TMT Sector Update 2019

This event will take place on Thursday 23 May and run from 09:30 - 17:30 followed by networking drinks.

Hot topics will include: AI, digital health, cloud, 5G and IoT, M&A, blockchain and many more.

With speakers joining from the likes of GSK, Amadeus and Leonardo, this will be an interesting and insightful event.




09:00 - 09:30

Registration and breakfast

09:30 - 09:35

09:35 -  10:30

Can IP keep up with tech?

This session will explore IP protection and enforcement for new, rapidly growing technologies, including the perspective from China. We will be joined by Yongbo Li and Fanwen Kong from Fairsky Law Office.

The new world order: Threats and opportunities presented by drone tech

In this panel session, Simmons & Simmons, vertical mobility accelerators Dronemasters and international aerospace, defence and security high-tech engineering group Leonardo will recount their experience in the field of drone technology, consider some of the challenges and rewards that the technology has to offer, and discuss how drones are re-shaping the world order. Guest speakers: Dan Davies, Leonardo and Christof Fischoeder, Partner & CEO DroneMasters Ventures GmbH.

The digital economy and the role of competition law

This session will consider the future of the UK’s competition law framework in light of the recent report of the UK Government’s Digital Competition Expert Panel.

10:30 -  11:30

Program(me) update: Latest developments in business protection

Latest developments in business protection including how to maximise protecting your R&D and business plans and Government proposals to regulate NDAs.

When contracts go sour

What can you do to reduce the chances of your commercial contract starting to deteriorate? In this session, we consider recent case law affecting the exercise of contractual discretions, as well as developments in the law concerning implied terms, oral modification of contract and promissory estoppel.

The Coopetition Paradox: Rules of the road for successful collaborations

11:30 - 12:00

12:00 -  13:00 Tech M&A: Do’s and don’ts for transactions in the TMT sector

Artificial intelligence: Key concepts and legal risks

This session will explore the legal implications and risks surrounding artificial intelligence and how it might affect companies in the TMT sector in particular. Guest speaker: Lawyer and author Jacob Turner.

Cloud services: Strategic considerations and market developments

This session will reflect on key legal issues when deploying cloud-based solutions from the perspective of customers and suppliers in light of recent market developments. Guest speaker: Natalie Hunt, Senior Legal Counsel from Amadeus.

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00 

Deloitte’s TMT predictions 2019 

Regular contributor Paul Lee from Deloitte returns to share his predictions for what are likely to be the major growth areas in the TMT sector over the next 12 months. 

15:00 - 16:00

Digital Fusion: The challenges of innovation in digital health

In this session, GSK and Simmons & Simmons team up to consider some of the key findings from Simmons & Simmons’s Digital Fusion report into how smart collaborations will drive the healthcare revolution and look at some of the challenges facing organisations in the digital health industry. Guest speaker: Orijit Das, Digital and Privacy Lead, GSK plc.

5G and IoT: The new captains of industry? An international perspective

This session will consider legal and policy issues around the deployment of IoT and 5G technologies in Europe and further afield and the respective roles of private and public sector actors. Guest speaker: Ambassador David Gross, Partner and Telecom, Media & Technology, Co Chair, Wiley Rein LLP.

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 -  17:30

Is it getting harder to do business? Tariffs, trade rules and national security.

Guest speaker: Andy Lipman, Morgan Lewis.

The future of crypto and blockchain: Where to from here?

Guest speakers: James Loat, Globacap and Marcus Hughes, Coinbase

17:30 onwards

Networking drinks

Download the agenda here

Event contact

Charlotte Lindsay
Events Manager

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