Peter G Leonard of Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers looks at significant developments in technology contract law around the globe.
"Lawyers are risk evaluators and managers. Many lawyers are now required to take a lead in designing and implementing an integrated risk management approach when considering technology contracting."
In an interview with Who's Who Legal, Constance Crosby tells us about her new role as legal director, Canada and vice president of Cisco Canada.
"As a generalist, I enlist the help of experienced external counsel for those areas of compliance sensitivity such as competition or lobbying. We also rely on external counsel for contract negotiations as an overflow capability."
Steven De Schrijver and Thomas Daenens of Astrea look at the impact of two interesting decisions in the Yahoo! case.
"With its decisions of 18 January 2011 and 4 September 2012, the Supreme Court has attempted to turn the desires of the law enforcement authorities into reality, by giving its own interpretation to the concept of electronic communications service provider and by granting extraterritorial powers to the Belgian prosecutors."
Trevor W Nagel and Lee Van Blerkom of White & Case LLP assess recent and emerging trends relating to technology transactions and how the landscape has changed. They address the proliferation of 'as a service' offerings and the viability of cloud computing, the re-emergence of vendor forms, the relationship between buyers and sellers and other matters.
Bird & Bird leads our research with 23 representatives this year. The firm’s depth of expertise is evidenced with listings spanning the breadth of its international offices. The second-highest performing law firms in our research are Baker & McKenzie and Field Fisher Waterhouse which field 15 lawyers each to our research. DLA Piper is another major player and garners an outstanding 13 representatives this year, with several leading individuals based in Europe. Five further firms and 10 world-renowned individuals are singled out in this section.
In 2013 more data was produced than ever before; the age of “big data” has made this area of law an integral concern for businesses and corporations worldwide. As businesses utilise new methods of reaching customers, expert counsel in this area has become a necessity. The pace of change and the convergence of new media in the IT space have made this an increasingly complex sector, encompassing many fields of law. Over the last 12 months many practitioners spoke of this area as developing quickly and becoming increasingly specialised and this publication, previously entitled The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers, has been renamed The International Who's Who of Information Technology Lawyers to reflect the increasing scope of this practice area. In this article we examine these issues and identify some of the key trends affecting the IT legal marketplace.
Our research has identified 539 lawyers who are considered outstanding in the field of internet, e-commerce and data protection law, selected from 325 firms across the globe. Among the leading firms in the research are Bird & Bird, DLA Piper, Baker & McKenzie and Field Fisher Waterhouse, and while 180 of the top lawyers are based in the US, there is a very strong European showing in our list of the top 10 most highly regarded lawyers.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the internet legal marketplace worldwide.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the internet, e-commerce & data protection legal marketplace worldwide.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
Our research into this practice area has deepened with each successive edition and this book includes 479 high-calibre practitioners. We have broadened the parameters of our research to include data protection and IT specialists as well as lawyers who focus on internet and e-commerce (and those whose practice comprises several or all of these areas).
“There is not a company on the planet that does not need to know what internet lawyers can tell them.” The business world has grown comfortable with the online dimension, and these days one would be hard pressed to find an established market presence or start-up without some sort of online presence.
Online businesses are proving to be resilient during the worldwide recession. This spring, Amazon posted a 24 per cent rise in profits while both Ebay and Google, despite a fall in profits, have performed better than analysts expected.
This edition lists 369 leading practitioners in this area. We have focused on all aspects of internet and e-commerce law, including pure internet law, intellectual property work, telecoms, outsourcing, media and technology. Many are specialists in more than one area and all are considered outstanding practitioners by clients and peers.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.