How do you create a culture of digital innovation?
We believe the first step is to admit that you don’t have all the answers. The second is to look in new places to find them.
It’s why we launched Fuse in 2017. Our tech innovation space is a place where A&O lawyers, clients and start-ups come together to explore, develop and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions.
As the only global law firm to embed such a space at the heart of the firm, A&O is firmly at the forefront of tech innovation – and uniquely placed to help its clients exploit digital solutions in their own legal functions.
Fuse acts as a remarkable radar. It helps us stay at the forefront of technology innovation, so we can spot the game-changing solutions that address our clients’ most pressing challenges.
Jonathan Brayne, Partner and Chair of Fuse
Meet the Fuse entrepreneurs
Helps lawyers to template, negotiate, approve, sign and analyse contracts by increasing access to automation by removing the need to “code” to automate. By storing contracts in a structured format, negotiation patterns, clause variations and commercial terms can be monitored to increase visibility across document portfolios.
Helps lawyers to automate their expert knowledge by using their no-code building platform to build, manage and sell interactive applications, thus enabling them to digitise and scale their services.
Helps founders with many of the processes currently performed by lawyers, such as incorporating companies, drafting agreements, building capital tables and structuring data rooms.
Helps lawyers to more easily access defined terms and references in documents by providing a 360 degree ‘one click’ solution to drafting and reviewing documents.
Helps to streamline the primary and secondary loan implementation process to make the syndicated loan market digitally native, thus driving significant operational savings.
Helps investment banks and exchanges to reduce the costs, risks and time to market involved in the issuance and administration of financial instruments by automating the transaction. The technology has already been deployed across vanilla bonds, structured products and equity.
Helps investors, developers, lenders and their professional advisors gain greater visibility into issues impacting value, liquidity and intended use of a real estate asset or portfolio by creating a universal risk rating system for property transactions.
Helps provide a real-time and fully transparent electronic proxy voting solution. The platform removes the need for manual and often paper-based processing which slows down the current system and makes it opaque. It also offers a shareholder disclosure platform, which automates shareholder ID requests in industry compliant formats without the need for any manual intervention.
Helps regulatory reporting teams with end-to-end auditability of their reporting process, by tying data from source systems back to the relevant rule book. It is enabled by Rosetta, the technology developed by REGnosys in open collaboration with industry participants and regulators to build a digital standard for trade processing.
Helps firms to assess risk faster, speed up their ready to trade process with accuracy and eliminate redundant or inefficient processes in booking, confirmation, and settlement. The platform organises data with an end-to-end workflow involving multiple stakeholders.
Helps businesses to achieve fast, confidential computing by using cryptography, consensus algorithms and specialist hardware to achieve end-to-end encryption and tamper-proofing of data at rest, in transit and in use.
Helps clients to automate the review and mark-up of routine legal contracts using AI. By extracting data, lawyers can better understand and harness the information in their contracts.
Helps lawyers to model complex legal structures and transactions more easily and visually. It enables static two dimensional diagrams to become dynamic, data-rich, information maps, which can be accessed and navigated by multiple stakeholders as part of a transaction.
Our entrepreneurs in residence achieve extraordinary things in a very short space of time. We’re always on the lookout for the next innovative business with a brilliant idea.
Shruti Ajitsaria, Head of Fuse
How Fuse helps
Bringing early insight into those technologies likely to deliver the best value for our clients.
Fuse pop-ups, eg in Singapore, New York and Paris, allow clients to experience emerging technologies first-hand.
Facilitating dialogue between clients, A&O lawyers and technologists to better resolve common problems.
Insights accumulated through Fuse enable the accelerated deployment of new legaltech.
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Fuse invites applications for cohort 4
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