Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Domestic - Singapore
THE FIRM Drew & Napier is considered to be one of the leading lights for TMT work in Singapore. It remains a favourite adviser amongst telecoms operators for licensing, market access and regulatory issues. The team possesses a large market share for merger clearance work; highlights include successfully obtaining merger clearance for the proposed acquisition of Samsung's hard disk drive business by Seagate. The firm has also been at the forefront of legislative development, recently participating in the drafting and revision of the Telecoms Competition Code.
Sources say: “They are commercial and seek to understand their client's business in order to render practical advice.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lim Chong Kin is head of the TMT group and has been a long-standing adviser to the Media Development Authority in Singapore. He assisted Google with regulatory matters regarding setting up its data centre operations. Clients particularly highlight his outstanding insight and succinct legal analysis, while one peer commented: “You cannot ask for a better collaborator than him.”
THE FIRM This well-rounded TMT group has an excellent reputation. It has developed a more regional focus of late, having for example won a mandate to review the Brunei telecommunications regulatory framework. The team also represented Singapore Technologies Electronics in its acquisition of Nera Telecommunications, which has a network covering most Asia-Pacific countries. The firm's strength on the media side is indicated by high-profile client wins such as Facebook and Lucasfilm.
Sources say: “When it comes to TMT law, they are at the cutting edge. They do all they can to protect their client's interests.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Rajesh Sreenivasan has a background in e-commerce, IT, telecoms and digital media. In addition to acting for multinational corporations, he has advised many state governments on the drafting of ICT and regulatory policies. Commentators also note that “he has a very approachable way of working with clients.”
Steve Tan has a strong media and technology practice. His previous role as in-house counsel for a Singapore technology company has provided him with an excellent understanding of IT. Tan's media clients include film producers and game developers. One client notes: “He is sharp and goes beyond our expectations of him as an external legal support.”
THE FIRM This team offers a wide variety of skills and covers the full spectrum of TMT work, including acting for many private sector giants in dealings with Singapore's Media Development Authority and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. The team is also regulatory counsel to many regional and domestic telecoms corporations, and recently advised SingTel on its conditional agreements to sell particular infrastructure assets used by OpenNet. In the multimedia sector, the firm was instructed by Blizzard Entertainment on the launch of its popular game Diablo III in various countries across South-East Asia.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice Tham Kok Leong has combined expertise in IP and IT law, and is lauded as being “highly interactive with clients, with a keen eye for cost efficiency.” He recently advised Singapore Health Services on procuring an organisation-wide imaging solution.
Tan Wee Meng stands out in particular for his work in the telecoms industry. He has experience of assisting service providers with establishing their operations in the country and is especially skilled at regulatory matters. His recent highlights include advising SingTel on legal documentation for its new MyAppsMall service.
THE FIRM This firm offers a full service to clients in terms of both geographical coverage and practice expertise. The team counts many multinational corporations amongst its clients, and has advised government bodies such as the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. It also handles substantial TMT-related M&A transactions, and is active in related specialist areas such as IT due diligence and transitional services agreements.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ken Chia is qualified in several jurisdictions and frequently represents clients across the region. He assists governments and multinational corporations with large-scale procurement, outsourcing and regional transactions.
THE FIRM This team is known for its capabilities in serving the telecoms industry, and continues to advise clients on regulatory issues in the media and technology field. On the transactional front, the team has been involved with multiple M&A deals and is active in the antitrust domain. It recently assisted CIMB with its IT outsourcing service provider application and development initiatives.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lam Chung Nian heads the TMT practice and is a key contact there.
"Well-respected" practitioner Wilson Wong of Amica Law LLC has a strong practice in IT matters, which includes outsourcing and the establishment of legal frameworks.
Joyce Tan of Joyce A. Tan & Partners is highly respected by peers for her well-regarded practice and seniority in the industry. She has a strong reputation for technology law matters.
Bryan Tan recently joined Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP. He is an experienced practitioner who has played a part in many pioneering firsts in this area. He has of late been involved in advising on M&A of telecoms companies. He also has specialist knowledge in Chinese intellectual property law.
Gilbert Leong of Rodyk & Davidson LLP is active in telecoms disputes and data protection issues. He is known for his strong negotiation and drafting skills when formulating commercial agreements for clients.