David Cole

David Cole

Areas of expertise:
Corporate, Commercial, Technology, Telecoms, Procurement, Legal Team Management, Legal Project Management. Highly experienced lawyer/former Deputy Group General Counsel with leading international IT services and outsourcing group. Broad corporate and commercial experience in IT / Telecoms / Fintech. Legal project management experience combined with leading major procurement, outsourcing and transaction work.

What do you focus on for your clients

Interim management roles across a variety of sectors, but particularly with clients that operate in the technology industry. Areas of legal specialism include general commercial agreements and projects such as IT licensing, hardware sales, maintenance, support and outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, GDPR, governance, company secretarial and dispute resolution. I also specialise in legal team / project management and transformation projects.

Tell us about your professional background

I trained at Squire Patton Boggs before becoming an associate at DLA Piper. I then moved in-house to Mitel, as its sole UK counsel. I then spent 16 years at Atos, the French IT outsourcing group, where I had a variety of roles including UK Director of Legal Services; General Counsel Consulting & Systems Integration and Deputy Group General Counsel, M&A and Strategic Alliances. I was a member of the Atos legal leadership team giving guidance and direction to more than 50 legal professionals worldwide. I completed 40+ M&A transactions for Atos, including several global transformational deals with Schlumberger, Siemens and Xerox.

Tell us a bit about your working style and other interests 

I am ‘a doer’ not just ‘a talker’ with experience of handling a variety of corporate and commercial matters in a collegiate, efficient and cost-effective manner. What I find important is getting the deal done in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

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I worked with David on a number of projects, very often under immense time pressure, and am very grateful for the excellent cooperation. I am sure we would not have been as successful without his pragmatic and competent contributions. 

Service Portfolio Management, Amadeus IT Group