Mike Pierides’ practice encompasses a wide breadth of commercial and technology transactions. Deputy leader of the firm’s technology, outsourcing & commercial transactions practice 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. He is also active advising on new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence.
His clients include companies across a multitude of sectors, including technology, financial services, aviation and telecommunications. Within the financial services sector, he advises a wide range of clients, including retail banks, investment banks, investment managers, payments providers, and others. Mike has also worked at the intersection of financial services compliance and technology, advising clients on their related systems and compliance procedures.
Mike represents both customers and suppliers, allowing him to bring opposing parties’ perspectives to transactions.
Mike is recognised by Chambers UK as an authority on outsourcing and information technology, and is highly regarded for his work on complicated BPO and information technology outsourcing (ITO) transactions. Clients and sources told Chambers that Mike “[has] excellent understanding of our sector and the services we provide…”, that "he is particularly strong around the negotiating table," and that "he leads from the front rather than merely offering opinion."
Mike was also nominated as an Acritas Star Lawyer, with a client noting 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.”
Leading Individual, TMT: IT & Telecoms, The Legal 500 UK (2021–2023)
Ranked, Information Technology & Outsourcing, Chambers UK (2023)
Ranked, Information Technology, Chambers UK (2015–2022)
Ranked, Outsourcing, UK-wide, Chambers UK (2015–2022)
Recognized, Acritas Star Lawyer (2018)
Recommended, IT & Telecoms, The Legal 500 UK (2013–2017)
Recommended, Commercial Contracts, The Legal 500 UK (2013–2017)