Bird & Bird

TMT Department

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent TMT practice across Europe with an outstanding reputation in the IT and telecommunications spaces. Advises a wide range of global clients on regulatory and commercial mandates, with experience acting on technology-related disputes. Expertise includes cross-border IP, data protection and outsourcing matters, utilising its excellent network of offices with distinguished teams in the UK and Italy, and market-leading telecoms practices in the Netherlands and the UK. Also assists clients in the media sector with investments, partnerships and the production of content. Works closely with its exceptional IP department.

Strengths A client lauds the firm's deep knowledge, explaining that its lawyers "act for lots of IT clients so we know they'll be up to speed on specific areas and we are not paying for them to learn. They are specialists in the area and very proficient in the legal advice they give."

Additional sources highlight "cross-border capabilities, flexibility, client focus and sector knowledge" as the firm's main strengths.

Work highlights A Germany-led team, with members from other offices including the UK and France, assisted SAP with partnerships, including strategic cloud infrastructure projects with Google, Microsoft and Amazon, as well as providing data privacy advice connected to machine learning.

Notable practitioners

Marjolein Geus in The Hague chairs the firm's global technology and communications group. Further points of contact include Fabian Niemann in Frankfurt and Phil Sherrell in London.