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Technology and Commercial Contracts

Technology and Commercial Contracts

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"This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills."
Chambers Europe

The Technology and Commercial Contracts Group at Matheson was the first such dedicated unit in a law firm in Ireland and our specialised team of technology and commercial contracts lawyers have a breadth and depth of transactional and advisory experience that is unrivalled. We act for some of the largest multinational ICT companies with operations in Ireland, as well as some of the main corporate and public sector users of information technology in the country and have advised on many of the largest and most complex IT, computer and systems integration, outsourcing, cloud computing and managed services contracts in Ireland. We also act for some of the largest multinational manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies with operations in Ireland.

The Group provides legal advice and business expertise on a wide variety of complex commercial arrangements across many different industry sectors as our clients grow their businesses, form strategic partnerships and expand into new markets.

Our industry knowledge is a key advantage which we apply to all aspects of our work including drafting, structuring, advising and negotiating. We ensure we understand our clients’ aims in order to provide innovative, useful and pragmatic advice and we make every effort to ensure that real value is delivered to our clients by negotiating workable, cost-efficient contractual arrangements.

Our Services

We regularly advise our clients in relation to the following areas:

  • contracts for the acquisition or licence of computer and telecommunications systems
  • cloud computing and services
  • IT and business process outsourcing and services arrangements (and related procurement and tendering processes)
  • intellectual property rights protection, software copyright, databases, trade marks and domain names
  • internet legal issues for business users, owners of websites and service providers
  • content licence agreements
  • electronic signatures and certification services
  • telecommunications, broadcasting and convergence
  • data protection, privacy and freedom of information
  • due diligence, IT and intellectual property rights audits
  • agency agreements (including advice in relation to the commercial agency regulations)
  • distribution agreements
  • franchise arrangements
  • joint venture arrangements
  • manufacturing and supply arrangements
  • professional services agreements (such as the use of consultants)
  • terms and conditions for supply of goods and services
  • transitional services and shared services arrangements
  • transport, logistics and warehousing services agreements
  • sponsorship arrangements

Experience Highlights

We are the Irish standing counsel for a large number of software, hardware, IT and internet multinational organisations and are involved in high-profile national and international IT legal work, as well as in some of the largest IT-based transactions and initiatives in Ireland.

Technology Contracts

  • advising a public sector body on the acquisition and rollout of numerous IT systems and services, both bespoke and standard
  • advising a public sector body on the acquisition on a phased basis of two major IT systems
  • advising on the procurement and contract for the acquisition and rollout of a major dispersed IT network
  • advising indigenous bandwidth measurement technology company on contractual structures and requirements and drafting suite of standard IT contracts
  • advising indigenous technology companies on structure for getting products to market and drafting suites of required standard contracts

Outsourcing

  • advising a major multinational IT services company on the outsourcing to it of the IT infrastructure and services of one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions, the largest and highest value IT outsourcing in Ireland to date
  • advising a major multinational software company on the outsourcing of IT services, including manufacturing, replication, logistics and contact centre requirements, including some of the most complex and highest value outsourcings to date in Ireland
  • advising a major US card processing company on the outsourcing to it of the card processing activities of two of Ireland’s largest financial institutions

Data Protection

  • advising global media and telecommunications companies, internet service providers, e-commerce organisations, financial institutions and major multi-national and indigenous corporations on their obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011, both as regards employees and customers / clients

Electronic Commerce

  • we assisted the then Department of Public Enterprise in drafting the Electronic Commerce Act 2000
  • advised on appropriate on-line legal models, including drafting terms and conditions of use, website disclaimers, copyright notices and privacy statements, for e-commerce companies and traditional corporates with an on-line presence
  • advised a major Irish financial institution regarding its online applications
  • advised a major Irish bank on its online banking services, including systems acquisition and security
  • we participated in the Department of Public Enterprise Discussion Group on Electronic Commerce
  • we advised a potential national certification service in relation to the legal issues of providing certification services
  • we advised one of the country’s leading banks in relation to the establishment of its telephone banking operation and advised and negotiated the related agreement
  • we have undertaken an extensive due diligence for a major Irish telecommunications company and we regularly undertake audits of organisations’ intellectual property rights

Accolades

"A primary provider for us in Ireland - the firm is very knowledgeable of our business and provides a good, high-quality product very quickly and efficiently." 
Chambers Europe 2016

"This team has worked with us for a long time and knows our business very well, so it has an immediate understanding of what the issues might be. The people there are excellent - very helpful and nice."
Chambers Europe 2016

The team at Matheson works at the forefront of IT developments in the market.
European Legal 500 2016

"Excellent depth of knowledge and a commercial approach."
Chambers Europe 2015

"This team understands our business concerns and delivers guidance in a concise, actionable and prompt manner."
Chambers Europe 2015

A "go-to-firm for technology and commercial contracts".
Information Technology: European Legal 500 2015

Leading team with a wealth of knowledge and expertise across all areas of TMT.
Chambers Europe 2015

"The team is proactive and focused on service. The quality of legal advice is very high but also very commercial – you can work with the advice they give you."
Chambers Europe 2014

This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills.
Chambers Europe 2013

"You can really count on the team to come up with a solution. The lawyers understand our requirements, get stuck into the detail and move the issue forward."
Chambers Europe 2013

Firmly established as a leading technology firm, Matheson advises a stream of blue-chip clients.
European Legal 500 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills."
Chambers Europe

The Technology and Commercial Contracts Group at Matheson was the first such dedicated unit in a law firm in Ireland and our specialised team of technology and commercial contracts lawyers have a breadth and depth of transactional and advisory experience that is unrivalled. We act for some of the largest multinational ICT companies with operations in Ireland, as well as some of the main corporate and public sector users of information technology in the country and have advised on many of the largest and most complex IT, computer and systems integration, outsourcing, cloud computing and managed services contracts in Ireland. We also act for some of the largest multinational manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies with operations in Ireland.

The Group provides legal advice and business expertise on a wide variety of complex commercial arrangements across many different industry sectors as our clients grow their businesses, form strategic partnerships and expand into new markets.

Our industry knowledge is a key advantage which we apply to all aspects of our work including drafting, structuring, advising and negotiating. We ensure we understand our clients’ aims in order to provide innovative, useful and pragmatic advice and we make every effort to ensure that real value is delivered to our clients by negotiating workable, cost-efficient contractual arrangements.

Our Services

We regularly advise our clients in relation to the following areas:

  • contracts for the acquisition or licence of computer and telecommunications systems
  • cloud computing and services
  • IT and business process outsourcing and services arrangements (and related procurement and tendering processes)
  • intellectual property rights protection, software copyright, databases, trade marks and domain names
  • internet legal issues for business users, owners of websites and service providers
  • content licence agreements
  • electronic signatures and certification services
  • telecommunications, broadcasting and convergence
  • data protection, privacy and freedom of information
  • due diligence, IT and intellectual property rights audits
  • agency agreements (including advice in relation to the commercial agency regulations)
  • distribution agreements
  • franchise arrangements
  • joint venture arrangements
  • manufacturing and supply arrangements
  • professional services agreements (such as the use of consultants)
  • terms and conditions for supply of goods and services
  • transitional services and shared services arrangements
  • transport, logistics and warehousing services agreements
  • sponsorship arrangements

We are the Irish standing counsel for a large number of software, hardware, IT and internet multinational organisations and are involved in high-profile national and international IT legal work, as well as in some of the largest IT-based transactions and initiatives in Ireland.

Technology Contracts

  • advising a public sector body on the acquisition and rollout of numerous IT systems and services, both bespoke and standard
  • advising a public sector body on the acquisition on a phased basis of two major IT systems
  • advising on the procurement and contract for the acquisition and rollout of a major dispersed IT network
  • advising indigenous bandwidth measurement technology company on contractual structures and requirements and drafting suite of standard IT contracts
  • advising indigenous technology companies on structure for getting products to market and drafting suites of required standard contracts

Outsourcing

  • advising a major multinational IT services company on the outsourcing to it of the IT infrastructure and services of one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions, the largest and highest value IT outsourcing in Ireland to date
  • advising a major multinational software company on the outsourcing of IT services, including manufacturing, replication, logistics and contact centre requirements, including some of the most complex and highest value outsourcings to date in Ireland
  • advising a major US card processing company on the outsourcing to it of the card processing activities of two of Ireland’s largest financial institutions

Data Protection

  • advising global media and telecommunications companies, internet service providers, e-commerce organisations, financial institutions and major multi-national and indigenous corporations on their obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011, both as regards employees and customers / clients

Electronic Commerce

  • we assisted the then Department of Public Enterprise in drafting the Electronic Commerce Act 2000
  • advised on appropriate on-line legal models, including drafting terms and conditions of use, website disclaimers, copyright notices and privacy statements, for e-commerce companies and traditional corporates with an on-line presence
  • advised a major Irish financial institution regarding its online applications
  • advised a major Irish bank on its online banking services, including systems acquisition and security
  • we participated in the Department of Public Enterprise Discussion Group on Electronic Commerce
  • we advised a potential national certification service in relation to the legal issues of providing certification services
  • we advised one of the country’s leading banks in relation to the establishment of its telephone banking operation and advised and negotiated the related agreement
  • we have undertaken an extensive due diligence for a major Irish telecommunications company and we regularly undertake audits of organisations’ intellectual property rights

"A primary provider for us in Ireland - the firm is very knowledgeable of our business and provides a good, high-quality product very quickly and efficiently." 
Chambers Europe 2016

"This team has worked with us for a long time and knows our business very well, so it has an immediate understanding of what the issues might be. The people there are excellent - very helpful and nice."
Chambers Europe 2016

The team at Matheson works at the forefront of IT developments in the market.
European Legal 500 2016

"Excellent depth of knowledge and a commercial approach."
Chambers Europe 2015

"This team understands our business concerns and delivers guidance in a concise, actionable and prompt manner."
Chambers Europe 2015

A "go-to-firm for technology and commercial contracts".
Information Technology: European Legal 500 2015

Leading team with a wealth of knowledge and expertise across all areas of TMT.
Chambers Europe 2015

"The team is proactive and focused on service. The quality of legal advice is very high but also very commercial – you can work with the advice they give you."
Chambers Europe 2014

This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills.
Chambers Europe 2013

"You can really count on the team to come up with a solution. The lawyers understand our requirements, get stuck into the detail and move the issue forward."
Chambers Europe 2013

Firmly established as a leading technology firm, Matheson advises a stream of blue-chip clients.
European Legal 500 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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