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TMT 2016: Analysis

The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology lists an extensive 928 information technology lawyers alongside 432 telecommunications and media specialists, from 618 firms across 78 countries.

Bird & Bird leads our listings with large and dedicated IT and telecoms teams that feature in 15 jurisdictions. Baker & McKenzie also performs exceptionally well in both segments, with impressive global TMT practices. Fieldfisher boasts some of the best European regulatory and transactional lawyers in the sector. DLA Piper is strongly represented, particularly in the US, Europe and the Middle East.  Hogan Lovells performs especially well in the US and European IT markets, while Olswang earns considerable recognition for its telecoms practice in Europe and the Far East.

The most highly regarded practitioners in the information technology, and in telecoms and media segments are also recognised in this section.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals - Information Technology
Europe
Steven De Schrijver Astrea, Brussels
Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
Jürg Schneider Walder Wyss, Zurich
Christian Frank Taylor Wessing, Munich
Bradley Joslove Franklin, Paris
The US
William Tanenbaum Arent Fox, New York
Peter Brown Peter Brown & Associates, New York
Alan Sutin Greenberg Traurig, New York
Françoise Gilbert IT Law Group, Palo Alto
Miriam Wugmeister Morrison & Foerster, New York
Rest of the World
Sajai Singh J Sagar Associates, Bengaluru
Ceylin Beyli CBL Law Office, Istanbul
John Beardwood Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
Charles Morgan McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal
Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher Barretto Ferreira e Brancher, São Paulo
Most Highly Regarded Individuals - Media and Communications
Europe
Bernard Amory Jones Day, Brussels
Dirk Van Liedekerke Olswang Belgium, Brussels
Mina Zoulovits Filotheidis & Partners, Athens
Peter Alexiadis Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Brussels
Christopher Watson CMS Cameron McKenna, London
North America
Henry Levine Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby, Washington DC
Michele Farquhar Hogan Lovells, Washington DC
Cheryl Tritt Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Washington DC
David Gross Wiley Rein, Washington DC
Henry Goldberg Goldberg Godles Wiener & Wright, Washington DC
Rest of the World
Peter  Leonard Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
Malcolm  Webb Webb Henderson, Auckland
Charmian Aw Drew & Napier, Singapore
Peter Waters Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
Eamon Holley DLA Piper, Dubai

Bird & Bird continues to lead our research, with 38 listings this year. The firm is particularly strong across Europe, with the London office housing an impressive 10 listings. Graham Smith is renowned for being a leader in the IT market, with “unparalleled knowledge of internet law”. As one of the “UK’s leading cyberlaw experts”, his practice encompasses advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields. He is joined by Ruth Boardman, who heads the firm’s international privacy and data protection group. She advises on data privacy, freedom of information, database rights and other information law issues and is recommended for her “encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection law”. Roger Bickerstaff is another of the firm’s “internationally regarded” information technology lawyers, and is the joint head of the international IT sector group. He specialises in all aspects of information technology and EU procurement law, and has advised on some of the most complex and innovative IT projects. Clients and peers praise his “ability to get to the heart of the matter”. Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol specialises in communications and IT law. With “an excellent reputation” as a “leading communications, IT and outsourcing lawyer”, she has “considerable experience” of digital networks and technology and “in-depth knowledge of telecoms regulation”. James Mullock is an “exceptionally talented” practitioner. He is “highly regarded” by clients, particularly for his work in the field of data protection and cyberlaw. Mullock also handles complex technology, communications and outsourcing transactions for customers and suppliers. The firm further boasts the “highly competent” Joanne Wheeler, who is one of the leading practitioners in the more specialised field of satellites. She has “unparalleled experience” from working at the European Space Agency and Ofcom, and brings “a consummate understanding” of the challenges facing the sector. Graeme Maguire heads the firm’s global technology and communications sector group, with an “excellent reputation as a leading technology, communications and outsourcing lawyer”. His practice covers the full range of technology, communications and outsourcing matters and he has particular experience in domestic and international communications regulatory matters.

Alongside them in Germany is “the exceptional” Sven-Erik Heun. With a “long-standing reputation for excellence”, his “outstanding” work has “played a pivotal role in the industry”. Heun focuses his practice on communications, information technology, e-commerce and internet law as well as data protection law.

Baker & McKenzie maintains its reputation for excellence in the market with an impressive 34 listings across Europe, Australia and the US. In London Robbie Downing draws on “invaluable sector experience” to provide “expert advice” on IT and telecommunications law and regulation, with a particular focus on privacy, e-commerce and competition law. Clients praise his “no nonsense approach”. He is joined by Ian Walden who has a “formidable reputation in the market”. He “skilfully advises” on regulatory and transactional matters, including telecommunications and media law, data protection compliance, electronic commerce, software licensing and IT systems, and service contracts. Peter Strivens is “without doubt a top player”. He specialises in the telecommunications sector and advises on a wide range of domestic and international transactions, contracts and disputes. Clients recommend him for his “fantastic work ethic”. Alongside them is the “amazingly gifted” Harry Small, head of the firm’s global technology practice group. He assists in contract negotiation and dispute management for IT and communications products and service providers. He is noted for his “tenacity, and ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues”. In addition, Michael Hart has “brilliant, in-depth knowledge of TMT law”. He acts for leading technology companies on copyright issues, and advises on matters relating to legislation and legislative proposals on designs and trade secrets.

In Germany Joachim Scherer has more than 20 years’ experience of advising companies, financial institutions and public authorities. He is praised for his “highly technical approach” and for “always delivering for clients”. He is joined in the Netherlands by Wouter Seinen who has been described as “one of the very best in the area”. Seinen has “significant experience” advising national and international clients on issues relating to the ownership and protection of electronic data, with particular expertise in internet-related intellectual property rights.

Fieldfisher is a dominant firm in the technologies market “offering world-class expertise” which is reflected by its impressive 19 listings. Nine of these individuals feature from the London office, displaying its particular strength. Hazel Grant is head of the privacy and information group, and specialises in data protection and information law. Her “impressive clientele” comprises professional service firms and IT service providers, and she has been praised for her “pragmatic solutions” to clients’ global compliance issues. She is joined by the “leading practitioner” Paul Barton who has over 22 years’ experience advising leading service providers and suppliers of technology and software, multinational companies, early-stage and high-growth technology start-ups and government bodies. He has been involved in a number of “groundbreaking projects”, and is recommended for “inspiring confidence in clients”. David Naylor specialises in working with technology, media and communications and IP-focused businesses and investors. He features prominently in our research for his “exceptional client manner”, with clients also praising his “adroit advice”. Andrew Blankfield is a “thoroughly impressive” lawyer. He is “highly skilled” at representing broadcasters, production companies, network operators and software and services companies on a range of TMT matters. Tim Bird is “immensely talented”. As a “savvy and experienced lawyer”, he impresses clients with his “vast and intricate knowledge” of TMT law. Robert Shooter is head of the technology, outsourcing and privacy group. He specialises in large-scale, often mission-critical technology and telecoms projects, both in the private sector and for central government. Shooter is known for “keenly protecting clients’ best interests” and “getting the deal done”.

DLA Piper maintains its strong network of leading lawyers, with 18 listings in our research from nine different countries. In the Brussels office Patrick Van Eecke is a “renowned authority” on matters relating to e-commerce including data protection, electronic signatures, consumer protection and advertising. His clients include telecommunication companies, internet service providers, and software developers, and they especially recommend his ability to provide “pragmatic, clear and meticulously worked-out advice”.

In the Paris office Stéphane Lemarchand has an “exemplary reputation in the market”. He assists large companies in international IT outsourcing transactions and business process outsourcing, as well as advising IT service providers in litigation matters and strategic projects.

In London, Mike Conradi is praised for being “very commercial in his outlook”. He focuses on providing commercial and regulatory advice to businesses in the telecoms sector. He has a particular interest in regulatory issues, telecoms and IT outsourcing as well as in telecoms infrastructure projects, and is held in high regard by those who have worked with him.

Further afield, in Silicon Valley, Mark Radcliffe draws universal recommendation for his “authoritative practice”. With particularly expertise in strategic intellectual property advice, software licensing, internet licensing, cloud computing and copyright and trademark, Radcliffe is described by many as “the lawyer of choice” for clients.

In Dubai Eamon Holley has “a long track record of excellence” from advising multinational and regional clients on regulatory, commercial and contentious matters. In particular, he has gained significant exposure to the commercial and regulatory issues faced by operators in the industry. Alongside him, Paul Allen is the head of intellectual property and technology at the firm. He is “vastly experienced” with over 14 years of international practice in the TMT sectors, where he has focused on non-contentious IT and telecoms projects. He is described as “incredibly knowledgeable” and his “genius” is often cited by peers and clients.

Hogan Lovells maintains its position as an industry leader, with outstanding practitioners throughout the world, demonstrating the global reach of the firm. In the USA Michele Farquhar is “incredibly talented”. She is the practice area leader of the firm’s communications group, and co-leader of the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications industry sector team. She is praised for her “exceptional understanding” and ability to “effectively tailor advice to the industry”.

Winston Maxwell in the Paris office has been described as “one of the leading media, communications and data protection lawyers in France”. His practice covers data protection and privacy, telecommunications and internet, and media law matters.

Eduardo Ustaran in London is an “internationally recognised expert in privacy and data protection law”. He advises some of the world’s leading companies on the adoption of global privacy strategies and has been involved in the development of the new EU data protection framework. He is considered by some to be “one of the most influential people in the growth of the digital sector in the UK”.

Stefan Schuppert in Germany advises companies on matters pertaining to information technology and new media concerning intellectual property, contract law and data protection. He is particularly recommended for his “close attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.”

Europe

At Jones Day Bernard Amory is “widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading international TMT practitioners”. He is now the partner in charge of the Brussels team, and is “highly respected for his superb advice to clients”. The firm garners a further six listings from its European offices.

Olswang continues its strong position in the market, enjoying 15 listings in total. The “impressive” Dirk Van Liedekerke is the managing partner in Belgium, with “extensive experience” advising major EU public operators on matters pertaining to electronic communications. Clients praise him for his “close attention to detail” combined with a “client centred approach”.

From Filotheidis & Partners Mina Zoulovits stands out as “a lawyer like no other”. As head of IT, e-commerce and innovation law, her team provides “international expertise” across the EU, US, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to acting on the behalf of international clients in the Greek market.

Peter Alexiadis at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is described as “a certain inclusion”. With over two decades of “wide-ranging experience” in the industry, he has particular expertise in relation to conducting regulatory due diligence exercises in telecommunications sector mergers and in the drafting of regulatory overviews of the sector for IPOs. Helgi Walker is also recommended at the firm.

Head of CMS Cameron McKenna’s team is the “excellent” Christopher Watson. With a “leading reputation in the industry”, clients praise him for his “skilful handing of complicated legal problems”. He focuses his practice particularly in areas where competition and regulation overlap, advising an “extensive range of clients” in the global telecommunications industry. The firm has a total of five listings in this year’s edition.

Steven De Schrijver at Astrea is known for his “outstanding contribution to the market”. Having built up an “extensive national and international network” across the industry, he is praised for his “technical excellence” and for “always acting in the best interests of clients”. 

Noerr maintains its reputation as a leading technologies firm in central and eastern Europe, with seven listings in the edition this year. Peter Bräutigam is head of the firm’s IT, outsourcing and data privacy team, and is known for having a “consummate understanding of the industry”. His work includes matters pertaining to IT outsourcing, software licence agreements, and software project agreements among other areas.

At Walder Wyss Jürg Schneider is recommended for his “exceptional ability to understand clients’ business needs” and “recommend legal options that align with their company goals.” His “impressive clientele” includes advising Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration, and global outsourcing projects. Four further names are recommended at the firm.

Taylor Wessing is identified by our research for their expertise in this industry, with 10 practitioners listed. Christian Frank is a “dedicated adviser”. He focuses his practice on intellectual property rights and their acquisition and exploitation in contracts and transactions, as well as advising regulatory matters. He is praised for his “hands-on and friendly approach” and “willingness to always go the extra mile” for clients.

From Franklin, Bradley Joslove leads the technology, media and telecoms, outsourcing and IP teams. With over 25 years of “exceptional experience”, Joslove is described as “head and shoulders above the competition”.

North America

Henry Levine at Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby is “a major player in the industry.” He represents large users of telecommunications, and is known for his “boundless knowledge of the sector” and “clear-sightedness in relation to complex issues”. He is joined by five further “exceptional practitioners” at the firm.

Cheryl Tritt, one of five listings from Wilkinson Barker Knauer, is a “highly accomplished lawyer”. She “expertly advises” clients on regulatory implications arising from various transactional matters, and has advised the world’s largest telecommunications companies regarding addressing the US regulatory processes necessary for entry into new markets.

Wiley Rein also has five practitioners identified in our research. David Gross is “one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications”. With more than 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, Gross advises companies on international and domestic telecoms, internet, and high-tech strategy. He has been described as a “truly unique lawyer” who “brings innovation and vision to the rapidly changing TMT industry.”

As the founding partner of Goldberg Godles Wiener & Wright, Henry Goldberg is praised for his “unrivalled technical, strategic and intellectual skills”. The firm is a specialist telecommunications law firm and also home to Jonathan Wiener who has a reputation for his “creativity, resourcefulness, and persistence in finding solutions for clients”.

William Tanenbaum heads Arent Fox’s technology transaction practice. He has a fantastic reputation and clients “couldn’t wish for a more skilled lawyer”. He focuses his own practice on technology, cybersecurity, and intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on transactions, litigation, strategic IP counselling and data-driven business. He is known for his “financial know-how” and providing “insightful advice”. Anthony Lupo is also recommended.

At Peter Brown & Associates Peter Brown is a “well-reputed name” who provides “clear and effective strategies” to meet the needs of clients. He is described as combining “extensive technical expertise” with his “commercial, pragmatic approach”.

Greenberg Traurig’s Alan Sutin is “a true great” in the industry. He represents companies in connection with IT and business process outsourcing arrangements, commercial joint ventures, strategic alliance agreements, and licensing matters. In particular he has been involved in many of the major policy issues surrounding the commercial development of the internet. Three additional lawyers are recommended at the firm.

Françoise Gilbert at the IT Law Group concentrates her practice on global data privacy and security issues, cloud computing, and information law. She is “highly respected” by clients and peers as a lawyer who “thoroughly understands clients’ business requirements” and works to develop “pragmatic legal solutions”.  

Morrison & Foerster continues to define itself as a leading law firm, with 12 practitioners highlighted through our research. Miriam Wugmeister is described as “second to none” when dealing with TMT matters. In particular, she has an “extensive understanding of privacy and data security laws, obligations, and practices”, and advises some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organisations on dealing with US and international privacy challenges. 

Rest of the world

At Gilbert + Tobin 10 individuals have been identified for their expertise. Peter  Leonard heads the firm’s communications, media and data protection practice in the TMT and project services group. His primary focus is transactional structuring and regulation for technology, media, communications and internet business corporations. Clients and peers describe him as a “consummate professional” with an “exhaustive knowledge base”. Peter Waters is a “naturally gifted lawyer” and “as smart as they come”. He has worked on regulatory, interconnection, IP peering and spectrum licensing issues, and is widely praised for his “superb advice and strategic approach”.

Malcolm  Webb at Webb Henderson provides “expert legal advice” to clients. He has a particular focus on telecommunications, and advises companies, regulators and governments throughout New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Clients praise his “hard work and dedication”.

Charmian Aw from Drew & Napier is a director with the telecommunications, media and technology practice group. With a reputation for “excellence and achievement” founded on her “extensive experience”, she earns praise for the “breadth and depth of [her] data protection law knowledge”.

Sajai Singh at J Sagar Associates has an “acclaimed reputation” for his “outstanding work in the field”. One of five individuals listed in this edition from the firm, he is known as “a pioneering lawyer” whose work supported the development of the information technology sector in India.

At CBL Law Office, Ceylin Beyli is described as “a sensational lawyer” who “certainly knows her stuff”. She advises clients in relation to data protection, domain disputes, music sharing, online gaming and gambling, and computer software. Her “scrupulous approach” has led to her being considered a “go-to lawyer” for clients. 

John Beardwood is one of seven individuals listed from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, and is described as “someone to be reckoned with”. He negotiates and advises clients on various technology-related transactions, including outsourcing, licensing, distribution, technology transfer and e-commerce-related transactions. He is particularly recommended by clients and peers for being “extremely knowledgeable and accessible.”

Seven individuals from McCarthy Tétrault are identified in this edition. The “clear-sighted and strategic” Charles Morgan is the national leader of the firm’s information technology law group and co-leader of the national cybersecurity, privacy and data protection group. Known for his “incredible insight and diligence”, Morgan’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial transactions in the context of tech M&A, outsourcing, cloud, licensing, e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications.

Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher at Barretto Ferreira e Brancher has a “reputation for providing the highest-quality advice”. Described as an “innovative and dedicated advisor”, he has been praised for his “creative approach to clients’ most complex problems”. Also recommended at the firm is Ricardo Barretto Ferreira da Silva, “a major player in the field” who is recommended for “his thoughtful and insightful advice”.

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