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Clifford Chance partner takes top legal job at blockchain developer

Clifford Chance corporate finance partner Alex Erasmus is to join a blockchain software company later this year as its new chief legal officer. London-based Erasmus will join the executive committee of in Hong Kong. is the software publisher behind open-source blockchain protocol EOSIO, which was launched in June 2018 and provides secure and […]


Software giant Mozilla hires new GC from Twitter

Software company Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has brought in a new general counsel from social media giant Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.  Amy Keating will join Mozilla in early September after six years as Twitter’s deputy general counsel. She replaces Jishnu Menon, who left for Netflix in May.  The move will be Keating’s latest […]


CMS eyes ambitious headcount growth in disputes tech arm

Over a year into its tripartite merger with Nabarro and Olswang, CMS is plotting further growth in its in-house technology business to cut down on time-intensive data tasks in its litigation department. Unit leader Chris Baldwin told The Lawyer it expects to grow its litigation technology unit, CMS Evidence, by nearly eight-fold in the next three […]

Cooley and Davis Polk advise UK company on first-of-its-kind tech IPO

Cooley and Davis Polk & Wardwell have won roles on the US listing of UK tech provider Endava, which has been valued at around $126.8m. A cross-border team from Cooley was on hand to advise the company, consisting of Boston-based partner Nicole Brookshire, Virginia-based partner Darren DeStefano and London partner Ed Lukins. Lukins told The Lawyer: “For Endava […]

Withers acquires 40-strong City tech boutique

Withers has taken on City firm JAG Shaw Baker in a bid to act for more entrepreneurs, investors and companies operating in the tech sector. JAG Shaw Baker’s six partners and 40-strong group consisting of fee-earners and business services will move into Withers’ offices in London and Cambridge from today. “In our conversations with JAG […]


Featured Briefings

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Retail Risk Report 2018: Digital disruption and regulatory changes

By Kerry Gwyther 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for retailers so far, combining tough trading conditions with digital disruption and major legal and regulatory changes. Our Retail Risk Report, now in its fourth year, is a single point of reference to help retailers understand the legal and regulatory changes taking place in 2018 […]

Blockchain roundtable: addressing the regulatory challenges of disruptive innovation

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) recently gathered nearly 70 global leaders in finance, law, government, academia and innovation for a special roundtable discussion that explored the challenges surrounding blockchain regulation. Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG partner and National Head of the firm’s Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, co-led the forum with blockchain pioneer and co-founder of BRI Don Tapscott, […]

Austria: The DPA’s strict view on retention periods

At the end of July, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (‘DPA’) published its first decision on retention periods applying the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’; DSB-D216.471/0001-DSB/2018). The decision is final. The DPA had to decide for which period a provider of telecommunications services (hereinafter: the ‘controller’) may (respectively must) retain so-called master data, required for […]

CEE: Keeping track of data processing

By Gelu Maravela and Daniel Alexie Depending on the size of the operator, the frequency of processing activities, and the character of the data that is processed, keeping records of all processing activity should be deemed necessary for a considerable number of operators. From our point of view, only operators that process personal data in […]

Amendments to the Hungarian Data Protection Act

By Dorottya Gindl The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted legislation with the aim of harmonising the national data protection rules with the rules of the GDPR, and supplementing the national rules in areas not regulated by the GDPR. The Parliament adopted Act XXXVIII of 2018 (“Amendment“) in an extraordinary session and the new regulations entered […]

Telemedicine in Russia: Expectations and challenges

By Julianna Tabastajewa and Meldir Erbulekova The telemedicine market in Russia has been rapidly developing for the past few years. The advent of high-speed internet and advanced telecommunications has made telemedicine accessible across the country. Before State Duma approved a long-anticipated Bill on Telemedicine and Federal Law No. 242 FZ ‘On Amending Certain Legal Acts of […]

Structuring an ICO in the Cayman Islands

For businesses that have decided that they want to take the strategic decision to enter the digital age and conduct an initial coin offering (ICO), the next two questions are inevitable: one, from what jurisdiction should that business choose to launch and conduct its ICO and two, what suitable structure should be put in place […]

Data subject access requests: Court of Appeal guidance on ‘mixed data’ cases

Under data protection legislation, individuals have the right to access their personal data, to find out what data is held and how it is used. This right is exercised by making a data subject access request (or DSAR) to the data controller or processor (responsibility for complying with a DSAR lies with the controller). At a […]

How many filters does it take to get the London look?

By Anna Ní Uiginn Dublin­based beauty blogger Rosie Connolly has recently become the first online ‘influencer’ to have a complaint against her upheld by the ASAI. The advertisement to which the complaint related (the Advertisement) was featured on the official Facebook and Instagram profiles of both Rosie Connolly and Rimmel. It promoted Rimmel’s new ‘Lasting Finish […]

Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace (Part 3) – AI and gender equality

By Darran Brennan and Catherine O’Flynn In our Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Workplace article series we are considering the potential positive impacts that AI could have on the workplace and the possible amendments required to Irish employment law to allow these to happen. In our opening article in the series we identified gender inequality […]

China – Technology transfer via licensing

By John Chung, Le Rong and Jamie Rowlands Continuing our series on doing business in China, this instalment discusses the challenges and risks involved in the transfer of technologies from foreign companies to Chinese parties. The transfer of technologies may involve various forms. For example, patent and/or know how assignments, patent and/or know how licences and […]

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