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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

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”

"Market-leading telecoms practice offering expertise in regulatory and contentious mandates, including advising on licensing and network sharing issues. Acts for a broad range of clients from the entertainment, automotive and broadcasting sectors on both litigious and non-contentious matters. Also advises on data privacy issues, assisting with data breaches, cyber attacks and consumer protection."

Chambers Europe, 2021

"Clients emphasise the firm’s commercial acumen, one characterising its counsel as 'pragmatic and business-oriented'."

Chambers Europe, 2021

"The CMS team ensures that all relevant aspects of our matters are covered and dealt with in the best manner possible. Generally, we are faced with complex cases that involve not only questions of international jurisdiction but also a variety of other multidisciplinary issues. The composition of the team proposed by CMS for handling specific cases is always set-up in such a manner that it is capable of combining all the required skills."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021

"At CMS, the 'particularly dedicated' IT and telecoms team 'does not leave stones unturned' when covering a wide range of contentious and non-contentious cases. With recent experience of advising new digital and collaborative economy businesses, the practice is also active in strategic technology matters in the automotive sector. Competition and telecoms expert Dirk Van Liedekerke, who counts Facebook and Proximus among his clients, leads the team alongside data privacy and commercial technology expert Tom De Cordier."

Legal 500, 2021

"The CMS team with which I work (principally Dirk Van Liedekerke) is particularly dedicated and does not leave stones unturned. It is very creative in developing new layers of arguments each time when this is needed and they are extremely easy to work with."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021

"Market-leading telecoms practice offering expertise on regulatory and contentious mandates, including advising on licensing requirements and network sharing issues. Acts for a broad range of clients from the life sciences, energy and broadcasting sectors on both litigious and non-contentious matters. Also advises on data privacy issues, assisting with data breaches, cyber attacks and consumer protection."

Chambers Europe, 2020

"very good, to-the-point advice"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2020

"very responsive"

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2020

"The media, telecoms and gambling department at CMS is an attractive option for clients on cross-border disputes and transactional matters given the firm's wide-reaching international network. Its team is jointly led by IP and disputes partner Tom Heremans and Dirk Van Liedekerke, who focuses on electronic communications and EU competition law. Technology specialist Tom De Cordier is a further name to note for data protection and data privacy advice. Other areas of strength include trade mark enforcement and portfolio management, as well as commercial and copyright litigation."

Legal 500, 2021

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