Tech/Digital/Internet Sector Leadership Team

Chris Cairns
Co-chair / UK / EMEA Chris Cairns Partner/Shareholder

Alliotts (Guildford office)

Guildford, United Kingdom

Time Zone: UTC+0

Tel: +44 1483 533119
Mobile: +44 7775408761

Evelyn  Peerboom-Gerrits
Member / Netherlands / EMEA Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits Lawyer

VMBS Advocaten B.V.

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Tel: +31 40 2198430

Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits is specialised in intellectual property law and company law. She also advises and supports clients in the field of information technology law. Evelyn is positive, creative and constructive. She advises product and software developers, artists, website designers, media companies and franchisors on the practical legal problems they encounter.

Evelyn enjoys completing the negotiations for (international) agreements. She relishes large, complicated procedures, working to a deadline to uncover the critical aspects of a problem and then devising the correct strategy.

"In order to be able to advise my clients properly, I want to know exactly what kind of work they do. I believe that finding out about my clients' ideas, watching these ideas grow into fully fledged products or services and providing relevant legal assistance is the essence of my professional field."

Evelyn has been a lawyer at VMBS Advocaten since October 2007.

Peter Bolam
Member / Australia / Asia Pacific Peter Bolam Special Counsel

Broadley Rees Hogan

Brisbane, Australia

Time Zone: UTC+10

Tel: +61 7 3223 9100

Peter is a Special Counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property, Media and Technology practice group.

He is a senior lawyer with a strong academic and practical background in intellectual property, media and commercial law and provides assistance with contracting and liability advice as well as with litigation and dispute resolution.

He works with a broad spectrum of creatives:
- Technology developers and suppliers such as App, games, web site and software developers and service suppliers
- R&D investors
- Copyright creators: architects and screen (film, television and online) content producers, licensors and distributors
- Brand owners, advertising and media organisations.

Peter also helps with:
- Identification, ownership, transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights
- Domestic and international trade mark registration, licensing and protection of trade marks including Opposition and Non-Use proceedings
- Negotiating the variety of domestic and international contracts required for the financing and production of screen projects
- Pre-publication of legal reviews and chain-of-title copyright opinions
- Resolving disputes involving intellectual property, media and defamation.

Robert Pitt
Member / Australia / Asia Pacific Robert Pitt Associate

Hanrick Curran (Brisbane office)

Brisbane, Australia

Time Zone: UTC+10

Tel: +61 7 32183900

Robert Pitt is a Brisbane based Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience in advising, mentoring and supporting business owners and their senior employees. He has extensive experience in a variety of commercial industries and enjoys leveraging his business networks and professional relationships to add value to his clients.

Robert is the firm's Startup Champion and is a member of the association's Tech/Digital/Innovation Services Leadership Team.

Lawrence Bell
Member / USA / North America Lawrence Bell Partner/Shareholder

Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

New York, United States of America

Time Zone: UTC-5

Tel: +1 212 9077300

Larry Bell is co-head of Golenbock Eiseman's corporate practice group and a member of the association's Tech/Digital/Innovation Business Services Group.

Mr. Bell's practice focuses on the representation of private equity funds and strategic investors in international and domestic mergers, acquisitions, public and private capital raising transactions, including private equity, venture capital and public offerings, equity and investment grade and high yield debt financings, companies engaged in technology transfer and licensing, private and public emerging growth companies, venture capital funds, and participants in leveraged buyouts, venture capital and growth equity financings, spin-outs, complex financing transactions, and trustees and classes of note holders in connection with debt restructurings.

He works with companies and funds and other investors in the fields of new media, technology (including companies engaged in the development of proprietary software, systems, information technology, medical devices and bio-pharmaceuticals), health and nutrition products, specialty chemicals, minerals, power generation equipment and other manufacturing, financial services, investment management, communications, technology-related services and consumer products.