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Data 2018: Information Technology Analysis

In the very first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Data we recognise 762 leading lawyers in the field of information technology. The individuals selected are world leaders in their ability to handle complex transactional issues, including outsourcing matters, or regulatory matters, as well as resolving disputes concerning licensing and content issues, among others. The very best individuals, as identified in our research, are written about below.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Steven De Schrijver Astrea, Brussels
2. Jürg Schneider Walder Wyss, Zurich
3. Bradley Joslove Franklin, Paris
4. Clara-Ann Gordon Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
5. Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 

LEADING FIRMS

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

BIRD & BIRD is recognised within Europe for its leading IT and tech department, which houses 16 of the leading names in the field.
Graham Smith is an internationally respected authority on cyberlaw. He has an impressive depth of knowledge and is regarded as “one of the real senior statesman in the online world”.
Roger Bickerstaff is a leading light on digitalisation and e-commerce. He has a vast understanding of EU procurement law, which makes him a highly sought-after name in the market.
James Mullock is recommended by peers as an authority on information law and is regarded as “outstanding on tech disputes”. He is well known as a practitioner who will fight hard to achieve victory for his clients.
Benoit Van Asbroeck receives praise for his Belgian practice taking in e-commerce, digital marketing and cloud computing. He is noted by one source as “both technically and legally skilled”.
Henriette Picot is an industry leader on complex technology transactions. Her skill in disputes in particular is highly renowned.
Alexander Duisberg handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; he is recognised for his depth of industry experience and his knowledge of digital transformations.
Pekka Takki has over a quarter of a century of expertise and is regarded as a trusted adviser on IT matters. One source calls him “the best IT lawyer in Finland”.
Ariane Mole is also recommended as a dynamic lawyer with an impeccable knowledge of her field.

European powerhouse CMS boasts a cutting-edge information technology practice. Its lawyers are widely regarded for their innovative solutions; the firm sees 13 leading practitioners recommended.
The “highly professional” Susan Barty is a top name on technology disputes and high-profile IT issues. She also boasts significant experience of contractual disputes.
Christopher Watson has a strong presence in commercial IT matters and is a key figure in cross-border EU matters. He is highly regarded for his work on regulated networks.
Sam De Silva is a leading figure in IT outsourcing and cloud computing. Sources praise him for his “professionalism, accuracy and timeliness” and describe him as “commercially astute, technically brilliant, dynamic, forthright and friendly”.
Clive Gringras has an impeccable knowledge of technology disputes and is frequently called upon to handle high-stakes matters where skill and tenacity are required.
John Enser is a distinguished figure whose regulatory and copyright law expertise is recognised as among the best in the business. He also receives praise for his superb commercial outlook.
Blanca Escribano is a key figure in the digital market in Spain. One source says, “Blanca is a serious player and very reliable”.
Italo de Feo is a “notable practitioner” who is recognised for his array of expertise in IT matters, IP law and outsourcing. He has over a decade of experience advising clients in the field.

FIELDFISHER has built up a strong practice in the IT and digital field, with 11 lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Paul Barton specialises in technology and is frequently called upon by the sector’s leading firms for his peerless advice. He advises a range of clients from start-ups to government bodies on software and outsourcing.
Michael Chissick is recommended as “one of the grandees of the IT sector” and is an experienced and seasoned hand at outsourcing and privacy matters.
Hazel Grant draws praise for her “very strong expertise” in information law. She has vast experience in compliance matters where she is often called upon to provide solutions to cross-border issues.
Christopher Mesnooh is a leader in the corporate space; he combines his expertise there with a depth of expertise in IT law that spans the EU and US markets.
Tim Van Canneyt is recognised as an expert handler of IT contracts and is highly respected for his litigation skills.
Hamish Sandison is one of the best advisers in the market on outsourcing and privacy issues. He is widely respected for his long-standing expertise.
Phil Lee draws praise as a “unique and solid” lawyer on privacy and information matters. One respondent says, “He is one of the best around.”

Leader in the Dutch market, KENNEDY VAN DER LAAN, achieves 10 listings in our research this year.
Reinoud Westerdijk is a market authority on IT contracts, e-commerce and cloud security. One respondent says, “He is a very distinguished and reputed lawyer – one of the best in Europe.”
Alfred Meijboom is recommended for his mastery of both IT and IP matters. He has local and national expertise and is regarded as “a top-quality lawyer in the IT sector”.
The “highly knowledgeable” Joost Linnemann is a leader in fintech matters with vast and wide-ranging experience in IT
Hester de Vries has over 15 years of experience in the sector and has particular expertise in the healthcare and financial services industries. She earns praise for her ability to handle and deliver on major projects.
Patrick Wit is highly recommended as “an excellent negotiator” with a keen understanding of the commercial space and IT outsourcing.

HOGAN LOVELLS sees nine practitioners listed for their expertise across the IT sector.
The “highly professional” Eduardo Ustaran is a recognised authority in the field who can deliver on global projects. He is noted by one source as a real decision maker”.
Stefan Schuppert is a distinguished practitioner with a depth of knowledge on new IT technologies. One respondent says, “He is an excellent lawyer who is great to work with”.
The “highly respected” Quentin Archer has deep expertise in the computing industry and is widely regarded for his expertise across the IT field as a whole. One source says, “I have a lot of respect for him”.
Conor Ward handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is recognised as a leading name in computer law and outsourcing.
Winston Maxwell has a depth of knowledge that spans the entire IT space. He is highly respected for his keen intellect and problem-solving abilities.

TAYLOR WESSING achieves nine listings in this chapter.
Mark Owen comes highly recommended for his knowledge of the UK IP and IT market. He is frequently sought after for his counsel and provides effective advice on commercial strategy.
Vinod Bange draws high praise for his information risk expertise and his skill in IP matters. His sector-specific understanding makes him highly respected within the market.
Christopher Rees is recognised as one of the leading technology partners in the country with near-boundless expertise and commercial skill.
Christopher Jeffery is a superb IT and technology lawyer with outstanding expertise in compliance matters. His skill in cross-border matters makes him a go-to practitioner in this field.

Leading European firm OSBORNE CLARKE sees eight of its practitioners recognised as leaders in the field.
Ulrich Bäumer provides invaluable expertise on the drafting and negotiating of complex contracts in the IT space. He is very well regarded by peers for his skill on big projects.
Béatrice Delmas-Linel is one of France’s most sought-after IT lawyers. She has spent many years at the cutting edge of the field and is “very likeable and a fantastic lawyer”.
Benjamin Docquir is a renowned expert on digital transformation and business processes, with notable expertise in IT and IP law generally.
Konstantin Ewald receives praise as a “gaming expert” who provides invaluable counsel on cloud deployment, software implementation and licensing.

BAKER MCKENZIE sees seven lawyers listed across its European offices.
Harry Small is a leading name in IT law and is highly recommended for his commercial outlook. He also handles complex high-technology disputes that include IP elements.
Robbie Downing is an authority on regulatory matters and also advises on privacy and e-commerce mandates. He receives high praise for his long-standing practice and exceptional capabilities in the space.
Matthias Scholz has expertise of German and Austrian IT law; he frequently advises on internet, e-commerce and privacy law and is recommended as “a great lawyer who is pleasant to work with”.
The “highly knowledgeable” Wouter Seinen is singled out for his IT and IP expertise. He draws praise as a top-notch litigator who is invaluable on complex disputes.

PINSENT MASONS achieves seven listings.
Marc Dautlich is regarded as a leading light in information law and is a keen strategist. He is well known in the industry for the quality of his advice on e-commerce and IT matters.
Diane Mullenex is regarded as a key figure in the technology space. She is widely respected for her depth of expertise and her industry knowledge.
Clive Seddon is a national authority on IT law and is first choice for large projects requiring massive change. He also draws praise for his expertise in disputes and the renegotiation of contracts.
Florian von Baum is one of the German market’s top names in software law and comes highly recommended for his skill in technology transactions.

Strong Danish outfit KROMANN REUMERT sees six practitioners listed.
Søren Skibsted leads the outsourcing group in the firm’s London office. He has an excellent grasp of the corporate market and is recommended as “a really good and experienced” lawyer.
Lau Normann Jørgensen receives praise as “one of the best” in outsourcing and procurement matters. He is recognised as one of Denmark’s leading practitioners in the IT space.
“Up-and-coming new partner” Jan Ussing Andersen is deemed an authority on licensing arrangements and is frequently called upon for his expertise. He also has experience in systems acquisitions and outsourcing matters.

Five experts in the field are recommended at specialist tech firm BRISTOWS.
Christopher Millard comes “highly recommended” for his experience in cloud computing and his depth of knowledge in the sector. One source says, “He is a highly experienced lawyer and sharp as a knife.”
Robert Bond has decades of experience in e-commerce, gaming and information security law. He receives plaudits for his outstanding knowledge of IT matters across the board.
The “excellent” Toby Crick is a leader in the tech space and also advises on outsourcing. He acts for both buyers and suppliers and is a go-to name on complex transactions.

Five “great lawyers” are recommended at German full-service firm SKW SCHWARZ.
Stefan Schicker comes highly recommended for his strategic mind and his prowess in digital matters. His experience of drafting key legislation on these issues makes him highly sought after by clients
Matthias Nordmann is widely regarded as a top name in commercial contracts. He advises on transactions in the IT space and is renowned for his entrepreneurial advice.
Andreas Peschel-Mehner is also highly recommended for his digital business acumen. He is a widely respected source of counsel for clients seeking sophisticated advice.

SSW SCHNEIDER SCHIFFER WEIHERMÜLLER achieves five listings.
Jochen Schneider is a go-to lawyer on IT and software law. His litigation prowess makes him highly respected by both peers and colleagues.
Isabell Conrad draws high praise for her outsourcing and e-commerce expertise. She frequently advises software producers, banks and healthcare companies where she is recognised as “really one of the best in IT matters”.
Frieder Backu is recommended for his IT law expertise with a particular focus on gaming and tax. He is a standout practitioner in the German market.

Five leading lawyers are recommended at WALDER WYSS.
The “highly professional” Jürg Schneider is an outstanding practitioner in the field. His practice takes in outsourcing, licensing and system integration. One respondent says, “He is the best in Switzerland; he is highly professional and gives good and practical advice.”
Mark Reutter is a powerhouse in the IT sector and is highly sought after by corporate clients for his contracts expertise. One respondent said,Mark is brilliant in drafting and negotiating complex IT integration and software development contracts.”
Michael Isler is also praised for his IP prowess and is recommended by one peer as “seriously experienced in outsourcing-related IT matters”.

Boutique firm KEMP LITTLE achieves four listings.
Calum Murray is a standout name in contractual and regulatory matters. He draws praise for his abilities in the field of digital commerce and IT development where he is frequently instructed by clients.
Paul O’Hare is considered by peers a class act in this area. He is renowned for his ability to twin his sector-specific expertise with a commercial outlook to the benefit of his clients.

Leading pan-European firm NOERR sees four lawyers recognised.
Peter Bräutigam is one of the most highly distinguished figures in the field of IT law. His specialism in digitalisation and his outstanding market knowledge stand him in good stead in his superb practice.
Thomas Thalhofer is well regarded for his contract drafting expertise and his ability to successfully handle complex IT outsourcing projects. He is also a seasoned IT litigation lawyer.

Leading Czech firm HAVEL HOLÁSEK & PARTNERS achieves three recommendations.
Robert Nespurek is “much recommended” for his prowess in disputes and his keen negotiation skills when it comes to contracts. He also advises on transactions in the sector and focuses in particular on private equity and venture capital funds.
Richard Otevrel draws praise for his expertise in IT and IP law. He has a deep understanding of EU-related matters and is noted for his real commercial flair.
Jaroslav Havel has a raft of leading clients in the financial sector and draws high praise as one of the standout practitioners in the Czech and Slovakian market.

A leader in the Irish market, MASON HAYES & CURRAN sees four of its lawyers listed.
Philip Nolan receives plaudits for his work advising some of the world’s leading tech companies. He is recommended as “an excellent IT lawyer with a strong international network”.
Oisin Tobin comes highly recommended for his expertise in internet and IP law. He has an academic knowledge that he combines with a strong sense of commercial awareness, report sources.

International powerhouse DENTONS achieves four listings.
Amanda Lewis is “a long-term player in the area” who boasts superb understanding of complex business issues relating to IT. She is well known for her abilities as a problem solver.
Nick Graham is a leading name in information governance and has cross-sector expertise including in the retail, banking and digital media sectors. He is frequently sought after for his invaluable counsel.

Italian firm PORTOLANO CAVALLO STUDIO LEGALE achieves four listings.
Founding partner Francesco Portolano is a leading corporate lawyer who is recognised for his strong expertise in the market. Sources describe him as a “high-profile” practitioner who is well known in the sector.
Laura Liguori is a long-standing and highly regarded technology lawyer in the Italian market. One source describes her as “one of the most pre-eminent IT lawyers” in the region.

HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK sees three of its lawyers recommended.
Michael Schmittmann is one of the leading authorities on gaming law, including copyright issues, within the IT space in Germany.
Philip Kempermann draws praise for his compliance expertise and his leading counsel on IT matters, where he has long-standing experience.
Dirk Stolz is an expert on cross-border matters, particularly relating to EU-wide issues. He receives extensive praise from peers for his excellent practice.

ORSINGHER ORTU AVVOCATI ASSOCIATI sees three leaders listed.
Domenico Colella draws high praise for his understanding of the domestic IT landscape. He advises both Italian and foreign clients and one respondent says of him, “He is a real professional and a true expert in IT-focused M&A transactions.”
Name partner Matteo Orsingher has a depth of industry experience; he has been working in the sector for over 15 years and draws on a range of expertise to proficiently advise clients.
Marco Consonni is a leader in the technology and IP space and receives widespread praise for his work advising corporates and start-ups on IT matters.

ROSCHIER ATTORNEYS achieves three listings.
Arto Linnervuo is a “top-tier” IT outsourcing lawyer and a leading name in the Finnish market. He is noted for his expertise in advising large corporates on crucial digitalisation projects.
Anna Haapanen has expertise in IT and IP transactions alongside licensing. One source says, “She is trustworthy, motivated, hardworking and a great communicator.”
Mikko Manner handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the IT and IP space. His knowledge of products and services is one of the best in the field.

PLESNER ADVOKATPARTNERSELSKAB sees two of its lawyers listed in our research.
Michael Hopp is identified as one of the best Danish IT lawyers in our research with a real depth of understanding in the sector. He also deals with large compliance projects for leading corporate entities.
The “highly experienced” Niels Christian Ellegaard is a seasoned hand in IT outsourcing work. He displays a real knack for understanding corporate issues and is a specialist in contract negotiation.

Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
 

Belgium

ASTREA ADVOCATEN sees Steven De Schrijver recommended as a Thought Leader in our research with “vast experience” in the IT field. He is a distinguished figure in outsourcing and matters relating to the corporate and financial sphere. One source says, “He is definitely my first choice, without a doubt.”

France

Bradley Joslove at FRANKLIN draws high praise for his leading expertise in IP and outsourcing in both the French and Indian markets. He is recommended for his “depth of subject knowledge and experience in the area”.

England

KEMP IT LAW founding partner Richard Kemp stands as one of the industry’s foremost IT lawyers. He has over three decades of experience and is regarded as the go-to lawyer for technological development and regulatory matters.

Netherlands

Polo van der Putt at VONDST ADVOCATEN handles contractual matters, including software and services contracts and structuring. He is noted for his procurement expertise. He receives widespread praise for his ability to provide tailored solutions for his clients.

Switzerland

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY’s Clara-Ann Gordon specialises in outsourcing, investigatory matters and e-discovery. One respondent notes, “She is an excellent IT Lawyer with a strong litigation practice and an international network.”

DR WIDMER & PARTNERS’ founding partner Ursula Widmer is a leading light in IT and internet law and is renowned for her pan-European expertise in these fields.

Roland Mathys of SCHELLENBERG WITTMER receives plaudits for his IT and IP practice with a particular focus on software development. He is praised by one peer for his “ability to grasp both the technical as well as legal side of complex cases”.

Turkey

Ceylin Beyli at boutique outfit CBL LAW OFFICE is a national authority on IT and IP. She is widely regarded as one of the most eminent lawyers in the space.


North America

Thought Leaders
1. John P Beardwood Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto 
2. Charles S Morgan McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal 
3. Sandra A Jeskie Duane Morris, Philadelphia 
4. William A Tanenbaum Arent Fox, New York
5. Richard Allan Horning Reed Smith, Silicon Valley

Leading Firms

BLAKE, CASSELS & GRAYDON sees four of its top practitioners recognised.
Sunny Handa is an eminent practitioner in the Canadian market and is highly regarded for his transactional expertise. He also has a depth of experience in the Indian market, as co-head of the firm’s practice group there.
Cheryl Slusarchuk regularly handles cross-border deals in the IT space where she is considered one of the best in the industry. Her outsourcing expertise is highly respected.

Three leading lights at MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT are listed this year.
Charles Morgan is a national authority on IT law and is widely regarded within Canada and globally for his “really sound understanding of the market”. One source says, “He is an excellent negotiator who is great to work with and provides really solid advice.”
Barry Sookman is an expert on the law relating to online matters and has extensive understanding in IP matters. He is recognised for his immersive knowledge of IT law.
George Takach comes highly recommended for his expertise in e-commerce, transactions and cloud computing. He is regarded as having a real flair for IT matters involving M&A and financing aspects.

Leading Canadian full-service firm FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN sees two lawyers listed.
John Beardwood is recognised in our research as a Thought Leader for his superb knowledge of IT law. He specialises in outsourcing, procurement and internet matters where he is highly esteemed by both clients and peers.
Keith Spencer has vast experience in the IT space, with particular knowledge of the Canadian market. He specialises in emerging technology and is frequently instructed by companies who respect his industry knowledge.

Two leading names are recommended at GOODMANS.
Peter Ruby is recommended for his ability to combine commercial expertise with an in-depth knowledge of information technology law. He has a particular specialism in software, e-commerce and internet litigation.
Richard Corley is a top name in outsourcing; he has a well-established and respected information technology practice while his background in computer science makes him highly sought after by clients.

Specialist technology firm FENWICK & WEST achieves six listings in this year’s research.
The “highly professional” Stuart Meyer is an established hand on technology-based litigation and is highly recommended for his strategic thinking in the IT and IP field.
David Hayes is a widely respected and well-known figure in technology licensing, distribution and transfer and is noted as a leading legal mind on open source issues. His corporate expertise makes him highly sought after on transactions and acquisitions.
Rajiv Patel comes highly recommended for his expertise in patents including transactions and pre-litigation strategy. He is widely respected within the market.

COOLEY, well known for its specialism in cutting-edge technology, achieves five listings.
Julie Wicklund handles international business matters in the IT field and is esteemed for her expertise in both the US market and for US companies looking to expand into other jurisdictions.
Randy Sabett is a leading name in IT licensing and IP. He is highly recommended for his ability to deploy a wide range of expertise, particularly in drafting transaction agreements.

GREENBERG TRAURIG sees four lawyers recommended.
Françoise Gilbert draws praise for her international practice which takes in cloud computing, big data and other cutting-edge technologies. She is recognised as an authority within the industry who is frequently instructed by high-end commercial clients.
Ian Ballon is a highly respected figure in both contentious and non-contentious work, with a particular focus on inter-relating class actions.

Four esteemed practitioners are listed at MORRISON & FOERSTER.
Miriam Wugmeister is a top name on emerging technologies, particularly the “Internet of Things”. One respondent says, “He is my number-one choice in the US.”
John Delaney is a leader in the field of high technology. He often advises both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups on complex IT matters.

Leading US firm SIDLEY AUSTIN achieves four listings.
Edward McNicholas is a well-known and well-respected lawyer in the field of high technology and a dynamic practitioner on appellate matters. He is very well versed in enforcement matters.
Alan  Charles Raul handles both litigation and advisory matters, with particular expertise in consumer class actions and investigations relation to IT and information governance.

Two practitioners are recognised at LOCKE LORD.
Rory Radding is a go-to lawyer in the field and has expertise spanning numerous industries including computer controllers, medical devices and consumer products.
Thomas Smedinghoff is recommended as a “leader” in information law and is highly regarded for his cutting-edge market knowledge.

LEVINE BLASZAK BLOCK & BOOTHBY sees two practitioners recognised.
D E Boehling is one of the foremost dealmakers in the space and has over 25 years of expertise in the field. She is a trusted adviser to several major multinational corporations.
Marc Lindsey is recommended for his expertise in outsourcing, cloud computing and software licensing. He draws substantial praise from peers for his sector-specific knowledge and the depth of his understanding in the area.

DENTONS achieves two listings.
Marc Friedman is recognised as “an expert with unique skills”. He has deep experience of IP and IT litigation and dispute resolution and has practised in the field for over 35 years.
Carol Anne Been is a leader in the field of IT and is recommended for her strategic thinking and her superb experience.

Two lawyers, including one Thought Leader, are recognised at ARENT FOX.
William Tanenbaum is “a senior statesman” with expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top tier of the market. He is a fount of knowledge on creating new IT structures and has strong litigation experience.
Anthony Lupo is a leading technology lawyer who represents clients such as Pixar, PlayStation and Hugo Boss. He is highly regarded by clients for his invaluable counsel.

POLSINELLI sees two lawyers listed.
Dov Scherzer has decades of experience and is renowned for being at the cutting edge of the law. One source says, “He is an excellent IT lawyer with a strong international network.”
Karen Dickinson provides excellent counsel to both US companies and companies looking to invest in the US. Her commercial acumen makes her one of the best in the business.

ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER sees two practitioners recognised.
Denis Rice is a leading mind in commercial matters. He is one of the most distinguished figures in the industry and receives plaudits for his depth of experience.
Ronald Johnston is frequently called upon for his expertise in IP and technology matters. He has a quarter of a century of experience and is one of the most renowned practitioners on the West Coast.

FIELDFISHER sees two lawyers listed in its Silicon Valley office.
Mark Webber has deep expertise in law relating to the internet and is a specialist in contracts and regulatory matters, particularly relating to the EU. He also has experience in matters relating to cloud and digital technology.
Felix Wittern is recommended for his creativity and dynamism, which makes him a go-to lawyer for complex problems. His expertise spans outsourcing and negotiating agreements.

Leading Individuals

Canada

Amy-Lynne Williams at DEETH WILLIAMS WALL is praised by peers as a leader in the field for outsourcing transactions, electronic payments and distribution matters. She has over three decades of experience in the sector.

USA

At REED SMITH, Thought Leader Richard Allan Horning is one of the most highly sought-after counsel in the entire country on matters of IT and IP. He receives plaudits from both clients and peers for his sterling work over many decades.

DUANE MORRIS sees Sandra Jeskie recommended for her superb litigation abilities and her leading counsel on software and the internet of things. She is recommended as “one of the best lawyers around for IT matters”.

Robert Weiss at NEAL GERBER & EISENBERG is a keen strategist who frequently advises on complex technology transactions, systems integrations and outsourcing. He is renowned for his highly commercial approach and broad knowledge base.


Latin America

Thought Leaders
1. Paulo Marcos Rodrigues Brancher Azevedo Sette Advogados, São Paulo
2. Fábio Luiz Barboza Pereira Veirano Advogados, São Paulo
3. Renato Opice Blum Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio e Vainzof Advogados Associados, São Paulo
4. Jaime Angeles Angeles Pons, Santo Domingo
5. Gustavo A Alcocer Olivares, Mexico City

Leading Firms

Argentinian powerhouse MARVAL O'FARRELL & MAIRAL achieves two listings.
Diego Fernández is leading figure in IP and IT; he has a strong understanding of international IT law and is a well-known name in software law.
Gustavo Giay is a top-notch practitioner whose expertise in new technologies makes him highly sought after within the market.

VEIRANO ADVOGADOS sees two leading lights recommended.
Fábio Luiz Barboza Pereira is one of Mexico’s most eminent IT and IP lawyers with an expertise that runs the gamut of matters in that field, including outsourcing, transactions and licensing. He receives high praise as “an excellent lawyer who is great to work with”.
Robson Goulart Barreto is a transactions guru; he draws praise from peers for his skills and expertise in the technology field.

Leading Individuals

Brazil

OPICE BLUM, BRUNO, ABRUSIO E VAINZOF ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS name partner Renato Opice Blum is one of Brazil’s leading authorities on digitalisation. One respondent says of him, “Renato is a very active lawyer who is always willing to impart his knowledge.”

Dominican Republic

Jaime Angeles of ANGELES PONS has over three decades of expertise in IP and IT law. He is frequently sought after for both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a leading figure in the market.

Mexico

OLIVARES Gustavo Alcocer is an expert in transactional matters in the IT space. He is noted for his corporate and commercial acumen and is considered one of the country’s best experts.


Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
1. Sajai Singh J Sagar Associates, Bangalore
2. Rahul Matthan Trilegal, Bangalore
3. Stephen Mathias Kochhar & Co, Bangalore
4. Yoshifumi Onodera Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
5. Probir Roy Chowdhury J Sagar Associates, Bangalore

Leading Firms

KING & WOOD MALLESONS’ Australian arm stands out with four practitioners listed.
Cheng Lim is regularly sought after for his expertise in complex commercial and regulatory matters in the IT sphere. He is recognised for his strong client base, built up through providing invaluable expertise.
Patrick Gunning is an IP transactions expert and a distinguished figure in the market. He is known for his ability to effectively resolve disputes.
The outstanding Scott Bouvier is one of the foremost figures in Australian IP law and is recognised as a technical genius.
Mark Weber’s practice spans the Asia-Pacific region and includes cloud computing, systems integration and licensing of software. He receives high praise for his depth of industry knowledge.

In India J SAGAR ASSOCIATES achieves three listings for their esteemed IT practice.
Sajai Singh is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in our research and is recognised for his superb knowledge on cross-border matters. His strong expertise in information technology makes him one of India’s leading practitioners in the field.
Probir Roy Chowdhury is a corporate heavyweight with a depth of knowledge in the sector. His record on transactions makes him highly sought after.
Vivek Chandy is recommended for his expertise in software relating to a number of sectors including healthcare and manufacturing.

Leading global firm BAKER MCKENZIE sees three lawyers listed.
Ken Chia is one of Singapore’s leading names in IT law. He has over 20 years of expertise in transactions, procurement and e-commerce matters.
Patrick Fair comes highly recommended as an authority on information security matters. He is well regarded by peers for his regulatory and transactional acumen.
Anne-Marie Allgrove in Sydney draws praise of her strong industry focus and her knowledge of IT in the healthcare sector. She is a national leader on issues of privacy relating to industrial matters.

Two lawyers stand out at leading Indian outfit TRILEGAL.
Rahul Matthan is recommended as a superb handler of IT transactions. He receives praise across the sector for his knowledge of e-commerce, his legal skills and abilities and his presence at the industry’s cutting edge.
Nikhil Narendran frequently handles complex contracts for his clients and is a recognised expert in content liability and IP. His knowledge of regulatory issues makes him highly sought after.

Japanese “Big Four” firm MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO achieves two listings.
Yoshifumi Onodera is a long-standing and highly respected figure in the IT field. He is a top name in both contentious and non-contentious work, frequently handling IP and privacy matters alongside complex disputes.
Masakazu Masujima is a leader on transactions and comes highly recommended by peers for his expertise in advising IT companies on complex systems development.

MORRISON & FOERSTER sees two lawyers listed.
Gordon Milner’s practice spans Hong Kong and China where his IT acumen makes him a standout figure. He has leading expertise in cross-border technology transactions and knows the Asian market in depth.
Stuart Beraha in Japan is a revered name in the IT and tech space. His expertise includes content, branding and IP alongside structuring complex transactions and strategic agreements.

Leading Individuals

Australia

Philip Catania of CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is a top name in IT outsourcing and boasts a record of representing some of Australia’s foremost IT firms. One peer recommends him as “commercial, pragmatic, and easy to work with”.

India

Stephen Mathias of KOCHHAR & CO is one of India’s most dynamic IT lawyers. He is highly respected for his specific knowledge and his ability to provide tailored solutions to clients. His deep understanding of the sector means he is frequently instructed by the country’s top clients.

Hong Kong

Gabriela Kennedy of MAYER BROWN in Hong Kong is recognised as a leader in IP in the technology space. One respondent says, “She is technically strong and up to date, and she really works hard to get ahead of the curve.”

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