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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 43 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.

CMS is an expert in the field and the different colleagues and partners are well equipped to support the matter.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Data Privacy and Data Protection, 2024

Outstanding legal expertise. Listening very carefully to our needs and able to understand issues that are truly critical to us. Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease. Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases.

The Legal 500, TMT, Switzerland, 2021

Perfect communication, fast replies, very competent, very proficient.

The Legal 500, Data privacy and data protection, Switzerland, 2021
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12/07/2024
EU’s AI Act published in Official Journal, transition periods now known
Following the adoption of the "Regulation laying down harmonised rules on Artificial Intelligence" (AI Act) by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, this act was published in...
11/07/2024
Space exploration: what goes up, must come down
BackgroundThe space economy is predicted to be worth a staggering $1.4 trillion by 2030.1 This exponential growth can be largely attributed to the new private “space race” dominated by the world’s...
28/06/2024
AI Series 5: M&A – Investing in Artificial Intelligence
The rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence ("AI")-tools, with a particular spotlight on the success of innovative AI models like OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google's Bard, and GitHub's Copilot has drawn many companies into investing in AI to secure a competitive edge in a newly evolving market. One of the key themes in this regard is the critical role of due diligence in assessing risks associated with AI investments. As competition for lucrative AI deals intensifies, the need for comprehensive due diligence assessments is rising, focusing on factors that could potentially impede AI machine learning and data-centric investments.
21/06/2024
AI Series 4: Artificial Intelligence in the field of litigation & arbitration:...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not only paved the way for IT-savvy fields of practice. It is also likely to revolutionize aspects of litigation, in particular the way litigation procedures can be executed and the variety of disputes that are likely to evolve from the AI-realm. In the following, we will try to highlight some of the most noteworthy trends and developments. On the one hand, artificial in­tel­li­gence-en­hanced litigation methods are visible on the nearer horizon (but without full accuracy confirmed yet), on the other hand, a growing risk of AI-re­lated-lit­ig­a­tion becomes apparent which requires an early reflection and response for businesses. 
13/06/2024
AI Series 3: Supervisory authorities are increasingly focusing on AI in...
On 30 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a comprehensive statement on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the provision of retail investment services. ESMA acknowledges the transformative potential of AI in enhancing efficiency, innovation, and decision-making for investment services. However, the statement also underscores the associated risks, including algorithmic biases, data quality issues and transparency concerns that come with the adoption of AI technologies (see further information here).
11/06/2024
Enforcement of the EU AI Act: The EU AI Office
On 21 May 2024, the Council of the European Union adopted the Regulation laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence or the AI Act. As the world's first comprehensive law to regulate artificial...
10/06/2024
Cyberattacks: Practical Examples and Data Protection Considerations
An article by Dr. Dirk Spacek for WEKA
06/06/2024
AI Series 2: Artificial Intelligence and its potential impact for the advertising...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has profound and far-reaching implications on the advertising industry. This can be said for any "creative" industry, but a particular transformative influence can be detected within the realms of the advertising, entertainment and media sector. While AI technologies continue to evolve, they are reshaping the landscape of marketing practices for brands and agencies alike.
05/06/2024
The AI Series
Welcome to our AI Series, authored by our partner Dirk Spacek. This comprehensive collection explores the latest developments and insights in artificial intelligence, offering valuable perspectives and expert analysis. Stay  ahead of the curve with these in-depth articles, designed to keep you updated on this rapidly evolving field.
30/05/2024
Upcoming new Law on the Protection of Youth in Films and Video Games in...
1. IntroductionIn September 2022, the Federal Act on the Protection of Minors in the Area of Films and Video Games (JSFVG) was passed. In view of recent technological advances, such as online streaming...
17/05/2024
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act: Faster, Cheaper and Simpler Rollout...
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA), which is set to become law after a political agreement reached in February 2024, responds to the ever-growing need for faster, more reliable, data-intensive connectivity...
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Data Pro­tec­tion-Com­pli­ant Implementation of AI Projects
An article by Dr. Dirk Spacek and Julia Nitschke for WEKA