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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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    Communications

    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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    equIP

    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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    FinTech

    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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    Gambling

    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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    Media

    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

    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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    Technology

    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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    16/06/2017
    Gambling Commission seeks licensee group revenue data
    The Gambling Commission has announced that it will begin to require licensees to provide data in respect of their group companies’ activities in other jurisdictions. The change is driven by concerns surrounding revenues generated from ‘grey markets’ and a need.
    16/06/2017
    Court of Appeal rules against Greene King high-stakes pub bingo
    Greene King, the UK’s largest pub chain, has lost its appeal to offer unlimited stake and prize bingo in pubs. On 25 May 2017 the Court of Appeal found in favour of the Gambling Commission and held that it acted within its powers in refusing Greene King a gambling.
    15/06/2017
    ASA rules against Gala Bingo, the Health Lottery and BeGambleAwar...
    ASA rules against Gala Bingo and BeGambleAware. org The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has published rulings against bingo operator Gala Bingo, the Health Lottery, and responsible gambling charity BeGambleAware.
    14/06/2017
    Council of the European Union adopts the portability Regulation f...
    On 8 June 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted the much-discussed Regulation on portability of digital services across the EU. This represents the clearing of the final procedural hurdle before the requirements of the Regulation apply, which is anticipated.
    02/06/2017
    Place your bets: Gambling and the general election 2017
    Two years ago, in advance of the 2015 General Election in the United Kingdom, Olswang and Regulus Partners issued an analysis of what we saw then as the prevailing public policy issues facing the gambling sector.
    01/06/2017
    ASA rules in favour of BetVictor, Virgin Games and Ladbrokes and...
    The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has recently published various rulings regarding complaints made against gambling operators. There were rulings in favour of BetVictor and Virgin Games, and – a rare occurrence for a sector seemingly constantly in.
    26/05/2017
    Business Rates: The valuation of stripped out premises
    The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has updated its practice note on valuation principles in the light of the decision of the Supreme Court in Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v S J & J Monk (a firm).   The amendments refer to Part 6: Disrepair practice note and now.
    10/05/2017
    Gambling Commission issues landmark fine to BGO for misleading ad...
    The Gambling Commission has imposed its first penalty on a gambling operator for advertising failings, fining BGO Entertainment Limited £300,000 following a licence review. The fine has been imposed as a result of the Commission finding that nine adverts on.
    09/05/2017
    Digital economy bill receives Royal Assent
    On 27 April 2017 the Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent in the ‘wash up’ session prior to the formal dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017.   The Digital Economy Bill incorporates the new Electronic Communications Code.
    25/04/2017
    Financial Conduct Authority launches discussion on distributed le...
    The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has opened for consultation its discussion paper on distributed ledger technology (“DLT”). The FCA is accepting responses until 17 July 2017. Overview The FCA has issued a discussion paper on the potential for future.
    21/04/2017
    Financial Conduct Authority launches consultation on draft guidel...
    On 13 April 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) launched a consultation on a draft approach document setting out its approach to the implementation and interpretation of the Second Payment Services Directive (“PSD2”).
    12/04/2017
    Further clarification of the Gambling Commission's position on vi...
    This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017. Overview Last month the Gambling Commission published a position paper on virtual currencies, eSports and social casino gaming.
    11/04/2017
    Are public authorities ready for the GDPR? ICO publishes Local Go...
    The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. Many of the changes implemented by the GDPR will affect the current information governance practices of public authorities in.
    06/04/2017
    Do robots have rights? The European Parliament addresses artifici...
    Background A lively discussion is currently under way in the business world regarding possible applications of intelligent IT systems and autonomous machines and equipment. Rapid technical development in these areas has spurred the imagination of users.
    03/04/2017
    EMA & HMA establish task force to explore big data's potential fo...
    A new task force has been set up to explore how medicines regulators in the EU can use big data to improve human and animal health. The task force has been established by the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), in conjunction with the EEA Heads of Medicines.