Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT)

Cairn Legal provides the full range of legal services required by TMT businesses and for the users of TMT. Our in-depth knowledge of the TMT marketplace and understanding of our clients’ strategic goals and objectives means that our legal advice enhances the business and technology objectives of our customers.

Cairn Legal’s technology lawyers provide practical, industry-savvy strategic guidance to help our clients address these needs, whether they arise in day-to-day operations or vital, company-changing transactions, by :

  • Assisting clients in structuring, drafting and negotiating contracts and other complex TMT projects, e.g. development services, platform services, service level agreements, intellectual property development and licensing agreements, distribution & reseller agreements, software agreements, consultancy agreements, outsourcing and services agreements, maintenance agreements, support agreements, escrow agreements, OEM and supply agreements, advertising, marketing and co-branding agreements, joint ventures, share and asset transactions, Intellectual property development
  • Advising clients on data protection issues to ensure compliance in complex corporate projects, e-commerce, digital signatures and invoices, trade practice matters, (on-line) advertising, and general commercial law (including consumer protection and cross-border aspects).
  • Representing clients in litigation.
  • Acting regularly as temporary « in-house legal counsel »:
    • Negotiation and drafting contracts with cross-border(s) aspects involving international negotiations
    • Management of the relationships with Regulators, Privacy Commission …
    • Follow up of the legal environment and ensure compliance
    • Management of legal department

Some of the matters on which we regularly advise include:

  • infrastructure sharing, collaboration and procurement—attractive alternatives to M&A or divestment, especially in low-margin/high-competition mobile markets.
  • rapid expansion of mobile payment systems—making it easier to pay and be paid—a major development in Africa, Caribbean’s and other emerging markets.
  • cloud computing—bringing new challenges such as data protection.
  • content and applications—the growth of mobile data access, combined with the decreasing cost of larger screen smart devices in emerging markets, is driving mass access to content and applications for billions of new users. Protecting IP and monetising content across platforms is a key concern.