A&O Shearman’s tech team ensures that our clients achieve their objectives in a rapidly evolving digital world. 

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We advise the world’s leading tech industry players as well as emerging innovators at the start of their growth journeys. Our experience across the full spectrum of legal issues enables us to guide them through the most complex opportunities and challenges. 

We help our clients protect their innovations, grow and expand, comply with emerging digital regulations, raise funds, and collaborate with tech companies and other partners. 

We are also adept at helping them build new tech- or data-rich ecosystems, onboard new technology, manage privacy and data security matters, leverage the value in their people, and manage disputes risk across the world’s leading tech centers. 

Tech specialists in key industry hubs across the world 

We have tech industry specialists living and working in the key tech ecosystems of Silicon Valley, Austin, New York, Boston, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai. 

Anticipating change on our clients’ behalf, we're also at the heart of policy-making in Brussels, London and Washington D.C..   

We deliver actionable insights, up-to-the minute advice and access to our in-depth industry knowledge of the ever-evolving tech landscape. 

Law is code. We speak both. 

We appreciate we’re working with industry pioneers as clients, and we are innovators too. As part of our ambitious AI strategy, our team was the first to implement generative AI at an enterprise level. As a result of this experience and others involving emerging technologies, our clients have access to lawyers who bring unmatched and first-hand industry experience.  

Learn more about our AI advisory practice here, and our Markets Innovation Group here. 

Representative matters

  • Meta on a number of company and technology acquisitions globally as well as a variety of strategic technology transactions. These include various intellectual property, product, content, and technology matters related to Meta's popular applications and various augmented and virtual reality offerings.  
  • PayPal across the spectrum of its legal requirements: M&A and investment work globally including Tink and Tabby; EMEA and APAC product regulatory and financial services counselling including tech, payments, data privacy and employment issues; civil and commercial litigation; and copyright and trademark cases.  
  • SAP on the USD12.5 billion sale of Qualtrics International Inc. to Silver Lake Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and in its USD1.55bn carve-out and IPO of Qualtrics.
  • Next Insurance, an insurtech company, in its Series C financing led by Munich Re, Series D led by CapitalG and Series E financing from existing investors and in its Series G financing led by affiliates of Allstate Insurance and Allianz X. 
  • A new digital service provider on various M&A, tech alliances and other complex technology contracts to roll out new technology products and services in the Middle East, including high profile partnerships with leading technology companies including Google, Zoom, Honeywell and others.  
  • EdgeConnex on a range of strategically important matters across the world including market first data center project financings in the U.S., and Chile, and its joint venture with Adani in India representing EdgeConneX’s first investment into APAC. 
  • SS&C Technologies, Inc. as plaintiff in trade secret litigation, resulting in USD44 million jury award, plus fees, against a key competitor.  
  • DISH Network, the US-based television and direct-broadcast satellite provider which forms part of the ECHOSTAR group, in patent infringement proceedings relating to adaptive bitrate video streaming in the UPC, UK and Germany.  

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