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Posted in Technology Peter Watts

Big deals, big ideas, and big challenges spur TMT activity

This interview with Peter Watts takes a look into how intense innovation, diverse deal structures, and political protectionism are changing the face of M&A in the technology, media and telecommunications space. Peter focusses on the following questions:

  • What are the main drivers for cross-border deals at the moment?
  • What do you think has been the most intesresting deal of Q3,
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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation, Technology Peter WattsRichard Diffenthal

Truth is subtler than fiction

The evolution of science fiction into science fact has become so prevalent it no longer attracts remark.

Technologies that once lived only in the pages of futuristic novels or the flight deck of the USS Enterprise – like the universally connected mobile phone or DNA editing – already surround us. And, from the driverless car to delivery by drone, if … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Mark JonesPeter Watts

Is the UK’s post-Brexit approach to platforms and the digital sector starting to emerge?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statements of intent on a digital service tax and competition law reforms reinforce other recent indications that the UK government is looking seriously at making significant changes to the way it approaches online platforms and the so called “tech giants”.

Brexit will potentially allow the UK to create its own strategy for the sector without … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsPenny Thornton

The Brexit White Paper: A digital Brexit?

The UK Government’s White Paper sets out detailed proposals for the UK’s relationship with the EU following Brexit.

As described in our dissection of the document as a whole, the White Paper sees the digital economy as an area of global opportunity for the UK.   So what does the Government have to say about sector?

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Posted in Advertising, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Peter WattsOliver Wilson

House of Lords issues report on digital advertising market

Yesterday the House of Lords published a report into the UK’s digital advertising market.  It includes: a call for a CMA study into whether the market is working fairly for businesses and consumers; proposals for enhancing workforce skills and attracting international talent; and, for those who have been involved the debate about digital ads, it covers some familiar themes:

  1. Measuring
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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Nils RauerFalk SchoeningWinston MaxwellPeter WattsMarco Berliri

Tomorrow’s landscape for digital business – The Digital Single Market becomes real!

DSM – What is it about?

In 2018, we will see new EU legislation being widely implemented as part of the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The amendments to the current legal framework are far reaching and will potentially be game changing. Some of the key areas to be affected will be:

 

Unjustified geo-blocking
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Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU), Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsWinston MaxwellMichele Farquhar

TMT Horizons 2018

2018 will be another dramatic year for TMT. Our job is to help TMT businesses to chart a course through by bringing together the insights of over 800 lawyers who focus on the sector across six continents. That is why we have asked some of our top thinkers globally to provide a snapshot of their vision for the coming year. … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce Peter WattsOliver Wilson

EU ends unjustified geoblocking

What has happened?

The European Union will end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU before the end of next year.

What does this mean?

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached an agreement whereby consumers will be able to buy goods and services online from any EU country.

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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Peter WattsWinston MaxwellMathias SchönhausDina JubrailNils RauerMarco Berliri

DSM webinar highlights tax, competition law, copyright, AVMS and data economy issues for 2017

In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Peter Watts introduced the session by warning that the loss of the UK voice in EU policy making could lead to rules that are less sensitive to business needs. Marco Berliri commented on the challenges currently facing large … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Peter Watts

Talking about the future

Our cross disciplinary London “Tech Hub” last night hosted a great dinner for clients. Greg Williams, Executive Editor of WIRED led a wide ranging discussion.   Given “Chatham House rules”, here’s a purely personal perspective on the debate.

We were inspired by the next wave of technologies – from autonomous vehicles to mixed reality. We were sometimes amused by the prospect … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Internet, Policy & Regulation Christian RitzFalk SchoeningPeter Watts

Fragmentation instead of level-playing field? How the German Government’s announced White Paper on digital platforms adds to regulatory uncertainty on topical issues of the digital economy after Brexit

Many digital platforms attract consumers and businesses on a global basis. It is a challenge for national regulators to enforce competition law and other regulatory provisions against such international players. Germany´s Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, argued in a similar way in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on 5 October 2016. He took a stand on the … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

New UK Digital Economy Bill on the way

The UK Government has announced the key themes of a new Digital Economy Bill.

Reflecting an alignment in several  areas with the priorities of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, the Bill will have a number of areas of focus:

  • A potential new universal right to 10Mbps broadband with the possibility of speeds increasing the future
  • An overhaul of rules
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Posted in Broadcasting, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Peter WattsWinston MaxwellJan BlockxMatthew Levitt

DSM Watch: Commission publishes geo-blocking issues paper

The European Commission’s newly published geo-blocking issues paper concludes that geo-blocking practices are widespread across sales of both consumer goods and digital content.

The Commission has reconfirmed its intention to look carefully at such practices under the EU competition rules particularly where underpinned by agreements. This suggests a range of distribution and licensing arrangements are likely to be subject to … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Digital Single Market (EU) Peter WattsCharlie HawesOliver Wilson

CJEU Debates Limits on TV Advertising in Europe

In its decision in Sanoma Media v Viestintävirasto the Court of Justice of the European Union signals a technical but potentially significant clarification in the application of the Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.

This may trigger some national regulators to re-examine their approach and some broadcasters may, in turn, face pressure to adjust the amount of advertising content … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Peter Watts

UK Government Boosts Digital Health Initiatives for NHS England

This week the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the Government will be investing £4.2 billion in digital health initiatives. The investment is part of the Government’s latest drive to create a “paperless” National Health Service (NHS) by 2020.

The full details of the funding are still being agreed between the Department of Health and NHS England. … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Mark ParsonsPeter WattsPeter Colegate

Net Neutrality: The Emerging Debate in Asia

Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore permit net neutrality traffic control measures as long as they are fair and open.  In contrast, South Korea permits network operators to block traffic or charge extra fees to the users of certain applications.  The different policy approach in South Korea may be due to the country’s desire to be the world leader in 5G … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

UK Stamp Duty boost for tech companies

There should be no ‘Monday blues’ for UK start-ups and their investors as the new stamp duty exemption for securities trading on growth markets comes into effect today. The exemption was announced in last year’s budget and is intended to incentivise investor participation in the UK’s small and medium sized quoted businesses, some of which comprise ambitious tech companies seeking … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsConor Ward

European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.

The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament.  Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:

  • A single
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