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DLA Piper Digital Evolution Tech and Sourcing Webinar Series

New technologies are helping businesses expand and grow, bringing with them a host of associated legal risks and commercial impacts. To help you navigate these rapidly evolving issues, our Global Tech and Sourcing team have created a series of concise training webinars looking at the digital evolution of tech and sourcing.

To open the series, speakers Chloe Forster, Vinny Sanchez and Paul Allen consider what we mean by “digital evolution” and what the key features of a digitally evolved business might look like.

The sessions are focussed on the key themes derived from the Embracing Digital Evolution business report and present the groups view on the everyday issues businesses will face, as our increasing dependency on technology grows.

These training sessions will be opened to registered users.

For more information or to discuss the topics further, please contact Natalie Powell or your usual DLA Piper contact.

Imran Syed, Mark O’Conor and Gareth Stokes provide a brief overview of AI before picking through the myriad of global approaches to governing AI, from the guidance to the hard regulation. Our speakers go on to discuss how businesses might seek to address AI governance in light of the current regulatory climate.

Kit Burden, Alessandro Ferrari and Linzi Penman provide an overview of different cloud deployment methods before moving on to consider the main issues lawyers need to bear in mind when contracting for the enterprise cloud under models impacted by financial services regulation. Later in the session, our speakers look at how the activities of both financial entities and cloud providers may be impacted by the new EU Digital Operations Resilience Act.

Anthony Day, Nichola Donovan and Nicholas de Lacy-Brown focus on what is meant by ESG and its importance to businesses today, before going on to take a look at the regulatory landscape surrounding ESG, including those requirements relevant to the UK’s public sector. Our speakers then consider some of the reporting requirements that are relevant to ESG.

Part two of our discussion relating to AI delivered by AI experts Gareth Stokes, Mark O’Conor and Imran Syed explores issues specific to how AI is used by businesses, both in a general sense and also in their business agreements. Alongside considering how the future of AI regulation might steer the way contracts dealing with AI are drafted, our speakers also provide a brief overview of some key contractual terms that may be used to deal with AI.

Greg Manter, Jessica Sanders and Giacomo Lusardi consider the fundamental question of ‘what is DLT?’, before diving into some of the key issues, benefits and potential challenges posed by DLT. Our speakers explore potential contracting approaches as part of this analysis and close out with a brief consideration of some of the issues often faced when contracting for DLT-based solutions.

In the second of two sessions focusing on Environment, Social and Governance, Nichola Donovan, Nick de Lacy-Brown and Anthony Day take a dive into the contractual mechanisms that may be used to address ESG requirements in business agreements. Our speakers also consider how to flow down such requirements through the supply chain and how to work towards the goal of meeting carbon reduction targets.

Chloe Forster, James Clark and Jeanne Dauzier take a close look at ‘Data Commercialisation for Industry 4.0’, first by establishing what is meant by ‘data commercialisation’ and then discussing their observations on how it is being dealt with. Our speakers also consider the practical considerations that need to be taken into account when a business is progressing the commercialisation of data before going on to take a look at the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding data commercialisation.

Kit Burden, Mark Rasdale and Lauren Hurcombe take a walk through some key regulatory requirements and expectations of firms relating to Operational Resilience before discussing some of the practical operational steps that firms may wish to consider in addressing these.

Chloe Forster, Jonathan Rofé and Siobhan Mullens provide an overview of what agile methodology looks like and highlight the key differences between traditional and agile development methodologies. They also explore some of the benefits before looking at the key legal issues associated with contracting for agile.

Tim Lyons, Kit Lloyd and Diego Ramos provide a fascinating overview of the status of the space economy and the international regulatory framework that applies to both space and to satellites.  The session then moves on to consider space tourism and the hugely exciting opportunities posed by this emerging area of our global digital evolution.