Law firm Browne Jacobson has appointed digital disruption legal expert Mike Rebeiro as strategic advisor to its UK & Ireland (UK&I) IP and Technology team.
Mike who was the former Global Head of technology and Innovation at Norton Rose Fulbright, is a highly experienced senior business, technology and digital lawyer that has had extensive Chair and Board experience. Mike has 28 years’ experience advising British and international corporates on the regulatory and ethical implications of the use of new digital and disruptive technologies including, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, the Internet of Things (IOT), robotics and digital assets. Prior to joining Browne Jacobson, Mike has also held roles at Slaughter & May and Macfarlanes.
Mike’s role will see him work closely with partner Declan Cushley, who leads the firm’s strategy for the corporate sector, and partner and head of Browne Jacobson’s Digital and Outsourcing practice, Anthony Nagle, in driving forward the firm’s digital disruption strategy which is a key strand of the firm’s overall vision for growth.
This key appointment follows on from Browne Jacobson’s opening of its first overseas office in Dublin, which is concentrating on developing a market-leading integrated end-to-end TMT practice, focusing on Digital Disruption, Data and IP. It is also one of several recent sector-driven appointments for the firm’s corporate sector which underpins the firm’s O’Shaped commitments and includes leading Dubai based General Counsel (GC), Anneliese Reinhold as the firm’s first Non-Executive Chair of its corporate sectoral strategy board.
Speaking on the appointment, Declan Cushley, said: “Mike has strong international links, which following our investment into Dublin presents an excellent opportunity to enhance our offering to clients who do substantial business globally and reach new target clients in the EEA and the US. Mike will also be imperative in helping to build the bridge between our UK&I based commercial teams that are focused on digital disruption and support them to give clients a seamless service across both jurisdictions. We are thrilled to have Mike on board to help further shape our firm ambitions around digital disruption.”
Anthony Nagle added: “Our clients are continuously being challenged by new technologies and business models and how they are disrupting the markets and industries they operate in. They are having to think creatively on how to adapt to these changes. We want to encourage our clients to embrace these disruptions and connect them to the many benefits and opportunities for growth that they offer.”
Mike commented: “Browne Jacobson has clear ambitions to be even more connected to the critical issues facing its clients, including how digital disruptive technologies are impacting their Environmental, Social and Governance agendas. Browne Jacobson is at the forefront of advising clients on the intersection of their ESG ambitions and digital disruption and the wider impact that it can have on society – this is what puts them ahead of other law firms.
“I am pleased to become part of its digital offering and those aspirations, and to help see the bigger picture between the firm’s London, Dublin and wider international networks.”
Browne Jacobson’s commercial and technology group has extensive experience advising on business critical IT projects, international patent litigation cases and complex, multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy issues.