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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Tech Group

Global. Integrated. Tech Expertise.

The world is being disrupted by tech

Technology today is all-pervasive, impacting every area of business in every industry sector, globally.

At Clifford Chance we recognise that rapid advances in technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain, big data and cyber security are significantly impacting our clients' business models, their growth strategies and even day-to-day decision making, bringing opportunities to be harnessed and risks to be navigated.

Integrated and dynamic, our Tech Group is a single global team delivering strategic tech law advice to help clients stay ahead of the curve and outstrip the pace of change.

What are your hopes and fears for Tech in 2021?

Dr. Carissa Veliz, best-selling author of Privacy is Power, Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for Ethics in AI at University of Oxford and Jonathan Kewley, Partner and Co-Head of the Tech Group at Clifford Chance discuss their hopes and fears for data, AI and digital regulation with Clifford Chance associate Herbert Swaniker in the first of our annual Tech Predictions video series for 2021.

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A new approach to solving tech challenges

The Clifford Chance Tech Group offers clients, wherever they are located and whatever industries they operate in, a new approach to meeting their tech challenges by breaking down traditional law firm practice area boundaries.

We are an integrated multidisciplinary team of over 400 tech-savvy lawyers located around the world delivering holistic, joined up, expert legal advice to both tech and non-tech clients on their most exciting, complex and transformational tech-related matters.

Introduction to the Tech Group

Watch our 90 second overview of the Tech Group and learn how we can guide your business through the challenges presented by tech disruption and stay ahead of the curve. Turn sound on for the full experience.

Tech is in our legal DNA

Read more about how we can help your business survive and thrive in a tech-enabled world.

Tech-heavy M&A transactions

Today, the success of almost all businesses is driven by technology, whether as a core product or as a key enabler of their operations. Our Tech Group M&A expertise goes beyond traditional deal-making issues to advising clients on how to lock in the rewards and limit the risks of a wide range of technological issues.

Clifford Chance is recognised globally as a leading M&A adviser, with long-standing expertise in advising leading technology companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as non-tech companies on the potential tech implications of proposed M&A. We are experts in complex, multi-jurisdictional matters and delivering considered strategic corporate advice.

Tech development and renewal

Technology is advancing fast, companies are having to develop better systems and processes to keep up. Our Tech Group experts can help facilitate businesses' migration to tech-enabled platforms, support BPO, assist with tech procurement and renewal and advise on tech R&D projects.

Tech risk, disputes and investigations

Regulators are increasingly focusing on competition enforcement in the tech sector. The pressure to adapt and to innovate in response to this trend has created legal challenges for businesses that our Tech Group is uniquely placed to help you overcome.

Our Tech Group lawyers skillset spans cyber-security and antitrust breaches, regulatory investigations and the misuse of data. Our experts are also able to handle disputes, such as those arising out of IP enforcement, and in relation to outsourcing contracts.

Tech advisory and compliance

The advent of GDPR and new US regulations are placing high demands on clients. So too is the ever-increasing risk of cyber-attacks. Our specialists can advise on the full spectrum of advisory & compliance scenarios, including anti-bribery and corruption compliance, financial regulatory licencing, IP monetisation strategies and public policy support. We can also assist in regulatory change watch and developing cyber-attack response plans.

Ready, Steady, Grow.

In collaboration with Forbes Insights, we surveyed 300 senior c-suite executives from $1 billion+ companies on their hopes and fears for tech-driven growth. Respondents were asked about their approach and attitude to artificial intelligence, ethics, adoption of new technologies, tech regulation, data, the impact of tech on jobs and tech expertise in their boardrooms.

Their answers, together with in-depth perspective from interviews with global business leaders and our Tech Group experts can be found here.

Download the report

Client highlights

SenseTime Group

We advised SenseTime Group, China's leading artificial intelligence firm, on its US$410 million Series B preferred share investments from renowned private equity funds and institutional investors, including CDH, Sailing Capital and China International Capital Corporation. This is the largest single round investment in an AI company globally.

CreditSuisse

We advised Credit Suisse on the establishment of their digital private banking platform and acquisition of/collaboration with a fintech startup to enhance the provision of financial services on such digital platform.

FairSearch Europe

We advised FairSearch Europe, an industry coalition that includes companies such as Nokia, Oracle and Tripadvisor, as an interested third party on the European Commission's investigation into Google for its abuse of its dominant position in search.

EVRY

We advised EVRY on a multi-billion dollar outsourcing with IBM, to manage the IT infrastructure that supports its operations in Norway and Sweden.

Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment

We advised on its US$1 billion acquisition of 100% of the shares of Outfit 7, which is headquartered in UK and Cyprus with operations in Slovenia. Outfit 7 is the creator and developer of highly popular mobile games such as "Talking Tom" and "Talking Angela".

Imagination Technologies Group

We advised Imagination Technologies Group, an independent IP licensing business, in respect of a Takeover Code-governed offer for Imagination by a subsidiary of funds managed by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, LLC.

Meet the Global Tech Group

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