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Commercial

We advise leading corporations and financial institutions on the full range of commercial issues and support them on their complex, challenging and high-value commercial contracts and projects.  We advise clients across all sectors on a multi-jurisdictional basis.​

We advise leading corporations and financial institutions on the full range of commercial issues and support them on their complex, challenging and high-value commercial contracts and projects. We advise clients across all sectors on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Our general commercial experience includes advising on all commercial contracts including contracts covering outsourcing conducted through a detailed procurement process, services distribution, software licensing, development, product, marketing, manufacturing, supply, maintenance and support, white labelling, collaboration, joint venture agreements and online terms and conditions.

We also advise on non-contractual commercial issues such as data protection, freedom of information, document retention policies, eCommerce and sales law.

Clients value the calibre of our team, the quality of our legal expertise and our ability to negotiate robust agreements. Key to our success is the ability to combine the technical skills of our professionals with the business needs of our clients. We proactively help you to understand and deal with issues that arise in a commercial manner that fits in with your business objectives.

Clients benefit from:

  • Specialist expertise – recognised specialists in regulatory, tax, finance, employment, antitrust, public procurement and IP law. This means you will have access to the full skill-set necessary to achieve your commercial objectives.
  • Experience with suppliers and customers – we act for both major suppliers and customers so we understand the key requirements of your commercial contracts and your likely concerns.
  • Multinational team – our integrated team covers Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and U.S. meaning we bring both local knowledge and a global perspective to our work.

News & insights

Publications: 28 OCTOBER 2019

The International Comparative Legal Guide: Cybersecurity 2020

This 3rd edition provides a global analysis of common issues in cybersecurity laws and regulations across 32 jurisdictions. It covers key topics such as criminal activity, applicable laws, specific sectors, corporate governance, litigation, insurance, employees, and investigatory and police powers.

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Publications: 16 AUGUST 2019

State of play: a review of sovereign immunity cases

A tanker truck, converted into a bomb, was detonated near the north face of building #131 at the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia shortly before 10 pm on 25 June 1996, according to the 2001 U.S. federal grand jury indictment. It killed 19 U.S. service men and injured hundreds. Some 23 years later, in Heiser et al v Iran, the English High Court had to consider whether 12 U.S. civil judgments relating to this and other terrorist incidents could be enforced in the UK. It decided they could not.

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Publications: 06 JULY 2018

Digital transformation: an insider’s view

​In 2015, VEON (formerly known as VimpelCom) responded to the digital disruption reshaping the telecom industry by embarking on an ambitious strategy to transform itself from a collection of traditional mobile telecom companies into a global digital communications business, driven by data.

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Publications: 27 MARCH 2018

Limits of non-exclusive jurisdiction

​A non-exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of the English courts meant that the English court had no discretion to stay its proceedings or decline jurisdiction pending the outcome of related proceedings in a non-EU Member State court.  This ruling shows the limits in the powers of EU Member State courts to stay proceedings under the lis pendens provisions in the Brussels Recast (Reg EU No. 1215/2012). Parties using non-exclusive jurisdiction clauses in favour of Member State courts with counterparties based outside the EU therefore still run the risk of parallel proceedings, which can increase costs and uncertainty: UCP Plc v Nectrus Ltd [2018] EWHC 380 (Comm), 21 February 2018

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Recognition

A&O Digital Hub

Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law