Fiona Maclean > Latham & Watkins > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Latham & Watkins
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Fiona Maclean advises a diverse range of clients across industries on data privacy compliance and IT and business processing transactions, with a particular focus on cloud computing and data strategy. Ms. Maclean brings a unique cross-section of knowledge and experience spanning data, technology, and commercial contracts to help clients navigate complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions within the broader framework of data privacy laws. She advises a broad base of clients ranging from start-ups to technology giants and leading financial institutions. Her work at the nexus of the commercial and data worlds includes advising on operational resiliency risks and regulatory requirements including some of the most transformational cloud deals in the global market.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Latham & Watkins advises traditional financial institutions, investors, emerging fintech businesses as well as internet companies that are developing financial offerings, such as payment and lending platforms. The cross-disciplinary team handles matters relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency, tokenisation, payments, cloud, artificial intelligence, electronic trading, cybersecurity, digital banking and technology outsourcing. Practice head Andrew Moyle advises clients across the fintech space on technological issues, encompassing payments and transfers, insurtech and virtual currencies. Stuart Davis is recommended for his work on market infrastructure, blockchain and tokenisation, cryptocurrency, Web3 and payment services mandates. Christian McDermott has considerable experience in payments and cryptocurrencies, and Fiona Maclean supports fintech clients on data privacy and strategy issues.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

(Next Generation Partners)

Fiona Maclean – Latham & Watkins

The technology practice at Latham & Watkins is co-led by outsourcing expert Andrew Moyle and Gail Crawford. The ‘fantastic‘ team assists start-ups and well-established companies on a wide range of IT and telecoms issues, including regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. This advice covers local and global mandates, including M&A, outsourcings, transformations, contractual negotiations, cloud computing issues and product launches. Christian McDermott has expertise in the IT space, conducting technology-related transactions for clients as well as handling work in the emerging technology space. Fiona Maclean has considerable outsourcing and cloud computing experience, and senior associate Laura Holden is key in technology and outsourcing transactions, while associate Elva Cullen is also notable for her online platform regulatory advice.

London > Industry focus > TMT

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.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Acting for a range of companies, including start-ups and large multinationals, Latham & Watkins offers ‘very practical and insightful advice’ on the data protection aspects of corporate transactions such as M&A, GDPR compliance, regulatory investigations and data protection disputes. Gail Crawford leads the practice and is especially sought after by clients in the tech, financial services, media and healthcare segments to advise on cross-border data compliance matters. Ian Felstead is recommended for litigation and regulatory disputes, and Fiona Maclean is well versed in regulatory investigations. James Lloyd joined the group from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in October 2021.