Global Technology

Global Technology

Technology is often a key differentiator among companies competing in the global marketplace. Hunton & Williams is strategically positioned to guide its clients through the complex issues associated with operating in the digital world.

Our lawyers are leaders in addressing the fast-moving legal issues presented by new technologies and routinely lead our clients through unfamiliar digital terrain. Our work in this area includes large-scale ERP acquisitions and systems integration agreements, traditional software licensing and professional services arrangements with vendors of all sizes, cloud computing transactions, open-source software, IT security and a wide range of intellectual property and technology development matters. Our team includes our award-winning privacy and data security practice, allowing us to deploy integrated working groups to solve the most complex issues associated with data-heavy cross-border transactions.

Software Licensing, System Development & Integration 
We have advised clients on numerous complex systems integration projects involving all major ERP systems (including SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft) and major systems integrators. We work closely with clients on every phase of these transactions, including building the RFP for integration service providers, initial structuring of the transaction, documenting the business deal, negotiating the contracts, assisting in the development of ongoing governance strategies, advising with respect to ongoing management issues, resolution of disputes and contract renegotiations, renewals and terminations.

Internet & E-Commerce 
We have counseled clients on e-commerce and Internet issues covering an extensive range of technologies, from classic web-enabled commerce to leading-edge innovations, including:

  • represented one of the world's leading toy and baby products retailers in the global expansion of its e-commerce and web hosting arrangements with eBay Enterprise / GSI;
  • represented the e-commerce fulfillment division of a global apparel retailer in its agreements with its customers (including another leading e-commerce fulfillment provider and an Internet Retailer Top 100 firm);
  • represented a Fortune 200 consumer products company in its e-commerce and fulfillment agreements with PFSweb; and
  • represented one of the world’s largest financial institutions in connection with its participation in an innovative mobile payments platform.

Mobile Commerce 
Hunton & Williams has handled the full range of legal matters typically encountered by companies establishing wireless e-business offerings in the United States and abroad, including negotiation of transactions with wireless application service providers for the development and hosting of such applications, advice on structuring the provisioning process for users of the applications (on the device or otherwise), and negotiation of relationships with third-party channels to enhance user access to the applications.

In our mobile commerce practice, we also advise clients on myriad of traditional legal issues that have evolved due to the wireless medium, including addressing consumer protection and privacy concerns heightened by the perceived closer linkage to an individual’s identity, by the possibility of location-based services, by the industry practice of creating and storing user profiles to "personalize" the user experience, and by real and perceived security deficiencies in the technological architecture for the wireless service.

E-signature and Related Technologies 
Hunton & Williams' attorneys have handled an extensive number and range of transactions involving the issuance of digital certificates and have represented major service providers, technology companies, large corporate users and financial institutions in the use of electronic signatures and cryptography issues, including negotiation of strategic alliances, acquisitions and joint ventures under both US and EU law. Our team in the Brussels office includes attorneys participating in the drafting of the Model Law on Electronic Signatures and the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL"). The team also has authored articles about European electronic signature law, international encryption regulation and export controls.

Smart Metering or Advanced Metering Infrastructure 
Advanced utility metering systems are being rolled out worldwide, and Hunton & Williams’ global technology and energy practices are helping utilities to execute the complex procurements, systems integrations and long-term service agreements that make up these transactions.

At Hunton & Williams, we have vast experience in the energy industry and have advised clients in the procurement of AMI systems and related technologies built around customer premises equipment (e.g., "smart" thermostats, etc.). Our attorneys advised and assisted in the procurement of a large-scale AMI system reaching more than 3 million endpoints for a leading US utility company, with a total deal value well in excess of $300 million. Our attorneys work closely with clients on every phase of these transactions, including the initial structuring of the transaction; documenting the business deal; negotiating the contracts; advising on the collection, processing and international transfer of personal data; assisting in the development of ongoing governance strategies; advising with respect to ongoing management issues; resolution of disputes; and contract renegotiations and renewals.