Alexander Touma

IAM Research

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Allen & Overy has gained significant market and mindshare following its recruitment of an eight-partner group from White & Case. Among other things, this has given the London-headquartered global firm an outstanding technology transactions practice, which is co-headed by Daren Orzechowski and supported by Alex Touma, two of the recent arrivals. Both lawyers garner strong recommendations from their patrons: one of the former’s contacts comments, “Daren is a go-to for all contract-related IP issues. He’s responsive, thoughtful and easy to work with and has given us vital guidance on best practices with respect to contract drafting.” A fan of Touma says, “Alex is the consummate professional and one of the best technology lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He’s always on top of the issues that matter most and has outstanding patent and broader IP expertise.” They recently advised mobile payments company Square on the founding of the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance, a non-profit community seeking to remove patents as a barrier to growth and innovation in the cryptocurrency space. Also engaged on this project, global co-head of technology Bijal Vakil stands out for his complete understanding of the business of innovation. He is best known as a top litigator for prestigious clients such as Google and Walmart, for which he has recently leapt into action. New to the IAM Patent 1000 this year, Eric Lancaster is another litigator with broad horizons; he plays an important role for his followers as both an advocate and counsellor. One of his recent wins came on summary judgment on behalf of Google and Lenovo in a high-exposure battle with Nokia.

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