Digital disruption

Fintech M&A: The future of dealmaking post Covid-19 coronavirus

William Samengo-Turner

After a run of high-value deals at the start of the year, fintech M&A has dramatically slowed. What will dealmaking look like in the future? For investors in the fintech market, the contrast could not have been more stark. In the first quarter of 2020, financial institutions, financial sponsors and mature fintech companies generated a Read More

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Digital Services Act – a consultation on an evolution

Emma Keeling

On 2 June 2020, the European Commission announced that it had launched a public consultation on the much anticipated Digital Services Act package. This package was a fundamental part of the “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” Communication in February and is a key step to creating a “Europe fit for the Digital Age”. The consultation covers Read More

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How to protect IP as part of a digital transformation strategy

Nigel Parker

Digitalisation is transforming businesses at an ever-increasing rate.  No matter the sector, technologies like cloud computing, the Internet of Things, AI and Blockchain are enabling streamlining of operations, new distribution channels and better customer insights.  Digital transformation is also creating new strategic imperatives as “digital natives” take market share from traditional industries. Partners Mark Ridgway Read More

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UK sets up new digital markets taskforce

Antonio Bavasso

As A&O has previously reported, governments and antitrust authorities around the globe are in the midst of a fierce policy debate over whether and how antitrust rules should be adapted to deal with rapidly-evolving digital markets. Learn more about the UK Government’s response to the Furman Report and plans for a dedicated Digital Markets Taskforce Read More

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Solving the crypto-crossword: UK developments in the legal and regulatory treatment of cryptoassets

Oliver Rule

What are cryptoassets? Regulators, judges, central banks, academics, crypto enthusiasts and many others are still debating this question. Indeed you might think of ‘crypto’ as a pun: both advertently referring to the use of cryptography, and inadvertently referring to the cryptic nature of these assets which have proved notoriously difficult to classify. Throw in associated Read More

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A European Strategy for Data – The EU Commission reveals its data strategy

Christine Kammermeier

On Wednesday, 19 February 2020, the European Commission presented its long-awaited EU data strategy in Brussels. Acknowledging the changing economic and societal circumstances introduced by digital transformation, European lawmakers launched a discussion paper addressing their vision for Europe to take on a leading role in the global data economy. The paper was presented together with the Read More

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