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Sunday, 25 August 2019

The technology sector is the most dynamic and fast-moving of all sectors and Travers Smith has been providing cutting-edge advice to our clients on technology matters for many years. 


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Head of Commercial, IP & Technology

Dan Reavill

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Dan is Head of our Commercial, IP & Technology practice and also heads up our Technology Sector Group making him the first point of contact for clients in the technology sector.

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Managing open source software risks: Click HERE to view a recording of our seminar held in November 2017, given in association with Black Duck open source software and security consultancy and techUK, on the licensing, compliance and security risks associated with use of open source software and the solutions for mapping, identifying and managing those risks.

GDPR Update: Click here to access our seminar on Implementing the General Data Protection Regulation, held on 2 March 2017. Please click here to download the accompanying slide deck.

Click here to access the Data Protection Update webinar which Travers Smith and US law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP gave on 9 March 2016, looking at the then recently announced ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ and the impending General Data Protection Regulation. Please click here to download the accompanying slide deck and here to access the Q&A article published in collaboration with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Underpinning our expertise is our ability to provide agile, creative and prompt solutions, which means that we are regularly instructed to handle the most complex and demanding instructions across the sector. Our leading lawyers cover all areas relevant to technology-related transactions and day-to-day advisory matters, including intellectual property, M&A, IPO, tax, banking, competition and employment. In addition our dispute resolution lawyers regularly advise on contentious matters arising from IT projects and online branding and content.

We have invested considerable time and effort getting to understand the technology sector and we are aware that a one-size-fits-all approach is of limited use in this environment.  In practice, the technology sector encompasses a broad range of diverse sub-sectors which have only limited features in common, but we have extensive experience operating across each of these sub-sectors.  This means that we are equally able to advise on (for example) source code ownership issues for a software business as we are handling the IPO of a data centre operator. 

Expertise in the technology sector includes advising: 


  • Oracle on open source and copyright ownership issues in proprietary software
  • Micro Focus plc on multiple acquisitions of software businesses
  • BigHand on software licensing models and recent legal developments
  • Silicon Valley Bank on the provision of senior debt financing for the acquisition and take private of Kewill plc

Infrastructure and Hardware:

  • Equistone Partners on the simultaneous acquisition of MDNX and Easynet to create the largest independent network and hosting integrator in Europe
  • 5GIC (the 5G telecoms innovation centre) on its creation and development between the University of Surrey and major telecoms businesses (including BT, BBC, Samsung and Vodafone) 
  • Vue Cinemas on the digitisation by Sony of its entire cinema portfolio
  • Eckoh plc on licence and support agreements for interactive voice response software
  • Pulsant on the buy-and-build creation of its industry-leading data centre business


  • Shazam on ad tracking and database ownership issues
  • on the cloud outsourcing of its entire web presence
  • Betclick on the "white label" provision of online gaming facilities
  • on its global sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona
  • The on a licence for journey planning software

IT Services and Consultancy: 

  • Inoapps (Europe's largest Oracle reseller) on multiple Oracle implementations
  • Firstsource on Barclays Bank's outsourcing to it of the BarclayCard credit card and payment businesses 
  • Investec Bank as underwriter and broker to the IPO of Outsourcery plc