Nigel Parker


Nigel specialises in intellectual property, technology and data.

His experience covers all stages of the product life cycle, including product development, early-stage collaboration and licensing, consortia and strategic partnerships, technology transfers, manufacturing and supply, distribution, brand licensing and sponsorship, and other commercialisation activities. He also has extensive experience of complex technology transactions, including technology procurement, outsourcing and digital transformation projects. For over 20 years, he has advised clients across a range of IP and data-rich sectors, including life sciences, automotive, consumer and retail, sport, and financial services.

His data practice spans all areas of data protection and privacy, including advising on impact assessments for new products and services, international data transfers, cybersecurity incidents and regulatory investigations.

He is recognised as a leading individual in his specialist areas, including in Chambers UK, Legal 500 UK, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review and IAM Patent 1000. He has previously worked in the Firm’s Tokyo office and is a member of the Firm’s IT Board.


Representative matters

Nissan on the historic renegotiation of its 20+ year alliance with Renault, including EUR 5 billion cross-shareholding re-balancing.

A global healthcare company on its EUR150m investment into, and strategic collaboration with, German biotech company CureVac for the research, development and commercialisation of mRNA-based vaccines and monoclonal antibodies targeting infectious diseases.

A multinational telecommunications company on its GBP31bn joint venture to merge Virgin Media and O2's fixed, broadband and mobile businesses in the UK.

Haleon on the sale of the ChapStick brand to Suave Brands, and on the divestiture of its Lamisil brand across 70+ jurisdictions to Karo Healthcare.

A public petroleum and natural gas company on its strategic partnership with Aston Martin F1, including a long-term sponsorship and licensing agreement.

Uni-President on the acquisition of Carrefour Taiwan from the Carrefour Group.

An investor, in a consortium comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, on the sponsorship, IP, IT and data protection aspects of its acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club from St James Holdings.

MBDA UK on a series of air defence export agreements with Poland, including IP and technology transfer issues relating to ground-based-air-defence systems.


Pro bono

Solving Kids Cancer on a range of data protection and commercial matters.

Action For ME on a range of commercial and IP matters.

Published Work

  • "Infiltrate, Extort, Repeat - The Ransomware Pandemic" (Nigel Parker, Nathan Charnock, Daniel Rubin), ICLG 2022
  • "Get Stuffed! Are you prepared for a credential-stuffing attack? (Nigel Parker and Nathan Charnock), ICLG 2021
  • "Effective Cyber Diligence – The Importance of Getting it Right" (Nigel Parker and Alexandra Rendell), ICLG 2020
  • "The Regulators Have Spoken – Nine Lessons To Help Protect Your Business" (Nigel Parker and Alexandra Rendell), ICLG 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Tutor on transactional IP, Oxford University IP Course, annually since 2020
  • Speaker on transactional IP, IP Law Summer School, annually since 2009

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Leading Individual
Legal 500 UK 2024 (Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design)
Nigel understands the area in detail. He's able to advise on complex matters from a strategic perspective.
Chambers UK 2024 (Data Protection & Information Law)


  • European IP Transactions Advisory Firm of the Year, Managing IP, 2022
  • Licensing and Collaboration Firm of the Year, LMG Life Sciences, 2022



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2005


LLB, Law, The University of Manchester, 2001

LLM, Commercial Intellectual Property, Nottingham Law School, 2007

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.