Technology

In a world where technology is rapidly transforming businesses, markets and everyday lives, well-established multi-nationals and high growth tech companies
trust Linklaters’ lawyers to help them maximise opportunities and navigate threats.

As technology continues to rapidly transform businesses, markets and everyday life, our priority is to help clients at all stages of growth maximise opportunities - and navigate the threats - in this increasingly interconnected, dynamic and demanding world.

To do this, requires top minds collaborating, agile thinking, a passion for technology and lawyers who are not merely legal experts, but who also know and comprehend the nuances of clients’ evolving business models.

We can offer clients our unparalleled cross-border depth of legal and regulatory knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of cross-sector technology trends, such as fintech, AI, blockchain, digital health, e-commerce and electric and autonomous vehicles, by drawing on our strength across different practice areas, sectors and jurisdictions. This ensures that all of our clients receive commercially innovative and technically strong advice.

Our tech expertise

Tech investment and M&A

We support clients with M&A and strategic investments, enabling them to realise opportunities in growth areas, consolidate their market position, or acquire tech and tech talent. We also advise clients across the entire investment cycle – from seed through to IPO and beyond, across all forms of equity and debt finance and in all major markets. Find out more about our Corporate and M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Investment Funds expertise.

Merger control and foreign direct investment

M&A in the tech sector faces unprecedented scrutiny from antitrust and foreign investment authorities globally, who have lowered the thresholds for both jurisdiction and intervention. Heightened scrutiny means heightened execution risk for M&A. We provide clients with a coherent global strategy, critical to navigating merger control and foreign investment approvals successfully. Find out more about our Competition expertise.

The evolving regulatory landscape

There is increasing scrutiny of major tech companies, their dominance, data use and responsibility for online harm. This has prompted intervention to regulate the digital economy with use of anti-trust and data protection tools against major tech companies, digital services taxes and regulation of online content. We enable clients to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape around the world to build and defend successful businesses.

Commercialising data

Data has never been more valuable. Companies that successfully leverage data can improve their services and generate new revenue streams. As companies look to innovative ways to commercialise data, they risk regulatory sanctions and value leakage. We help clients to leverage their data for competitive advantage: protecting their intellectual property, establishing commercial arrangements, and navigating regulations across the globe. Find out more about our Competition, Data and Intellectual Property expertise.

Digital strategy

Organisations have accelerated their adoption of digital solutions and use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G and facial recognition.

We support clients in enabling their digital strategies: acquiring, developing or procuring tech, and protecting their strategic investments. We help clients address the myriad of novel risks and legal issues, particularly in highly regulated environments such as financial services and healthcare.

Find out more about our Technology, outsourcing and procurement expertise and our broader expertise in key sector verticals:

Technology and data are increasingly used in sophisticated and complex ways. They are ever more critical to businesses and consumers, meaning that the risks associated with system failures, cyber attacks and misuse of intellectual property can be hugely damaging. Consequently, there is increased focus from regulators and the courts and the cost of dealing with issues is growing substantially.

We work with clients to build operational resilience, respond to tech failures, protect their intellectual property, engage with regulators across the globe and manage complex tech disputes.

Find out more about our Crisis Management and Dispute Resolution expertise.

The current climate presents unprecedented challenges for organisations from an employment and culture perspective.

We work closely with clients to address their strategic employment and environmental, societal and governance (ESG) issues to best effect in areas such as workplace culture, diversity, pay and incentives, workforce restructuring, supply chain compliance and whistle-blowing.

Find out more about our Employment and incentives and ESG expertise and visit our dedicated Culture Hub.

The future of international data transfers

In this video, from our respective viewpoints in Shanghai and Paris, we highlight recent legal developments impacting data flows and the implications for tech companies from a global perspective.

Watch: Tech merger control - global hotspots and focus areas for regulators

In this Tech Insights video, from our respective viewpoints in Brussels and London, we highlight recent competition law developments impacting tech mergers.

Featured technology thought leadership and resources

Tech Outlook 2020 mid-year review

Technology Legal Outlook 2020: Mid-Year Update

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Technology Legal Outlook 2020

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Global Fintech Year in Review 2019 and Year to Come 2020

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Artificial Intelligence Toolkit

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Digital Transformation: Be the facilitator of change

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IPO Toolkit

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FintechLinks blog

Insights, updates and news from our experienced Fintech lawyers around the world.
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TechLinks

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Cyber Trends

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