The introduction of the new investment screening regime will mark a watershed moment for the UK Government’s powers to intervene in corporate transactions.

DLA Piper’s new podcast series Understanding the UK National Security & Investment Regime guides listeners though what is driving the new regime, how it will operate in
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On 12 January, the UK Government (the “Government”) announced that a new pilot initiative, as part of their wider National AI Strategy, would go ahead in pursuit of seeking to shape the way organisations and regulators develop technical standards for artificial intelligence (“AI”). The announcement
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DLA Piper has worked recently on many projects concerning FTTP (fibre to the premises) investments throughout Europe, and especially in the UK (including acting for Axione on the GBP£300m formation of Axione Fibre, for Northleaf on the GBP£100m acquisition of Quickline, and G Networks on their GBP£1billion fundraising as
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Following its April 2021 proposal for a European Artificial Intelligence Regulation, the Commission comes back to the topic of liability for damages in the digital age with a consultation open to the public until January 10, 2022.

The purpose of the consultation

Having launched the first part of the public
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On 10 November 2021, the UK Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment allowed Google’s appeal against the Court of Appeal decision granting Mr Lloyd permission to continue his representative claim (i.e. a US-style opt-out “class action”) against Google. The judgment brings very welcome clarification in a rapidly evolving area of
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On 17 November 2021, the Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 (the “Security Act”) was passed into law.
The Security Act will amend the existing security duties under the Communications Act 2003 (the “Communications Act”) which are applicable to providers of Public Electronic Communications Networks (“PECNs”)
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Introduction

Over the past few years, new innovations under the umbrella term of decentralised finance (“DeFi”) has caught the attention of retail investors, financial institutions and regulators alike. DeFi generally refers to financial products and services which are powered by distributed ledger technologies and  provide permissionless peer-to-peer access to users.
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The pace of movement towards cloud based service solutions seems to be unrelenting, and encompasses solutions of increasing value and criticality. There is accordingly a lot more discussion and negotiation concerning the contract terms which would govern such services. However, whilst much attention will understandably focus upon important themes such
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Background: Initial Call for Views and UK Government Response

Earlier this year DLA Piper reported on the UK government’s response to its consultation on AI and potential amendments to existing intellectual property law. The initial call for views sought to gain insight into how individuals and organisations believe that AI
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What is the metaverse and why is it important?

The metaverse: the next generation successor to the mobile internet. Made up of shared, online, and persistent digital spaces, [1] the metaverse can be conceptualised as a combination of digital layers over the physical world (think Pokémon Go), immersive worlds we
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