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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Coronavirus: Electronic signatures: when can these be used? A global perspective

20 April 2020

The precautions being put in place globally to address the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) include recommending or requiring many people to work from home. This has raised the question of how to execute documents in these circumstances and whether it is possible to legally execute documents by electronic signature. The appropriate method of execution will depend on the applicable fact pattern.  Relevant factors include the governing law of the document, the type of document that is to be signed, the form of electronic signature used and any cross-border implications to be considered. This briefing provides a summary table of how certain jurisdictions view three different types of execution - email execution, jpeg signatures and e-signature platforms.

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