The law firms that follow boast lawyers with considerable expertise in the telecommunications media and technology sector, offering clients some of the finest work in the space between them. With lawyers specialising in all areas from highly compex technical issues to large scale M&A and disputes, their high levels of expertise and experience are showcased below.
1 Kennedy Van der Laan
2 Bird & Bird
3 DLA Piper
4 Baker & McKenzie
6 Taylor Wessing
9 Hogan Lovells
10 Pinsent Masons
11 Gray Plant Mooty
12 SKW Schwarz
13 Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
15 Morrison & Foerster
16 Walder Wyss
17 Gilbert + Tobin
19 Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale
20 J Sagar Associates
Our IT law firm of the year for the first time, Kennedy Van der Laan astounds this year, moving up two places to claim the top spot in our research. The Netherlands-based firm boasts 100 lawyers in the jurisdiction and has fostered relationships worldwide to ensure clients are provided with local expertise and support in complex transnational cases. The “outstanding” TMT team at the firm is highly proficient in litigation, acquisitions and outsourcings, but the practice’s crowning glory is its unrivalled expertise in data protection. The firm’s enviable client list includes technology giants Siemens and Microsoft, as well as CGI, Q-Music and – as part of its Customized Alliance, launched in 2014 – sports giant Nike. Clients continue to be attracted by the considerable industry insight possessed by lawyers at the firm, many of whom have either worked, or been trained, in IT.
Reinoud Westerdijk is a highly regarded practitioner in the information technology sector. In our research this year he was commended by his peers as “one of the best in the Netherlands” and a “leading authority” on European information technology law. Clients laud his abilities in international transactional matters, regarding him as “a contractual specialist with a fine eye for detail”. Joost Linnemann’s disputes-focused practice centres on the legal aspects of conducting international business including electronic commerce and electronic signatures. The rapid uptake of cloud-based data storage by commercial enterprises, and the subsequent rise in the number of high-profile hackings in recent years, has seen Linnemann focus more heavily on digital security in order to protect his clients from security leaks and the concomitant liability. Hester de Vries is “one of the leading experts in data protection law and privacy issues on the international stage”. She specialises in advising clients in the health care and financial sectors and according to sources her expertise in the field is “unrivalled”.
A founding member of the firm and head of the intellectual property department Alfred Meijboom is “a top litigator and arbitrator” in intellectual property, computer-related and domain name disputes. A leading partner in the Customized Alliance network that services Nike, Meijboom is lauded for his “deep understanding of the industry and the issues that have arisen with the advent of increasing digitalisation”. Patrick Wit is a “specialist” on the convergence of technology, media channels and regulatory systems for the telecommunications, media and IT sectors. His practice focuses on commercial negotiations and dispute resolution including litigation where necessary. Wit’s background in IT provides a “deep insight into the industry” and clients praise his “ability to get to grips with the issues at hand in record time”.
Bird & Bird, our telecoms and media firm of the year for the ninth time, boasts an impressive technology and communications team comprised of over 400 dedicated lawyers based in 28 offices worldwide. The team consists of highly specialist lawyers focusing on communications, devices and components, digital tech and e-commerce, and software and services, as well as a number of lawyers specialising in more niche areas such as data centres, postal and satellites. Bird & Bird is renowned for its “personalised, commercial approach” to clients’ matters and represents some of the largest and most profitable technology and communications companies in the world. Recent work highlights include advising a satellite services provider on matters including establishing procedures for the selection of subcontractors and suppliers, and the management of contractual obligations. The firm’s team in France has also assisted numerous governments across Africa in reviewing their legal and regulatory telecommunications framework.
The award-winning global technology and communications sector group is led by Graeme Maguire in London. He is lauded for his “regulatory know-how” and regularly advises on domestic and international communications issues. Benoit Van Asbroeck leads the dispute resolution and tech and comms practices in Brussels. He is a specialist in drafting and negotiating complex information communications technology contracts and licensing, and is considered a “fantastic negotiator” who is “always able to bring the deal to a favourable conclusion”. The “excellent” Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is a “well-reputed name” in the communications, IT and outsourcing practice areas, and her “in-depth knowledge” of telecommunications regulation makes her a “true asset to the firm”.
Global head of the firm’s franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies team, Mark Abell is “internationally renowned” for his work in the field. He has over 30 years of experience assisting clients in the retail, food and beverage, education and health care sectors on the development of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their businesses. According to sources, he is a “go-to lawyer” that is “highly sought after for his deep understanding of the complex issues that go hand-in-hand with the franchising of large, high-profile companies”.
In London, Graham Smith is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading cyberlaw experts. In particular, he focuses on liability and copyright, defamation and cross-border issues. His esteemed list of clients includes the government of Guernsey, whom he advised on the preparation of their electronic transactions legislation; Yahoo!; and the UK Internet Service Providers Association in their successful campaign to persuade the Home Office to include a hosting defence in the Religious and Racial Hatred Act 2006. Joining him in London is the co-head of the international privacy and data protection group Ruth Boardman. She is celebrated for possessing “an encyclopaedic knowledge of data protection law” which makes her “invaluable” to clients. She is “always abreast of the developments in data protection and security issues arising with the advent of cloud-based storage”.
DLA Piper puts on a strong showing in this year’s research rising two places to rank among the top three firms in the TMT sector. The firm continues to boast one of the strongest networks of international practitioners and is well equipped with lawyers in 30 offices across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. The firm is particularly proficient in data protection law with over 130 practitioners operating on behalf of clients worldwide. Clients are effusive in their praise of DLA’s global presence, with some maintaining that “DLA’s formidable reach never lacks localised, industry-specific knowledge that can only come with years of service in a specific locale”.
The “esteemed” Philip Zeidman is famed as “one of the greats” in franchising law. His impressive practice is devoted to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law. Peers regard him as a true “dean of the bar”, and clients are equally as positive in their assessments. “The depth of his knowledge regarding franchising law and international distribution is unparalleled in the field,” say sources, “and we would get this service nowhere else.” In Washington, DC, Erik Wulff continues to impress peers and clients alike with his “exceptional-quality service”. He is seen as a “tour de force” and comes highly recommended by clients looking to expand internationally. Chicago-based Stuart Hershman is a “seasoned veteran” in the field, focusing his practice in the franchising, general dealership and distribution, and antitrust areas. He has represented and advised counsel on the full spectrum of franchising and licensing issues and is a “true authority” in the field.
In Brussels, Patrick Van Eecke has built an impressive practice handling e-commerce-related legal issues such as data protection, electronic signatures, consumer protection and advertising. Global co-chair of the firm’s e-business practice and head of the internet law group, he has a “deep understanding of the issues faced by the industry” and is thereby able to provide his peers and clients with a “clear, pragmatic and strategic approach”. Munich-based Jan Geert Meents is known for his “vast experience” in the information technology sector. With over 15 years of experience advising IT companies and both national and international companies, Meents is a “go-to practitioner” in Germany.
With more than 580 lawyers dedicated to TMT law across 45 countries worldwide, Baker & McKenzie provides clients with a “top-class” service drawing on almost 40 years of experience in the sector. Combining “industry insight and exceptional global reach” with a long-standing tradition and presence in the market, Baker & McKenzie maintains its lofty position in our research due to its highly recommended practitioners in its “prestigious TMT practice”.
In the firm’s London office Ian Walden is recognised as a “leader” in the telecommunications and media sector. Clients laud his “wealth of expertise in cloud computing contracts”, citing him as “a go-to practitioner” in the area. Robbie Downing is a “first-rate practitioner” with expertise in privacy, e-commerce and competition law. Harry Small heads the firm’s global technology practice and is, by all accounts, a “lawyer of strong repute” in the field thanks to his talents across the board in information technology and communications law. His primary focus is in high-tech disputes relating to IT systems and intellectual property. He is also “considerably adroit” in non-contentious matters advising clients on outsourcings, IT projects and the drafting and negotiating of contracts for software, hardware, telecommunications and services agreements.
In Melbourne, Penny Ward advises on telecommunications, IT, licensing and franchising. As the head of the firm’s Australian franchise practice, she is responsible for the strategic overview of the Australian practice and is known for her “exceptional handling of client matters”. An “expert on the Australian telecommunications, radio and broadcasting regulatory regimes”, she advises a multitude of clients ranging from carriers and service providers to network suppliers and acquirers of telecoms services. She is also a “highly accomplished” franchise lawyer with her knowledge in franchising and distribution agreements being cited as “unsurpassed in the market”. In the Netherlands, Wouter Seinen is singled out as “one the country’s premier practitioners in IT matters”. He has advised and represented clients in a number of data protection and ownership issues, as well as focusing his work on internet-related IP issues.
Ann Hurwitz is “highly sought after” for her 30 years of experience in the US franchising market. Her practice is focused on advising US franchisors on the structuring and operation of their domestic and international franchise programmes, as well as advising clients looking to expand their franchise programmes into the US market. Joining her in the firm’s Dallas office is Will Woods. Woods is an “esteemed practitioner” who has significant experience advising and representing franchisors across the life-cycle of their business.
Leading independent European firm Noerr boasts around 500 lawyers based in 11 countries, as well as a network of strong relationships with leading firms worldwide. Noerr offers its clients “entrepreneurial thinking” and a “bespoke service” tailored to the individual client. Noerr has acted on behalf of some of the world’s largest companies including advising Air Berlin on the outsourcing of its in-house customer communications in a joint venture with Austria’s Competence Call Center, as well as Cliq on the cross-border takeover of Bob Mobile by Cliq’s shareholders, thereby expanding the presence of Bob Mobile.
Peter Brautigam is a proven specialist in the field of IT law and is our IT Lawyer of the Year 2016. He has developed a significant practice dealing with IT outsourcing, software licensing agreements, software project agreements, IT basic agreements, SLA and e-commerce. He is an “esteemed practitioner” who clients describe as possessing a “wealth of untapped knowledge in IT”. Head of the firm’s IT, outsourcing and data privacy practice is Thomas Thalhofer. A “renowned specialist” in IT outsourcing projects and corporate transactions in the area of technology, he applies a “rigorous yet even-handed approach to all those involved in the negotiation process”.
Daniel Rücker is a partner in the firm’s Munich office specialising in IT and data protection law. He is regarded as a “top-notch” practitioner in matters related to data protection law, e-commerce and IT projects. Karsten Metzlaff is regarded as “one of Germany’s premier franchise lawyers”. According to sources, he is lauded as a “virtuoso” that is particularly “adept” when advising clients on franchise and distribution matters in the retail, health care and life sciences, media and IT, and real estate industries. His “intimate knowledge of franchise law” originates from his time with a German branded goods company, where he was responsible for the establishment of its international franchise system. Joachim Schrey is an information technology “specialist” who advises clients in various industries in IT and high-tech projects and on IT compliance issues. He has significant expertise advising clients on systems integration as well as the outsourcing of IT infrastructures or services.
Taylor Wessing’s TMT practice comprises 150 professionals working in offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and is heralded as a “forward-thinking firm”. The firm was one of the first to recognise that rapid technological advances would have a profound effect on commercial sectors and sought to specialise in complex issues such as data protection, intellectual property and the host of ever-changing technology laws at an early stage. According to clients, “no other firm knows the US market half as well” and this is largely thanks to the firm’s market-leading US inbound service that provides clients with a “unique insight” into the US market and advises on the US business culture, as well as the challenges facing the US inbound community.
The “pre-eminent” Christian Frank enjoys a strong presence in the German market. He is praised by colleagues and clients alike for his “in-depth knowledge” of intellectual property rights, contracts and transactions, and advises technology and media companies on matters regarding data protection, competition and media law. Jörg Wimmers is considered a “veritable expert” in internet law. His impressive practice focuses on internet liability issues and his clients include various internet service providers, search engines, blogging and micro-blogging services, access providers various hosting services and major internet portals. He is also particularly proficient when advising clients in the developmental stage and is noted for his “profound input” concerning copyright, personal rights, press and privacy law.
A number of highly rated practitioners are based in the firm’s London office. Vinod Bange heads the firm’s UK data protection practice. With over 15 years of experience in data protection and information law matters, he is known as a “guru” in the field. He has advised clients in many data-rich sectors including the retail, financial services, life sciences, healthcare and technology industries. Clients are also impressed with his advice in relation to the development of information risk and data protection compliance solutions for third party collaborations and regulatory liaison for UK, EU and global projects. Kai Westerwelle co-chairs the firm’s US group. Based in Silicon Valley, he is truly at the heart of technological innovation in North America and, as such, is ideally placed to assist clients in the full range of issues that they may be faced with in the technology space. He is admired for his work on national and international restructurings, cloud and outsourcing projects, M&A transactions and IPOs, with clients commending him for providing an “inexhaustible reserve of knowledge”.
Fieldfisher is a “dominant player in the TMT market”. The firm’s technology, communications and media practice is geared towards assisting corporations ranging from start-ups to established companies, and its practice spans North America, Europe and Asia, allowing the firm to offer clients a comprehensive global service. Fieldfisher’s “enviable roster of clients” includes gaming giant Nintendo, who they advised and supported in relation to their UK enterprise and the creation of an online retail marketplace, as well as the BBC on a £560 million licensing fee contract.
Hazel Grant at the firm’s London office is noted for her “superb capabilities in data protection”. Grant is head of the firm’s privacy and information group and clients are regularly impressed by her “formidable expertise”, citing her as a “top-drawer practitioner”. She has handled data compliance projects, international data transfers, audits and data retention projects for some of the world’s largest companies. Peers single out Chris Wormald as “one of the firm’s stars”. He has considerable expertise in franchising and distribution law across the globe. Paul Barton is a leading professional in information technology law. Boasting over 22 years of experience in the industry, he has advised leading service providers and suppliers of technology and software, multinational companies, early stage and high-growth technology start-ups and government bodies. His practice focuses on IT and business process outsourcing and he has advised on a number of complex and ground-breaking projects, including the UK government’s £4.5 billion national identity scheme, a transformational IT outsourcing involving Accenture and Lloyds Banking Group, and a £660 million second-generation business process outsourcing for NS&I.
In the firm’s Brussels office, the “commercially savvy” Tim Van Canneyt provides clients with contract negotiation and ligation services in information technology disputes. He is also an active data protection and e-commerce adviser. In Germany, Felix Wittern offers advice to international clients on the full host of issues related to data protection. He is known for his “intuitive advice” and “solutions-oriented approach”.
Dentons is lauded for its “top tier technology offering” with clients crediting the firm with a “first-rate comprehensive practice” and “unrivalled international access”. The firm is able to draw upon the expertise of Marc Friedman, one of the US’s most experienced practitioners in the IP and technology sectors. Working out of the firm’s New York Office, Friedman is famed as a “pioneer” in the firm’s IP and technology practice. A former president of the International Technology Law Association, he is an “eminent trial advocate” who boasts over 35 years of experience defending clients in IP, technology and business disputes. Peers commend his “powerful and clear arguments” and describe him as “a formidable opponent at the bar”. Chair of the global franchise and distribution law group at the firm, Stéphane Teasdale is renowned for his expertise in the area of franchising.
In London, Amanda Lewis is a “renowned expert” on outsourcings in the IT sector. She has over 30 years’ experience and has advised on over 220 strategic projects ranging from IT and telecommunications service integration, to cloud computing and disaster recovery. She is known for her “approach which avoids litigation at all costs” and clients credit her with “providing innovative and effective solutions”. Babette Märzheuser-Wood is a renowned franchise lawyer who focuses on global franchise, distribution, agency and concession agreements as well as IP-driven joint ventures. She has significant expertise in the hotel, retail, leisure, education and healthcare sectors. Nick Graham is an “expert” in the field of data protection, cyber security and privacy. His “prodigious” practice sees him advising clients on data privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, as well as freedom of information issues. Clients are impressed with his “longstanding pedigree” in the field and describe him as a “fixture in the market” with “experience dating back to the beginning of data protection in this country”.
Hogan Lovells offers clients global coverage through its network of recognised experts. With over 200 TMT practitioners across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Latin America, Hogan Lovells is able to provide a comprehensive service to its clients specialising in handling complex, cross-border matters. The firm’s TMT lawyers provide strategic advice on the full range of related matters including regulatory, antitrust and competition, commercial and intellectual property issues. The firm recently advised, supported and coordinated advice to an international bank during the launch of its new e-trading platform for derivatives. The project, which required advice from over 40 jurisdictions worldwide, attests to the firm’s reach and breadth of service on offer to clients.
In the firm’s London office, Eduardo Ustaran has experience advising some of the world’s leading companies on the adoption of global privacy strategies with clients commending his “exceptional foresight” and his “ability to cover all possible scenarios”. Stefan Schuppert in Munich is a member of the firm’s IP, media and technology group and focuses his practice on advising IT and new media companies on matters regarding IP, contract law and data protection. He is known for his “keen eye for detail” and is recommended by peers and clients for his “strong negotiation and drafting skills” particularly in relation to licensing, IT project and distribution agreements. Christopher Wolf is a “pioneering lawyer” in the field of privacy law. He has counselled and litigated on behalf of domestic and international clients across the entire spectrum of privacy and data security issues. According to sources, he is a “go-to practitioner” in the US. As head of the firm’s communications group Michele Farquhar is responsible for devising the global strategy moving forward. Her practice is focused primarily on commercial and private wireless and mass media regulation. As a former chief of the wireless telecommunications bureau at the FCC, she possesses “invaluable insight into the regulations and rules governing the telecommunications sector in the US”.
Pinsent Masons distinguishes itself by providing TMT solutions aligned with business needs. The firm recently acted for a global IT services provider in relation to a dispute with a UK public sector body with claims in excess of £500 million, and has also advised one of the largest private telecoms companies in the world on the transformation of its European logistics sourcing arrangements. The firm is “very active” in the sector and offers clients expertise across the full range of issues related to TMT law. Clients praise the firm’s “confident and knowledgeable lawyers”, citing that Pinsent Masons’ “understanding of its own strengths” played a key factor in their decision to use the firm.
Diane Mullenex is regarded as “one of the best telecoms lawyers in Paris”. She receives widespread commendation from clients and peers alike who point to her “formidable negotiation skills” and “fastidious preparation” as the reasons behind her success. Her TMT practice encompasses IT and BPO transactions, interconnection, roaming, distribution, regulation, compliance, and broadcast and transmission arrangements. She is also a highly proficient gaming lawyer. Annabelle Richard in the same office is also singled out as an exceptional practitioner who, according to clients, is “simply fantastic” when handling issues relating to online gaming and gambling. She is also particularly skilled in e-commerce, data protection and cyber security. Clive Seddon heads the firm’s TMT team and receives recognition for his work on transformational change projects, disputes and renegotiation of contracts. He is also one of the few accredited mediators operating in the information technology space.
US firm Gray Plant Mooty is regarded as a market-leading authority on franchise and distribution law in both the US and on the international stage. The firm advises clients on the full range of issues related to franchising and serves clients in jurisdictions across the globe. The team is home to some 30 practitioners operating across the firm’s offices in Minneapolis and Washington, DC who endeavour to serve clients at all stages of their franchise development in markets throughout the world. The firm handles both domestic and international franchising for 125 different franchise systems across the US and its clients range from Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group to International Dairy Queen.
The “pre-eminent” Carl Zwisler is a “famed practitioner” in the franchising field that has amassed over 35 years of experience. Both clients and peers alike praise his ability to offer “creative solutions” aimed at developing and implementing business expansion strategies. His “intuitive and dynamic approach” is supplemented by “formidable capabilities at the negotiating table”. In Washington, DC Peter Klarfeld is a “well-respected name” on the international circuit whose significant capabilities are reflected in peer and client testimonies: a “gifted litigator and arbitrator” who is “the first port of call” for clients with disputes in the franchising sector. Gaylen Knack is a “seasoned negotiator” who has over 25 years of experience handling franchise and distribution matters for domestic and international companies looking to expand their business operations. Clients are repeatedly impressed by his “dedicated approach” and his “commercial understanding of matters” which stems from his earlier experience as a franchise executive at a Midwest-based, multi-concept retail franchise.
Long-standing German firm SKW Schwarz has been providing clients with top of the range legal knowledge in the area of digital business, IT law and communications for over 30 years. The firm specialises in offering strategic advice to companies regarding internet content and distribution and offers clients” unrivalled expertise in internet law, content and distribution”.
Stefan Schicker is a “seasoned expert” in the field of IT and IP law. He is “extremely well thought of” in the international arena and receives praise for his “firm grasp of the issues facing companies of all sizes on the market”. His practice covers all areas of IT law but he is particularly proficient in issues relating to internet law, advising businesses on e-commerce, the legality of website design and applications, and data protection and privacy compliance. Matthias Nordmann is proficient in all areas of general business law, and has dealt with transactional matters on behalf of domestic and international clients in the IT and digital business sectors. He is a “technically gifted practitioner” who is able to “empathise with the client and provides solutions-oriented advice in an efficient manner”. Andreas Peschel-Mehner is a specialist in digital business and provides “comprehensive counsel”. His proficiency in internet law is noted by clients who laud his “sophisticated counsel” and “comprehensive working knowledge of data protection and privacy law”.
German independent law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek continues to grow from strength to strength. Its strong presence in the German market is supplemented by offices in key European centres Brussels and Zurich. The firm’s IP, media and technology practice boasts 30 practitioners that provide counselling services on contentious and non-contentious matters. Its media practice encompasses copyright law, telecommunications and gaming, while its technology specialists provide assistance in all aspects of IT law including outsourcing and data protection.
In the firm’s Düsseldorf office, Michael Schmittmann is a “very active” practitioner in the telecoms and media field. Regarded as “one the country’s premier practitioners” Schmittmann is considered an expert with a “sterling reputation” in European and international gaming law. Peers describe Philip Kempermann as a “go-to practitioner” who is lauded for his “expert handling of complex cases”. He specialises in traditional IT, competition, compliance and data protection law, and was involved in the team that advised Finnair on its acquisition of an air cargo management system. In Cologne, Dirk Stolz is a “consummate professional” with “outstanding knowledge of telecommunications law in Germany”. He is also celebrated for his considerable insight into data protection matters across various industry sectors, such as the insurance industry. Florian Geyer, a partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office, is an expert in trademark and industrial property law. He is recommended by peers for his “vast knowledge of internet law” with clients being equally impressed by his “commerciality” and “the level of sophistication evident in his advice”.
The TMT practice at UK-based Bristows is a firmly established fixture in the market due to its “highly knowledgeable” lawyers. The practice is built on “strong industry expertise” with many lawyers possessing backgrounds in IT or engineering, thereby enabling them to offer clients an “exceptional level of industry-specific, technical expertise”. The firm advises on the full spectrum of IT law and is particularly strong in the area of data protection and privacy, possessing one of the largest teams in Europe.
The “acclaimed” Christopher Millard is a “leading authority” in data protection and cloud-based storage. An academic as well as a forthright practitioner, clients are impressed with the way that he “combines practicality with a profound theoretical knowledge”. The “superb” Mark Watts is a “prominent figure” in the global information technology space. Offering clients over 20 years of experience in IT law, he is commended by peers and clients alike for his vast wealth of knowledge and his” unflappable manner”. His impressive practice centres on his “considerable insight into data protection issues”. Chris Holder is a specialist in IT outsourcings providing clients with an “informed pragmatism”. He has “significant industry knowledge” given his working history handling outsourcing for IT giant IBM UK and Shaw Pittman. Toby Crick continues to impress peers and clients alike with his “strong commercial approach”. According to sources, he is “fantastic” when handling outsourcing matters in the technology and telecommunications sectors. He has also advised companies on complex transactions and the use and exploitation of technology and intellectual property.
Morrison & Foerster is committed to providing excellent client service to leading technology companies across their extensive global network of offices and practitioners. With 17 offices worldwide located in key financial and technological centres across Asia, Europe and the US, the firm is ideally placed to keep up to speed with the rapidly changing market and continue to provide innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading financial corporations, Fortune 100 companies, and leading technology and life sciences corporations. Morrison & Foerster’s communications industry team offers clients “truly in-depth industry awareness” across the regulatory, transactional, intellectual property and litigation aspects of the sector and therefore acts as a “one-stop shop”.
In the firm’s New York office, Miriam Wugmeister co-chairs the firm’s global privacy and data security group. She enjoys a “stellar reputation” in the global market for her “exceptional knowledge of privacy and data security laws, obligations and practices”. She is known for her “superior intellect”, “practical approach” and “exceptional risk-management strategies”. Alongside her, John Delaney is a “notable practitioner” in the US technology law space. His practice focuses on high-technology matters and intellectual property and his broad experience ranges from advising Fortune 500 companies to assisting Silicon Valley start-ups. As well as co-chairing the technology transaction practice at the firm, he also leads the firm’s social media practice advising clients on the full range of social media-related issues.
In London, Alistair Maughan is known for his proficiency in outsourcings and technology transactions. Global co-chair of the technology transactions group he has advised major companies and public sector organisations. Notably, he was involved in advising HM Revenue and Customs on Europe’s largest “second-generation” outsourcing, as well as advising the UK police on the biometric national identification system and its project for delivery. Stuart Beraha in the firm’s Tokyo office is singled out for his broad experience dealing with technology transactions and intellectual property matters.
Swiss commercial law firm Walder Wyss has significant experience advising a plethora of clients, from domestic and international corporations to family businesses. Around 20 practitioners, including six partners operate in the firm’s TMT practice offering clients “deep-seated industry expertise” and extensive knowledge of both domestic and international technology law.
A “standout” at the firm is Jürg Schneider, one of Europe’s most highly regarded practitioners in the information technology sector. He is “extremely well thought of” in the field, and his practice includes IT, data protection and outsourcing. Clients are continually impressed with his “international and commercial approach”. Mark Reutter’s practice focuses on advising clients that are active in the information and technology sector, as well as advising corporate and private clients in relation to technology, intellectual property, arts and entertainment matters. He is particularly adept when advising on outsourcing and technology transfers. Didier Sangiorgio is an experienced practitioner who advises clients on a vast selection of IT and telecom-related transactions, comprehensive system integration and global outsourcing projects. Michael Isler has significant expertise in copyright, trademark and patent law and offers “thorough and practical counsel” to clients in relation to their IP and technology transfer, outsourcing and data protection matters.
Leading Australian independent firm Gilbert + Tobin is a “key player” in the Australian market. The firm’s specific focus on evolving market sectors has seen it build a significant communications and technology practice. Thirty-one specialist practitioners operate across the firm’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth providing “dynamic and forward thinking solutions” to companies across the Asian-Pacific region.
Peter Leonard is an “internationally acclaimed” practitioner who is famed for his considerable expertise in an array of areas including transactional structuring and regulation, technology contracting and content, data and privacy regulation across the Asia-Pacific region. Peers and clients laud his abilities and commend him as the “first port of call” due to his “extensive range of knowledge”. Sheila McGregor heads the firm’s TMT team and is recognised for her wide-ranging experience in commercial law. According to sources, her “commercial approach” is what sets her apart from other practitioners in the field. Peter Waters’ practice focuses primarily on interconnection arrangements and regulatory matters in the communications and technology sector. He is particularly adept at advising on complex structuring cases which require a broad range of knowledge in the requisite fields and their intersections. Simon Muys is a specialist in competition law and regulation and has a “longstanding reputation” in the telecommunications and media sectors.
Olswang features prominently in this year’s research across the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Recognised as an international authority in the field, Olswang offers clients “deep industry-specific experience” and with an approach centred on clients’ business lines. Its “bespoke and agile service” separates Olswang from other providers in the field, according to sources. Olswang’s reach spans Europe and Asia.
In London, Clive Gringras heads the technology practice. He is known for his transactional work in the technology field and for possessing “strong analytical abilities”. Technology-rich, cross-border transactional work is also something of a speciality for Gringras, who has been involved in some high stakes matters during his time at Olswang. Purvi Parekh heads the firm’s international telecoms practice and has built a significant practice handling innovative projects in the telecommunications market including network sharing and 4G/LTE. She has further experience handling regulatory issues in the telecommunications sector as well as outsourcing and procurement work for both IT and telecommunications companies.
In Belgium, the firm boasts one of Europe’s most highly regarded individuals in the media and communications space: Dirk Van Liedekerke. Van Liedekerke is renowned for his “astounding knowledge of Belgian and EU competition law” with respect to the telecommunications industry and is “no stranger to big business”, having advised many of Europe’s largest telecommunications companies. Robert Bratby is a “prominent figure in the Asian market”. Managing partner of the Singapore office, he is internationally acclaimed for his transactional work in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. He advises on complex M&A transactions, fund raising and joint-ventures, equity and debt investments in the TMT industry sectors.
Italian firm Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is a “market leader” in the media and technology industry. As one of Italy’s premier firms operating in this space, Portolano is able to offer clients a “user-friendly, pragmatic service” which clients are effusive in their praises of: “The technical abilities of the lawyers are second-to-none and advice is delivered in such a way that complex issues are easy to digest.”
Laura Liguori is a “prominent” practitioner in the information technology sector in Italy. She is considered a specialist in matters and issues relating to data security and internet privacy with clients lauding her “technical expertise” and “pragmatic approach” to legal matters in this area. Ernesto Apa is a “top-drawer practitioner” with “deep-seated ties to the Italian television industry”. He has significant experience in media regulation and regularly advises clients on regulatory and contractual aspects within the digital media and telecommunications sector.
J Sagar Associates plays a “dominant role in the Indian information technology, media and telecommunications industry sectors”. The TMT practice at the firm has 19 partners operating in seven offices across the country, and is able to provide comprehensive assistance to clients of all sizes in the communications and knowledge based technology industries. The firm has assisted clients ranging from established international technology companies to internet start-ups and e-commerce ventures on all aspects of information technology matters including outsourcings, licensing and joint development agreements. Clients are impressed with the “vast wealth of experience” possessed by lawyers at the firm. The firm’s localised knowledge has benefited a multitude of technology companies looking to expand their business into the booming technology and communications industry in India.
The “internationally respected” Sajai Singh leads the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications practice at the firm. He is renowned for his “prominent position in India’s burgeoning information technology sector”, and has played a leading role in assisting international companies and funds channelling investments into India. According to sources, he is “an acclaimed transactional lawyer” that “never ceases to impress”.