Cloud Computing

Clients are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an effective way to scale, transform, and grow a business. However, the legal, regulatory, and commercial implications of cloud computing are complicated. Latham helps clients work through the minefield of complexities and cut through vendor hype to structure transactions that ensure the client and their data is protected, and the vendor delivers on its promises.

Why Latham

Long before the term “cloud computing” started to climb the Gartner hype-cycle, Latham has been helping clients navigate the capacity on-demand technology sector (also known as application services, infrastructure/platform/software-as-a-service, or utility computing). Latham lawyers help clients determine whether and how to best implement cloud-based IT strategies, considering and weighing up the often conflicting legal, regulatory, commercial, operational, and technical issues at play.

Latham helps clients negotiate a cloud computing contract that meets their requirements and manages risk, whether the cloud solution is private, public, or hybrid. The firm draws on an effective combination of industry knowledge, technical competence, legal and regulatory expertise, and commercial, pragmatic thinking to efficiently deliver practical solutions to complex cloud transactions. Latham has experience negotiating against all of the main vendors in the cloud market to help clients secure an industry-leading contract.

Identifying and complying with the applicable regulations is onerous and often requires judgment calls to be made. We can help with that. As regulatory frameworks differ in key jurisdictions, Latham regularly identifies and removes or navigates the barriers to adoption across a client’s geographic markets, to ensure compliance with cybersecurity, data privacy, data sovereignty, government monitoring, and industry-specific regulations.

Latham tailors the firm's support to clients' needs and budget, while ensuring clients always have the benefit of Latham's market experience and industry best practice. Latham lawyers align themselves with the client's business, and function as an extension of the client's in-house legal team to deliver practical solutions to complex transactions, efficiently.

Our Experience

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Earns Top Fintech Rankings Globally - February 10, 2021
  • Latham Again Named Technology Group of the Year - February 18, 2019
  • Latham Excels in 2017 AmLaw Corporate Scorecard - May 15, 2017
  • Partners Recognized for Client Service Excellence - February 06, 2017
  • Corporate Leaders Rank Latham as a Leading Law Firm for Client Service - November 30, 2016

Latham’s “renowned global practice” offers “specialist advice on technology, commercial and IP transactions,” including “specific expertise in cloud computing agreements and regulatory issues concerning personal data” and is “active advising emerging companies and start-ups.”

– Chambers Global 2020

Media Coverage

Technology Group of the Year: LathamTechnology Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins


Latham Earns Top Fintech Rankings GloballyLatham Advises LogMeIn in $1.8B Merger with Citrix’s GoTo Business through a Reverse Morris Trust Transaction Firm Named “Corporate Department of the Year” in California

Thought Leadership

FSB Concerns Over Cloud Concentration in Financial Services Continues European Banking Authority’s Draft Guidelines on OutsourcingService Levels and Service Credit Schemes in Outsourcing