Technology

We have a multi-disciplinary Technology group which advises on the full spectrum of technology matters.

Our lawyers are familiar with the particular challenges facing those involved in the technology sector and understand the dynamic, global nature of this fast paced environment.

We work closely with leading local counsel to offer a multi-national and multi-disciplinary capability focused on the technology sector. This enables us to provide our diverse range of technology clients with strategic, innovative and commercial advice in areas such as:

  • information technology procurements, from complex global technology outsourcings to software licensing, development and maintenance arrangements
  • mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions which require specialist technology input or have significant risk or value drivers associated with technology
  • intellectual property related technology issues including patent disputes - we have played an innovative role in developing competition law defences to patent infringement actions in the UK courts
  • e-commerce strategies, law and regulation, including website terms and conditions, content and liability issues and e-commerce and data protection regulation
  • other competition issues arising in the technology sector including both merger and conduct investigations in the sector by the European Commission and national regulators
  • technology, IP and data issues arising in the Fintech sector
  • financing and tax issues for our technology clients
  • dispute resolution - we have continued to see an increase in technology related disputes, and have strong experience of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, as well as arbitration and court proceedings in a large number of jurisdictions

Given the overlap and convergence with the telecoms sector, our Technology group also works closely with our multi-disciplinary Telecoms group.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Google in relation to the ongoing Article 102 investigation by the European Commission. This is an extremely high profile case which raises a number of interesting issues in relation to the application of the law on abuse of dominance to Google’s business.

Royal Mail on their new technology sourcing project which is likely to last to mid 2014 at the earliest and will be Royal Mail’s biggest ever technology procurement project. We are also advising on the technology aspects of the wider Royal Mail project to separate out the Post Office Limited from Royal Mail, and subsequent privatisation opportunities, which will be one of the biggest corporate events in the UK in the coming years.

Ericsson on the acquisition, through a consortium of the residual patent and IP portfolio of Nortel, and, in particular, the English law aspects of the acquisition and the EU anti-trust issues arising in connection with the consortium arrangements. This was a very large transaction (over US$ 4 billion) and an important deal in the sector involving the acquisition of Nortel’s remaining patent portfolio by a consortium that included Apple, Microsoft and RIM.

Motorola Mobility on the EU Merger Regulation process in relation to the sale of its mobile phone devices and home businesses (Motorola Mobility) to Google, Inc and in relation to a separate Article 102 investigation by the European Commission with respect to Motorola Mobility’s enforcement of standard-essential patents.

YTL Communications Limited, a leading Malaysian technology and infrastructure company on an agreement for the licensing and development of patented technology and software to build the world's first hybrid broadcast - 4G WiMAX broadband TV and internet content delivery platform.

Symbian on the offer by Nokia R & D (UK) Limited to acquire all the issued and to be issued share capital of Symbian not already owned by Nokia and previously on a global licensing strategy for its operating system for a new generation of wireless devices. Symbian was a joint venture between Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic and other major handset manufacturers, and was, prior to its acquisition by Nokia, the world's leading wireless operating system.

Compagnie Financière Richemont on its offer to acquire Net A Porter Limited, the online luxury fashion retailer.

Ericsson on the sale to Sony Corporation (Sony) of Ericsson’s 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Sony Ericsson) making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned division of Sony, for EUR1.05 billion in cash. This included advising Ericsson on the patent cross-licences and the assignment of five essential patent families to Sony relating to wireless handset technology.

Telelogic on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by IBM. The investigation focussed on the markets for software modelling tools and requirements management tools, where both IBM and Telelogic were significant suppliers. The case was an important step in the development of the Commission's assessment of mergers in rapidly evolving technology markets with low barriers to entry.

Ocado on its international public offering and the listing of its shares on the London Stock Exchange. This was the first London listing of an online food retailer.

Ericsson in connection with its tender to perform a three year IT transformation and build program for VimpelCom (an international telecoms provider) across 11 jurisdictions in Europe and Asia, to be followed by managed service provision across these 11 jurisdictions for a period of 4-6 years.

GlaxoSmithKline plc on its agreement with Verily Life Sciences LLC (formerly Google Life Sciences), an Alphabet company, to form Galvani Bioelectronics to enable the research, development and commercialisation of bioelectronics medicines. Bioelectronic medicine is a relatively new scientific field that aims to tackle a wide range of chronic diseases using miniaturised, implantable devices that can modify electrical signals that pass along nerves in the body.

Our clients include:

  • Alibaba
  • Ericsson
  • Cambridge Silicon Radio
  • Francisco Partners
  • Google
  • Motorola Mobility
  • Ocado
  • Rightmove
  • Telenor