Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Domestic

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Domestic - Singapore


第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 directors
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A full-service group that is renowned for its regulatory expertise in the telecommunications sector. Its client base includes leading telecommunications providers and regulators as well as technology and media companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Consistency: "We've been working with them for a long time and they've given us excellent service the whole way through."

Expertise: "Clear strength in telecoms regulation. The group is stable, long-standing and has been there since day one."

Work highlights Advising Research In Motion on the Singapore law aspects of its global rebranding of the company under the name BlackBerry.

Advised News Corporation on its acquisition of ESPN Star Sports.

Notable practitioners  

Group head Lim Chong Kin is a leading practitioner in the TMT sector who "makes a strong effort to meet the needs of the clients" and provides "practical advice." He is particularly noted for his regulatory prowess, and recently led work for the national regulator Infocomm Development Authority.

Significant clients Infocomm Development Authority, BlackBerry, News Corporation.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A strong team of TMT specialists that is adept at handling transactional and regulatory work, both in Singapore and elsewhere in the region. Particularly active on data protection advice since the introduction of the new Personal Data Protection Law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are dynamic, efficient and professional."

What's new? Lionel Tan has made an internal move from the IP group into the TMT group. Benjamin Cheong joins the firm from Baker & McKenzie's Shanghai office.

Work highlights Advising the Election Commission of the Government of Bangladesh on regulatory and legislative issues connected to its Identification System for Enhancing Access to Services (IDEA) project.

Acted for Chartis Singapore Insurance on compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act.

Notable practitioners  

Rajesh Sreenivasan is one of Singapore's most prominent specialists in the TMT field, with a practice that spans technology, telecoms and digital media. He has an active regional practice and is instructed by overseas governments and corporates. Notably he led the team advising the Election Commission of the Government of Bangladesh on establishing a secure and reliable national ID system.  

Steve Tan is singled out as "knowledgeable, approachable and always willing to help." His practice has a focus on commercial and regulatory advice in the technology and media sectors, including a specialism in data protection work.

Significant clients Government of Bangladesh, Citibank, Facebook, Singapore Technologies Electronics, Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service coverage on TMT-related work, leveraging upon its strong capabilities in the competition, IP, disputes and transactional practice areas. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Quality: "One of the top local law firms to turn to in Singapore. They have consistently delivered high-quality work and maintain a positive attitude towards clients."

Breadth of services: "A balanced practice."  

Work highlights Acting for Deutsche Bank on an outsourcing arrangement with the local subsidiary of an international services provider.

Advised SingTel on its MyAppsMall service, which offers more than 434 million Asian subscribers access to an array of digital content.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe Tham Kok Leong as a "very detail-oriented" lawyer who "responds quickly to his clients' needs." He is knowledgeable about technology and IP issues, and led on advising Deutsche Bank on an outsourcing arrangement.

Tan Wee Meng advises telecommunications and media clients on their entry into and operation in the Singapore market, including on regulatory matters. He was part of the team that advised SingTel on its MyAppsMall service.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, SingTel, Urban Redevelopment Authority. 

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-rounded TMT practice that is especially active in the telecoms industry, advising clients on transactional work and regulatory issues. Its strong network of offices in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond ensures it is well equipped to handle cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and have quick turnaround times."

Expertise: "Strong experience in telecommunications deals."

Notable practitioners

Department head Ken Chia is "deeply interested in technology," and this passion "adds value to his lawyering ability." His broad regional experience is another distinguishing point, and he handles high-profile TMT work involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Significant clients Accenture, Infocomm Development Authority, MasterCard, Sony Digital, Yahoo!.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 counsel
- 2 associates 

What the team is known for Specialist team which is highly knowledgeable of Singapore's TMT sector. Handles a wide variety of technology-related work, including advice on data protection. Able to draw upon the resources of Pinsent Masons' wider regional network. 

What's new? A specialist TMT team, led by Bryan Tan, joined the firm in the second quarter of 2013.

Work highlights Acted for Marsh & McLennan on the drafting of standardised documentation relating to data collection and transfer, to be used across 15 jurisdictions.

Advised Cable & Wireless on standard customer agreements for provision of ICT services.

Notable practitioners  

Bryan Tan is widely praised by peers and clients alike. He advised Marsh & McLennan on its standard documentation for data collection and transfer.

Significant clients Cable & Wireless, Marsh & McLennan, Mercer, Misys, Pace.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other fee earners

What the team is known for Full-service practice that is active in the media and IT sectors. Handles a variety of corporate and finance work in these areas, with support from the firm's excellent transactional teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very comprehensive in terms of giving advice. I like the fact they are business-minded." 

Responsiveness: "The culture of the firm is for a very quick response time."

What's new? Singapore Tourism Board is a new client win.

Work highlights Acting for leading South Korean energy firm SK Innovation in a EUR270 million joint venture with Continental to develop batteries for electric cars.

Advising Singapore's Media Development Authority on its public service broadcasting schemes, including advice on its funding arrangements.

Notable practitioners

Lam Chung Nian is the head of the firm's TMT group.

Significant clients CIMB Bank, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Tourism Board, Tiger Airways, Universal Music.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 associates

What the team is known for Strong focus on providing services in the IT sector, including advising on IT procurement, cloud computing and internet law. Also active on IP work in the TMT sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Work ethic: "They are very committed." 

Work highlights Advised Singapore Airlines on procurement, integration and licensing for its IT systems.

Advised Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific on the launch of its new cloud computing service, Skydesk.

Notable practitioners  

Koh Chia Ling is prized for his commerciality: He is "able to understand the business context and provides advice that is to the point." He has handled many high-profile IT and IP disputes and also works on anti-counterfeiting and corporate TMT.

Significant clients Singapore Airlines, SingTel, Motorola, WPP Group, Yahoo!.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Serves a broad range of clients in the TMT sectors, with a particular focus on media and technology work.

Work highlights Advised Avaloq on licensing Singaporean banks to use its proprietary software.

Advised Infinite Frameworks on the production of its films and its application for grants from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Notable practitioners

Partners Rizwi Wun and Jonathan Kok co-head the department.

Significant clients DDB Worldwide Singapore, Imagi Studios, Infocus Asia, TBWA Singapore, Toon Express.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Wilson Wong is a director of Amica Law LLC, and has wide-ranging technology and IP experience.

Joyce Tan of Joyce A. Tan & Partners is a vastly experienced lawyer who is "one of the doyennes of the TMT practice area." Her expertise in the IT field is singled out as a particular strength.

Gilbert Leong of Rodyk & Davidson LLP focuses on telecommunications and IT work, with notable experience advising on IT systems and outsourcing transactions. He is praised by clients, one of whom noted: "He is creative, and we have appreciated his value."

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