Mike Pierides’ practice encompasses a wide breadth of commercial and technology transactions. As deputy leader of the firm’s technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions practice, co-leader of the technology industry team, and co-leader of the Digital Solutions Working Group, Mike advises on major outsourcings, strategic restructurings following divestments or acquisitions, and technology-specific transactions such as licensing and “as a service” arrangements.
Mike also focuses his practice on data privacy and cybersecurity law, and supports clients across a number of data privacy needs, including transactional support and privacy and security advisory support and assessments. Mike represents both customers and suppliers, allowing him to bring opposing parties’ perspectives to transactions.
Mike’s client base includes companies across a multitude of sectors, including technology, financial services, aviation, and telecommunications.
Mike is recognized by Chambers UK as an authority on outsourcing and information technology (IT), and is highly regarded for his work on complicated business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO) transactions. Clients and sources told Chambers that Mike “[has] excellent understanding of [their] sector and the services [they] provide,” “is particularly strong around the negotiating table,” and “leads from the front rather than merely offering opinion.”
Mike was also nominated as an Acritas Star Lawyer, with a client noting that he is “an expert in the industry and in the specific subject matter that we’ve asked advice on. He has really helped to move the deal forward by being proactive. Excellent project management skills as well.”
Represented a global bank on the restructuring of its multijurisdictional hosting arrangements
Represented a global international service provider on a number of significant IT projects
Represented a global asset manager on the restructuring of its service and customer contracts following a corporate divestment
Represented a global bank on a number of alliance partnerships for embedded banking products
Represented a number of different clients in the procurement of “hybrid” IT arrangements, including private and public cloud arrangements
Represented a Fortune 500 insurer on a global applications support outsourcing
Advised a UK insurer on a wide range of IT and commercial contracts
Represented a global airline on the procurement of its new passenger service systems, undertaken pursuant to a competitive bid process, in parallel with renegotiating its global distribution arrangements
Represented a global airline on the renegotiation of its global distribution arrangements
Advised a UK insurer on multijurisdictional hosting arrangements
Represented a number of different supplier clients (both IT and BPO) in multiple arrangements opposite the UK government
Advised on renegotiation of the application development and maintenance supplier panel of a global bank
Advising a global investment manager on all of its data protection needs, including intra-group transfers, handling of investor data, global transfers, and data breach responses
Advising a global technology and outsourcing provider on data privacy provisions covering the processing of significant amounts of customer personal data, including special category data; as part of this matter, Mike also advised on safeguards for potential restricted transfers from both the United Kingdom and European Economic Area (EEA)
Negotiating data handling and transfer provisions and agreements for numerous clients (both customer and supplier entities) across industries and geographies
College of Law of England and Wales, London, 2001, Legal Practice Course
University of Manchester, 2000, LL.B.
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Leading Individual, TMT: IT & Telecoms, The Legal 500 UK (2021–2024)
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £50m–£500m, The Legal 500 UK (2024)
Recommended, IT & Telecoms, The Legal 500 UK (2013–2017)
Recommended, Commercial Contracts, The Legal 500 UK (2013–2017)
Ranked, Information Technology & Outsourcing, Chambers UK (2023t, 2024)
Ranked, Information Technology, Chambers UK (2015–2022)
Ranked, Outsourcing, UK-wide, Chambers UK (2015–2022)