Information Technology & Gaming

Technology is constantly changing the way in which businesses and organisations operate, and even the way in which business is being carried out. The pace at which these changes are taking place has resulted in new and increased complexities that require careful risk management and expert guidance from lawyers.

Teacher Stern’s commercial lawyers are experts in the complexities of technology, outsourcing and procurement. When combined with our in-depth knowledge of the technology and gaming sector, and our creative approach to problem solving, that expertise enables us to deliver proactive and user-friendly solutions to our clients.

Our clients include both IT suppliers and users and range from start-ups to major multinational, European, FTSE 100 and AIM listed companies. They are involved in various technology related arenas including digital media, telecommunications, satellite channels and financial IT services to name but a few.

We regularly advise clients on matters ranging from:

  • technology procurement, software development and licensing;
  • technology ownership structures, including the impact of the use of open source software;
  • internet and e-commerce;
  • gaming (including online gaming);outsourcing projects (IT, HR or business process);
  • technology platforms and white label products;
  • back-end technology services;
  • escrow arrangements for source code;
  • systems integration;
  • financial software systems; and
  • data protection and data privacy – particularly cross-border issues arising in relation to the collection of data via online and mobile business channels.

As well as advising on commercial issues relating to information technology, our commercial team works closely with other teams in the firm to advise on matters ranging from buying and selling companies within the IT and eGaming sectors, joint ventures, financing, investment and employment.

Representative Information Technology & Gaming Work

Examples of our team’s information technology & gaming work include:

  • Advised on structuring all commercial agreements for eGaming companies with its operators and content providers (RGS platforms).
  • Advised a European bank in connection with a number of IT contracts it was entering into with third parties.
  • Advised a financial software provider on the development and licensing of its payment technology software into banks, as well as in respect of software maintenance contracts relating to that technology.
  • Advised a telecommunications provider in connection with numerous commercial negotiations with telecom wholesalers, end users and its channel.
  • Advised numerous financial data companies on their licencing terms and arrangements with end users.
  • Advised a major outsourcing services provider in relation to the provision of outsourced software, IT services and data management services with a number of international advertising trade bodies.
  • Advised numerous software vendors in relation to master licence agreements, development agreements, reserve time arrangements, service level agreements and service credit provisions (for breach), support and maintenance terms, a purchase order procurement structure and a global affiliates programme.
  • Advised a global hosting centre and co-location space provider in negotiating its commercial contracts.

Key contacts:

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Martine Nathan

Partner Corporate and Commercial
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2362

Biography

Martine acts and advises in relation to all aspects of corporate and commercial work. She heads our Technology and Communications Group and is also a certified data protection practitioner.

Martine is ranked as an expert in the Legal 500 and praised as being “acutely commercial”.

Martine specialises in non-contentious information technology / intellectual property work with an emphasis on e-commerce (especially online gaming), emerging technologies, payment and media/data platforms.  Martine has provided legal advice (both as commercial counsel and on transactional work) to very many entities within the on-line gaming services sector. A number of these clients engage Teacher Stern on a ‘retained’ basis and as such we undertake their complex commercial negotiations, acting as their “in-house” counsel.

Martine also provides data protection advice, acts on the sale and purchase of private companies, structures shareholder arrangements, joint ventures, advises on software contracts, and related services, outsourcing, shared service arrangements, data services, reorganisations and all complex commercial negotiations.

Further examples of work for Teacher Stern includes:

· acting for the founders and management on the sale of the Genius Sports Group (a global leader in sports data technology) to funds advised by Apax Partners (private equity);

· advising Brambles plc (Australian listed entity) on its acquisition of Airworld Containers Limited;

· leading (for a fully listed plc) its European legal team on its acquisition of a group of pan European companies;

· advising a sports data entity on the sale of its Asian operations;

· buying and selling telecom channel and energy resale partners and structuring resell business models;

· negotiating the transfer of a media delivery platform and business asset purchase;

· acting for Recall Limited on its acquisition of C21 Data Management Services (Scotland);

· acting for a booking platform company in raising private equity monies and documenting investment terms;

· selling a chain of health clubs;

· acting on the global procurement of financial software to international banks;

· advising the selling shareholders of the Made Simple Group (business products and services for  start ups and small companies) to Moneypenny Limited;

· acting for Corona Corporate Solutions Limited (print/copy and digital solutions) in connection with its acquisition programme including the acquisitions of Copylogic Limited, Bureautech Limited and CBE Solutions Limited;

· advising Eyecon Alderney Limited (online gaming slots software) on its  commercial negotiations with gaming operators and acting for its shareholders on their sale to Playtech plc;

· advising technology providers and licensees on all agreements ancillary to technology; evaluation agreements, maintenance and support arrangements, acceptance test procedures, integration, escrow arrangements, service level agreements (and credits for breach) and hosting; and

· providing data protection mapping, audits and GDPR compliance reviews, including training to clients.

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