When it comes to legal advice on IT and technology, it is important to choose an adviser with an understanding of IT and the client's business combined with detailed knowledge of IT contracts - and what it means to successfully implement an IT project. By choosing our team, this is what you get.
The world of IT is developing constantly and rapidly. It is our experience that our clients have a strong focus on the digitalisation of procedures and processes - for instance, by use of cloud, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and machine learning technologies.
The acquisition and implementation of IT systems is often business critical and of strategic importance to our clients. Our IT lawyers and attorneys can contribute and assist during the entire process, from preparation of the acquisition process to the selection of the right partner.
We have a vast experience in the preparation, negotiation and implementation of large IT contracts with a view to creating and ensuring value for our clients. Therefore, we recommend that you work with us from the beginning of the acquisition/tender process in order to for us to create the best commercial value for you.
An IT contract is a management tool to ensure that the IT project is a success for the parties involved. We ensure that the contractual basis for the IT project is the right one, so the IT contract and its terms reflect the designated project methodology as well as the expectations of the parties.
Our legal counselling within IT and technology is tailored to each client's needs, including by preparing IT contracts that manage risks, commercial considerations and requirements involved in companies' investments in new technology and digitalisation.
We are highly specialized and experienced with assisting financial institutions' entering into IT and technology related agreements, as such outsourcing arrangements are often subject to special regulatory requirements. In this respect we have - in collaboration with the software developer RISMA Systems - developed an IT solution for supporting financial institutions' compliance with such regulatory requirements.
We assist within all areas of outsourcing and have extensive experience in advising both customers and suppliers within a wide range of industries.
We see it as our finest duty not only to focus on the legal aspects of our advice but also to include the commercial and strategic aspects so we can create the best possible solutions and the highest value.
The outsourcing of part(s) of your business is typically a major or strategic decision and we are experienced in contributing to and participating in the entire outsourcing process and not just preparing and negotiating the outsourcing contract, but also in planning and preparing in the process of selecting the right outsourcing partner.
We can assist and advice within, for instance, IT operation, IT outsourcing, development and maintenance of applications and support hereof (AD/AM) as well as outsourcing of business processes (business process outsourcing (BPO)), in which tasks such as finance, accounting, customer support or similar functions are outsourced.
Furthermore, we also advise on facility management (FM) tasks such as canteen operation, cleaning services and similar service functions which are handled by an external provider.
We have special experience and expertise in advising on financial institutions' outsourcing and the special regulatory requirements that apply to these institutions. As part of that work and in collaboration with the software developer RISMA Systems, we have developed an IT solution for supporting financial institutions' compliance with regulatory requirements for outsourcing.
IT and outsourcing can involve complex issues and make great demands on the collaboration between the customer and the provider.
During an IT project, large or small conflicts may arise when the parties disagree on, for example, which party is responsible for a delay and liable for payment for (additional) work. It is therefore important that the contract between the parties ensures reasonable possibilities of dispute resolution, including at the required pace, thus enabling the IT project to progress (almost) independently of the dispute. Plesner assist with dispute resolution, partly by proactively ensuring that the contracts address possible solutions for resolving disputes, and partly in terms of providing advice when such conflicts have arisen.
You can read more about Dispute Resolution here
The exchange of large amounts of data - within Denmark as well as across borders - has resulted in an increased focus on security and the protection of personal data in particular. This represents an increasingly large part of our advice in relation to IT.
Our IT lawyers and attorneys work closely with our specialised personal data and compliance team to ensure that personal data, security and compliance are in focus when we provide advice and assist with IT contracts, IT projects and outsourcing.
You can read more about our advice on personal data here
Within Information Technology and within Telecoms, Plesner is a first tier firm.
"Plesner’s information technology practice group takes a very client-focused approach. The firm has a good depth and manages to blend this well with accessibility and commerciality. They take the time to understand things from a business and a legal perspective. Advice is always practical, clear and solution-focused"
"The team has a unique understanding and interest in technology"
"They are not afraid to be tech nerds and this relates to their customers in a warm welcoming fashion"
"The team is extremely business-minded and pragmatic in advising on commercial IP/IT transactions. They are also able to advise from a "global" perspective rather than "Danish-only" when helping their client negotiate with non-Danish counterparties. This ability to think like an in-house counsel and think globally is what separates them from other Danish law firms" (2021)
Within Information Technology and within Telecoms, Plesner is a first tier firm.
"It is a very skilled team with high focus on making their advice and documents useful in the day-to-day operation of the business"
"Great knowledge on both necessary areas of expertise regarding GDPR: the IT-security aspects on a deep technical and legal level. They are very competent advisers"
"The team is very dedicated, client- and solution oriented combined with a good understanding of technology and strong legal skills" (2020)
Within Information technology, Telecoms and Media and entertainment Plesner is a first tier firm.
"Contractual work, data protection and cloud computing are key strengths of Plesner's practice."
"Plesner has notable expertise in public and commercial telecoms matters."
"Plesner predominantly focuses on IP, commercial, technology and publishing matters in the media and entertainment sector" (2019)
Within information technology and telecoms, Plesner is a first tier firm.
Plesner's practice "always swiftly responds to questions and provides pragmatic advice". (2016)
Telecoms: Plesner’s lawyers work "efficiently and swiftly, and have a good understanding of business". Practice head Niels Christian Ellegaard is representing TetraStar and Damm Cellular Systems in a €50m claim against the Danish state concerning breach of the TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) licence; the case has been appealed to the Supreme Court. Michael Vilhem Nielsen acts for Eutelsat. Other clients include Telenor, Nianet, SEAS-NVE and AT&T. Regulatory expert Jon Balsby advises clients such as Sprint.
Information Technology: Niels Christian Ellegaard heads Plesner’s IT practice, which demonstrates "commercial acumen and market knowledge". It advises IT service providers such as Accenture, Avanade, IFS and KMD, as well as corporate end users, including Tryg, Danske Bank and MT Højgaard. Ellegaard is assisting Copenhagen Airports with a major IT project. The"sharp, friendly and responsive" Michael Hopp advises on data protection and e-commerce. (2014)