BLG Team / James Humphrey-Evans

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James has extensive experience advising clients on a wide variety of technology, procurement and governance matters. Over the years, he has provided close daily support to in-house procurement and technology teams, assisting them to achieve their commercial and risk management goals on numerous software, cloud, consultancy, market data, index licensing and other transactions. James has worked with compliance and risk departments to help organisations comply with regulatory requirements affecting IT and operations functions.  James has also advised on the IT aspects of recovery and resolution strategies for investment banks, having first-hand experience of resolving the legal issues arising after the insolvency of a major investment bank. In addition, James advises on open source licensing and is a BlackDuck certified legal professional.

Acting as lead counsel on data centre deals in the U.S., Europe and Asia and on global network agreements, James has also advised IT management on BPO and IT offshoring strategy and the establishment of ITO operations in Central and Eastern Europe.  Further, as a former in-house privacy officer for European operations of a global investment bank, James brings his deep understanding of compliance matters to the practice of law. A recognised expert on legal aspects of financial services IT, James has spoken at conferences on market data and banking IT.

Outside of financial services, James has advised on technology aspects of airliner purchases (including for Airbus A380s), energy projects in the Middle East and on large rail projects.

Selected Professional Activities

Panellist at FIMA Market Data Conference, London UK

Speaker at COSSIOM (French market data users association), Paris, France

Presenter at the Bank IT Lawyers Conference, Frankfurt, Germany

Lecturer on common law legal systems and on IT Law at University of Munster, Germany

Member of the Society for Computers & Law, UK

Employment History

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities 2010 to 2013

Nomura 2008 to 2010

Lehman Brothers 2008

Barclays 2004 to 2008

Allen & Overy 1999 to 2004

Global Procurement

Assisting IT management team with evaluation of potential locations for offshoring, liaising with foreign counsel to create short and practical overviews of legal issues in those locations

Advising on ATM maintenance outsourcing for major bank

Review of investment bank vendor portfolio to assess compliance with regulatory requirements on outsourcing

Implementing major novation and renegotiation exercise across vendor base following post-insolvency acquisition

Negotiation of numerous ITO and BPO deals for investment banks

Working with Mumbai-based Legal and Procurement teams to create global procurement processes

Outsourcing of IT and telecoms infrastructure for a trading platform operator

IT infrastructure outsourcing for asset manager

Renegotiation of terms for trading platform with a major market data provider

Information security & privacy

Advising on intra-group information sharing policy

Negotiating cloud-based employee feedback and appraisal system for wealth management firm

Advising on IT security outsourcing by retail bank

Advising investment bank on unauthorised usage of data and software by team of former employees