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Tech innovation

At Fuse we fuel a culture of digital innovation in the legal sector.

We identify best-in-class technologies, provide experiential learning opportunities and promote technology adoption, by bringing together A&O lawyers and clients with our resident cutting-edge tech providers.

Our hub provides a collaborative space where teams can experiment with, develop and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions.

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Fuse by Allen & Overy - a look back over what we have achieved in 2020

As we open applications for Fuse Cohort 5, we take a look back over what we have achieved in 2020 and the vision for Fuse in the future.

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How Fuse makes a difference

Experience emerging technologies first-hand

Fuse is a learning lab where we organise demonstrations, trials, events and seminars, allowing clients to see technologies for themselves and discuss possible applications for their business.

Setting our ambition

By seeking out and supporting best-in-class technologies, even those at a very early stage, we demonstrate our commitment to investing in the future.

Enabling A&O lawyers to select and use LegalTech with confidence

Fuse supports our lawyers in always looking for opportunities to deliver our projects and advice efficiently by selecting and deploying appropriate LegalTech to greatest effect.

Gain early insight through our technology radar

Through Fuse and our LegalTech team, we are continually watching and monitoring the market to understand what’s out there. We use this insight and our strong supplier relationships to inform our clients, saving time and providing recommendations depending on their specific needs and sensitivities.

Putting lawyers at the heart of product development

Through Fuse we enable our clients, and A&O lawyers, to co-develop ideas with some of the brightest and most promising entrepreneurs in this area, ensuring the development of practical solutions.

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

Meet the Fuse entrepreneurs

Avvoka

Avvoka

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.

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BRYTER

BRYTER

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.

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Clara

Clara

Helps founders with many of the processes currently performed by lawyers, such as incorporating companies, drafting agreements, building capital tables and structuring data rooms.

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Define

Define

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.

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Loan Optics

Loan Optics

Helps to streamline the primary and secondary loan implementation process to make the syndicated loan market digitally native, thus driving significant operational savings.

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Orbital Witness

Orbital Witness

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.

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Proxymity

Proxymity

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.

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REGnosys

REGnosys

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.

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Saphyre

Saphyre

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.

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Secretarium

Secretarium

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.

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Serein AI

Serein AI

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.

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StructureFlow

StructureFlow

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.

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Latest news

Fuse, Allen & Overy’s collaborative tech innovation hub, is inviting companies to apply for a space in its fifth cohort.

Allen & Overy has provided legal expertise and knowledge to fintech company Nivaura, to help in the development of their new automation technology, Aurora. 

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The Evolution of the Lawyer – moving beyond traditional delivery

Nitish Upadhyaya

Nitish Upadhyaya, Senior Innovation Manager, leads A&O’s innovation team, i2. The team prototypes solutions to problems raised by A&O staff and clients alike, exploring issues from new viewpoints. He discusses how people and culture push forward innovation.  

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Breakthrough for visually impaired lawyers

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Shruti Ajitsaria, Head of Fuse talks about setting up A&O’s tech innovation space, becoming a partner, and why she chose to build her career at the firm

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