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Scott Thiel

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property & Technology


Scott is the Location Head of the Intellectual Property, and Technology team in Hong Kong. Scott specialises in the areas of outsourcing and complex technology transactions, advising both users and suppliers of IT, and outsourcing services and in relation to all aspects of the procurement process. His work ordinarily involves him on business critical projects frequently valued in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Major clients include Cathay Pacific Airways, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, National Australia Group Europe, ScottishPower Energy Retail, Tesco Bank, Scottish Power, and HCL Technologies. Scott advises clients across a range of sectors including technology, banking, transport, energy and sport. Scott's back ground in engineering and dual qualifications in both intellectual property law and computer science provide him with a unique opportunity to understand the technical aspects of client's ICT and outsourcing projects. An understanding of the issues faced by both sides of a transaction enables Scott to seek innovative solutions to resolve negotiation deadlocks and deliver completed deals for his clients.


2011 - Date DLA Piper, Foreign Legal Consultant, Hong Kong; 2008 - 2011 DLA Piper, Partner, Scotland; 2000-2008 Dundas & Wilson, Associate and Senior Associates (2004), Scotland; 1999-2000 Anderson Legal (Melbourne, Australia), Assistant Solicitor; 1996- 1999 Phillips Fox (Melbourne, Australia), Articles Clerk and Solicitor




Monash University, LL.M (Intellectual Property); Melbourne University, LL.B

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Highlights for DLA Piper saw a global team advising a large media company on a multi-jurisdictional data protection compliance mandate. It also advised a US software company on the establishment of a joint venture in China and assisted with its content purchase arrangement with third-party service and technology provider as well as content licensing and onwards distribution. Qiang Li and Horace Lam are names to note, based in Shanghai and Beijing respectively. Hong Kong-based Scott Thiel and of counsel Carolyn Bigg are also recommended.

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The 'excellent' team at DLA Piper excels at handling high-profile, strategically important IT projects on behalf of an impressive range of clients, including Maxwell Technologies, HSBC, Barings and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Combining IP knowledge with computer science expertise, team head Scott Thiel has a unique insight into IT work; he is regularly at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the team, including its recent work for HSBC Hong Kong and HSBC Singapore on the establishment of a cloud services master framework agreement with Google. Thiel also has significant expertise in the fintech sector, and recently acted for Ping An Technology on successfully securing the contract to design, implement, deploy and provide support and maintenance services for a blockchain-based trade finance platform. Drawing on the expertise of practitioners spread throughout the firm's extensive network of offices, a significant amount of the team's work relates to handling multi-jurisdictional projects requiring a global coordinated approach; it is currently acting on several multi-jurisdictional data protection compliance projects. Of counsel Carolyn Bigg is recommended for her privacy and data protection expertise throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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