Luke Vaz is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Data & Technology Transactions Practice.
Mr. Vaz primarily handles global data privacy, commercial contracts, intellectual property, and technology matters. His client base covers international clients from a broad range of sectors, including gaming, fashion, private equity, consumer products, commercial contracts, media/telecoms, information technology, transportation, and healthcare and life sciences.
Mr. Vaz advises organizations on privacy matters throughout the lifecycle of M&A transactions, from conducting due diligence to post-acquisition integration issues.
Mr. Vaz trained in the firm’s London office, gaining experience in financial regulation, finance, and employment and pensions, in addition to the Data & Technology Transactions Practice.
Mr Vaz’s experience includes advising:
- Endeavor on intellectual property, commercial contracts, and tech transfers matters related to its US$1.2 billion acquisition of OpenBet, a leading content, platform, and service provider to the sports betting industry
- TPG’s global impact investing platform, The Rise Fund, on its investment in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business, at a US$2.65 billion valuation
- Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, on EU and UK data privacy matters related to its merger with Ginger, a leader in on-demand mental healthcare
- Index Ventures on commercial contracts and EU and UK data privacy matters related to its co-leading of a US$100 million Series B funding round for Beauty Pie, the first luxury beauty buyers' club for high-end beauty and wellness products
- Silver Lake on co-leading a group which invested US$650 million into Swedish banking and payments start-up Klarna, making it the highest-valued private fintech in Europe, at a US$10.65 billion valuation
- A publicly listed China-headquartered technology and internet group on a number of cross-border data privacy compliance queries across the social media, gaming, cloud, television, and advertising space, regarding existing and incoming products
- Facebook on its acquisition by Oculus VR, a subsidiary of Facebook, of Beat Games, a Czech-based game studio, and its acquisition of Papers with Code, a provider of an artificial intelligence research platform designed to track Artificial Intelligence (AI) research papers
- A UK-headquartered travel company on its commercial contracts in the reorganisation of its airline tour operators
- An online fashion marketplace on copyright, trademark and intellectual property issues
- A leading global accountancy and consultancy firm on its global privacy impact assessment (PIA) process to minimize privacy and security risks, and achieve compliance with global information laws for new systems and tools