Industry Sector Insight
Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors
A cross-section of intellectual property gurus from the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Spain recently had a meeting of the minds at international TMT law firm Olswang’s London office. Led by Advisory Panel Chairman Sir Robin Jacob in his keynote address, the event allowed for discussion and debate about the European Unitary Patent system and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
25 November 2015
The eSports industry is currently growing at a tremendous speed. With irresistible commercial opportunities on offer for an increasingly diverse array of interested parties, it is perhaps inevitable that the industry will see an exponential growth in the number of disputes which occur. In this article we explore the extent to which the eSports industry is currently governed, discuss the industry’s problem with and reaction to doping, and also share our thoughts on the future development of dispute resolution in this area …
18 November 2015
The Corporate LiveWire Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2015 Virtual Roundtable is a platform for TMT experts from around the world to discuss the latest regulatory changes and jurisdictional developments. Head of Olswang’s Telecoms practice Purvi Parekh, discusses the latest changes and developments in TMT, with highlight topics including: market consolidation, IoT services and new technologies such as wearables and 3D printing, piracy, and the key trends expected for the year ahead..
17 November 2015
As explored in the first instalment of the Olswang on eSports series, the eSports industry has undergone rapid expansion in recent years and, with such growth set to continue, the commercial world has begun to take notice of what was once deemed little more than a subculture. In this article we delve deeper into the opportunities that eSports offers to the gambling sector and analyse some of the obstacles that operators face in monetising the vast following that eSports has accumulated to date.
13 November 2015
For the uninitiated, eSports is the term used for organised, competitive computer gaming. Much like traditional sports, players (often in teams) battle each other virtually (as opposed to on the pitch) for large cash prizes. For Olswang, eSports sits at the intersection of many of our core areas of expertise, including sports, media, advertising, technology, video games and gambling. In this series of articles, specialists from the Olswang team explore some of the industry’s potentially lucrative revenue streams and most interesting opportunities - and look at the legal and commercial questions that are still to be answered...
13 November 2015
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, international law firm Olswang has launched the Future of AIM series. From the explosive growth of technology and retail companies listed on AIM to thousands of both domestic and international company IPOs, the Future of AIM examines the past, present and future of companies listed and looking to float on this rapidly growing marketplace.
11 November 2015
Last year was an exciting year for tech IPOs, but investors have been more cautious in 2015. In this chillier climate, it is important for high-growth technology businesses to manage both the IPO process and expectations carefully. Here are our top 10 tips for technology businesses with their eyes on the IPO prize...
11 November 2015
Throughout the last 20 years, the London Stock Exchange’s AIM has grown massively – from 10 members to becoming the home of 1,074 companies with a combined market capitalisation of £75 billion. While the platform has been one of tremendous growth for domestic companies, it has also become a beacon for international companies looking to make their mark in one of world’s largest financial centres.
29 October 2015
You may not realise it yet, but the eSports revolution is well underway – and it might just be the biggest growth area in digital media over the next decade. With a multi-million pound industry already established, and forecasts being made for huge growth in the coming years, companies from gambling operators through to major international brands and media companies are waking up to the opportunities that the industry has to offer.
In this series of articles – Olswang on eSports - specialists from the Olswang team will explore some of the industry’s potentially lucrative revenue streams and most interesting opportunities - and we will look at the legal and commercial questions that are still to be answered.
22 October 2015
Looking back 20 years ago to the launch of AIM, the retail industry was a very different place. Out of town shopping malls dominated, and many of the successful brands listed on AIM today were just a twinkle in an entrepreneur’s eye. 1995, the year AIM opened its trading doors, arguably also saw the two pivotal retail innovations of the 20th century...
20 October 2015
There has been an important recent Supreme Court decision on rating
19 October 2015
Daily, millions of users participate in some sort of collaborative economy, a new economic model consisting in sharing underutilised assets or providing services with small economic value, and which is based on the internet and on new technology platforms. The increasingly frequent use of mobile applications along with the idea of collaborative economy has caused a revolution in the transport sector. Olswang Madrid Senior Associate Sofía Fontanals describes how the Uber and Blablacar cases are developing in Spain...
15 October 2015
Restructuring & Insolvency
The Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015 (the "Order") came into effect on 1 October 2015 and applies to supply contracts entered into on or after that date.
The Order amends the Insolvency Act 1986 (the "1986 Act") to give greater protection to certain essential supplies to insolvent businesses. This briefing note deals with the Order's impact on corporate insolvency.
06 October 2015
While the European online gambling market continues to expand, it remains one of the few economic sectors which lacks coherent crossborder regulation. Even with the new EU Commission’s extensive plans to break down barriers to online trade between Member States, online gambling is still viewed as too contentious politically for harmonised regulation to be accepted by the twenty-eight EU Member States. Consequently, operators offering their services in the EU face high compliance costs and uncertainty over the legality of their operations in certain territories. For consumers accustomed to having unfettered access to goods and services on the Internet, the lack of coherence is confusing...
06 October 2015
To coincide with the 10-year anniversary this month of his appointment as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, Olswang Associates Cathryn Hopkins and Ryan Dolby-Stevens interviewed Lord Mance. The interview, which originally appeared on the UKSC Blog, took place over the summer at the Supreme Court in Lord Mance’s office, which overlooks Parliament Square. It was a fascinating exchange and we hope you will enjoy our highlighted extracts below.
05 October 2015