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We have a truly dedicated and integrated global IT and Outsourcing practice, comprised of over 100 lawyers and partners across our global network of offices and practice areas specialising in IT and outsourcing transactions.

Our teams advising on complex IT and outsourcing transactions more often than not are made up of lawyers from across our network, relocating to other jurisdictions for periods of time in order to support particular deals when necessary. These deals require an integrated legal team across specialist areas and global offices, with tried and tested experience in management of large-scale projects. Clifford Chance is one of a very limited number of law firms able to meet these challenges.

Our global group meets regularly and team members participate in these transactions in a seamless way. We share information, knowledge and recent developments across our offices, which helps us establish a common approach to outsourcing assignments and consistent high quality.

We are able to staff outsourcing transactions around the world as needed, whether with outsourcing specialists or lawyers across our global network of offices in such areas as corporate, litigation, employment, tax and finance who regularly work in this field. Because our outsourcing teams are all multi-disciplined we are able to identify and advise on issues outside the "normal" outsourcing area, for example, on the impact of financial services regulations and employment law on deal structures. Our ability to provide broad and rounded advice is further enabled by our experience of acting for suppliers and customers on outsourcing transactions. As such we are typically involved in the key commercial decision-making processes.

What makes our model so successful is that clients place a premium on lawyers who have experience of structuring and negotiating transactions in this area, above even knowledge of local law. This is because for these deals to stand the best chance of working in practice, they need to reflect how parties will interact and work together on an operational level. A detailed understanding of the technology and processes behind the deal is therefore more important than a detailed understanding of local law, and the Clifford Chance team is able to provide just that. Our team members frequently structure and negotiate contracts under foreign legal systems, and then get input from local lawyers regarding issues arising under local law. This means we are able to support projects under almost any applicable law, working alongside local lawyers.

Client experience

  • Permira Advisers LLC on European anti-trust approvals, data protection issues and Luxembourg structuring and financing in connection with the acquisition of Ancestry.com Inc
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc on the takeover of Psion plc, a UK public company listed on the London Stock Exchange, for £129.3 million 
  • NTT Communications Corporation on its acquisition of an 85%. stake in Gyron Internet Limited 
  • Silver Lake on the European and Asian aspects relating to its intended offer for Dell Inc., which values Dell at approximately US$ 24.4 billion 
  • Various technology sector complainants (a coalition of businesses and organisations aiming at defending competition in online and mobile research) as their external EU counsel before the European Commission in the context of the latter's investigation into Google's abusive practices Samsung Electronics Corporation through its subsidiary 
  • Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd as preferred vendor by Reliance Jio Infocomm to supply 4G TD-LTE Mobile Broadband Network equipment 
  • Oracle in separate investigations by the French, Spanish and Japanese competition authorities as well as before the European Commission, involving allegations by HP that Oracle was abusively ceasing to support HP's Itanium processor 
  • Autonomy founder Mike Lynch against allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard (HP), which acquired Lynch's software company in 2011 for US$11 billion (£6.8 billion)