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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

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Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 33 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

Winner of the 2019 Trends Legal Award for “Best law firm in IP, IT & TMT”

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"Clients appreciate the team's 'quality and pragmatic approach, in-depth knowledge and teamwork'."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"They are really experts in telecoms. They know the market, our competitors and our business very well. They can assist in very complex and sensitive files."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"CMS’ team ‘has excellent knowledge in Belgian and EU telecom and data privacy matters’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice with the business perspective in mind’."

Legal 500, 2018

"Dirk Van Liedekerke is recognised by clients as a "leading telecoms lawyer" and praised by peers for his "in-depth knowledge of competition regulation and excellent technique and technical approach." He is vastly experienced in domestic and EU regulatory matters and regularly assists major operators and leading players in the TMT sector."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"A reference on the market for data protection. They are hands-on and the fees are accessible."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

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    Artificial Intelligence

    There is no doubt that artificial intelligence has good and bad surprises, successes and disappointments in store for you/us. The members of our Artificial Intelligence group are attentive observers of the development of artificial intelligence in their field of expertise. By coming together, they have set themselves the objective to follow the evolution of artificial intelligence in a transversal way. This technological watch allows CMS Belgium to be able, in particular, to assist you in your projects for the deployment of artificial intelligence within your companies, alert you to any potential opportunities or risks, help you to face the damages caused by an algorithm, offer you a service at the forefront of innovation by optimizing our interactions.

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