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TRENDS legal magazine – Emerging technologies No 1 (January-February 2021)

Welcome to the first issue of IT Emerging Technologies TRENDS, the magazine of the “The Law Firm Network IT Emerging Tech Practice Group”.

This LFN Practice Group, co-chaired by Raf Van Gysel of Ponet & LVP Advocaten in Belgium ( and Marcus Tan of Marcus Tan & Co in Malaysia (, is formed by a group of highly specialised my and experienced lawyers in this sector.

Recent reports show that IT Automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are one of the most advanced emerging technologies impacting the information technology sector as a whole and the Group is monitoring updates in the law in those sectors. The group debates frequently on the development of public sector policies and laws for promoting and regulating AI, Fintech’s, electronic banking, as well as Data Protection matters around the world. The Group is also working on “The Comparative Guide on Cryptocurrency, Legislations & Guidelines” due to be published before the summer and monitoring the use of AI software in law firms.

We hope that this first issue of IT Trends will help you to be introduced to the members of the Group and prove an interesting read. Here you can check on the experienced of various members of the Group on electronic banking, block chain and payment services, among others.

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from around the world whose principal lawyers have close professional relationships. The Network has
currently members in 50 countries. Our firms are leaders in their local markets, with strong regional and
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The Network has ensured a high level of quality and connectivity. Feedback from clients confirms that the member firms consistently provide efective,responsive, value-added, and personal service.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me at the email below or any of the co-chairs of this group for advice on IT emerging technologies.

The Law Firm Network is a network of independent law firms originated in 1989. Our members are not affiliated in the joint practice of law; each member firm is an independent law firm and renders professional services on an individual and separate basis.