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The Metaverse

The Metaverse combines aspects of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. It is a new way of connecting with other people and conducting business. But like every digital technology in its infancy, how it is being used is open to debate. How does the law operate in this new virtual space? Can regulation be effective in mitigating online harms when identifying the parties is complex and uncertain? What crimes can be committed in the Metaverse? 

In the course of our work, we consider all of these questions and more.  We are guiding clients through the complex legal issues emerging in the new digital worlds of the metaverse, especially in relation to intellectual property, privacy, data security and anti-trust law.

Here, we’ll keep you informed of the key developments involving the Metaverse.

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Latest developments in the Metaverse

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Publications: 01 March 2024

Podcast: The Capital Markets Bill is law: what changes for the financial markets

The recently approved law aims at the growth of the Italian capital market and introduces rules to facilitate the access to the financial markets by Italian companies, including small and medium…

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News: 01 March 2024

A&O Shearman announces first senior leadership roles

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Shearman & Sterling (Shearman) today announced the first of several senior leadership roles for the combined firm A&O Shearman, taking effect on May 1, 2024. Additional senior…

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Publications: 01 March 2024

Amount B or not to be? The OECD’s Pillar One Amount B report

The application of the arm's length principle (ALP) is not always easy or free from conflict between taxpayers and tax authorities and this is especially true for countries with low resources and…

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News: 01 March 2024

A&O cements its position as a leading private capital firm with PDI award wins

Allen & Overy has won Law Firm of the Year – Transactions for both Europe and Asia-Pacific at the Private Debt Investor (PDI) 2023 Awards. Voted for by the industry, these awards recognise talent…

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