Rem Noormohamed

Rem is a leading UK expert in the field of IP, IT, data protection and communications law. With his first-hand industry experience, he brings a unique set of skills and capabilities, combining specialist legal, professional engineering and technology consulting expertise.

Rem works with all types of businesses – multinationals, listed companies, tech/IP rich start-ups and public and third sector organisations – advising their senior management teams on strategic, business transformation and mission critical matters, and helping them to more effectively mitigate and manage their day-to-day contractual, regulatory and legal risks, within the context of their business environment and the sectors in which they operate.

His national and international experience covers numerous sectors including TMT, financial services, fintech, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, MedTech, healthcare, education, central and local government.

Rem is a regular contributor, speaker and chair on numerous topics including technology, media and communications law, sourcing arrangements, change management, innovation and enterprise. He writes extensively on IP, technology, digital media and telecoms and has co-edited an international text book on communications and competition law.

He is also a member of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Working Group, tasked with developing a new international legal and policy framework for the use and management of geospatial information. In November 2018, Rem was appointed by the World Bank as a special adviser and expert on the application of blockchain for food supply chain traceability. He is also a Visiting Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Tech & Communications

  • Complex and large-scale IT programmes (SIAM, strategic sourcing and procurement arrangements)
  • Communications network infrastructure programmes (including ultrafast ‘full-fibre’/FTTP, fixed/wireless access (including hybrid)), voice & data communications network services (WAN/LAN) and 3G/4G mobile services and 5G pilot projects
  • Liaising with Ofcom on regulatory matters
  • Business transformation and business process re-engineering projects
  • System integration, software licensing and distribution arrangements
  • Cloud computing (including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS)
  • Blockchain, digital assets and data authenticity, integrity and traceability applications
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Internet of Things / Industrie 4.0 and Smart Cities
  • Digital media and entertainment arrangements
  • EU Public Procurement Regs, State aid and Competition law

Data Privacy and Cyber security

  • GDPR – advisory, audits, compliance, due diligence, governance, subject access requests, risk analysis, data management and training
  • Data strategy, retention, mapping and operating models
  • Privacy policies, privacy notices, DP impact assessments, legitimate interest assessments and contractual drafting (such as data sharing, joint data controller and data processing arrangements)
  • Cyber security – policies, strategy, technical and legal issues, incident planning and breach management
  • Freedom of Information Act – information requests and breaches under FOIA
  • ICO liaison and complaints and breach strategy and management

Intellectual Property

  • All aspects of IP rights – copyright, patents, know-how/trade-secrets, trade marks and design rights
  • IP protection, management, tech transfer, commercialisation (including monetization) and enforcement of IP rights
  • IP strategy, and corporate structuring
  • Franchising, distribution, sponsorship and general commercial agreements
  • JVs, spin-outs, collaboration arrangements and disposals/divestitures

Tech & Communications

  • Advising a £2.7 billion International food and drink client, on a range of largescale IT projects (over £100m) to transform the client’s middle and back office operations, including selection of an ERP provider and systems integrator; supplier selection and replacement of their voice, data and network communications infrastructure for the UK and Ireland operations; and in respect of a dispute with a Tier 1 supplier arising from data centre failures and contractual non-performances
  • Advising an International IT services and solutions provider on IT / software development and managed services contracts with clients, such as, a dual listed Independent Nigerian Oil and Gas Company; and a leading North Sea Energy and Petroleum company clients
  • Advising various charities on their business-critical IT and business transformation programmes; managed services and software licensing arrangements
  • Advising an Ultrafast broadband network services provider in relation to:
    • its bid for the Scottish Government’s R100 Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband Programme for rural Scotland and Islands (over £800m of gap funded public subsidy);
    • its contracts for the delivery of NGA programmes across Southern England (over £200m of gap funded public subsidy); and
    • on strategic and day-to-day matters

Data Privacy and Cyber security

  • Advising a listed Wholesaler business on data protection and data security matters, including GDPR readiness, data strategy and compliance – involving training the cross-office strategy team, business functions, the executive board; reviewing privacy policies, key supplier and customer contracts; personal data mapping and strategic planning
  • Advising a leading car brand group on GDPR compliance matters including subject access requests, breaches and policies

Intellectual Property
(including EU state aid/competition law)

  • Advising NHS England – on the commercialization of its Cancer care resource planning tools internationally. Initially this was modelled on hybrid revenue model over a 5-year terms (generating £70m) before being re-structured and the IP assigned to a $2.5 billion medical equipment provider. This is one of the largest IP commercialisations in the NHS
  • Advising 7 leading universities across England and Wales on:
    • Tech transfer and IP strategies and policy arrangements
    • Complex cross border IP commercialisation and revenue generation arrangements– ranging from biochemical, health, gaming; audio-visual, environmental, oceanographic (including the UAE OCEAN Centre of Excellence Project for the UAE Navy), solar energy, IT/software, education learning platforms, Smart City solutions/platforms to an International Centre of Excellence for Automotive
    • Cross border and cross industry Horizon2020 research projects.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

We’re a team of instinctively commercial lawyers, passionate about delivering the best legal service with our people and our clients at the heart of everything we do.

Acuity Law is a dynamic law company, with a modern organisational structure and an agile, fluid team-centric model. Not held back by tradition, we’re always looking to improve our client service and grow our community of lawyers and other professionals.

In today’s global business environment, we’re a high-performing organisation operating as empowered networks and ecosystems with shared values and a shared ambition for disruptive innovation. Not weighed down by legacy practices, systems and behaviours, we can move faster, adapt quickly, respond rapidly and embrace the changing legal services marketplace.

For us, this means collaboration, communication, accountability and a leadership mindset that rewards client-centric design thinking. For you, it means easy access, more transparency and choice, faster delivery, better value and connectivity with your business.

As experts in our fields, total quality at all levels of our business is our hallmark. This is our measure of success: long-standing client relationships, helping you to achieve your business objectives as an extension of your commercial and legal teams.

Naturally inquisitive and entrepreneurial, our teams of exceptional people detect legal problems early and solve complex business challenges quickly and efficiently. From outsourced legal support to digital platforms for data privacy compliance, we can help you realise opportunities, manage risk and achieve your best results.

Anne-Katel Martineau

Anne-Katel has built up ten years of experience in Information and communications technology law. Her broad-based approach to cases and passion for her clients’ sectors enable her to quickly grasp their issues. She is therefore able to truly address their business-related issues.

Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for law, art, and cutting-edge technologies encouraged her to establish her own law firm – MEDIASTIC – in Paris. She wishes to provide “haute-couture” services at competitive fees to assist start-ups and freelancers in their innovative projects.

The IT Law Practice:

  • E-commerce platforms: supplier and web provider contracts, general and special terms and conditions of sale, general and special terms and conditions of use
  • Legal framework for digital, interactive and non-interactive online content services platforms operating conditions: audio-visual (news), feature length and short films, music, books, photography, video games
  • Electronic communications: distribution contract for telecoms services, telecommunications equipment and associated services, acquisition and supply of dark fibres, VOIP, network deployment and infrastructure connection, and ARCEP assistance (French Regulatory Authority for the Postal Sector and Electronic Communications).
  • Technological risk and insurance: audits and negotiation of insurance contracts with underwriters
  • Mobile phone services: ringtones, wallpaper, triple play services
  • IT policies: drafting and updating policies in relation with evolutions of labour law, enforceability of policies
  • IT contracts: calls for tenders, project owner and project management assistance, development, licences, transfer of rights, integration, information management, sub-contracting, hosting, maintenance, service-level agreements
  • Business software, software and other digital content: development contracts, licences, transfer, distribution, maintenance, sequestration, management of counterfeiting litigation, intrusions in automatic data processing systems and software theft complaints
  • Cloud computing: contract drafting, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS
  • Big Data: contract drafting
  • Information system security and integrity: cyber-surveillance and cybercrime
  • Websites: legal notices, general terms and conditions of use, general terms and conditions of sale, hosting
  • Databases: protection, management of registrations with the APP, counterfeiting litigation and advice on the sui generis regime.
  • Personal data: audits, standard and simplified declarations, transfer of data abroad, authorization applications for special processing (surveys and sensitive data), legal support for setting up video surveillance and biometrics systems, assistance following employee complaints to CNIL (French data protection authority)

MARTINEAU AVOCATS:

The firm’s creation arose from the desire to provide “tailor-made” advice to companies and freelancers on matters relating to Information Technology (IT), Intellectual Property (IP) and assist them in litigation.

The firm strongly focuses on digital law and more specifically in the sectors of computer science, media, visual arts, design, audio-visual, cinema, music, photography and fashion.

The firm was founded by Anne-Katel Martineau in late 2007, under the trademark MEDIASTIC, drawing on partnerships with European and American law firms, especially in New York where she used to work and travels regularly. She is therefore able to accompany the firm’s clients’ in their European and international projects.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the firm MEDIASTIC was distinguished by “Décideurs Stratégies” as being one of the best French law firms for its legal practice in the audio-visual and internet sectors, as well as the art market.

In September 2013, the firm was briefly a partnership under the name MEDIASTIC-MARTINEAU ASSOCIES A.A.R.P.I.

After this partnership of a year and a half, Anne-Katel MARTINEAU continues her international development to assist foreign companies to secure their agreements in the digital sector in France and in Europe.

Recognized for its practice in negotiations and settlement agreements in an international context, the firm has been distinguished multiple times and has already received several awards in 2015 in the category “IT law firm of the year in France” by Corporate Intl, Global Law Experts, ACQ5, Professional Sector Network and Corporate LiveWire.

The firm also has a strong focus on the art market, its team being passionate about contemporary art. The firm provides artists with its legal advice and knowledge of the art market. The firm is able to assist them at an international level, through their agents, galleries, or even as an artistic agent.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe

Billee Elliott McAuliffe practices in Lewis Rice’s Corporate Department, with a particular focus on information technology (IT).

As IT is now the conduit upon which all businesses operate, this area of law touches on nearly all aspects of a client’s business. Along with information technology law, Billee has extensive experience throughout corporate law, including technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate law. As such, regardless of what type of business utilizes a particular technology, Billee has the background and perspective to understand the needs of that business or business unit and has the expertise to interpret the various areas of law implicated by such needs. Utilizing such understanding and expertise, Billee addresses the needs of each client and each engagement with a well-rounded, practical, client-centered approach.

In today’s world, data and the equipment and/or software in which that data are held or used are often a business’s largest assets. Frequently, that data and software is held in third-party servers at a location hundreds of miles from a client’s headquarters. Ensuring that such data is adequately protected is a priority for Billee in each transaction. Additionally, the purchase and sale of such data, software, and equipment is a major component of most mergers and acquisitions. For example, transitioning a company’s enterprise resource system and the data contained therein is often the most crucial aspect of any acquisition, for without that system and data, the plant or business cannot operate. Billee is often called upon to consult with both purchasing entities and selling entities about the purchase/sale and transition of data, software, and IT equipment in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Having adequate IT representation early in the purchase/sale process is crucial to the success of any such transition. Billee has assisted numerous clients with these transactions and stands ready and willing to assist you with yours.

In addition to her busy law practice, Billee is a mother of triplets and therefore dedicates much of her free time volunteering for organizations primarily related to children and education.

Practice Areas

– Information Technology

– Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

– Technology Licensing

– Corporate

– Mergers & Acquisitions

– Business & Corporate Finance

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001)

– Journal of Legal Medicine, commentary editor-in-chief

– Legal Perspectives, editor of student case summaries

– Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Purdue University (M.A., 1994)

– Political Science

– University of Minnesota (B.A., 1992)

Political Science

Legal Background

– Adjunct faculty member, Maryville University (January-May 2004)

– Summer associate, Lewis Rice LLC (2000)

– Legal research assistant for Dean Thomas Britton, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1999-2001)

Professional Affiliations

– American Bar Association

– Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

– Missouri Bar

– Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

– President, Maddee’s Wings

– Board Member, COPE24 – Changing Our Parenting Experience

 

Árpád Geréd

Árpád Geréd is an international IT-lawyer and founding partner of Viennese business law firm Maybach Görg Lenneis Geréd Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Over the last 10 years, Árpád has specialized in consultation in and negotiating of technology-related deals, with a strong focus on Cloud Computing and Cyber Security. His second are of focus is the support of businesses from Eastern Europe, especially from Romania and Hungary.

Since 2001, Árpád acted as a speaker on IT- and technology-related topics, such as Cyber Crime, Smart Metering and Cloud Computing in Austria and abroad, also publishing corresponding articles. Among others he is also an author and master editor for the legal part of the 3rd edition of the multinational and interdisciplinary book “Cloud Migration”, to which he has already contributed in the 1st and 2nd edition.

In 2014, Árpád has been elected Vice-President Technology of the Commission for Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (IP/TMT) of the AIJA, the most important international association devoted to lawyers and inhouse counsel aged 45 and under.

His more recent accolades include “Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Cyber Security”, “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” and “IT Law Firm of the Year in Austria – 2015”.

The IT Law Practice:

‘Information technology’ is the sign of our times and the lifeblood of today’s information society. It is everywhere, all the time – we cannot even begin to think of living without it. But behind the term lies a complex web of different technologies that is constantly in a state of flux, creating problems of a particularly multi-faceted nature.

New technologies and concepts such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device or smart grids need to be used efficiently, but above all legally. For that however specialists are required who, in addition to having outstanding legal knowledge, also have a profound understanding of the relevant technologies. Only then do you have the guarantee that long-lasting solutions can be found for your company in a steadily changing environment.

Maybach Görg Lenneis & Partner:

We are a modern full-service law firm for all matters of commercial and corporate law. Our clientele includes both Austrian companies in various branches and renowned international corporations. With professional know-how, many years of experience, maximum flexibility and more than just a shot of creativity, our lawyers apply themselves to your matters. We do not hole up behind paragraphs, but rather set great store by tangible consultation and personal support.

 

Alexandra Bessone Cardoso

  • Law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon in 1990
  • Scientific Master in International Private Law ( International Business Law , Intellectual Property and Public International Law ) , Faculty of Law , University of Lisbon in 1997
  • Graduate in Labor Law and Social Security by Facoltà di Giurisprudenza della Università degli studi di Bologna in 1992
  • Phd in Information Technology Law from Queen Mary and Westfield University in London, with integrated internship at Clifford Chance under the direction of Christopher Millard
  • A Member of the Board of Directors and a Member of the Committe of Disputes of ILF (International Law Firm)

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

ABC LEGAL is structured by tend specialized areas , each covering specificities of law, even though, as a whole , ABC LEGAL function as a single entity and each department and / or unit interacting with others. The result of this symbiosis rooted in good working environment , allowing customers of affairs handled faster and more efficiently.

ABC LEGAL provides a wide range of legal services , guaranteed by qualified and able to advise clients on all legal aspects of any transactions , national and international.

Practice Areas covered:

  • Corporate Governance, Corporate and M & A.
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property.
  • Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology.
  • Financial and Banking.
  • Labour and Social Security.
  • European and Competition.
  • Automotive and Industrial Licensing.
  • Real Estate and Sports, among others.

Languages:

English, French, Spanish and Italian

 

Ken-Ying Tseng

Ken-Ying’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions/joint ventures of TV channels, cable TV system operators, e-commerce/dotcom companies, on-line game companies, news media, telecommunications, and other high-tech companies dealing in technology industries such as electronics/semiconductors/EMC testing industries etc. She has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions having advised multinational companies on compliance, procedure and requisite applications in respect of this particular branch of the law. She currently heads the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group (non-financial sector) of Lee and Li.

A few outstanding examples of the transactions that she has successfully handled include: the forming of China Times Media Group, the restructuring of the Mstar Group, Micrel’s acquisition of Phaselink, Yahoo!’s investment in Gomaji and RIC, the transfer of the CNS Group (the largest MSO in Taiwan) to MBK, the acquisition of Neocom by eBay, and NTT DoCoMo’s investment in KG Telecomm, etc.

In addition to the above, Ken-Ying formed the Personal Data Protection Practice Group at Lee and Li in 2012. Since the Computerized-Process Data Protection Act (the “Act”) was amended in 2010, Ken-Ying has been invited by various corporations and organizations to deliver speeches or conduct training programs on the amendments to the Act. She frequently writes for newspapers and magazines concerning the amendments to the Act and the relevant impacts on the private sector.

Educational Background

Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1998).

National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Law (LL.M., 1995), Department of Law (LL.B., 1993)

Practices

Mergers and Acquisitions,Corporate Governance,Personal Data and Privacy Protection ,Telecommunications,E-commerce,Internet Law,Medical & Pharmaceutical,Employment,

Experiences

Member, International Affairs Committee of TWNIC (since 2012)

Director, Secure On-line Shopping Association of Taipei City (Since 2012).

Supervisor, Secure Online Shopping Association of Taipei City (2007 to 2011)

Associate, Ablondi, Foster, Sobin & Davidow, U.S.A. (1998-1999)

Qualifications

admitted 1996, R.O.C.; 1999, New York

 

Bart Van den Brande

Bart Van den Brande has been a member of the Dutch speaking Brussels Bar Association since 2001 and has worked at several well-known Brussels law firms.  He has built an extensive expertise in media and advertisement law, market practices and consumer protection, intellectual property, internet and e-commerce, privacy and data protection, IT, software development and gambling law.

He has worked and stil works for several television broadcasters, advertisement agencies and advertizers, publishing houses, collective collecting agencies, artists, …

Parallel to his law practice, Bart was a part time teaching assistant at Brussels University VUB for many years. He teaches a course in drafting techniques for business contracts. He is the author of several articles and is an experienced speaker in seminars and trainings. Several court cases handled by Bart were later published in a.o. “Auteurs & Media”.

The Firm:

We are a team of experienced lawyers with a background of working for several top line Brussels law firms. Our lawyers have known each other for a long time and have worked together in different set-ups. In 2010 we decided to bundle forces and founded Sirius Legal, a young, dynamic and multilingual law firm with offices in the Brussels airport area.

Sirius Legal is one of only two member firms in Belgium of intenrational lawyers network Consulegis, with firms in 57 countries throughout the world.

What sets us apart?

Sirius Legal thinks out of the box and offers tailor made solutions.

We offer more flexibility, faster service, innovating solutions and an in-dept knowledge of our areas of expertise.

 

Richard Bird

Richard is head of Freshfields IP/ Commercial practice group in Asia and advises clients in standalone commercial and transactional projects, and contentious intellectual property matters. He has a particular focus on China, but works regionally in Asia.

His experience is wide-ranging extending from R&D collaborations, licensing and distribution/ supply arrangements to advice in the TMT space, including e-commerce, internet, media and e-health matters, and advice on data privacy and cyber security, encryption, advertising, labelling and consumer protection laws and regulations, in addition to his core practice in intellectual property. He is recognised as a skilled patent and trade mark litigator in Hong Kong and China.

He advises clients in the consumer goods/ retail, healthcare, automotive and TMT sectors in particular.

Firm Overview:

We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for help on the mandates that matter most to them, wherever in the world that may be.

To succeed, we must be widely recognised as standing apart from other firms because our people are exceptional and because we are international and integrated in the way we work, we add value in everything we do and we are uncompromisingly committed to our values.

Set out below is our statement of who we are. It embodies our ambition to be exceptional, our culture and our absolute determination that all of us will work with each other, our clients and our other stakeholders, day in day out, in the way we describe to ensure we achieve our long-term aim.

We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job, whatever our role in the firm. We observe the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything we do and operate with integrity at all times. We recognise that the reputation of our firm is vital to our success and we all have a duty to preserve and grow it for the long term.

We are a people business. We see diversity as a strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We want to create a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish. No matter how challenging a matter or heavy our workload, in our daily interaction we must never lose sight of the essential human qualities that we prize.

We know we deliver best when working as a team rather than as individuals operating alone. Being a great colleague and working efficiently and effectively with our clients and other stakeholders around the world to achieve the right outcome is crucial to our success. We welcome feedback from others on how we are doing.