Tech presents new challenges for businesses - including regulation, growing competition from start-ups and ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence. It affects all aspects of the law. Our experts provide joined-up advice on the impact of technology on antitrust and data; M&A and investments; intellectual property and litigation; AI and fintech; cyber and regulatory investigations.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing at a phenomenal speed and is now set to transform the legal industry. We are enthusiastic early adopters of AI and other advanced technology tools to enable us to deliver a better service to our clients. In this paper, we look at the current state of the market and explore how things will develop in the coming months and years. Read more.
Artificial intelligence is disrupting the business of law. In this podcast about digital transformation in the legal sector, Paul Greenwood, Clifford Chance's Chief Information Officer explains how predictive algorithms can help lawyers analyse vast quantities of data and assess legal risk faster and more precisely.
Blockchain has the potential to alter the global financial system but has implications for sanctions regimes. Read more.
Blockchain is the technology that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin – but it has far wider applications and opens up new possibilities in financial services, the public sector and other areas. Read more.
Data and privacy
Why do you sometimes have to click those diagrams before you can log into a social media platform? Because the website wants to know you are a human – and not a bot looking to scratch its surface with a view to obtaining valuable data (a "data scraper"). Data scrapers extract, aggregate and combine data from various sources. Scraped data is then generally stored on a local system and used for different purposes such as recruitment, sentiment analysis, assessing credit risk, identifying trends, marketing and sales. Read more.
As every news cycle brings further revelations about the alleged misuse of personal data by social media companies and political consultants, regulators, politicians and the public are more concerned than ever with what happens to information placed online, who has it and how it is being used. Read more.
Big data analytics and techniques are becoming critical in fields beyond advertising and marketing, such as artificial intelligence, fintech and biotech. We look at a new guide developed by the Australian information commissioner and key privacy considerations for businesses engaging in big data activities. Read more.
Digital assets and ICOs
In December 2018, Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the FCA, praised the enforcement action taken by the SEC in relation to ICOs and said that European regulators could learn from the SEC's strong interventions. The FCA is expected to consult on the regulation of cryptoassets early in 2019. In this briefing, we share data obtained from the FCA by freedom of information request relating to current cryptoasset investigations and analyse enforcement trends globally. Read more.
What are the risks, how are ICOs regulated and how might this change? Read more.
In this report, which updates the report we published in October 2017, we highlight key trends and developments in financial technology (fintech) across 10 different MENA jurisdictions. Read more.
Israel, with its expertise in technology such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain and computer vision, has established itself as a global centre for fintech. Its relatively small size, the large number of startups and its reputation for entrepreneurship mean that it is an excellent testing ground for innovation. Israeli regulators, including the Bank of Israel and the Commissioner of the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings (CMIS), have expressed the view that technology is key, and a number of regulatory changes are coming into effect or being explored to further boost the market. Here we describe the latest regulatory developments and what we are likely to see next. Read more.
This Report contains an analysis of the current regulatory framework for lending-based and investment-based crowdfunding platforms in the following countries: Austria, Dubai, France, Germany, the UK and the U.S. and recommendations for best practices for the regulation of lending-based and investment-based crowdfunding platforms. Read more.
We have only just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to the impact of technology on financial services but that small abrasion is revealing. We are making five bold predictions for the future of fintech – from how banks will re-imagine themselves, to where risks may arise and contaminate the financial system, and what the regulators may focus on. Read more.
This report assesses regulation for fintech products across the EU. Read more.
This publication provides help for those seeking to promote or facilitate the use of smart contracts. Read more.
Will smart contracts prove that the future of contract lies in machine executable software code-agreements, or are they rather an unhappy hybrid, neither smart, nor contracts? Read more.
What are the benefits and risks of trusting machines to execute contracts? Read more.