Alistair Maughan is a partner in the firm’s London office. He is co-chair of the Technology Transactions Group and a member of the Global Sourcing Group.
Mr. Maughan focuses on commercial contracts and technology-based projects for major companies and public sector organizations. His primary areas of expertise include advising on: commercial licensing and sales contracts in the UK and Europe; service-based outsourcing transactions; technology delivery models such as cloud and as-a-service platforms; contracts for the supply and acquisition of technology equipment, services and software; agency and distribution contracts; advising on issues and contracts related to e-commerce; and drafting, negotiating and advising on all types of technology contracts and issues.
He and his team have worked alongside the firm's Corporate lawyers on the IP, technology and on-going transitional services aspects of some of the largest technology sector M&A transactions in recent years, including for clients such as Intel, Autodesk, VMware, Softbank, Yahoo!, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Hitachi and NTT Data.
His notable transactions include advising Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs on Europe's largest “second generation” outsourcing; advising the UK police on its national fingerprint identification system and its project for the delivery and operation of the national UK emergency mobile radio network; advising the world's largest insurance broker on offshore outsourcing; and other transactions on behalf of banks, global pharmaceutical companies and major professional services firms.
He has advised on commercial product sales, distribution and supply chain logistics agreements for clients as diverse as UPS (global delivery and logistics company); AIG (global insurer); Novartis (global pharma business); Otto Group (large German retailer); ElectraTherm (innovative U.S.-based provider of heat-from-waste generators); LogiXML (U.S. software company); and Panasonic (major Japanese electronics manufacturer).
For many years, he has counselled both government entities and private sector bidders on procurement law issues and public sector contracts. He has also advised on a number of infrastructure and public/private partnership projects, especially in relation to telecommunications networks and PPP projects in Europe. He edits the firm's European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest.
Mr. Maughan is a highly regarded commercial lawyer with recommendations in Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers UK, Euromoney’s Expert Guides leading independent guides to the legal profession. Chambers UK awarded Mr. Maughan the top ranking for both Outsourcing and Information Technology, commenting that he “brings common sense to the negotiating table.” Other guides note that Mr. Maughan is “the best outsourcing lawyer ever when it comes to acting for the customer end of the market” and “absolutely excellent when it comes to advising customers on public sector projects.
Mr. Maughan has a law degree from Leicester University, and qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He has practiced law on both sides of the Atlantic and is also admitted to the New York Bar.
Advising Autodesk, a global software provider, on the IP, technology and on-going transitional services of various UK acquisitions. (2013)
Advising AIG Europe on a wide range of commercial and technology agreements. (2010 onwards)
HM Revenue and Customs
For over a decade, we have advised HM Revenue & Customs, the UK's central taxing authority, on its high-profile technology outsourcing arrangement, including its outsourcing re-procurement exercise, the integration of diverse outsourcing contracts and the re-negotiation of outsourcing contracts.
Home Office, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health
Advising these 3 UK government departments on issues associated with their multi-billion pound contracts with Airwave Services for the provision of emergency mobile radio coverage across the emergency services in the UK. (1996; and on-going)
Advising Intel on the IP, technology and on-going transitional services aspects of various acquisitions. (2013)
Advising ITWorx, Egypt’s largest software company, on various projects, including tax issues and its UK contracts. (2011; and on-going)
Advising lastminute.com on outsourcing and IT contracts (2013)
Advising UK-based insurance company Phoenix Group on its outsourcing relationships (2010; and onwards)
Advising Telenor, the Norwegian state telco, on various projects, including its programme of managed services outsourcing; an e-payment gateway; and agreements relating to the provision of software and systems. (2013)
UK Border Agency
We advised the UK Border Agency on its initial £297 million business process outsourcing contract, and the subsequent re-tendering of those outsourced arrangements and transition to new service providers. Services in scope include the establishment of physical visa applications centres; provision of information services; and the secure transmission of all visa applicant details. Over 200 countries are in-scope to receive services. This project won the award for "e-Government excellence" at the e-Government National Awards. (2007; and ongoing)