George is a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Commercial team.
George Marques is a dual qualified lawyer with IT industry field experience gained in Canada at IBM and Motorola Information Systems. He is former Technology Counsel at Nortel Networks, and a co-founder of a Spain-based technology start-up.
As a key member of Bishop & Sewell’s Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) practice, George’s focus is finding pragmatic solutions to his clients’ business challenges by bringing to bear his inhouse/operational experience to provide advice that fits within the business and regulatory landscape of each client. His approach is to proactively support clients at their side and whenever possible understand the inter-relationship of things at the operational level.
The TMT team strives to serve clients in all stages of the business lifecycle including formation and governance, dealing with founder/director/shareholder issues, debt and convertible finance, seed equity and series fundraising, commercial relationships including procurement, supply, outsourcing, distribution, R&D, IP acquisition and licensing, confidentiality/NDA agreements, mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations, and disposals. George has successfully led and concluded asset/share acquisitions/disposals involving technology companies. In software M&A deals he uses his knowledge of software development to carry out due diligence of software assets, and craft IT warranties and indemnities to his buyer clients’ benefit. The TMT practice is multi-jurisdictional, spanning the UK, EU (Spain, Portugal), and North America (Canada, US).
George’s intellectual property law experience was gained at a leading Canadian patent & trademark firm and global telecom giant and spanned software/technology inbound and outbound licensing, patent & trademark applications/procurement work, prior-art and patentability issues. George trained at national Canadian law firm Borden, Ladner, Gervais.
- B.A.Sc. Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada
- LL.B, Western University (London, Canada), Case Western Reserve University – International Law Exchange (Cleveland, USA
- Law Society of Ontario (Canada)
- Law Society of England & Wales
George is keen on AI technology with intuitive human interfaces that elegantly and simply accomplishes its function as servant, not master, of the user. to positively impact the user experience and the human condition. He believes, technology for its own sake, or for profit alone, can lead to counter-productive and potentially dangerous outcomes for society, especially with the development of AI.
Culture/travel enthusiast and amateur linguist (fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and French).
Follow George on Twitter @TechLaw4Good