Senior Legal Adviser - IP/Technology

London, United Kingdom
31 May 2019
15 Sep 2019
Job Role
Risk Analyst
Job Type
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a team of excellent calibre in a global organisation. We expect this opportunity will allow you to broaden your range of legal skills and experience.

KPMG International is the entity with which all member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated. KPMG member firms provide audit, tax and advisory services to clients and are based in 155 countries.

The International Office of the General Counsel is a team based in three countries. The team provides legal advice on key strategic issues for, and supports the execution of key business decisions made by, KPMG International. It also supports KPMG International and the KPMG global network in dealing with legal, regulatory and reputational issues and risks.


- Provide legal advice and support from the International Office of the General Counsel on the development, protection, enforcement, acquisition, transfer, licensing, and distribution of technology, software and data, particularly risks, protections and opportunities related to products and innovation.
- Advise on, draft and negotiate various strategic intellectual property and technology agreements, with a focus on complex licenses and services agreements (including software license agreements, data rights agreements, cloud services agreements (i.e., SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), software/technology development agreements, and software/technology acquisitions).
- Understand the technical aspects of, and business plan for, KPMG-developed technology solutions, and counsel on cross-border intellectual property and data rights, software development life cycles, open source software, freedom to operate, intellectual property enforcement, copyright versus patent versus trade secret protection, and market trends related to the foregoing
- Support firm-wide strategic initiatives with respect to technology, software, cloud subscriptions, intellectual property, data lakes, data protection and cybersecurity, open source software and mobile applications.
- Work closely and collaboratively with KPMG's Global business teams (including audit, tax and advisory) and strategic growth initiatives to develop, protect, acquire and license KPMG technology solutions.
- Also work collaboratively with Global professionals in risk management, data privacy, IT and data security, technology and software development, IT infrastructure, procurement, project management, and branding and marketing, as well as other intellectual property, technology and commercial lawyers within KPMG member firms in major jurisdictions.

- Minimum 5 years PQE of experience in the areas of intellectual property and technology law, with a strong focus on complex strategic transactions, deal structuring, licensing, and counseling on best practices for developing, licensing, protecting and enforcing IP, technology and data rights.
- Must be qualified and licensed to practice law and have a degree from an accredited college or university
Experience and Skills required

- Excellent technical legal skills
- Strong negotiation, drafting and communication skills, and substantial experience counseling on and negotiating a variety of technology agreements, transaction structures and software development models.
- Understands how to balance the needs, demands and requirements of a global business with legal risks and protections
- Must possess an excellent working knowledge of cloud-based information technology businesses, services and products and be able to translate complex legal, technical, business and regulatory issues into easily understandable advice
- Must be self-motived and able to thrive in a fast-paced, high-volume legal department with many different stakeholders worldwide
- Understands how to foster a collaborative and inclusive environment, has the cultural sensitivity required to engage with people at all levels and with diverse backgrounds, and is able to drive the implementation of solutions that typically have a cross-border dimension
- Experience advising on US and EU data privacy issues, artificial intelligence platforms, data and analytics platforms, and mobile applications is preferred but not required
- Some domestic and international travel will be required
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