The "technology sector" has grown to represent one of the most dynamic and multi-faceted industries on the planet. To a degree, almost every business has some reliance on technology or a technology or technologies that defines it. The speed of innovation and digitisation pulls various service lines at Fieldfisher into this increasingly convergent technology space. That's why we frequently assemble bespoke teams to address different client challenges. Having a core team with insights across the converging technology, media and telecoms arena enables us to draw upon the best of amalgam of this expertise at the right time.
Our technology sector clients include internet and mobile service providers, online retailers, adtech businesses, big data and data analytics businesses, software and web services providers, computer and consumer device manufacturers, computer and video games developers, technology service providers, cleantech companies, telehealthcare providers and fintech businesses. The sector expertise is also useful to users looking to utilise these technologies.
A high-growth, risk tolerant adtech or cloud enterprise will have different expertise needs to a governmental or financial institution looking to evolve IT adoption. M&A and ventures onto the financial markets draw upon alternative skills. As we work on some of the most significant and highest-profile technology projects for entities ranging from the largest government departments to the fastest growing and most exciting businesses around the world, we can combine the right insights and expertise for the particular project.
You may be executing a roll-up strategy on the acquisition trail, requiring support with traditional procurement and sales cycles, working to manage IT infrastructure efficiently and cost-effectively or defending core IP rights that underpin your business. Fieldfisher is in tune with the rapid changes in technology which define and impact technology businesses and their customers. We recognise that clients want fast access to efficiently combined expertise. We believe at understanding how to combine and deploy the right expertise for any given situation via our cross service-line sector specialists is one of the things that makes Fieldfisher stand out in the TMT sector.
Our integrated approach means that we work as one team with colleagues across our practice such as in employment, corporate, real estate, regulatory, competition, data protection and dispute resolution across our European offices. We have also established Ecomlex (an association of leading technology and e-commerce lawyers) to meet the needs of businesses throughout Europe.
Notable deals / highlights
- Advised VMware on a strategically important international project to roll out a virtual private cloud service across Europe.
- Advising Telenet, a leading Belgian cable company and digital TV provider, in its defense against a patent infringement claim brought by US company ROVI.
- Advised Netflix on a wide variety of global data protection and e-privacy compliance issues in relation to their European expansion
- Advised Secret Escapes on the acquisition of the German start-up Justbook