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New Five-Part Series

In brief

Baker McKenzie’s TMT Looking Ahead 2022 five-part series explores key themes, offers timely insights, and lays out recommendations for technology, media and telecommunication companies looking to navigate the latest industry developments. Topics covered include tech regulation and compliance, tech M&A, interactive entertainment, 5G and TMT as the driver of change.


Key Takeaways

Report 1: Tech Regulation and Compliance

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industry drives the rapid pace and scope of digital transformation through new strategies and the development of innovative technologies, products and services that help to refine how we work, live and do business. As the pace of innovation accelerates, new regulatory and compliance questions and considerations will continue to arise.

Report 1 of the series explores how TMT companies can:

  • manage heightened regulatory activity and continued scrutiny of the industry
  • understand how regulators will shape new laws and share information on compliance and enforcement activities
  • get ahead of the curve in protecting IP in key areas of innovation, including autonomous vehicles, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and digital health navigate an increasingly complex regulatory enforcement environment following an increase in cyber attacks in 2021

Report 2: Tech Mergers & Acquisitions

Competitive TMT companies are using M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances to access technology in order to create innovative solutions and services. Given deal volume, speed and complexity, companies need to manage risk and regulatory implications in order to achieve deal certainty as they reshape or grow their business, particularly with cross-border M&A and large-scale investments.

Report 2 of the series will help companies understand:

  • what to expect for the M&A landscape
  • how to protect valuable IP being acquired in tech deals
  • how the shifting tax landscape will affect due diligence, deal structures and post-acquisition integration planning
  • SPAC and de-SPAC transaction trajectory nuances and the impact of regulatory headwinds
  • how to mitigate risks in relation to FIR regimes, particularly for foreign investment in key tech areas
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Report 3: Interactive Entertainment and Metaverses 

Emerging new interactive entertainment trends, technologies and metaverses are creating opportunities, but there is heightened regulatory scrutiny from several angles, including consumer protection, antitrust, data and more. As the race to buy into blockchain and own metaverses and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) heats up, companies will need to buy content, tools, tech and talent to succeed. On the transactional front, innovators are rolling up assets via SPACS or existing publicly listed entities to achieve competitive advantage.

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You can download the existing reports in the series and find out more details about the upcoming reports here.

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Carolina Pardo joined Baker McKenzie in 1994 and is a Partner of the Firm since 2008. She is currently a member of the Global Steering Committee for the Firm’s TMT industry group and of the Global Steering Committee for the Firm’s Investigation, Compliance and Ethics Group. She was a member of the Global Steering Committee for the Firm’s Global Antitrust and Competition from 2016 and until 2020 and is currently a member of the Latam's Antitrust Steering Committee.
She graduated as a lawyer and a specialist in International Contracts Law from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She obtained a LL.M. with emphasis in International Private Law and Competition Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Over 25 years, she has advised major national and international clients on matters related to compliance with data protection, competition and consumer law rules. She has represented clients in investigations and submissions related to data protection and competition matters in Colombia and has successfully coordinated and prepared white paper proposals to national authorities on behalf of major industrial groups in Colombia.
In 2016 Global Competition Review selected her as one of the 100 most influential women in antitrust. The last two Superintendents of Industry and Commerce have selected Carolina as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the Colombian Antitrust Regulator.

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Bradford Newman is a litigation partner resident in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto Office and Chair of the North America Trade Secrets Practice. According to Chambers USA, Brad is a "recognized authority on trade secrets cases" who "is valued for his tenacious, intelligent and thoughtful approach to trade secrets matters." Bradford regularly serves as lead trial counsel in cases with potential eight and nine-figure liability, and has successfully litigated (both prosecuting and defending) a broad spectrum of trade secrets cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He routinely advises and represents the world's leading technology, banking, professional service, manufacturing and commerce companies in connection with their most significant data protection and trade secret matters. Bradford is the author of Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis, a comprehensive treatise published by ALM that offers authoritative guidance on legal risks and practical steps companies can take to protect their IP and remedy IP theft.

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Lothar Determann has been helping companies in Silicon Valley and around the world take products, business models, intellectual property and contracts global for nearly 20 years. He advises on data privacy law compliance, information technology commercialization, interactive entertainment, media, copyrights, open source licensing, electronic commerce, technology transactions, sourcing and international distribution at Baker McKenzie in San Francisco & Palo Alto. He is a member of the Firm's International/Commercial Practice Group and the TMT and Healthcare industry groups.

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Dr. Michaela Nebel is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie she studied law at the University of Passau. She obtained her Doctor of Law degree on a topic related to privacy in the Web 2.0. From July until December 2014 she practiced at the San Francisco office of Baker McKenzie. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), since May 2015 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and since May 2017 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). She is also the author of numerous articles on information technology law, in particular on data protection law and e-commerce law, and the co-author of an English language commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

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Jeff Martino brings an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of white collar and fraud related matters to his antitrust litigation and investigations practice. Jeff is co-lead of the Firm's Global Cartel Task Force and represents multinational corporations and their boards and executives in high-stakes criminal and civil investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and other federal and state agencies Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Jeff spent nearly two decades at the DOJ and his last 7 years as a senior leader in two different DOJ components. He has extensive experience as “first chair” on trials and investigations in the most complex areas of criminal antitrust. Jeff's work at the DOJ included providing technical assistance to competition agencies in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe and overseeing matters that included international corruption and antitrust cartel offenses that entangled the largest global banks and their key executives.

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Yindi is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London, and a member of the Compliance and Investigations group. Yindi’s practice includes a broad spectrum of complex and high-value international and domestic commercial litigation for multinational clients, with specialist expertise in anti-bribery and corruption investigations, compliance and trust disputes.

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Mara Ghiorghies is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Competition, Trade & Foreign Investment Practice in London and a co-lead of Baker McKenzie’s Global Cartels Task Force. Mara is a competition & antitrust law professional advising global corporates on EU and UK antitrust compliance, investigations, enforcement and merger control/foreign investment reviews. She advises numerous clients across a number of sectors on global regulatory reviews of cross-border competitor collaborations, supply chain and distribution networks, and corporate transactions.

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Stephen Reynolds is a member of Baker McKenzie’s North America Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, which provides clients with a full suite of data privacy and cyber services. He frequently advises clients on complex matters involving data privacy and security laws and serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Stephen’s expertise adds value to organizations by mitigating cyber threats through proactive preventative measures and navigating complex litigation on behalf of clients in data privacy and security. As a former computer programmer and IT analyst, Stephen is uniquely able to and routinely uses his computer background in cases involving data privacy and security, electronic discovery, social media discovery, and computer forensics. Stephen has given several presentations on data privacy and security, electronic discovery and social media discovery, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). In addition to being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Stephen teaches CISSP classes as a Direct Instructor with the (ISC)2. Additionally, Stephen teaches a course on Data Security and Privacy Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

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Jess is a technology investigations partner practicing at the forefront of government enforcement in the technology industry. Jess leads Baker McKenzie's investigations and compliance practice on the West Coast.
For more than two decades, Jess has defended companies and individuals in government investigations and conducted internal investigations involving cutting-edge technology issues including AI, cybersecurity, and alleged misuse of all kinds of data. Jess has defended companies and individuals across the Asia Pacific region since the first DOJ Antitrust cartel investigations in 2003, and has a deep understanding of cultural issues impacting investigations in that region and across the globe.
Jess has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, and Global Investigations Review for internal investigations and defense in cases involving White Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

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