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Technology, media and telecommunications companies are bringing innovations to market at an ever-increasing rate. New products, services, distribution channels and content generate unique business challenges. Companies and investors must address changing regulations, innovative business models that disrupt the status quo, technological advances and an increasing need for intellectual property protection.

By partnering with Shearman & Sterling, you will have access to a team of dedicated technology, media and telecommunications lawyers to provide strategic advice on capital raising, complex cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and other collaborations, intellectual property rights, including trademark, copyright and patent, as well as dispute resolution.

Shearman & Sterling ‘s international platform has developed to serve the needs of global technology, media and telecommunications companies, as well as those companies looking to expand their business across borders. With multiple offices on both U.S. coasts, and 16 offices across throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East, our lawyers are versed in meeting the needs of technology, media and telecommunications companies with global visions.

Technology 

Artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and machine learning will continue to effect change in the way business is done in nearly every sector of the economy. Cross-industry use of technology — such as automotive technology for smart cars and FinTech for banking — allows companies to continue to innovate across business sectors.

Industry leaders at technology and software companies, venture-backed and privately held companies, investment banks and private equity funds that focus on technology, among others, will receive strategic advice through all phases of IP litigation, privacy and cybersecurity issues, antitrust and dispute resolution, as well as technology-based M&A, finance, and capital raising. Our team is forward-thinking, and constantly working to address legal issues associated with rapid advancements in the tech world and will continue to be able to meet your needs.

Our tech coverage also extends to early-stage companies. In particular, our lawyers on both the East and West coasts provide strategic advice through all aspects of company growth, including, for example, capital investments and intellectual property protection.

Media & Entertainment 

Regulatory changes in the EU and the U.S. continue to challenge the industry. Market leaders will need to consider the impact of the growth of social media and the continued mergers and acquisitions of content companies.

A diverse group of industry leaders from television and broadcasting, cable networks, digital media, publishing, film, music, gaming and Internet services are supported in all of their business and legal needs in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, finance, litigation, intellectual property, antitrust/competition, tax, compensation and governance.

Telecommunications 

The telecommunications industry will need to navigate the changing regulatory landscape as connectivity and mobility become even more firmly entrenched. A team of dedicated telecommunications lawyers in offices around the world will help you navigate this highly complex and global area.

We collaborate with some of the world’s largest fixed and wireless carriers, resellers, equipment vendors, corporate users and investment banks that focus on telecommunications in their mergers and acquisitions, commercial banking, securities offerings and other complex financing transactions, as well as tax, strategic IP protection and enforcement, antitrust, dispute resolution, compensation and governance work.

FinTech 

An unprecedented technology revolution is taking place within the financial services industry. FinTech is a huge and growing industry — a trajectory that looks set to continue. As technology evolves, the provision of financial services must evolve along with it. It’s time to rethink traditional approaches to regulatory and legal issues. Shearman & Sterling offers clients a combination of experienced counsel and a global footprint in key financial centers and FinTech hubs around the world.

FinTech provides opportunities for disruption and innovation. The complexity of financial products, constantly changing regulatory requirements, and the need to improve profitability and streamline processes are driving the industry to deploy a growing range of finance-related technology solutions. However, these opportunities are not without their challenges, both for established financial sector businesses and newer entrants to the industry. Getting the right support to navigate this evolving legal and regulatory environment has never been so important. Our lawyers advise clients pursuing strategic transactions, regulatory compliance and litigation matters that relate to FinTech and financial services more broadly.

Our advice covers:

  • Accelerators & innovation labs
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain technology & distributed ledger models
  • Consortiums, joint venture, M&A activities
  • Crowdfunding & peer to peer lending
  • Connectivity
  • Data services and data privacy
  • Digital banking
  • Financial regulatory implications
  • RegTech / Robo advisor applications
  • Virtual currencies

With the rise of financial technology, the financial services landscape is changing — our experienced lawyers are at the forefront of industry developments and will be with you every step of the way.

Sports 

The Sports Group leverages Shearman & Sterling's worldwide network of fully integrated offices and practice areas in key financial centers worldwide. Crucial to the group's success is its ability to offer clients an unmatched breadth of experience across regions, industries and legal practices.

The Sports Group represents a variety of clients in matters relating to professional and amateur sports, including franchises, financial institutions, athletes, sports organizations and governing bodies. The group is uniquely qualified in its ability to address M&A, tax, regulatory, compensation, bank and structured finance, litigation, real estate, intellectual property and project development & finance issues within the same team.