Cristiano Dalla Bona

Cristiano is The Lawyer’s technology reporter, covering innovation and delivery in law firms


White & Case advises as CVC buys UnitedLex in biggest-ever legal market deal

CVC Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in alternative legal services provider UnitedLex in what is believed to be the largest investment in the legal market ever at $500m. UnitedLex CEO Dan Reed led negotiations in-house. The Lawyer can reveal that CVC was advised by a White & Case team led by New York-based partner […]

Clyde & Co to support global banks-backed trading blockchain platform

Clyde & Co is set to provide legal services to a new consortium of banks and traders launching a blockchain-based platform to digitalise commodities trading processes. Komgo SA is a new Switzerland-based partnership that brings together powerhouse banks and stakeholders in the oil industry, including ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch […]


Linklaters starts coding club after asking lawyers for innovation tips

Linklaters is piloting an idea generation platform to develop new solutions to common problems in an effort to boost the firm’s engagement in innovation. Ideas Pathway, a technology platform created by software company Hype Enterprise, allows the firm’s staff to submit ideas from any device and to collaborate on the review and development of the […]

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A&O sets up partner-led tech team to harvest innovation ideas

With a number of products set to launch in the coming year, Allen & Overy (A&O) has set up a markets innovation group to pilot legal technology developed by the firm and discuss possible collaboration initiatives. The five-partner team in London, led by derivatives partner David Wakeling, has been developing two tools that address the possibility of […]

Data security

HSF opts for in-house tech to fight data breaches

As data breaches rise amid new GDPR regulations, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has developed in-house software to help clients react to leaks and counteract potential financial losses. The software, which identifies and analyses the personal data breached in the leaks, was built in-house by the head of the firm’s global cyber security practice Andrew Moir […]

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Olswang’s former CEO put in charge of CMS’s tech revamp

In an attempt to boost its legal tech delivery services, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has formed a new team focused on designing innovative ways to fulfil clients’ changing needs. “CMS By Design”, led by executive partner Paul Stevens and a number of specialists, is born out of the innovation efforts that followed the merger […]


Clifford Chance hires new tech CEO to fulfil innovation ambitions

In the latest development to Clifford Chance’s innovation strategy, the firm has lured back a former associate to spearhead its technology unit and creation of new digital products. Jeroen Plink joined as CEO of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions last week, established as a separate entity to Clifford Chance LLP and home to the firm’s range […]


DWF employment chief moves over to Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke has added two new partners to its City employment team, including DWF’s national head of employment Andrew Chamberlain. Chamberlain joined DWF in 2014 after nearly two decades at Addleshaw Goddard. In his practice, he advises FTSE 100 employers on processes such as services agreements and termination. He also covers employment nuances in M&A […]

Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing revamps office leadership in Silicon Valley

Taylor Wessing has appointed a new co-head for its US office, as it continues its expansion in the Silicon Valley. Chris Jeffrey joined the international firm in 2000, where he was made partner in 2006. He advises online business and technology companies on issues including data protection and compliance. His career started in 1994, when […]


Three firms win roles on AI provider Kira’s $50m investment boost

Legal tech powerhouse Kira Systems has announced a $50m investment from Insight Venture Partners, in what is the largest funding round to be achieved by an AI company. As part of the negotiations, Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault advised the start-up, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Stikeman Elliott advised the venture capital and private equity firm. […]

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