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Rapid developments in the technology, media and communications sector are driving fundamental changes in customer behaviour and expectations. This creates exciting opportunities for businesses that either use or supply content, technology and communications infrastructure.

Taylor Wessing’s Technology, Media and Communications (TMC) team is made up of lawyers from across our international network. Representing clients from all parts of the digital sector, our team advises a diverse mix of organisations, ranging from start-ups with innovative business models and technologies to global brands, both public and private. Our network of offices (including in London’s Tech City, Paris and Berlin) support and fuel our focus on innovation, enabling us not only to bring cutting edge experience to today’s global players but to advise the global stars of tomorrow.

Our truly international reach across Europe, the Middle East and Asia means we are also regarded as one of the leading law firms for US companies in the TMC sector looking to expand internationally, either through M&A or overseas investment. As you plan your expansion, we are able to advise on all of your M&A, intellectual property, real estate, litigation, commercial, HR, immigration and tax requirements.

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Areas of expertise

  • Adtech

    This rapidly-evolving sector sees businesses across the world focusing on how to take advantage of the opportunity to grab a larger share of the $500 billion advertising industry and to manage the transition from desktop to a more fragmented mobile device-centred ad ecosystem. We understand this complex ecosystem and the main business challenges facing the adtech sector. Our TMC specialists regularly advise on:

    • M&A and equity financings
    • International corporate restructurings
    • Data protection and privacy
    • Optimisation of commercial contracts
    • Employment and employee incentives
    • Tax

    As well as adtech our broader team provides a comprehensive service to clients in more traditional advertising and marketing areas.

    View all our Adtech experts
  • Advertising & marketing

    Backed by the firm’s first class IP practice, the group’s advertising and marketing contractual, pre-clearance, regulatory and disputes work is highly regarded in this sector. The team regularly handles cross-jurisdictional matters.

    With the converged world of digital media in which we now live, our unrivalled tech practice means that we understand the complexities of digital advertising and marketing better than most. Indeed, our adtech specialists provide a full service in this developing space.

    Acting for both advertisers and agencies gives us a detailed understanding of the issues on both sides of the table. Our experience in advising advertisers is diverse, covering every major industry sector. We advise agencies on both transactional and content-related work as well as disputes.

    View all our Advertising & marketing experts
  • Broadcasting

    Our Broadcasting practice provides services across the sector with clients ranging from broadcasters, communications networks and service providers to online and on-demand operators, satellite and cable operators.
    We advise on commercial agreements for film, radio and television and provide advice on regulatory compliance and rights administration. We also deal with all operational aspects of the media industry, such as network and technology-related agreements, as well as technical issues such as the acquisition of conditional access technology and contracts relating to the satellite industry. We advise on media financing, providing advice on both traditional and more innovative funding mechanisms and structures.

    View all our Broadcasting experts
  • Cloud services & infrastructure

    As with so many technology-driven areas, Cloud services presents a series of benefits (eg, cost savings and increased agility, flexibility and scalability), but also a series of complex legal challenges – for example, security, data protection, loss of/ portability of data, service availability, putting data/ IP in the Cloud, regulation, insurance and certification.
    The Cloud market is a key focus for our Technology, Media and Communications practice. We advise a large number of businesses providing core services via Cloud platforms as well as large-scale users of Cloud infrastructure.
    Our Cloud team regularly advises:

    • Owners and operators of large-scale data centres on all arrangements around their business from raising finance, acquiring sites, leasing, construction, through to wholesale, retail and co-location (including modular) customer agreements.
    • Providers of co-location services on customer terms, service levels, IP, supply agreements, data protection and other areas.
    • Resellers and virtual data centre/ Cloud businesses on numerous projects and related legal issues including relevant regulation.
    • On data protection issues around the use and provision of Cloud services.
    • Large-scale and SME customers on the procurement of Cloud services including advice on data protection, financial service regulation, service levels, resilience, security and contracts generally.
    • Cloud businesses on customer licensing and service terms.
    • On telecoms regulatory issues.
    • On investments, acquisitions and disposals in the Cloud market.

    View all our Cloud services & infrastructure experts
  • Communications

    The Communications market is undergoing significant change. Smartphones continue to drive extraordinary growth in mobile usage and internet of things applications are forecast to drive similar growth in mobile data traffic. The increasing communications demands of the digital community and society as a whole makes continued investment in network technology, across fixed, mobile and satellite, as important as ever.

    In parallel, new communications technologies are enabling OTT and other providers to better compete with operators who in turn are diversifying their product offerings, in areas such as content and payments, in an effort to increase revenue.

    Taylor Wessing’s Communications group has the expertise to help providers with the broad range of transactions and issues they encounter in this dynamic space. Our cross-discipline group includes specialist corporate, commercial, media, IP (including patents), regulatory/competition, privacy, financial services and disputes lawyers, all with deep experience of working within the sector.

    As well as working with providers, we work with financial institutions, media businesses and other companies on their communications requirements, whether in relation to a network service or mobilisation strategy.

    View all our Communications experts
  • Edtech

    Within Technology, the education sector is one where we are seeing the greatest pace of change, with innovation bringing learning solutions to millions of people globally. Our Edtech team works with large multi-national educational publishers, large technology platforms, institutions, and also early-stage innovators. This breadth of focus exposes us to cutting edge technologies and disruptive models across the market. Work includes:

    • Strategic advice to educational publishers on the transition to digital publishing and platform businesses.
    • Partnerships and joint ventures between technology-driven educational businesses and institutions across the globe.
    • Investments and acquisitions by funds and corporate investors in the space.
    • Development and leverage of Learning Management Systems.
    • Remote learning technologies.
    • Data protection issues, in particular around children.
    • User generated content risks.
    • Adaptive learning models and ensuring efficacy.
    • Intellectual property advice on content licensing and distribution.

    View all our Edtech experts
  • Enterprise technology

    We provide a full range of legal services to enterprise technology businesses. Our clients range from start-ups to listed companies developing and implementing a full range of applications from CRM to e-procurement, from web conferencing to project management tools, and so on. We have extensive experience of advising companies in this space and our international TMC team’s services include:

    • M&A and equity financings
    • IP and data protection
    • Commercial and IT agreements
    • Employee and employee incentives
    • Regulation

    View all our Enterprise technology experts
  • Fintech
  • Games & interactive entertainment

    The Games and Interactive Entertainment group works with businesses throughout the sector from well-known global brands to SMEs and includes a number of publishers and developers. The team includes specialists from across the firm including IP, commercial, finance, data protection, corporate, tax and employment, and is truly international with team members in the UK, Germany, France, Eastern Europe, Singapore and China. We regularly advise on:

    • Game finance and development
    • Content licensing and clearance
    • Payment platforms
    • Software and platform licences
    • Brand protection
    • Advertising and promotion including prize contests
    • Privacy and data protection
    • Anti-piracy
    • M&A and equity financings
    • Dispute resolution

    We are also well placed when it comes to convergence in the games sector, particularly in respect of social gaming and gambling. This is bolstered by our strong international eGaming and Gambling Group.

    View all our Games & interactive entertainment experts
  • Healthtech
  • Music

    We act for several leading organisations within the music industry, including collecting societies, music publishers and industry associations. We also act for labels, songwriters and performers. We represent users of music, such as publishers, advertisers, broadcasters, digital service providers, start-ups and platforms.
    Our practice focuses on licensing, disputes, buying and selling music companies and catalogues, intermediary liability and estate management. ‎Our advice is based on our copyright, technology and corporate expertise and our long-standing industry experience. We have litigators and corporate lawyers who specialise in this area and we are experienced in working with clients and matters of all sizes.

    View all our Music experts
  • Publishing

    We have one of the largest teams of international lawyers with real knowledge and expertise in the media and publishing sector. This highly respected group spans the industry spectrum, with clients including prestigious book, magazine, newspaper and music publishers, industry organisations, collecting societies, technology and new media companies, and individual authors, artists and musicians, and varying from multinational organisations to technology start-ups. We act for many of our media clients on an international scale. We are one of the few firms globally that can truly offer an integrated, cross-border media capability.
    We provide a full range of legal services to our clients in the publishing sector including notably:

    • IP protection (include trade marks and copyright)
    • M&A and equity financings
    • Commercial agreements
    • IT services
    • Employment
    • Tax
    • Media law
    • Social media

    View all our Publishing experts
  • TechFocus
  • eCommerce

    Online and mobile sales have increased exponentially in the last decade, but the rapid growth of this sector brings a number of regulatory and other legal challenges, including those relating to data protection and consumer laws, consumer products and payment services regulations.
    We have worked with companies in the eCommerce sector for many years, and developed a truly international practice with an in-depth knowledge of the sector and the specific challenges eCommerce companies can face. We are able to apply our expert knowledge to help clients get their products and services to launch, solve operational issues and deal with ongoing compliance challenges.
    We advise eCommerce business on a full range of legal services including M&A and equity financings, IP, data protection, raising finance, employment and tax, but particular areas of eCommerce expertise include:

    • consumer and other laws relating to marketing and sales platforms
    • terms and conditions of sale
    • privacy policies and data protection laws
    • supply chain and distribution contracts
    • website and mobile app development contracts
    • mobile payment technologies
    • mobile-based fraud detection technologies

    View all our eCommerce experts
  • eGaming & gambling

    The market-leading eGaming and Gambling group works with international brands including global operators, software businesses as well as entrepreneurs and SMEs in the sector. This exposes us to innovative and novel business models and we are one of the few international firms with a true focus on this market. The team regularly works with clients based in key eGaming and Gambling hubs including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Malta and the UK. We regularly advise on:

    • Regulatory and licensing issues for online platforms
    • White-label projects between operators and publishers
    • Content licensing and clearances (including in respect of branded slot games)
    • Expansion into the US market through tie-ups with land-based casinos
    • Spread betting and binary platforms
    • Brand protection
    • Advertising and promotion including prize contests
    • Privacy and data protection
    • Affiliate networks
    • Dispute resolution

    Read the latest issue of TW Play – our regular update for the games & gambling sectors

    View all our eGaming & gambling experts

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Comment

To raise the bar on improving UK businesses' cyber security capability, businesses should work with the government. They cannot, and should not, deal with this alone. The government needs to help people and businesses understand the current threat.

Paul Glass

Partner | London
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Crucially, the new licence regime removes the tax benefit of being registered in a low-taxation jurisdiction.

Graham Hann

Partner | London
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