Sectors

Tech

Experience

Tech is a fast-moving, dynamic sector. This pace of change presents fantastic opportunities for an ever-increasing range of businesses. At Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, our 115-lawyer Tech team’s in-depth sector experience is used to help our clients make the most of these developments, maximise their growth, and protect and monetise their assets.

Trusted advisers to Tech businesses around the world, we help clients such as ADP, AT&T, Blue Star Capital, IRIS Software and Specialist Computer Holdings achieve their goals through:

  • Connections - The size of our team means that we regularly come across opportunities to support our clients’ growth. We connect investors with investees and help our clients to build their own networks - providing key connections for them to exploit. Our industry-specific seminars provide clients across the sector with networking opportunities and the chance to hear from thought-leaders on issues ranging from connected health to Fintech, data centres and 3D printing.
  • Experience - As one of the leading European Tech practices, we have advised on more than 400 major deals in the last four years. Our TMT patent and technology litigators handled the UK's two largest patents cases and regularly advise on using litigation to achieve strategic goals. For example, they've recently overturned 100 years of case law at the UK Supreme Court, saving a client over £45 million. Our clients benefit from our full service expertise and specialist resource.
  • Sector insight - From incubation, investment advice, asset protection and monetisation to strategic exits, we support tech companies throughout their lifecycle. We help them to succeed in a connected world by immersing ourselves in the sector and assisting them in making the right decisions.

Supporting start-ups

The world of technology evolves at a rapid pace, constantly throwing up new challenges for businesses. We understand the challenges facing start-ups and provide the right legal advice to give you a competitive edge at a realistic cost.

Our commitment to the sector starts at the grass roots level. As sponsors and mentors of the Oxygen Accelerator programme and a professional partner to the London Innovation Centre, we are providing hands-on support to technology start-ups with big ambitions.

Helping tech businesses to grow

Business already up and running? Looking to spearhead growth? Success means staying ahead of the competition and investing for the future - in brands, patents, products, people and technology.

Successfully protecting and exploiting your IP is at the heart of safeguarding your business. With our multi-award-winning patents expertise, clients are in safe hands. Experience includes advising InterDigital on the two largest patent actions ever to reach the UK courts and leading broadband software developer ASSIA Inc to High Court victory in a high-profile patent infringement case against BT.

Sector-focused corporate expertise is why the world’s leading social media marketing platform, Buddy Media, turned to the team to help complete its $689 million acquisition by Salesforce.com.

A team led by tech partner Richard Goold and including Mike Murphy, Jonathan Chamberlain and Caron Gosling, also advised Liverail, the online video advertising platform, on its US$500 million sale to Facebook.

Tech businesses also benefit from our market-leading capital markets offering. Acting for more than 50 Main Market and AIM companies, experience includes advising a tech sector client on its IP licence agreements in preparation for its AIM listing.

When unexpected issues arise and a client’s business and reputation is at risk, our IT litigation experts are ready to act. From resolving contractual disputes over service or outsourcing agreements, to navigating the maze of software/data licensing and information laws, the team provides technically-excellent advice and a partner-led service.

We also have a market leading team dedicated to data protection issues, distance selling and e-commerce supported by our AdTech and social media experts.

Full service, international expertise

We help our clients succeed by ensuring all areas of their businesses have solid foundations from which to expand. With expertise in corporate, commercial, banking & finance, IT, outsourcing, real estate and data centres, dispute resolution, data protection, employment, pensions, intellectual property, FinTech, Connected Health, AdTech, listings and trusts, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's tech lawyers provide full service support.

Due to our immersion in this sector we have a wide and ever-growing US network of technology corporations and investors that either have a presence in the UK or are looking to the UK/European market for the first time. We are active in matchmaking across our network to link potential buyers and investors with those looking to divest or grow their businesses. Recent trends see a keen US interest in French targets and a China interest across Europe.

We provide clients with a cross-border service by combining expertise from across our international offices with leading local lawyers in other jurisdictions.

Richard Goold

A partner in the firm's Corporate Group, I specialise in international M&A and private equity transactions, from large buyouts through to growth capital and venture capital financing rounds. I have particular expertise in cross-border corporate advice and regularly work with US corporations and investors.

Alexandra Brodie

I am a partner in our IP team based in the London office. I have a wealth of experience in all aspects of IP litigation with particular emphasis on software patents and big brand litigation. I am also a member of numerous IP organisations including ITMA, CIPA, INTA, AIPPI, BBG, AIPLA and TIPLO.

  • Richard Goold
    Richard Goold
    Partner
  • Alexandra Brodie
    Alexandra Brodie
    Partner