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Gail E Crawford

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Gail Crawford is a partner in the London office and Chair of the Data Privacy Committee and Co-chair of the Technology Transactions Group and the Internet & Digital Media Industry Group. Her practice focuses primarily on technology, intellectual property and commercial law and includes technology and Intellectual Property licensing agreements, joint ventures, technology procurement, outsourcing and advising on data protection, e-commerce and consumer protection legislation. 

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Latham & Watkins has particular expertise in cross-border mandates, notably in the technology and fintech sectors. Andrew Moyle advises clients ranging from traditional financial institutions to new technology incumbents. He co-leads the practice with Gail Crawford, who focuses on technology, intellectual property and commercial law. Their team includes the ‘outstanding’ Fiona Maclean, who specialises in blockchain and data, and Christian McDermott, who is experienced in complex technology transactions, large-scale outsourcings and payment infrastructure matters. The group acted for Credit Suisse in its investment and collaborative venture with fintech provider PrivĂ© to develop a multi-jurisdictional wealth management platform.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Leading individuals

Gail Crawford - Latham & Watkins

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

With a traditional focus on non-contentious data protection work, the group at Latham & Watkins has notably expanded its contentious and regulatory investigations expertise through the experience of litigator Ian Felstead. In a notable highlight, the practice advised Facebook, a new client for the group, on its response to a late-2018 data breach including handling the regulatory investigation and defending it against related litigation. Department head Gail Crawford is also global co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions group; she recently led advice to the BT Pension Scheme, the UK’s largest corporate defined benefit pension scheme, on its GDPR compliance programme and local UK data protection law. Ernst & Young, Majestic and William Hill are also noteworthy clients. Fiona Maclean was recently promoted to the partnership; she has substantial expertise in outsourcing issues, technology transformation projects and cloud computing mandates.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Latham & Watkins' technology transactions team has the ability to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional transactions across the technology sector, with particular expertise acting for financial services clients and advising on cloud-related matters. The team is jointly led by Andrew Moyle, who focuses on the fintech space, and commercial technology and data privacy specialist Gail Crawford. Recently promoted partners Fiona Maclean and Christian McDermott are other key names in the group; Maclean has data privacy regulatory expertise, which she deploys in a range of commercial and outsourcing transactions, while McDermott has experience in payment solutions matters.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Latham & Watkins serves life sciences companies ranging from big pharma to small bio-techs and also counts funds investing in the sector among its clients. It also offers the advantage of a global network. It is largely focused on transactional work and corporate partner Robbie McLaren handles areas such as cross-border acquisitions, and capital raisings. Fellow co-head Gail E Crawford handles cases on the tech side and includes all aspects of data privacy as a specialism. Edward Barnett deals with M&A transactions, commercial and governance matters and includes GlaxoSmithKline as a client. Frances Stocks Allen and Emily Cridland are noted associates in the team.

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