TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunications

United Kingdom

Fuelled by huge customer demand for cutting-edge products and increased supply of pioneering services, the sectors of technology, media and telecommunications are each undergoing unprecedented change. Innovation is key, and so tech and telecoms suppliers, and creators and distributors of media, need to protect their investments and maximise their commercial opportunities.

Sector convergence coupled with the rapid evolution of new technologies has also opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you'll be well aware of the need to adapt, diversify into new business lines, and often to grow, while all the time complying with new regulatory requirements.

To tackle these challenges head-on, lawyers like us who understand your sector, on an international basis make a real difference.

At CMS, our global team of specialist lawyers has been exposed to virtually every risk and challenge you face in the TMT sector and with our long-standing focus on Technology, Media and Telecommunications, we are best placed to deliver innovative solutions through our award winning disputes, corporate, IP, commercial, data privacy and security, employment and tax practices.

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"The firm offers specific TMT regulatory expertise and understands the business."

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    The communications sector is undergoing a fundamental and rapid evolution, with new digital companies accompanied by challenging long-standing business models, runaway technological development, convergence, disruption and significant change to the regulatory landscape. Deregulation in certain areas is going arm in arm with greater regulatory control in others, such as data breach,consumer privacy and merger.

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    As an early-stage business, legal advice can sometimes be pushed to the bottom of the priority list, not least due to the costs associated with it. However, for a business to scale successfully, especially where investors are involved, having the right foundations is imperative.  

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    The UK is at the forefront of FinTech development worldwide. Powered by increasing competition, an encouraging regulatory environment, the development of new technologies and new uses for existing ones, and improving data richness and availability, FinTech is changing the way customers engage with financial services providers.

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    The gambling industry is constantly in a state of change. While regulatory liberalisation is creating new opportunities in some jurisdictions, tightening legislation is closing down avenues in others. Our deep knowledge of the sector allows us to advise our clients on how to recognise, protect and optimise their opportunities within this shifting landscape.

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    These are exciting times for the media sector, given the opportunities – and challenges – arising from the convergence of media, technology and telecoms, changes in consumer behaviour and content delivery, the proliferation of data, and an ever-changing regulatory regime heavily influenced by political and economic factors.

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    Sports law is a complex maze, from acquiring and exploiting media and content rights, sponsorship, branding and endorsements contracts, over licensing and merchandising, management agreements and team contracts, to venue use agreements, ticketing, catering and hospitality. The industry also faces a complex array of regulatory, socio-political and legal challenges, including a renewed focus on fairness, transparency and anti-bribery and corruption.

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    It’s virtually impossible to overstate the scale and pace of technologically-driven change, or to exaggerate the importance of working with lawyers who can help you stay one step ahead of the accompanying risks and challenges. At CMS, our brilliant Technology specialists have led the way in tech law since the earliest days of the internet. Or even before…

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