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A tech-entwined world necessarily puts focus on technology companies and the opportunities that arise with them. TMT Talk, the Global TMT industry podcast, will help you navigate and prioritize via insights from top legal advisers in strategic technology markets. We’ll go into the issues, how they affect businesses, society, and the way players deal with them.

You can find current episodes (and subscription links) here. A brief description of each episode follows below and we hope you enjoy them:

Episode 26: California Privacy Rights Act – What You Need to Consider

On 3 November 2020, California passed the California Privacy Rights Acts, which widens the scope of responsibility of businesses when it comes to data privacy and will take effect in two stages. Companies should now take time to examine what they can do to reduce the risk to their businesses around new rules for personal information of employees and business contacts and other issues such as enforcement. This episode of TMT Talk provides an understanding of how it has changed California’s current privacy laws. Listen in to Lothar DetermannTeresa MichaudAndrea Tovar, and Helena Engfeldt as they have an insightful discussion on the larger litigation context that surrounds CPRA, its privacy and compliance aspects, and what clients need to do and focus on in light of this new law.

Episode 25: Navigating though Data Centres and Tax

Data centers have become essential to most businesses in the tech industry and setting these up involves several complex aspects, not least of which is the tax component. To tackle this, TMT Talk brings you the technical tax expertise of Kate AlexanderMichiel Kloes, and Hub Stolker. Our panel of experts delve into how to consider set up in terms of tax, proactive interactions with tax authorities, how to mitigate the risks of tax disputes, and how to manage such tax disputes – all in the context of data centres.

Episode 24: Tech M&A deals in the new world

The pandemic has affected us all for most of 2020. It is important to consider how businesses and governments have reacted to this long-term threat and how these responses have influenced global market trends. This episode of TMT Talk specifically focuses on how these recent trends that have affected the M&A activity in the tech industry. Join Raffaele GiardaLeif KingSze Shing Tan, and William Holder as they share insights on technology related M&A developments in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

Episode 23: User Generated Content

Technology has facilitated ever-increasing content creation and with this benefit comes less-than-desirable phenomena, like fake news and defamatory content. This, along with the opportunities and challenges that user-generated content creates for the tech industry, has made the regulation of online content a global hot topic. In this episode of TMT Talk, Carolina PardoJanet MackenzieLawrence LeeLex Kuo, and Gabriela Paiva-Morette discuss the trends and recent updates on the measures employed worldwide to tackle this issue.

Episode 22: Brexit for Tech Companies

The rules for the new UK-EU relationship following Brexit will be fully implemented by 1 January 2021. With the deadline fast approaching, now is the time to discuss the status and likelihood of a deal, given its inevitable effects on TMT companies. In this episode of TMT Talk, Lothar DetermannTony HaqueAlex Lumley, and Jessica Mutton offer their expert views on what the TMT industry can expect from Brexit from a trade, regulatory, employment and immigration perspective.

Episode 21: Foreign Direct Investment

The US Department of Treasury issued the final CFIUS/FIRRMA regulations on its foreign investment on 13 January 2020, effective 13 February 2020. While it is far from the only country that has re-examined its stance on foreign direct investment, this move by one of the biggest economies worldwide has made a discussion on the topic timely, if not necessary. In this episode of TMT Talk, Lothar DetermannAnahita Thoms, and Rod Hunter share their views on the policies that different countries employ to tackle the question of foreign direct investment, how these policies reflect a tech-intensive world, and what tech companies now need to consider in light of this emergent form of globalization.

Episode 20: Media Restart Strategies

The pandemic has introduced an interesting dynamic for the media industry: the consumer demand for content increased, but the production and distribution of content has become more challenging. In this episode, our panel of experts tackle the new circumstances that surround the reopening of media companies worldwide. Join Carolina Pardo, Chema Mendez, and Teresa Michaud as they dissect the restrictions that are now part of all these businesses’ new normal, the strategies that the content producers and distributors employ to meet the rising demand for content, and the opportunities that have arisen despite the complications brought about by the pandemic.

Episode 19: Working Remotely

As the pandemic necessitates continued physical distancing, tech companies worldwide have turned to remote working to ensure the stability of their businesses. This episode of TMT Talk explores the working-from-home phenomenon from a data privacy, tax, and employment standpoint. Join Kate AlexanderMichael BrewerMichiel Kloes, and Flavia Rebello as they share powerful insights on this essential aspect of our new normal.

Episode 18: Business Future Proofing – Compliance and Investigations

TMT Talk continues to be your source of information on how COVID-19 has shaped the Technology, Media, and Telecoms industry. This episode focuses on how compliance has changed during the pandemic and what other developments to expect in the post-pandemic world. In this edition Lothar DetermannJo Ludlam, and Widge Devaney share with us their views on the risks and challenges that the industry faces in terms of compliance, what tech companies can do to address them, and how these companies’ compliance functions can navigate higher risk with fewer resources.

Episode 17: Digital Services Tax – Unpacking What Matters and What is Conjecture 

This episode of TMT Talk discusses the issues and challenges when it comes to digital services tax and its possible wider implications on global tech companies. Kate AlexanderAriane CalloudDominika Korytek and Antonia Azpeitia tackle the timely global questions that surround the taxation of digital multinational companies. Listen in to our panel of experts as they give their perspectives on what is conjecture, what to consider and where we see the world going.

Episode 16: Schrems II – Impact on the TMT Sector

The Court of Justice of the EU issued its judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximilian Schrems on 16 July 2020. This decision has implications on the wider issue of regulation of international data transfers and, by extension, the tech industry. Our panel of experts, consisting of Lothar Determann, Elisabeth Dehareng and Brian Hengesbaugh, examines the intricacies of the ruling and what it means for the TMT sector.

Episode 15: Sustainability in the New Normal

Companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector face a different set of regulations as the world attempts to create a new normal. This episode of TMT Talk zeroes in on how the enforcement of environment compliance has changed and how health and safety measures have evolved to prepare for the employees’ return to the workplace. Join Adrian Lawrence, Renata Amaral, and Graham Stuart as they share their perspectives on these key issues affecting the tech industry.

Episode 14: Key Antitrust Compliance Issues in the TMT Industry

Antitrust risks for TMT companies, as with any company, make having a robust antitrust compliance program more important than ever. And instilling a “culture of compliance” is a crucial part of any such program. In this episode of TMT Talk, partners Carolina PardoCreighton Macy and Samantha Mobley discuss key antitrust compliance issues and how they apply to the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector.

Episode 13: Data security

The accelerated rate with which people have embraced a more digital society and more tech-dependent ways of working has also given rise to challenges and issues when it comes to privacy and data security. Raffaele GiardaAmy de la Lama and Francesca Gaudino discuss data protection issues associated with telework, the inevitable increase in cybersecurity risks, and privacy and security challenges, resulting from increased usage of AI and M2M. Join our panel of experts as they continue to reveal the complexities of a technology-driven world, forever changed by the pandemic.

Episode 12: Cloud Services and the Demand for Cloud Infrastructure

In the battle against COVID-19, many countries have implemented lockdowns, quarantined citizens, and closed borders, effectively accelerating the rate of digital transformation across the globe. Our new ways of working have made virtual connection necessary, and cloud infrastructure services essential. In this episode, Steve Holmes and Sonia Ong join Raffaele Giarda in tackling the issues and opportunities surrounding the adoption and demand for cloud services.

Episode 11: Expected Developments in M&A Transactions in the TMT Sector

TMT Talk continues to identify issues relevant to the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector, as companies determine their next steps and strategies around COVID-19. In this episode, Raffaele GiardaHoward Wu and Derek Liu tackle the M&A developments and trends that have emerged as tech companies find ways to adjust in the new world created in the aftermath of the pandemic. This insightful discussion features perspectives from the West Coast and China, with increased M&A activity in gaming and content production, and the relationship between the US and China as just some of key points.

Episode 10: Government interventions in the time of COVID-19

Society is slowly entering the recovery and renewal phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries have begun to relax their anti-COVID-19 measures and infection rates worldwide have started to see some improvement. As we attempt to recover, it is necessary to take stock of how the virus has affected economies, which will be essential in helping usher the world into a new normal. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele GiardaKoen Vanhaerents, and Nina Niejahr delve into the issues and developments around government interventions planned or already set in place to help the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector as it navigates the global economic crisis left in the wake of the virus.

Episode 9: Digital transformation: analysis using the SMART framework 

Technology continues to forever change the way companies and organizations around the world operate. In this episode of TMT Talk, Adrian LawrenceStephanie MagnusIsabella Liu, and Paolo Sbuttoni discuss the salient points of society’s digital transformation. Using Baker McKenzie’s SMART framework, our panel of experts share their insights on hot topics such as FinTech, HealthTech, and e-Commerce.

Episode 8: Trust through tech leaders: devising a proactive approach towards regulation

Society’s attitude towards the technology sector has changed as technology has become intricately woven in our daily lives. This change in perspective and the accelerated rate with which we have come to rely on technology due to the pandemic has made it necessary for a new approach in regulation as well. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele GiardaBen Allgrove, and Sue McLean have a thought-provoking conversation about the shift in attitudes to disruption in the sector, how the players have begun to be more proactive in terms of regulation and the new regulatory environment for technology companies that we can expect from this point forward.

Episode 7: Protectionism and trade wars in the TMT sector

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector continues to thrive, as e-commerce, cloud-based services/SaaS solutions and various technology solutions for work-from-home becomes increasingly relevant and in-demand. Alison Stafford Powell and Jennifer Revis join Raffaele Giarda in a discussion on the specific challenges that these tech companies experience from a protectionism and trade wars standpoint, since their endurance depends on a global supply chain. In our aim to give a complete 360 perspective, this episode will also explore the opportunities that the sector can expect from trade and customs.

Episode 6: COVID-19 and Its Impact on Antitrust in the TMT Sector

The virus’ continuing global rampage has driven companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector to find new ways of working and new solutions brought about by the pandemic. Given this, COVID-19 antitrust-focused topics, such as collaboration among competitors, application of antitrust laws during this crisis, and antitrust enforcement on tech companies, have become singularly relevant. In this episode of TMT Talk, Raffaele GiardaCreighton Macy, and Carolina Pardo will shed light on the antitrust issues TMT companies are experiencing now and those we expect to see in the changed world after COVID-19.

Episode 5: Employment strategies in a COVID-19 world and beyond

The impact of COVID-19 has never been more visible as in the transformation of global employment. With Raffaele GiardaSusan Eandi and Bernhard Trappehl provide insights into how different technology companies handle the requirements and adjustments that inevitably come with the worldwide quarantine and the work-from-home dynamics that currently define our new normal. This episode of TMT Talk also looks into the future of work and explores what we can expect from a world beyond COVID-19.

Episode 4: Tax-specific implications of COVID-19

TMT Talk continues to be your guide for business-critical trends in the Technology, Media, and Communication sector. In this episode, we delve into the impact of COVID-19 on the key tax considerations of businesses worldwide. Kate Alexander is joined by Richard Fletcher and Tamara Levin for a deeply engaging discussion on how tax provides opportunities and creates potential major pitfalls in the advent of the pandemic.

Episode 3: Data: It’s good to share in the time of COVID-19

Data privacy and data sharing have always been contentious issues, but more so in these times when companies and private citizens are compelled to provide personal information and consumer data to aid in the fight against COVID-19. In TMT Talk’s third episode, Raffaele GiardaMagalie Dansac Le Clerc and Brian Hengesbaugh tackle the intricacies surrounding the data collection activities of governments around the world. Join us as we continue to provide insights into how the Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector responds to the challenges brought about by this global crisis.

Episode 2: Coronavirus: Impact on the TMT Sector and Supply Chain

Anne Petterd and Mattias Hedwall join Raffaele Giarda in a timely discussion on COVID-19’s impact on the TMT sector and supply chain. The episode begins with insights on how the TMT sector’s supply chain has been affected and how companies in the tech industry have chosen to respond in the last few months, and ends with providing listeners a view of possible long-term solutions to disruptions in the supply chain. With “Coronavirus: Impact on the TMT Sector and Supply Chain,” TMT Talk aims to provide you with a holistic view of how the world of Technology, Media & Telecoms has and will continue to adapt in the face of this pandemic.

Episode 1: AI in the time of Coronavirus

AI in the Time of Coronavirus tackles how companies and governments are using technology to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak and alleviate its effects.

This episode also contains discussion on the interconnected privacy and cybersecurity issues that come with investment in technological solutions during crises. With big data, predictive analytics, social media, and surveillance technology as just some of the key points, Raffaele Giarda, Jay Ruan, and Paolo Sbuttoni have an insightful conversation on how the modern world faces unprecedented challenges and fights against the pandemic and you can click here to listen.


Raffaele Giarda chairs Baker McKenzie's Global Technology Media & Telecoms Industry Group and co-heads the Commercial-Corporate/M&A practice in the Firm's Italy offices. He has contributed articles to law journals, and often speaks at and moderates Italian and international conferences and seminars on IT/C legal and regulatory issues. Mr. Giarda is a lecturer at the University of Rome as well as at the Italian National School for Public Administration. He joined the Firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1999.


Leif King is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto office and is Head of M&A/Corporate for the Firm's California offices. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Leif served as head of Skadden's M&A group in Northern California, where he had practiced for over 20 years. He represents clients in connection with a wide variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, activist investor situations, recapitalizations, spin-offs and minority investments. Leif regularly advises public and private companies on corporate, corporate governance and securities law compliance issues. Leif has been featured as a Dealmaker of the Week and Dealmaker of the Month in The American Lawyer, and he has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2008. The Daily Journal has named him several times as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California and previously recognized him as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in the state. He has been recognized by The Recorder as an Attorney of the Year. He has received two California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year awards from California Lawyer magazine and the Daily Journal. Leif also has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in America. He was recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star for providing outstanding client service.


Sze Shing Tan has extensive experience in cross-border private M&A in London as well as the Asia Pacific region. Sze Shing’s practice focuses on cross-border private M&A, with particular emphasis on the energy and resources industry, financial services and technology and media sectors. Sze Shing is appointed as one of the Firm's leads for the Global Oil and Gas sub-industry group.


Will Holder is a partner in the corporate division of our London office and a member of the Firm's TMT Industry Group. He is recognised as a Leading Individual for TMT (Legal 500 UK, 2020).