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Chris Coulter

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Cooley LLP

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Technology Transactions
Intellectual Property
Digital Media & Entertainment
Internet & Social Media
Telecommunications & Wireless


Chris Coulter is a partner in Cooley's London office and a member of the Technology Transactions Group. Chris has over 25 years of experience advising clients on a range of technology, data, cyber security, contract and intellectual property issues.

Chris advises both established and fast-growth early-stage businesses, and has extensive experience in large-scale projects with a cross-border component. He advises on a wide variety of commercial arrangements underpinned by technology and data, including outsourcing; procurement of technology and complex services; creation and exploitation of rights in software, digital content and technology products; telecoms services; distribution of digital content (including games, films and music); online and mobile business; and the establishment of complex technology licensing arrangements.

Chris provides strategic and regulatory advice, including in connection with data, IP, consumer protection and digital marketing. In addition, Chris counsels on the commercial and IP aspects of M&A transactions, investments and joint ventures.


  • BML Digital - Board Advisor
  • Event Cinema Association - Honorary President


  • College of Law, Chester
    LPC, 1990
  • University of Oxford
    BA (Hons), 1989

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Cooley (UK) LLP supports clients in commercial matters underpinned by technology and data, such as the outsourcing and procurement of technology and technology-related services, licensing arrangements and the distribution of digital content, among others. Chris Coulter is the main contact at the firm, which acts for clients such as National Farmers Union Mutual, Flexion Therapeutics and Reckitt Benckiser Group. Sarah Pearce recently moved to Paul Hastings LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Busy largely on commercial and investment matters, particularly on the venture capital end, Cooley (UK) LLP's department is especially active in insurtech, payments and blockchain. Financial institutions also instruct the practice on outsourcing and IT procurement matters. IP and technology specialist Chris Coulter heads the group; Justin Stock, David Bresnick and senior associate Aaron Archer are noted for their corporate and M&A experience. Financing expert John Clark is often active in the technology space. Clients have included Receipt Bank, MoneyFarm, ShieldPay, Mastercard and NFU Mutual.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'responsive, highly skilled and knowledgeable' information technology team at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†is often instructed to advise emerging companies¬†in innovative technology matters, but also acts well-known brands on matters including procurement projects. The¬†'highly efficient' team is jointly led by commercial lawyer¬†Chris Coulter¬†(Sarah Pearce¬†having moved to Paul Hastings LLP), litigator Mark Deem¬†and¬†Ann Bevitt¬†(who specialises in data protection). Coulter has 'a¬†very strategic mind' and¬†is leading a team acting for Elliptic¬†Enterprises¬†‚ÄĒ a company offering cryptocurrency forensics and analysis to enforcement agencies and financial institutions¬†‚ÄĒ on matters concerning¬†data¬†acquisition, customer¬†engagement¬†and on new¬†business¬†ventures. In another work highlight the department is assisting Eve Sleep with commercial and strategic matters relating to online sales and advertising.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Cooley (UK) LLP’s expertise spans IP, copyright, trade marks, advertising, marketing, commercial, outsourcing, disputes, competition and corporate transactions; and has a growing its music and digital content practice. IP lawyer Nicholas Bolter  head of trade marks and acts for Twitter on its European trade mark work; and advises Netflix on its UK trade mark work. Becket McGrath handles EU and UK competition law and is instructed by BuzzFeed to represent it before the CMA on the authority’s phase 2 media public interest review of  21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky. The London team worked closely with the firm’s US office to advise Meredith Corporation on its $2.8bn agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Time. Advising Union Square Ventures on SoundCloud's investment from The Raine Group and Temasek is another key highlight. IP and commercial lawyer Chris Coulter and Mark Deem  who specialises in TMT litigation, are also noted. Sarah Pearce has joined Paul Hastings LLP and Brian Chadwick has joined Fieldfisher.

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