Technology Licenses & Transactions

Written by Dylan Kennet

Valuations of double digit multiples are often no surprise when it comes to technology companies, whether in Silicon Valley or here in the UK. Commonly known as “unicorns,” they are often defined as private companies valued at over $1bn. There are currently 169 unicorns globally with
Continue Reading The legal complexities of late stage tech deals

Written by Ben Goodall

The pace of innovation and adoption in technology – fast and getting faster – has long presented a stark contrast to the deliberate pace of change in the law. That contrast is greater than ever today, as entrepreneurs and established tech companies alike accelerate the time
Continue Reading At The Intersection of Business, Law and Technology: A Q&A on the DLA Piper Global Technology Summit

Written by Roxanne Chow

As speculation on the identity of the inventor of Bitcoin continues (see the article “The long search for Satoshi Nakamoto”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36168864), so too does the question of how we can widen the application of blockchain technology to other areas.

The key attributes of blockchain technology are
Continue Reading Still Buzzing on Blockchain

By Rob Shaw, Senior Associate and Ben Rogers, Legal Director – DLA Piper

Proposals for reform of the Code have gathered pace recently; on Tuesday the Department of Culture, Media and Sport released the Government’s proposals to reform the Code and yesterday it was announced that the new Code will
Continue Reading UK – Proposals to Reform the Electronic Communications Code

If data is the new oil, then the Dubai Government is keen to tap the well. Dubai’s recently issued “Dubai Data Law” (the Law) is a one of the latest examples of the progress being made by the Dubai Government to diversify and “future-proof” its economy and society – a strategy brought into even greater focus given the recent backdrop of plummeting oil prices.

It is hoped that the Law will unleash a wave of freely available data about the emirate, and encourage greater innovation by both businesses and individuals.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Law is that businesses, and indeed individuals, that produce, own, publish or exchange any data related to the emirate of Dubai, may be required to make that data available freely, or at least exchange that data with other “Data Providers“.
Continue Reading Dubai’s new data law – tapping a new well

Written by Hugh Goodwin

After a slew of negative publicity and business community backlash in the wake of the June 2015 issuance of Lease Tax Ruling #12, the Chicago Department of Finance has offered relief for prior non-payment of the Chicago Lease Tax, provided that a voluntary disclosure application is
Continue Reading Deadline to file for Chicago Lease Tax relief is 1/1/16: remotely accessed software providers take note