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Matt Pollins leads the commercial and TMT teams at CMS in Singapore. His experience ranges across local and international cases involving transactional, regulatory and related IP and dispute resolution issues. The team has advised clients such as Microsoft, Unilever and Dentsu Aegis Network and assists with matters as diverse as cloud computing, supply chains, advertising law, data protection and cyber security. Jeremy Tan who is with CMS Holborn is well regarded for his technology sourcing, outsourcing, FinTech and data protection expertise.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, together with its alliance firm Prolegis LLC, provides 'prompt response times, has a good understanding of industry issues and is able to leverage on solutions to similar problems in the South East Asia region' and 'is one of the better telecoms practices that has a team that has depth in the region'. Mark Robinson, who heads the team, is a popular choice with clients for his 'good technical knowledge of the telecoms sector and for thinking about the practical issues'. He works in tandem with the highly experienced Safa Zahedi, who heads up the Prolegis team. The group acts on high-profile matters and recent work includes Robinson and Zahedi leading a team that advised Softbank on its investment in a new equity funding round for Grab. It is also assisting a number of well-known clients on a range of regulatory issues.

The 'excellent, very responsive and very commercially minded' team at Norton Rose Fulbright has an impressively comprehensive range of expertise, both regionally and internationally through its network of offices. In addition to telecoms, IT and outsourcing matters, it handles mandates concerning evolving disruptive technologies in the financial services sector; cryptocurrency and blockchain matters and related regulatory developments and initial coin offerings. The team also advises on data protection and cybersecurity. Stella Cramer, who has 'a very commercial' approach, is valued for 'understanding the regulatory framework very well, particularly in relation to outsourcing and data issues' and is also 'up-to-date on privacy, outsourcing and fintech developments'. Telecoms expert David Olds is also a noted member of the team. Gigi Cheah has left the firm.

Linklaters’ strong Asia TMT practice has its centre in Singapore from where it handles a comprehensive range of expertise spanning technology and commercial contracting, IT outsourcing, fintech, cybersecurity and related regulatory regimes. The team provides 'superb legal support' and stands out for its ability to 'translate business requirements into the agreements'. The practice is headed by Adrian Fisher, who together with associate Gui Chung Yee, has 'in-depth knowledge of the TMT space'. Niranjan Arasaratnam heads the TMT sector team and also co-heads the firm’s global TMT sector practice, focusing on M&A, investments and joint ventures and recently promoted managing associate Joel Cheang is another key team member. Clients include Microsoft, BHP Billiton Thomson Reuters.

Giles Kennedy heads the group at Milbank, which has expertise in financing, corporate matters and restructurings in the TMT sector. In a recent highlight, the group advised NetLink NBN on the IPO of NetLink NBO Trust. It is also advising a global internet company on all aspects of the establishment of a fibre optic network service in Singapore, which has included advising on several equity issuances, as well as regulatory and corporate matters.

The team at Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP is 'very focused on business' and is 'commercially savvy'. It assists clients with investments, joint ventures and finance matters, especially those in the fintech and insurance fields. Practice head Jake Robson led the team advising Big Pay on its work with AirAsia concerning the development and roll out of a platform whereby a pre-paid card, linked to a mobile wallet application, could be used by customers. The team also advised Chubb on a regional distribution joint venture with Grab in order to provide insurance products through Grab’s platform to both customers of Grab and Grab drivers. Shirin Tang is highlighted for her 'commercial sense and for being proactive and efficient'. Craig Celniker, who heads the disputes team and acts for a range of TMT clients, is 'very business minded' and has 'a deep understanding' of China-related matters.

Clifford Chance's team in Singapore acts for a diverse range of clients including corporates, banks, sovereign wealth funds and private equity houses throughout the region. Its multi-disciplinary offering covers M&A, IP, disputes and regulatory matters around data protection compliance and cyrptocurrency matters. Key practitioners include Paul Landless, who has a focus on fintech matters, and new arrivals Luke Grubb and senior associate Sally Murphy, who joined the practice in 2017 from Latham & Watkins LLP. Highlights included acting for a number of major corporates on IT outsourcing and procurement and it advised Fujitsu on the formation of a joint venture with Lenovo Group and the Development Bank of Japan with a focus on R&D and sales of computing devices for the global PC market. It also advised  Credit Suisse on the expansion of its digital private banking platform and its collaboration with Mesitis, a fintech start-up.

Latham & Watkins LLP's technology transactions practice works in tandem with its industry group to provide multi-disciplinary services, and is also able to draw on the firm's expertise in its European, US and Middle Eastern offices. Sharon Lau and Rajiv Gupta head the team following Luke Grubb's departure in November 2017 to join Clifford Chance. New hires include Shihani Soysa, who joined in March 2018, and Monsiree Jirasarunya, who was a new arrival in April 2018. The team handles an impressive range of M&A, joint ventures and financing and recently advised Singapore Technologies Telemedia on its acquisition of a 74% stake in the data centre businesses of Tata Communications.

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