It’s not just ‘big tech’ that should be wary of regulatory changes…

Bird & Bird boosts capabilities of Asia Pacific tech & comms…Dentons pays tribute to former Canadian national chair…

It’s not just ‘big tech’ that should be wary of regulatory changes…

It’s not just ‘big tech’ that should be wary of regulatory changes

High-profile antitrust and other regulatory matters may give the impression that it’s only general counsel at the likes of Google and Amazon that should be concerned.

But a new report from international law firm Cromwell & Moring says that regulatory changes that are focused on the technology sector haver wide-reaching implications.

“The regulatory environment has not kept pace with the rapid growth of technology,” said Shawn R. Johnson, partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group. “In the antitrust arena, Big Tech is at center stage as the [US] government works to address potential abuses. But this is not just about Big Tech. In the end, all companies are becoming digital. From how we view the role of data privacy to acquisitions, these investigations are going to impact a wide range of businesses for the foreseeable future.”

In the firm’s Regulatory Forecast 2020: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year, it covers regulatory issues including environment & natural resources, tax, and international trade.

The report is freely available at:

"Not only is there no rest for those watching the regulatory front, but, driven by uncertainty, that front is larger and perhaps more active than ever," said Dan W. Wolff, chair of the firm's Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. "The goal of the Forecast is to help general counsel better monitor that front and also move forward along with it."

Bird & Bird boosts capabilities of Asia Pacific tech & comms

The Asia Pacific technology & communications practice of Bird & Bird has been bolstered by a double hire in Singapore.

Jeremy Tan joins the firm as partner from CMS Holborn Asia while Gigi Cheah joins from Norton Rose Fulbright as senior consultant.

"Jeremy and Gigi's arrival at Bird & Bird will significantly bolster our Tech & Comms team and capabilities in Singapore and the region,” said Ted Chwu, co-head of the Tech & Comms sector group at Bird & Bird. “Their combined and longstanding expertise in multi-jurisdictional sourcing and outsourcing arrangements, commercial transactions and technology tenders, will benefit the Tech & Comms sector group throughout Asia Pacific and integrates well with our key competencies. It's a pleasure to welcome Jeremy and Gigi to the team and we look forward to having them on board."

Dentons pays tribute to former Canadian national chair

The Hon. David P. Smith, P.C., Q.C, former national chair at Dentons, passed away on Wednesday February 26, the firm has said.

He was a key part of the country’s legal community for several decades and was chair of legacy firm FMC Law which is now Dentons Canada LLP and continued as chairman emeritus of Dentons Canada until his retirement in 2017.

“It is with incredible sadness that we have learned of the passing of David Smith, our former national Chair. David was a leader in the legal profession whose vision sparked the creation of one of the first truly national law firms in Canada, and he was a mentor to many of our partners and colleagues. David will be greatly missed by all of his friends and colleagues at Dentons,” said Beth Wilson, Dentons Canada Chief Executive Officer.

As well as his law career, Mr Smith served as President of the Young Liberals under Prime Minister Pearson in the 1960s; as a Toronto Alderman and Deputy Mayor in the 1970s; as an MP and Cabinet Minister in the 1980s; as a leader of successful Liberal Party campaigns in the 1990s; and in the 2000s as a Senator until his retirement in 2016.

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