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Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Senior Director, Law and Corporate Affairs

Updated: Jan. 18, 2013

Chris leads the Law and Corporate Affairs team in the UK.

He has significant legal and corporate affairs experience in the information technology industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chris was Senior Counsel for Apple Europe and Legal & Government Affairs Director at Compaq. He also spent more than 17 years at Digital Equipment Co. Ltd (DEC) in various legal roles.

His main areas of expertise are IT licensing, Intellectual Property and competition law. He has been involved in a number of competition investigations, by both UK and EU authorities and was instrumental in settling the European Commission’s investigation into DEC in 1997 (the Digital Undertaking).

Chris is an English barrister and holds a law degree from the University of Hull.

He is married with two sons. His hobbies include history, gardening, skiing and supporting Chelsea Football Club.