Our Technology & Communications practice combines in-depth knowledge of the technology and communications sectors and related technologies with a thorough understanding of the relevant legal environment. Our team advises companies at all stages of development – from pre-formation start-ups to large public companies – on a wide range of transactional, regulatory and contentious technology and communications matters at both local and international levels, through our network of specialized firms.
We advise clients in a broad range of business sectors, including software, hardware, semiconductors, networking, electronic communications, digital and interactive media, fintech, biotech, medical devices and clean tech.
With a strong focus on technology contracts, IT outsourcing and cloud computing issues, we have also developed extensive experience in privacy and personal data protection matters, including compliance audit, strategies for the international transfer of data, assistance in navigating privacy issues related to Big Data and the Internet of Things, and the setting-up of adequate data breach response processes.
Our Technology & Communications practice provides a broad range of advices relating to B2B and B2C electronic and mobile business and platforms, including on-line contracting, the use, import and export of cryptography, e-evidence, e-payment, e-invoicing and digital marketing. We have also developed a deep knowledge of e-archiving and information management and retention requirements.
We advise on e-identification (eID), e-Trust Services (eTS) and cybersecurity issues and have developed a sound knowledge of e-communications regulations and contracting issues, assisting operators in that field, with a focus on all aspects of convergence with the media and broadcasting industries.
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Technology contracts, IT outsourcing and cloud computing
The Technology & Communications practice has a strong focus on technology contracts, IT outsourcing and cloud computing. We have extensive experience advising multinational companies on the drafting and negotiation of, and litigation involving, complex international software and hardware-related agreements, including in relation to licensing, development, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, services and maintenance, acquiring or divesting technology and related intellectual property rights.
We represent clients on both sides of the table (buyers / sellers, licensors / licensees, developers / investors).
The Technology & Communications team is experienced in working with companies in the semiconductor industry, including semiconductor wafer foundries, fabless design houses, Integrated Device Manufacturer’s and others in the semiconductor manufacturing chain. We negotiate, draft and advise on foundry agreements, design services agreements and all semiconductor related matters.
Electronic and mobile business
The Technology & Communications practice offers a broad range of advice relating to electronic and mobile business and platforms, including the statutory requirements to ensure the validity of on-line contracts, the on-line acceptance of general terms and the drafting of such terms, e-identification, e-payment, e-invoicing, digital marketing, e-archiving and e-evidence.
We have also developed a deep knowledge of information management and retention requirements.
We advise major corporations on multi-jurisdictional projects involving the setting up of B2B and B2C on-line businesses, including with respect to consumer protection, website development and portal agreements.
eID and Cybersecurity
The Technology & Communications practice advises on computer and network security, cybercrime and content liability issues. Our experience extends to all legal issues relating to computer and network security, including use, import and export regulations with respect to cryptography, electronic evidence and all aspects of electronic identification (eID) and electronic Trust Services (eTS), including electronic signatures and Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs). Our practice covers both regulatory and transactional matters. We also advise leading companies on content liability issues, the drafting of IT security policies and the legality of intrusion testing services.
The Technology & Communications practice has developed a sound knowledge of electronic communications regulations and contracting, assisting operators in that field, with a focus on all aspects of fixed-mobile convergence and convergence with the media and broadcasting industries.
We advise major corporations on telecommunications agreements and regulatory issues, such as interconnection tariffs, public telecoms network ownership, licensing and notification, and installation and use of telecommunications equipment.