Alex Shandro


Alex advises on technology, IP and data focused commercial arrangements.

This includes IP and data rich transactions, such as collaborations, licenses, service agreements, and technology development agreements, as well as strategic advisory matters. Alex also advises on the technology, IP and data aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures. Alex works across all sectors, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences.

Alex is recognised as a leading expert in the legal issues arising from AI, having advised on AI related matters for many years. He is a specialist in the IP and data issues arising from AI, as well as the range of AI related contracts across the ‘buy / build / collaborate’ spectrum. He is currently bringing this expertise to a large number of clients across advisory, contracting and compliance matters. In particular, Alex is providing cutting edge advice on novel contractual protections to mitigate the range of IP, data and compliance risks raised by generative AI. Alex also advises on AI-specific risks in M&A transactions and private capital investments.


Representative matters

Core member of A&O Shearman’s AI Working Group, a syndicate of 70+ global businesses on which A&O Shearman is advising on the safe deployment of generative AI across US, EU and UK laws. Alex leads the IP and contracting aspects of this advice.

A global pharmaceutical company on various contracts for building, using and licensing generative AI systems. Alex advised on novel contract terms for mitigating generative AI-specific risks across a range of use cases.

Funds raised by Apax Partners on the AI-specific, IP and technology aspects of their £700m acquisition of a data-rich consumer trends forecasting business. Alex led a strategic, forward-looking assessment of potential risks arising from the use of the target’s data to build generative AI models.

A global pharmaceutical company on the IP, technology and separation aspects of its $550m carve-out and divestment of its global consumer healthcare business.

A global financial institution on the strategic design of its AI governance framework, together with a range of contracts for licensing generative AI systems and their outputs.

Zendesk on the AI-specific, IP and data aspects of its acquisition of Ultimate, a business operating an AI customer support automation platform.

A multinational telecommunications company on the £34.5bn merger of Virgin Media and O2 and in particular the business-critical long-term technology service agreements between the merged business and each shareholder.

Partnership on AI on the their AI Safety Protocols for model developers.

Four of the leading AI drug discovery companies on their respective collaboration agreements with pharma companies to discover new drugs. Alex is part of A&O Shearman’s market-leading team on these high value bespoke transactions.

Kyowa Kirin on the IP and separation aspects of, and the licensing and distribution arrangements required to facilitate, a collaboration with Grünenthal in relation to Kyowa Kirin’s established medicines portfolio.

Leading AI research company on its collaboration with a leading chip designer for the evaluation of machine learning chips.

TP ICAP on licensing arrangements for market data generated by its broking businesses.

A group telecommunications companies on the technology services agreements required in connection with a joint venture between LG, Telefónica and InfraVia Capital Partners to build a new fibre network to up to 7 million homes in the UK.

Exponent on the IP, technology, and data aspects of its acquisition of a specialty ingredients business headquartered in the US, and ongoing commercial arrangements between the acquired company and the seller.

Pro bono

Advising an international children’s charity on its partnership agreements with fundraising partners.

Mentoring young people through the firm’s award-winning Smart Start programme.

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Speaker, Generative AI in Pharma, ACMA Council, March 2024
  • Panel Chair, AI and Data, TechBio, November 2023
  • Guest Speaker, Models for Technology Innovation, Nigeria Bar Association, June 2023


  • Rising Star, Managing IP, 2022 & 2023



Solicitor, England and Wales,  2012


BA (Double First), Modern History & Modern Languages, Keble College, Oxford University, 2007

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP, 2008

LPC (Distinction), The College Of Law, London, 2009 


English, French
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.