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Technology

In an era of digital transformation, our technology lawyers combine in-country experience with the global skills and resources of one of the world’s biggest business law firms. 

We work for the world's leading tech companies on corporate transactions, intellectual property rights (IPR), patents and litigation, across commercial, regulatory, compliance and employment issues. 

We are already one of the most active law firms in Africa, and our teams advise domestic and multinational clients ranging from tech giants, pharmaceutical companies, banks and financial institutions to mid-market businesses, startups, scaleups, governments and NGOs. 

Local insight, global reach: with teams in 20 African countries, our people understand the political, legal, cultural and regulatory issues in the region, and bring those insights to bear on behalf of our clients. 

Our global Africa team itself comprises more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

Being part of one of the world's biggest business law firms means we can draw on the multidisciplinary resources of a global technology practice enabling us to deliver a fully integrated cross-border business legal service across multiple jurisdictions. 

This means we can advise tech companies throughout the business lifecycle: from startups that are seeking funding to established companies that are addressing employment matters, commercial and technology transactions, as well as IP patent protection strategies. 

Companies offering evolving technologies in evolving markets also need strong legal support in areas including M&A, IPOs and disputes, as well as guidance on international tax planning, regulatory compliance, establishing new entities, complying with local employment laws, and setting out benefits and company policies and procedures. We can help in all of these areas, with IP and tech experience that encompasses: 

  • Software
  • Computer hardware
  • Cloud
  • FinTech
  • PayTech
  • InsureTech
  • PropTech
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics
  • Blockchain
  • Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital and new media
  • Games and entertainment
  • E-commerce
  • IT and outsourcing services
  • CleanTech
  • Semiconductors
  • Internet of Things (IoT) 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.

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