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TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS, OUTSOURCING, AND COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS NEWS FOR LAWYERS AND SOURCING PROFESSIONALS
The financial services regulations relating to outsourcing by Luxembourg-headquartered financial institutions have been significantly simplified by the introduction of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) outsourcing circular CSSF 22/806 (Outsourcing Circular).
On July 18, 2022, the UK government published high-level proposals for its approach to regulating uses of artificial intelligence (AI), as part of its National AI Strategy and, more broadly, its UK Digital Strategy. The government is seeking public views on the approach, which is contained in a policy paper; a more detailed White Paper will be published in late 2022.
Increasingly, companies have been looking to shift from non-cloud IT infrastructure to cloud-based solutions, and have allocated higher monetary resources to cloud-based IT infrastructure products such as compute and storage infrastructure. In fact, as reported by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Q1 of 2022 marked the first time that companies are now spending more money on their cloud-based compute and storage infrastructure than they are on their non-cloud-based IT infrastructure.
In June 2022, the UK government published its cross-government UK Digital Strategy for creating a world-leading environment in which to grow digital businesses. The Digital Strategy brings together various initiatives on digitalization and data-driven technologies, including the National AI Strategy. The government states that it is actively seeking to grow expertise in deep technologies of the future, such as artificial intelligence, next generation semiconductors, digital twins, autonomous systems, and quantum computing.
As part of our Spotlight series, we spoke with Mike Pierides, the deputy leader of our technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions team and a co-leader of our digital solutions industry team, on outsourcing in the financial services (FS) sector.
A new Morgan Lewis White Paper, Bipartisan Proposal Attempts to Provide Solutions for Comprehensive Regulation of Digital Assets, analyzes the proposed Responsible Financial Innovation Act (RFIA) in the United States from several different angles, including with respect to issues such as key definitions in this emerging space, jurisdiction, ancillary assets (which are not fully decentralized), stablecoin issuance, taxes, disclosures, and money transmission. 
As we discussed in Part 1 of this blog series, many SaaS providers are seizing opportunities to expand their offerings and become a go-to marketplace or network, but their original contract terms and procedures often don’t fit their evolving business models.
As more and more SaaS providers, in digital health, fintech, and other industries, look for ways to integrate with and offer third-party applications (in their quest for powerful network effects), they eventually reach a point where the reality contemplated by their original standard terms and the world (or metaverse) of their now-envisioned business model diverge.
In late 2021, the Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) published Circular CSSF 21/785 (the Circular), which introduced a more relaxed approach on the communication requirements in relation to material IT outsourcing (including to cloud-based infrastructures).
Join partners Robert Mailer, Courtney C. Nowell, Andrew M. Ray, and Stephen C. Tirrell at 12:00 pm ET on March 30, 2022 as they delve into notable recent digital asset fund raises, trends in the market, the impacts of the proliferation of digital assets on private fund terms, and the approaches being taken by certain key players.