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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Tech Group - Technology Lawyers

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.

Introduction to the Tech Group

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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 600 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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Tech

It's no secret that the tech industry faces significant diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges, ranging from the lack of diversity in tech roles through to the adverse impact of new technologies on society.

Our Tech Group DEI Committee was formed to amplify initiatives from underrepresented voices across our global network. This has included the curation of online sessions to allow our tech lawyers and clients to have authentic conversations covering key DEI strands including gender, LGBTQ+, ethnicity and disability inclusion and specific tech challenges. Jonathan Kewley Co-Chair of the Tech Group founded a scholarship programme with Hertford College, University of Oxford to prioritise Tech ethics and computer science research. This supports people from diverse backgrounds to be part of this generationally important debate, and to design safety and fairness into the technology which now is all around us.

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.

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.


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.


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.