with several transactions, including its acquisitions of enterprise AI company Satalia, ecommerce platform Cloud Commerce Group, and mobile commerce brand NN4M.
  • Assisting a technology giant with multiple media disputes and a competition case in Europe.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal‘s TMT practice has continued to develop after its 2021 acquisition of Kemp Little, with new telecoms, data protection, and cybersecurity lead Cavan Fabris arriving from EY Law in February 2022. Alongside a developing role as a long-term strategic adviser to major technology clients, mid-market M&A remains a core strength of the team, with Andy Moseby a key contact in this area. Calum Murray heads up the overall TMT industry offering, and is especially well regarded for his work providing strategic support to both established digital players and clients newly expanding their digital offerings. Other significant lawyers include Andrew Joint and Paul Hinton, while Paul O’Hare spearheads the firm’s outsourcing offering.

Practice head(s):

Calum Murray; Cavan Fabris

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Joint; Paul Hinton; Andy Moseby; Paul O’Hare

Key clients

Apse Capital

Arrow Communications

VMware, Inc

Associated Newspapers

Thomson Reuters

iSiteTB Limited

Quantcast Corporation

Fadaat Media Limited

Ultima

Dentsu Aegis Network

Flux Systems

Fluidly

Quantexa Limited

Assure Hedge

Fractal Labs

Sky

The British Interactive Media Association

DLA Piper

The ‘outstanding‘ TMT offering at DLA Piper has a ‘deep knowledge of law‘ across areas ranging from commercial contracts and corporate support to contentious disputes, which it brings to bear acting for its global base of public and private sector clients across the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. Newly appointed global technology co-chair Mark O’Conor is recognised for his specialist experience in areas including digital transformations, AI, and cloud computing, while international telecoms co-chair Mike Conradi has a broad practice covering regulatory and commercial advice. Nick Fitzpatrick is co-chair of the firm’s media, sport and entertainment sector focus – a key area for the firm, where recent highlights have included multiple significant matters for the Premier League. Kit Burden is a key contact for outsourcing and complex technology transactions, on which he advises both users and suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Mark O’Conor; Nick Fitzpatrick; Mike Conradi

Other key lawyers:

Kit Burden

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and there when you need them. They understand the market. They can advise on what really matters to position you well to take up opportunities. They have resources across disciplines and around the world, so they are positioned to help you with whatever might come up.’

‘DLA Piper has an outstanding commercial contracting team. Exceptionally knowledgeable, technically strong, whilst also being pragmatic.’

‘Deep knowledge of law and understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘We worked with Mike Conradi. He is excellent, supportive, efficient and pleasant to work with.’

‘Kit Burden is one of a kind. Great to work with and respected by all sides on a transaction.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

NHS/Connecting for Health

DEFRA

HMRC

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Aviva

British Airways/IAG

Heineken

HCL Technologies

Amadeus

Santander

Ericsson

CDW

Willis Tower Watson

Philip Morris

Merlin Entertainment

National Basketball Association

Premier League

Unilever

Rakuten

LEGO

ESPN

Wickes

The British Council

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Ministry of Defence with concluding a new five year £460m contract with Boeing Defence UK, extending existing arrangements for a logistics system critical to UK Armed Forces operations worldwide.
  • Acting for the Premier League on a wide range of transactions and issues, including obtaining summary judgment for $213m against PPLive Sports International Ltd; sale of audio-visual rights in the UK and international markets; its sponsorship programme; exploitation of an anthem; Covid-19 compliance at clubs; ticketing and ground regulations at stadiums; and IP enforcement work.
  • Advising Safaricom on its multi-party equity investment, along with other international investors including Vodacom, Vodafone, Sumitomo Corp and CDC Group, into a new operating company tasked with winning a licence and then rolling out a new telecoms network in Ethiopia (Safaricom Ethiopia).

Latham & Watkins

The data and technology transactions practice group at Latham & Watkins brings together lawyers from the firm’s transactional, regulatory, and litigation practices to provide broad support to clients across the TMT sector on matters ranging from product launches and funding issues to commercial contracts and outsourcings and privacy and cybersecurity work. Andrew Moyle is global co-chair of the firm’s fintech industry group, with significant expertise handling high-value contracts and transactions, and co-leads the practice with Gail Crawford, who is also chair of the internet and digital media industry group. Experienced technology and commercial lawyer Christian McDermott is a key contact for clients in the fintech space, with a growing practice relating to NFTs, while Fiona Maclean is noted for her work in matters relating to outsourcings, data privacy, and the cloud.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Moyle; Gail Crawford

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Maclean; Deborah Kirk; Christian McDermott

Key clients

Intuit Inc.

Farfetch

Meta Platforms, Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

TPG Capital

OEP Capital Investors

Rosecliff/Gett

Jersey Telecom

Amiral Management Corporation (AMC)

GoHenry

Truata Limited

IHS Markit Equity Investments Limited

Cipher Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising Meta (formerly Facebook) in relation to a number of highly complex and multijurisdictional regulatory investigations and inquiries regarding alleged data breaches and compliance with data protection laws generally, and any related litigation.
  • Advised TeamViewer, a global technology company, on a deal to become Manchester United’s new main shirt sponsor; and on its partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.
  • Advised Viasat Inc, a global communications company, on its definitive agreement to acquire Inmarsat in a transaction valued at $7.3bn.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The cornerstone of Norton Rose Fulbright‘s TMT offering is its technology consulting practice, established in 2021 with the hire of Madeline Bailey and co-headed by Bailey and Peter McBurney. Through the team, the firm provides in-depth strategic support to clients looking to take advantage of emerging technologies, including those on the cutting edge of innovation such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and AI. The technology team is headed up in EMEA by Sean Murphy, who helms a practice with expertise ranging from corporate finance and M&A deals to data and fintech work. Also in the technology space, James Russell leads on matters relating to outsourcings, while Oliver Stacey heads up the UK telecoms team. Competition lawyer Caroline Thomas is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell

Other key lawyers:

Madeline Bailey; Caroline Thomas; Peter McBurney; Zahra Sachedina

Testimonials

‘Present A-Z throughout the project, and hence capable of helping clients like us tackling any aspect of complex transactions. That is VERY valuable to clients like us.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable (legal know-how plus industry knowledge in mobile telecoms), responsive.’

‘Hats off to Oliver Stacey and Zahra Sachedina for their work: many people at NRF worked on a key transaction with us, but they orchestrated the whole lot and should be thanked for it.’

Key clients

Airband Community Internet Limited

AT&T

BNP Paribas

Bolt

BP

CGI

Community Fibre Limited

Coventry Building Society

Coveo

Etisalat

Helios Investment Partners

HSBC

IFC

Macquarie Capital

Modern Times Group

Mubadala Investment Company

National Digital Infrastructure Fund (Amber Infrastructure)

Newegg

Ocado plc

Orange S.A

Paradigm Infrastructure

PayPal Inc.

Prudential

Purplebricks Group plc

Rothesay Life

Safaricom

Standard Chartered Bank

Starling Bank

Telenor

TowerShare

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodafone / Vodacom

Work highlights

  • Advised Modern Times Group AB on the sale of ESL Gaming to the Savvy Gaming Group in an all-cash transaction.
  • Advised a consortium, led by Kenya’s Safaricom and including Vodafone, Vodacom, CDC and Sumitomo, on its winning bid for Ethiopia’s first telecoms license for $850m, following a competitive, two-year auction process.
  • Advised Coveo on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Qubit Digital Ltd, a software-as-a-service provider of machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions in the e-commerce sector.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Work relating to data is increasingly a focus for the technology and digital markets group at Pinsent Masons LLP, with team lead and experienced corporate transaction specialist Andrew McMillan a key figure in the firm’s cross-office and cross-practice data centres delivery team, which focuses on data trusts and frameworks for data sharing. Global TMT head Simon Colvin acts for clients across the public and private sectors, with a particular niche in advising infrastructure clients on the adoption of smart technologies. Birmingham-based partner Andrew Hornigold is another key contact for technology clients, while Diane Mullenex leads on telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McMillan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Colvin; Andrew Hornigold; Diane Mullenex; Angus McFayden

Testimonials

‘Great understanding of our business. Commercial awareness. Flexibility and clarity of fees.’

‘Pinsent Masons are distinctly proactive when it comes to problem solving legal complications in the fast paced digital sector. We have found their agility of high value in swiftly introducing a range of key expertise to support a variety of complex issues, all covered with personable and thorough communication. Additionally, Pinsent Masons are happy to adapt their model to suit requirements, feeling modern in mindset as to give optional levels of counsel dependant on the type of project we introduce.’

‘Very good industry knowledge. Sound practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘The team are experts in their field and have a well balanced spread of knowledge across the team so the work is allocated accordingly. They also take a great deal of time to understand the business and its requirements so they can offer the most pragmatic advice.’

‘Very responsive and dependable. Available.’

‘Excellent team, very easy to work with. Pragmatic and able to explain complex legal positions in layman’s terms. Took time to understand the issues and provided well thought out advice and assistance in creating a strategy.’

‘Long term experience and depth of knowledge of TMT.’

Key clients

Google

YouTube

UBS

UK Government – Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

Condeco

Telent

Halma

Cabinet Office

TFL

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court in Richard Lloyd v Google, a landmark case in the field of data privacy class actions.
  • Acted for the management and shareholders of Condeco Group on the strategic investment by US-based Thoma Bravo and JMI Equity.
  • Various data trust frameworks and data access projects, including for University of Lincoln, Otterpool Park and University of Edinburgh.

RPC

RPC‘s TMT group is well known for its work for clients in the technology sector, from start-ups to the biggest names in the industry. The firm provides support on the full spectrum of matters, from contract and regulatory advice to fundraising and M&A transactions and through to dispute resolution, where it has an especially good reputation in technology litigation and acting for media defendants. Jeremy Drew leads the team, bringing broad experience across contentious and non-contentious technology matters. Senior partner Oliver Bray is a key contact for prominent technology clients, and is well known for his wide commercial expertise, which extends to digital, consumer, advertising, data protection, regulatory, and content issues. David Cran heads up the technology disputes practice, while Mark Crichard leads on complex contracts and outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Bray; David Cran; Mark Crichard

Key clients

Meta/Facebook

Google and YouTube

Triumph Group

LINK Scheme

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & ST Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Wave Optics

eClerx

Royal & Sun Alliance

FundingXchange

Dialog Semiconductor

Ceres Power

Zensar Technologies UK Ltd

McArthurGlen UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Google in respect of its defence of a very highly publicised claim brought by Epic Games – the proceedings concern the Google Play Store and Epic’s well-known battle royale game ‘Fortnite’.
  • Advising Meta on its global collaboration initiatives, which include ongoing support for Facebook’s independent Oversight Board; assisting on hardware product development; broadcasting and streaming and social media/streaming projects; and digital marketing and influencer campaigns.
  • Advising the significant data analytics services, automation and outsourced technology/business process provider, eClerx, on a vast range of contracts, with a number of global banks, digital business and large retailers, as well as on contracts relating to the creation of various reseller arrangements.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons provides broad support to clients across the TMT sector, ranging from technology, media, and games companies to global telecoms interests and satellite providers, as well as clients in fast-developing areas such as AI and fintech, including payments and cryptocurrency. Alexander Brown heads up the firm’s TMT sector group, as well as its digital business practice group, specialising in data protection and privacy work. As head of the TMT dispute resolution offering, Jayne Bentham is a cornerstone of the firm’s contentious offering in this area, with experience in international arbitration as well as litigation and mediation. The litigation offering is further strengthened by Priya Nagpal, who specialises in complex disputes involving disruptive technologies. George Morris is a key contact for fintech clients.

Practice head(s):

Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Bentham; Priya Nagpal; George Morris; Stephanie Featherstone; Mark Curtis

Testimonials

‘Alex Brown is an excellent adviser on commercial contracts, data privacy and transactional matters. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

VMO2

BT

DXC Technology

Huawei

Honeywell

Apple

Xiaomi

WeWork

Future PLC

Lebara

MTN

VIRTUS Data Centres

PCCW

LG

Roland

Samsung

Swisscom

Lendinvest

Warner Bros

Booking.com

Work highlights

  • Acting for Telefonica in a £25m trading agreement dispute with Carphone Warehouse.
  • Advised long standing client Future plc on its acquisition of Dennis for approximately £300m.
  • Defending Xiaomi in global SEP/FRAND litigation brought by Philips, an aggressive SEP portfolio holder.

Slaughter and May

The TMT group at Slaughter and May is especially well known for its work supporting major technology clients on corporate and commercial transactions. The practice is co-headed by long-term TMT stalwart Rob Sumroy and experienced corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff. The firm’s offering in this sector was further strengthened by the promotion of two associates to partners in May 2021: Laura Houston and James Cook. Houston assists a broad client base in the acquisition, creation, exploitation, and divestment of technology assets, while Cook assists technology and telecoms clients in a range of transactions, in addition to co-heading the fintech practice with Sumroy. Roland Turnill and Duncan Blaikie are also noted, as are Paul Dickson and David Watkins for their media work.

Practice head(s):

Victoria MacDuff; Rob Sumroy

Other key lawyers:

Laura Houston; James Cook; Roland Turnill; Paul Dickson; David Watkins; Duncan Blakey

Testimonials

‘The team bring a great understanding of the underlying industry and technology to their work, combined with first-rate legal advice and service.’

‘I’ve worked with Rob Sumroy, the head of the practice. Rob is an exceptional practitioner, he is extremely knowledgeable, available and personable.’

Key clients

American Tower Corporate

AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik

Bloomsbury Publishing

Cineworld

Daily Mail Group

Deepmind Technologies

Deutsche Telekom

Disney

Enreach

Ericsson

Google

INEOS

Inmarsat

Klarna Bank AB

Magway Limited

Meta (formerly Facebook)

NTT

Nuance Corporation

Orient Overseas (International) Limited

PCCW

PrimaryBid

Revolut

Richemont

Salesforce

Santander

Schneider

SoftBank

Standard Chartered (and Standard Chartered Ventures)

Telegram

Telenor

Vodafone Ltd

Wise (formerly TransferWise)

Xero

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone with relation to its partnership with CityFibre in order to become Britain’s largest full-fibre broadband provider.
  • Advised Equinix, the US HQ global data centre company, on its entry into Africa through its intended acquisition of leading West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider MainOne.
  • Advised Daily Mail and General Trust on a major reorganisation of the DMGT group, which concluded in a cash offer made by Rothermere Continuation Limited.

Taylor Wessing LLP

With its technology, media and communications offering, Taylor Wessing LLP provides full-spectrum support to technology company clients across their life cycles, from start-up issues through to IPOs and including major transactions and development work. Experienced venture capital lawyer Josef Fuss co-heads the international team, and spearheads efforts involving investment financing, with notable support on corporate M&A and transactions from Robert Fenner. UK team head Mark Owen is a specialist in intellectual property law, with particular experience in matters relating to trade marks and copyright. Adam Rendle is also a key contact in this area.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen; Josef Fuss

Other key lawyers:

Robert Fenner; Adam Rendle

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing LLP perfectly understand the complex nature of a global media conglomerate, and provide advice understanding the multiple areas that the business operates in.’

‘Adam Rendle has expertly understood our business, our needs, and how to deliver the legal advice in a coherent and practical fashion. We work across multiple departments, and being able to shift from strict legal guidance to practical guidance for non-lawyers is essential. Also, Adam has shown us amazing availability, priority and guided us through complex media situations.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company

THNDR Games

Heycar

Monzo

Rezolve

Nutmeg Savings & Investment

Vinted

Dataminr

Zoopla

QuoVadis Online Limited (acquired by DigiCert)

Blackline Systems Inc.

Passfort

Work highlights

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the business to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised bitcoin mobile games developer THNDR GAMES on its $2m investment led by Initial Capital.
  • Advised Monzo on its oversubscribed Series H funding round.

Ashurst

Hugely experienced telecoms lawyer Nick Elverston leads the digital economy transactions team at Ashurst, which handles matters across the IT and telecoms sectors, with a particular focus on providing commercial support to businesses looking to expand their digital capabilities. Amanda Hale is a core practitioner in this area, with experience advising on strategic infrastructure deals, alliances and joint ventures, and M&A and financing matters. Christopher Bates handles complex high-value contracts and procurements, while David Futter works on strategic IT sourcing mandates. Rhiannon Webster joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in August 2021, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in advising on data matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Elverston

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Hale; Christopher Bates; David Futter; Rhiannon Webster

Testimonials

‘The team has deep experience across the entire spectrum of the technology landscape, ranging from telecoms to fintech to SaaS agreements. Furthermore, the team makes extensive use of its Glasgow legal analyst team on due diligence exercises, which helps to keep costs efficient.’

‘Chris Bates is an exceptional contracts lawyer who manages to both understand client businesses exceptionally well while also keeping abreast of the latest developments in case law.’

Key clients

Airband Community Internet Limited

BAI Communications

CVL 3

Digital Colony

DXC

Meta (Facebook)

HM Government/UK Treasury

Intel

McLaren Group

National Express

NEX

Telxius Telecom S.A.

Time Out Group Plc

VM O2

Work highlights

  • Advising Meta (Facebook) on the roll out of mission critical digital infrastructure (subsea cables and mobile networks) to connect 21 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe and lower the costs of internet access by trebling online capacity in Africa.
  • Advised long-standing client BAI Communications bringing mobile to the London Underground.
  • Advised Virgin Media O2 on its ambitious upgrade and expansion strategy, in particular the upgrade of the VMO2 network.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP fields a two-pronged technology offering from its London office: Daniel Pavin leads on the corporate and transactional side, and Lisa Peets leads on regulatory and policy issues, which are a core strength of the practice. The firm advises a wide variety of high-profile and global clients on matters ranging from M&A to regulatory compliance and complex litigation. AI, digital health, and life sciences are key sectors, and the team is also strong on matters relating to data management and protection.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Pavin; Lisa Peets

Key clients

Microsoft

Meta (FKA Facebook)

Deutsche Telekom

Reliance Jio Infocomm

MTN

Illumina

BenevolentAI Limited

Sensyne Health

Salesforce Ventures

Tencent Holdings

Dentons

Dentons' sizeable TMT team focuses on technology transactions and software licensing issues, which it handles for both vendors and users. As of October 2021, Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker co-lead the offering, with former practice head Andy Lucas a key contact for public sector clients in particular. Baker and Fanning both specialise in major corporate advisory work, including financing, outsourcing, and business-critical technology projects. Also noted is Sarah Lima, who was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Fanning; Henrietta Baker

Other key lawyers:

Andy Lucas; Simon Elliott; Sarah Lima; Rachael Morris

Testimonials

‘Very high quality legal work that is practical in that it considers the legal and business risks. I find many lawyers only work to mitigate or manage legal risk without regard for business considerations. Dentons is head and shoulders above any firm I have worked with in respect of accounting for the business considerations.’

‘Responsiveness. Ability to balance legal and business drivers (where different). Dedication, knowledge, and practical as well as legal experience.’

‘The team are approachable and demonstrate great client service. There is an expectation that a legal team will be highly knowledgeable. It is the way their knowledge is delivered in a commercially focused manner that sets them apart.’

‘I found them to be approachable and responsive. Henrietta Baker uses her extensive experience to provide practical and commercial solutions and legal strategy support. Henrietta and her team became an extension of our team and were easy to work with.’

‘Martin Fanning is one of the most personable, commercially focused partners I have had the fortune to work with. He and his team are approachable and have the best attitude towards partnering with clients rather than seeing them as a way of making money. He answers the phone when I call for help and if he can’t help, he quickly finds someone who can or gives me a clear timeframe in which to get back to me. I have worked with Dentons for nearly 10 years and it is because of Martin Fanning.’

‘Martin Fanning is a solid sounding board, knowledgeable and personable. Simon Elliott is a great data protection expert without losing commercial awareness.’

Key clients

BGL Group, CompareTheMarket

Capita

TikTok

ArQit

Optopus Ventures

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Vodafone Italia

TechnologyOne

UiPath

Evolution Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising TechnologyOne on its acquisition of Scientia, a UK based higher education software provider.
  • Advising Capita plc, a London-based outsourcing and professional services company, on the sale of its IT services and solutions business Trustmarque to One Equity Partners.
  • Advising BGL Group, CompareTheMarket owner, on the sale of BGL Insurance, a digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, to Markerstudy, a portfolio company of private equity house Pollen Street Capital, for £400 million.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The TMT offering at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was strengthened with the March 2022 arrival of Emma Wright from Deloitte Legal. Under Wright, the firm has established a new technology, data and digital group, which will coordinate the firm’s efforts in areas including AI and technology regulation. The team is also especially noted for its work in media and entertainment, where Abigail Payne and Peter Armstrong are key contacts in the film and TV group, headed up by Jonathan Berger. Other areas of experience include IP, advertising, and defamation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Emma Wright

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Shireen Peermohamed; Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly; Jonathan Berger; Abigail Payne; Peter Armstrong

Testimonials

‘Their subject knowledge is great, they’re always happy to help and they do so in a timely manner.’

‘They stand out for their combination of a deep reflection on my business needs and how these are changing, understanding of developments in the legal context and how this might impact my business, and creative and innovative ideas about helping our challenges. They have also shown a real willingness to collaborate outside their immediate expertise and knowledge, and a passion for exploring new areas, such as blockchain.’

‘The TMT team cover all of our ‘technology’ requirements from building out digital channels for our customers and the automation and digital transformation of our manufacturing – this also invariably extends to data protection and take down requests. The combination of the media and branding firepower that HB is known for means it is one of the most comprehensive TMT practices I have come across – particularly as we look to protecting our brand and producing content for our digital channels for customers and the digital transformation of our back office. Emma Wright’s longstanding experience in TMT means she has breadth and depth across the verticals.’

‘Very approachable, very prompt in responding, very commercial.’

‘Harbottle’s entertainment specialists are bolstered by a strong technology and data practice. This means our data privacy and technology advice was always provided in the context of our industry/commercial practice. This is a huge benefit for an in-house lawyer as it means you don’t have to spend time deciphering external advice to make it “fit” for commercial colleagues.’

‘The team has knowledge of, passion for, and experience in the industry. Very reliable and helpful.’

‘We feel genuinely blessed to have Harbottle & Lewis in our corner. We are a small company and yet we receive a service that befits a much larger company. There hasn’t been a time when members of their team haven’t been available and the advice and guidance is always incredibly clear (for us laymen!) and has helped us grow exponentially into areas we simply wouldn’t have been able to had they not been supporting us.’

‘Emma Wright doesn’t just do the law, she does the translation to business so well I cannot imagine ever going elsewhere.’

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s TMT offering has, since April 2021, operated as part of the firm’s innovation department, which brings together teams with expertise across IP and competition, commercial, data, technology and sport, and betting and gaming issues. Jeremy Hertzog heads up the department, bringing significant experience in litigation, especially related to IP and other technology disputes. Head of data Adam Rose co-leads the firm’s technology group, where his expertise extends to IT and commercial contracts for suppliers and licensees of IT systems. Sally Britton heads up the brands group and co-chairs the retail department, while the arrival of Ashley Winton from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in April 2021 extends the team’s reach into fintech, data protection, and cybersecurity work.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rose; Sally Britton; Ashley Winton

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of our requirements having worked on a number of transactions together.’

‘High calibre individuals on the deal team who take a very commercial approach to getting a deal done whilst protecting the interests of the buyer.’

‘The team at Mishcon de Reya are a delight to work with. Their approach to our matters has been extremely helpful and has helped us as a business. They have worked with us to develop strategies, and have been extremely adept at explaining their reasoning. Beyond strategy, they have delivered excellent work on a consistent business and have worked to a fast timeframe and an efficient billing structure.’

Key clients

Sky

Nintendo

Top Optimized Technologies S.L. and TOT Power Control S.L.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Comcast

Global

Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited

Skyports

Climate Solutions Exchange Limited

Ionoco

Splash Tech

TikTok

Eterlast

CBS

NBC Universal

Various media and entertainment clients including Dua Lipa, Coldplay, Estate of Amy Winehouse, and others

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in major trade mark dispute with SkyKick which considers the approach to take in relation to key aspects relating to trade mark specifications.
  • Acting for Global on a range of media and entertainment related matters, providing commercial and IP law-related advice.
  • Designed, developed, and launched the CSX platform for Climate Solutions Exchange Limited.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Led by Ashley Hurst, the sizeable technology, media and communications team at Osborne Clarke LLP is well known for its broad experience. The team is split across three subsectors, with an international lead for each: Mathias Loertscher heads up the technology team, John Davidson-Kelly leads the media and entertainment group, and Jon Fell heads up the communications practice. Hurst focuses on cybersecurity and contentious data litigation; Davidson-Kelly works on digital media regulation, consumer law, and media and tech agreements; and Fell provides operational and transactional advice, with a focus on procurement agreements. Loertscher has particular experience in M&A, joint ventures, and fundraising mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst; Mathias Loertscher; John Davidson-Kelly; Jon Fell

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Heatly

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke’s media team has unparalleled experience in supporting media companies, with particular focus on global streaming services. Several members of the team have worked in-house in the past and are well-equipped to deliver advice in an accessible way for the business.’

‘John Davidson-Kelly and Jamie Heatly in particular are best in class. They are extremely responsive, technical experts in consumer law compliance.’

Key clients

Discovery

Big Deal Films

VICE Media

Vodafone

Whitehelm Capital

4 Fibre Limited

Microsoft

Cornerstone

TripAdvisor

ITV

Ascential

Kantar

Automattic

Yahoo!

Emap

BT

EE

AEG Presents

The Farm Post-Production

Big Deal Films

Jellyfish Group

Byte Club

Altitude Films

Pokémon

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on its tender and contract with the Met Office to provide a world-leading weather and climate supercomputing capability and managed service for advanced weather forecasting and climate modelling.
  • Appointed by BT to undertake a global audit of compliance with the GNI principles.
  • Advised Big Deal Films on a growth investment round led by the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund together with the newly formed Bizet Media.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s technology, digital and telecoms team has a strong focus on work relating to clients’ technological transformations, with core areas of expertise including technology procurement, supply and licensing, and investment mandates. National in scope, the team operates across the firm’s offices in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Reading, and Milton Keynes, as well as in London. Corporate expert James Klein leads the firm’s technology sector offering from London, while Joe Stephenson in Birmingham is head of the firm’s TDT service line, and often leads on complex digital transformation projects. The team was strengthened with the March 2021 arrival of fintech specialist Prakash Kerai from DAC Beachcroft LLP, complementing financial services specialists Craig Armstrong and Sam Tyfield.

Practice head(s):

James Klein; Joe Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Craig Armstrong; Hamish Corner; Prakash Kerai; Sam Tyfield

Key clients

Zip

Pixxles

Two B 2 B Ltd

ABN Amro

CDW

Condé Nast International

Dignity plc

Estée Lauder

Everbridge

Molson Coors

Moto

Peloton

Three Mobile

Santander Consumer

Volkswagen Group

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

Mercia Fund Management

YFM Private Equity Limited

Foresight

Karma Kitchen

Masabi Group Limited

XYZ Reality Limited

Hoxton Ventures

Clean Growth Fund

Pi Labs

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

The Football Association

Federation of Sports and Play

Hampshire County Cricket Club

Association of Sporting Directors

The Football Pools

ORG Secondary Opportunity Fund

Volkswagen Group

Molson Coors

E 1 Series

Peloton

TRZ Training

Work highlights

  • Advised Karma Kitchen on the (up to) £100m investment by Crosstree Real Estate Partners.
  • Advised in relation to the production tender and agreements for a global sports tournament and the delays that came about because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells has broad experience advising clients across the technology and media sectors. Richard Marke is head of the firm’s TMT team, while Paul Jennings is noted for his expertise in employment law, as well as his recent work on a case concerning the potentially discriminatory effects of AI technology. Media litigation head Rupert Earle is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jennings; Rupert Earle

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Richard Marke, provides a very attentive and personal service. They really take time to understand their client’s goals and priorities and reflect this in their pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘The team is very concerned about helping its customers. They perfectly know how to reassure and explain to their customers the pros or cons of each solution.’

‘Richard Marke is one of the best technology lawyers I have encountered in my career. He combines a great depth and breadth of technical legal knowledge with excellent negotiation skills. He chooses his battles and will not waste clients’ time getting hung up on issues that have minor or no commercial impact or which pose minor legal risks to the client. Richard is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Advertising Standards Authority

Perkbox

Trigger Stuff

Nikon

Reliance Bank

118 Data

Sutherland Global Services

Guided E-Learning

Shakespeare’s Globe

ENO – English National Opera

Virtuoso IT

Work highlights

  • Advising on a test case looking at the potentially discriminatory effect of AI, and the status of individuals who work across a number of technology platforms at the same time.
  • Advised CDP Worldwide on a collaboration involving the transfer of the intellectual property and employees of its Climate Disclosure Standards Board to the IFRS Foundation.
  • Supported the Trigger group on a range of production matters, particularly its participation in the nationwide festival ‘UNBOXED’.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Neil Foster heads up Brown Rudnick LLP‘s technology and innovation team, which advises clients in a range of sectors including the IT, energy transition, digital and mobile health, fintech, data analytics, and life sciences industries. Corporate expert Tim Davison is a key contact for clients seeking advice on complex cross-border transactions and investment, while Steven James is a key contact on IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil Foster

Other key lawyers:

Tim Davison; Steven James; Sage Revell

Key clients

RealVNC

Libertine Holdings PLC

Coinfirm

WANdisco Plc

Green Steam Holdings Ltd

Excalibur Healthcare Services Limited

Timecode Systems

Clustermarket

Hoxton Ventures

Foundation Capital

Lyst

Wirex

Work highlights

  • Advised RealVNC, a leading provider of remote access software, on its sale to Livingbridge, mid-market private equity investors.
  • Advised Libertine, a developer of Linear Generator technology, on its £9m IPO.
  • Advised Coinfirm, an industry-leading blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering solutions platform, on a $8m Series A funding round with investment from five venture capital funds.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Hyde became international head of telecoms at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2022, and leads an offering that provides broad support on matters from deals and acquisitions to disputes, with Thekla Fellas especially highly regarded for her capability in Telecoms Code work. Commercial specialist Charlotte Walker-Osborn leads the firm’s international technology focus, while consultant Simon Cloke is also noted.

Practice head(s):

James Hyde; Charlotte Walker-Osborn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cloke; Thekla Fellas; Nick Stubbs

Key clients

AP Wireless

DXC

Eutelsat

Wavenet

Arqiva

Nokia

NTT

Orange Business Services

Zen Internet

Smiths Group

Gowling WLG

The commercial, IT and outsourcing team at Gowling WLG is led by Birmingham-based expert Jocelyn Paulley, who specialises in non-contentious IT matters, with particular experience advising clients in the retail and technology sectors, as well as co-leading the data privacy and cybersecurity team on the non-contentious side. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben, also based in Birmingham, leads on contentious IT matters, while corporate expert and technology group co-chair David Brennan focuses on M&A and equity capital funding work.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben; David Brennan

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

Mazda Motors UK Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Finning (UK) Limited

The Hut Group plc

Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

Volex plc

Faculty Science Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
  • Advising LCH Limited (London Clearing House) on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned, expanded data sets and which are sufficiently flexible to adapt with the data business as it develops.
  • Advising THG (The Hut Group) on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s TMT offering includes significant strength in media and technology mandates. Robert Hamill is a key figure for clients in the media sector, where Miles Robinson is especially well regarded for his dispute resolution experience. Mark Prinsley heads up the technology-focused London offering, while the firm also provides corporate support on technology matters, with Richard Page and senior associate Harriet Hainsworth key figures for transactions and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley; Miles Robinson; Richard Page

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hamill; Rebecca Bothamley; Oliver Yaros; Harriet Hainsworth

Key clients

Entertainment One

Francisco Partners

Mediawan

Mitie

Overmore Group

Pymetrics

United Games

Work highlights

  • Represented Hasbro Inc. and its subsidiary Entertainment One Ltd. as UK deal counsel in the sale of Entertainment One Music to private equity firm The Blackstone Group Inc.
  • Represented Mediawan in the acquisition (by its joint venture with LEONINE Holding GmbH) of a 51% stake in leading movie production house Drama Republic Limited.
  • Advised Uplift on the establishment of its new video games company Uplift Games.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s TMT offering is anchored by practice head Rafi Azim-Khan, who is a core TMT practitioner in the group and works between the firm’s London and Silicon Valley offices, handling a range of work from telecoms regulation and deals to media production and global licensing issues, as well as data protection and e-commerce mandates. Steven Farmer is also noted, as is Lee Rubin, who was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rafi Azim-Khan

Other key lawyers:

Steven Farmer; Lee Rubin

Testimonials

‘The Pillsbury team provides exceptional value-driven service. There is transparency, responsiveness, expertise, and pragmatism, all while being conscientious of budget. I work, and will continue to work, with them repeatedly.’

‘Rafi Azim-Khan is a partner in Pillsbury, and I feel like our working together over the years has been a true partnership. I trust his advice and guidance and he plays an important role in many areas of the business. He is also very good about connecting me with his fellow partners for specific advice. Rafi is a top-notch international business lawyer and first-class for technology advice.’

‘The team at Pillsbury have provided excellent support with everything from filing for our first patent to a dispute with the work provided by a supplier. The advice and support received have been efficient and effective in terms of both cost and results obtained. I have been very satisfied with the quality of the service we have been offered.’

‘The entire team has been fantastic. Steven Farmer, in particular, is attentive, knowledgeable, and conscientious.’

‘In our time using Pillsbury they’ve led with a people-first approach. Their desire to build and maintain a strong relationship with us has really shown, and we now see them as a trusted long-term partner. Their corporate/commercial and IP teams seem well coordinated and when going between the two departments we experienced a very smooth hand-off.’

‘Steven Farmer has continued to provide a responsive and personalised service to us. Despite likely being one of their smaller clients, Steve has always made us feel valued as a client.’

‘A very good experience. Knowledgeable, honest and professional. Always had time for side conversations when there were concerns from our side and always dealt with them sufficiently.’

‘We dealt with Steve Farmer who was exemplary in every way. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional but also relatable. He always had time for us and our questions and was a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Victaulic Company

HM Electronics Inc

SpyCloud Inc.

Upland Software Inc

Juniper Square

Infohealth Limited

World Travel and Tourism Council

Sinclair Broadcast

Everi

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