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Drew & Napier LLC’s clients include global broadcasters as well as regional telecommunications providers, start-ups and regulators. In addition to handling drafting, reviewing and negotiations of a full suite of technology contracts, the group advises on licensing and outsourcing matters. Practice head Lim Chong Kin led a team advising Infocomm Media Development Authority on the legal and regulatory support for its spectrum allocation process and the implementation of the cross-carriage measure. The group also advised AT&T on Singapore-specific regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Time Warner and assisted Super Sea Cable Networks with the deployment of a new international submarine cable system to be operated by a Singapore-based company.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s ‘top-tier’ practice includes Benjamin Cheong, who is ‘one of the brightest minds’ and is praised for his ‘valuable insight and experience’. ‘Commercially savvy and responsive’ practice deputy head Steve Tan attracts praise for his ‘wealth of knowledge and experience, tailored in line with the client’s business objectives’. The group tackles traditional as well as emerging areas of work in the sector, and acts on matters ranging from data privacy to e-commerce, entertainment, fintech and data analytics. Practice head Rajesh Sreenivasan is part of a team advising Avbaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific on the launch of its new business process outsourcing centre and, together with Lionel Tan, assisted Ascendas-Singbridge with data protection and other issues pertaining to setting up an online vendor. Tanya Tang is also recommended. Jocelyn Chan left private practice.

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s expertise spans traditional and unconventional areas of work, assisting clients with outsourcing agreements, cloud deployment, global data protection compliance and IT procurement. Tham Kok Leong assisted DBS Bank with the technology and operational migration aspects of its acquisition of the wealth management and retail banking businesses from Australia and New Zealand Banking group across five markets. Tan Wee Meng, who has ‘unparalleled business acumen and connections’, advised on the implementation of Samsung Pay mobile payment platform in Singapore, which involved drafting and negotiating agreements with card issuers, banks and third party service providers as well as devising a regulatory strategy. The team also acted for Far East Organization on the procurement of IT and cloud services. Stanley Lai SC is another name to note.

Ken Chia and Yi Lin Seng are key contacts at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow’s team, which handles a full spectrum of matters, including procurement, outsourcing, cloud computing and data protection. E-commerce is another area of expertise. Recent work includes conducting privacy impact assessments for global companies, data protection audits, and regulatory and compliance reviews.

Procurement and outsourcing contract management form a substantial part of Dentons Rodyk’s mandates, which also include complex disputes in the technology sector. Gilbert Leong assisted Mount Alvernia Hospital with the preparation of request for proposal contract documentation for a new electronic medical records system and subsequent negotiations with the chosen vendor. The team also advised Dimension Data Singapore on the bidding process for an outsourcing contract with a multinational financial institution, and advised OFO with drafting policies and contractual suites for its e-commerce platform and related regulatory framework. Chai Chong Low was part of a team representing Patsystems in a dispute arising from the implementation of an IT system for commodities and derivatives trading in Indonesia, which involved allegations of technical defects within the IT system. Catherine Lee and Woon Chooi Yew are also recommended.

At WongPartnership LLP, the ‘dedicatedLam Chung Nian is an ‘extremely skilled and knowledgeable lawyer with a sterling reputation, who has a mastery of the regulatory framework and applicable law as well as technical, commercial and sector-specific angles’. The team provides advice ‘tailored to client’s needs’ across technology, media and telecommunications. It recently advised Uber on its 3D mapping project as part of a larger strategy to introduce driverless cars and assisted Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on various agreements with card associations and technology companies for the implementation of a mobile payment process. In another highlight, the team acted for Showtime Networks in matters pertaining to its launch of the Smithsonian Channel in Asia. Jeffrey Lim and Kylie Peh are also noted.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP’s team has a strong following in the media, technology, communications and financial sectors. The ‘responsive and commercial’ Alexander Shepherd advised a major Asian airline on the procurement of an outsourcing contract for the provision of in-flight communication technology solutions; advice included drafting and negotiating relevant contracts. Jonathan Choo is advising Microsoft on enforcement of its contractual rights under software licenses and service agreements in several jurisdictions and assisting an international sports media agency with ongoing investigations by a broadcasting regulator. The group also advised a telecommunications company and cloud service platform on regulatory investigations following allegations of a breach of licensing regulations. Chia Ling Koh joined OC Queen Street.

Krishna Ramachandra heads Duane Morris & Selvam LLP’s practice, which includes fintech specialist Ramiro Rodriguez. The group handles matters ranging from telecoms acquisitions to regulatory matters concerning the introduction of new technologies and licensing reviews. Many of its clients are fintech start-ups, medical devices manufacturers and pharmaceuticals companies. Highlights included advising NCell on its $1.37bn sale by TeliaSonera to Axiata, advising Dentsu on its media rights agreement with the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, and handling franchising and distribution issues for eReady Couture.

Boutique OrionW LLC’s clients include multinational corporations, local start-ups and government agencies, which instruct the group on cross-border transactional, advisory and regulatory matters. The team is particularly active in the compliance and licensing sphere, handling issues arising under data protection, privacy regulation, fintech and blockchain. New technologies are another area of focus. Practice head Winnie Chang is the key contact.

Bryan Tan heads Pinsent Masons MPillay’s ‘commercially savvy, prompt and efficient’ practice, which specialises in local and regional TMT matters. Global banks, energy companies, manufacturers, technology companies, suppliers of software systems and local governments instruct the group on matters ranging from commercial contracts to risk management and regulatory reviews. The team advised ESRI South Asia on open source software licence requirements, assisted Forty Two Labs with seed fundraising and handled fundraising matters for a leading media company in Singapore.

Data protection and cybersecurity form a substantial proportion of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP’s workload. The group’s diverse client base spans sectors such as media, entertainment, technology and communications. Jonathan Kok assisted Gentle Bones with negotiating an exclusive songwriter agreement with Universal Publishing and advised Nightingale Healthcare on the contractual aspects of the use of its mobile application for booking doctor house calls.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s clients include start-ups and established multinationals. Ho Ying Ming advised TDK Corporation on the establishment of a $3bn joint venture with Qualcomm for the provision of radio frequency front-end modules and filters for mobile devices, drones, robotics and automotive applications. David Chong is assisting S i2i with the fleet acquisition and regulatory aspects of its planned distribution of electric vehicles in Singapore, while Michelle Phang is assisting a fintech client with consultations with the Monetary Authority of Singapore pertaining to its service provider licensing application.

Taylor Vinters Via LLC’s team is noted for its ‘good industry knowledge and hands-on approach’; it has ‘great and trustworthy practitioners’ who provide ‘exceptionally high levels of service’. The ‘very reliableBryan Ghowstakes his work seriously and is quick to grasp the commercial considerations in every transaction’; he is supported by the ‘responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeableYingyu Wang. The group is assisting technology service providers and telecommunications client with matters such as managing commercial contracts and licensing agreements. It also provides regulatory advice to media companies.

Colin Ng & Partners LLP’s Stephen Soh is assisting Minterest Private, a licensed fintech company, with the establishment of an online debt-based fundraising platform. In addition to commercial and regulatory advice, the team also handles regional business management matters for media and technology clients, particularly in the fintech, online retail and services sectors. It recently advised SCI Ecommerce with its planned entry into the Indonesian market.

Gateway Law Corporation’s group handles corporate matters for media and entertainment companies; it also advises on licensing issues and provides general commercial and transactional support. Clients include Government Technology Agency, for which it handles procurement processes for outsourcing contracts. Senior associate Amira Nabila Budiyano heads the practice. Max Ng and counsel Michael Leow are recommended.

OC Queen Street recruited ‘top-notch litigator’ Chia Ling Koh from Bird & Bird ATMD LLP, bolstering its TMT practice, which acts for clients spanning sectors such as financial services, technology and telecommunications. Highlights included advising Adatos on the commercialisation of its AI and medical technology solutions at Raffles Hospital, and assisted PT Bank Mandiri with the procurement of its banking technology in Indonesia. It is also handling Singapore-related regulatory and privacy matters for Facebook.

Withers KhattarWong’s group assists technology clients with drafting terms and conditions for use of web portals and mobile applications. It also advises media companies on licensing and regulatory aspects of their activity in Singapore. Contractual disputes are another are of work. Jim Lim and Gretchen Su.

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