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Technology, commercial, IP.
Martin is a partner and Technology, Media & Telecoms Sector Head, based in Dentons’ London office.
Martin has advised public bodies, financial institutions and other large corporates on a wide range of complex information technology, intellectual property and data protection matters for over 15 years. He advises regularly on business process and IT outsourcings and cross-border sourcing and procurement arrangements for major FTSE and Fortune businesses. He also has a significant advisory practice across a wide range of non-contentious areas, including IT, cloud and SaaS arrangements; digital content; IP licensing and development arrangements; and e-commerce and advertising compliance matters. Martin is also a member of Dentons’ Global Data Privacy team and advises on a range of business-critical data protection matters from BAU compliance to complex international transfer, BCRs and data audit projects.
trained Slaughter and May, qualified 2001; made partner in present firm: 2011.
Law Society; Vincents (Oxford).
University of Oxford (BA Hons 1996): College of Law, Chester (CPE 1997, LPC 1998).
Dentons ’ team of ‘high-quality performing lawyers’ recently saw a changing of the guard with Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker taking over as co-heads of the practice. The specialist commercial contracts team acts for a broad range of national and global clients across the financial services, retail, transport, energy and technology sectors and also counts multiple governmental departments on its client roster. Recent highlights include advising Frasers on its international distribution and e-commerce agreements with The Hut Group for certain portfolio brands, and assisting the Royal Mail Group on its mails distribution agreement with Post Office Limited. Scott Singer is a key name for retail clients, Catherine Bingham regularly acts for public sector clients, and Sarah Lima is active in outsourcing mandates. Dan Burge, Andy Lucas and Tristan Jonckheer also lead on some of the firm’s key highlights, and Rachael Morris is the key name at senior associate level.
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.
Dentons acts for banks, non-traditional lenders and fintech businesses operating in the UK, advising on high-value payments and electronic money, crypto, digital banking and IT outsourcing transactions. Practice head Jonathan Garforth has expertise in the emerging and fertile regulatory landscapes of open banking, digital payments, crypto and buy now pay later products. Alison Bryce jointly leads the practice from the Glasgow office and has a particular emphasis on software development agreements as well as escrow and hosted service arrangements. Tristan Jonckheer and Sarah Lima both focus on payment services within fintech. Martin Fanning is another important name to note.
The London-based team at Dentons is praised for its ‘superb technical expertise‘ and benefits from the firm’s global network, allowing it to work on international IT and telecoms projects. It acts for consumers and adopters of IT and telecoms in the retail, financial, transportation, energy and public sectors, and undertakes work involving commercial contracts, M&A transactions, regulatory issues, data privacy and cybersecurity work, competition mandates, financing issues and disputes across the technology and telecoms spaces. Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker jointly lead the TMT group, while Tristan Jonckheer leads the telecoms group; Fanning handles major technology M&A mandates, Baker has acted on IT transformation projects, and Jonckheer has substantial experience in advising clients on major communication projects and regulatory matters. Dan Burge assists corporate clients with complex IT projects and procurement arrangements, and Andy Lucas has a wide-ranging and thriving practice, which includes advising private sector companies on technology projects and handling major IT outsourcing projects for governmental departments. Nick Harrison and Sarah Lima were recently promoted to the partnership.
- Commercial contracts - London > Corporate and commercial
- IT and telecoms - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- Fintech - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- TMT - London > Industry focus
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- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Finance > Islamic finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Finance > Asset based lending
- Insurance > Product liability: defendant
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Transport > Rail
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Risk advisory > Corporate governance
- Real estate > Environment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Finance > Securitisation
- Finance > Trade finance
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Finance > Debt capital markets
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- Employment > Health and safety
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Real estate > Planning
- Real estate > Property finance
- Industry focus > TMT
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Employment > Immigration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
- Dispute resolution > Public international law
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport