Firms To Watch: TMT

Technology deal specialist Rhys McWhirter leads the Hong Kong-based Asia fintech and technology practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which regularly advises large institutional clients and fast-growing unicorns on a broad spectrum of technology transactions.
At independent Hong Kong firm Haldanes, Solicitors and Notaries, the track record of commercial transactions and M&A specialist John McLellan includes industry-specific operations, such as film and television productions, artists' issues, and sports and live events.
In January 2022, Latham & Watkins LLP elevated commercial, outsourcing, technology, media and privacy expert Kieran Donovan to the partnership within the firm's data and technology transactions practice in Hong Kong.

TMT in Hong Kong

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s TMT expertise encompasses the full range of commercial, regulatory and data protection work, with core strengths in cloud, IT and telecoms. Recent activity includes advising on compliance, data localisation and transfer matters, further to the 2021 implementation of China’s Personal Information Protection Law and Data Security Law. The practice has also experienced an uptick in instructions involving new technologies, particularly in the fintech/payments and blockchain/non-fungible token spaces; and it continues to develop its mid-market technology and venture capital credentials. Greater China managing partner Ted Chwu is increasingly active in the data regulatory and commercial aspects of cross-border investments and project expansions within the internet and mobile economies; Hank Leung handles brand protection and transactional IP work; and counsel Clarice Yue advises on IT, telecoms and data protection issues. In late 2021, former practice head Michelle Chan retired from the partnership, relocating to the firm’s London office as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Ted Chwu; Clarice Yue

Other key lawyers:

Hank Leung

Key clients



Riot Games

SmartMore Corporation


Anker Innovations Technology

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wise Road Asset Management with a cross-border licensing deal on cutting-edge semiconductor technology involving various listed companies.
  • Assisted Webank with structuring commercial technology licensing arrangements for its international technology business.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells‘ contentious and non-contentious Greater China practice assists TMT clients with a wide range of matters throughout their life cycles. In addition to advising major TMT industry players, the practice acts for non-TMT organisations in their use of technology, particularly financial institutions, financial services providers, retailers, consumer brands, life sciences businesses and automotive sector clients. ‘In the top band of TMT transactional lawyers‘, Mark Parsons‘ practice covers the full range of technology and telecoms-related commercial and regulatory work; Eugene Low heads the IPMT group in Hong Kong, along with co-leading the firm’s esports and video gaming practice; and Andrew McGinty‘s wide sectoral includes TMT work. Experienced counsel Tommy Liu specialises in the transactional structuring and contractual arrangements of TMT-related projects. Don Williams and Liang Xu, along with Tony Mou, Katie Feng , Helen Xia and Adrian Emch, are key mainland China contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Low; Andrew McGinty; Tommy Liu; Don Williams; Liang Xu; Tony Mou; Katie Feng; Helen Xia; Adrian Emch; Mark Lin; Sherry Gong; Lu Zhou; Cheng Xu; Katherine Tsang; PJ Kaur; Nicola Choi


‘Mark Parsons remain in the top band of TMT transactional lawyers for the breadth of his coverage of telco, financial services and tech outsourcing work. Excellent practical advice combined with an understanding of the intersection between tech, sectoral issues and public policy themes.’

Key clients


Bank of China International



Linear Capital


Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Aramco Ventures Investments

Hong Kong Technology Venture Company


Work highlights

  • Advised IBM on the global separation and reorganisation of its managed infrastructure services business.
  • Advised Bank of China International on a multi-vendor regional technology platform outsourcing for its private banking operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau.
  • Advised Kuaishou (Beijing Kuaishou Technology Co), a Chinese video-sharing mobile app business provider, on its multi-jurisdictional and global data compliance project.

Baker McKenzie

Delivering ‘practical advice combined with technical knowledge‘, Baker McKenzie's Greater China TMT practice routinely leverages the firm’s enviable global capabilities. Acting for both users and producers of technology, the team has recognised strength in IT, e-commerce, fintech and data privacy. Representative work for the group ranges from regulatory issues, including cybersecurity and data privacy matters, along with M&A, outsourcing, customer, development and procurement agreements. It is also mandated to advise on invoicing and payment systems, technology licensing, and TMT-related venture capital, private equity and dispute resolution matters. The principal figures are the ‘always availablePaolo Sbuttoni, whose clients comprise technology companies, fintechs, start-ups, financial institutions and multinational corporations; and highly experienced TMT practitioner Lex Kuo, whose recent track record includes acting for Chinese technology companies on a range of regulatory and transactional projects. Kuo is also active in the entertainment and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Sbuttoni; Lex Kuo


‘Practical advice combined with technical knowledge, with relationship building being key.’

Able to assist clients with analysing current situations, providing practical advice in a short period of time.

‘Paolo Sbuttoni is always available and makes clients feel a priority from Day 1, even when the work is in its infancy.’

‘Paolo Sbuttoni and his team are very familiar with Hong Kong’s personal privacy regulations, data security and related reporting procedures.’

Key clients




Jones Lang LaSalle

Abercrombie & Fitch

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s Greater China team covers clients’ day-to-day TMT issues, in addition to advising on technology procurement, outsourcing, and data protection and cybersecurity work. Other areas of strength include novel, disruptive technologies and digital transformation projects, in relation to blockchain, digital assets, fintech and AI. Carolyn Bigg has longstanding experience in data privacy and technology-related matters; and senior associate Yue Lin Lee acts as the firm’s Singapore and South East Asia lead for regional TMT projects. In May 2022, Lauren Hurcombe, who advises e-commerce and technology sector clients on market entry strategies and expansion projects, was made partner, while of counsel Alice Li, an expert in emerging and disruptive technologies, joined from Deacons. Further recent developments within the practice included the late 2021 hire of Kristi Swartz as fintech head from now-closed Swartz, Binnersley & Associates, while former practice head Scott Thiel moved to lead TOKO, the firm’s digital asset creation engine.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Bigg

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Hurcombe; Alice Li; Kristi Swartz; Yue Lin Lee


‘The DLA Piper team showed deep knowledge of the relevant sector and came up with industry-benchmark solutions, guiding the client safely into new legal sectors.’

Carolyn Bigg was outstanding for her knowledge of data privacy and technology deals. She was also very sensitive in relation to the relevant legal and commercial issues, and able to provide very practical legal advice. She works hard and and is very knowledgeable in this space.

‘Lauren Hurcombe showed deep knowledge in her specialised area. She also adapted her process to the client’s circumstances, which made her work very valuable and practical.’

Key clients

Olympus Corporation

InterContinental Hotels Group

Levi Strauss & Co

Symbio Holdings (formerly MNF Group)

The Hut Group


Ping An Technology

OneConnect Financial Technology

Science 37

The Great Eagle Company

Shyft Network

Firework Games Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Selected to advise Olympus on the first-generation global business process outsourcing of its APAC, EU and Americas business to Genpact.
  • Acts for InterContinental Hotels Group on privacy and cybersecurity-related work in Greater China.
  • Advises Levi Strauss & Co on the full spectrum of privacy matters across the Asia-Pacific region.

King & Wood Mallesons

Very well versed in TMT‘, King & Wood Mallesons‘ Hong Kong team routinely acts for major finance, energy, software and media clients on system procurements, M&A, joint ventures, and collaborations in the technology sector. The group also has significant TMT-related litigation and arbitration disputes credentials. Other areas of strength range from regulatory advice, technology licensing, telecoms and data transfer, to fintech work, such as token offerings, digital asset exchanges and data compliance. ‘Always spot on in providing straight-to-the-point advice‘, Peter Bullock has a strong reputation for his digital systems and IT industry experience, as well as his expertise in financial sector-related data and emerging technologies. Also integral to the group, Urszula McCormack is a widely respected blockchain and digital legal expert. Telecoms specialist Neil Carabine retired from the partnership in July 2021, and is now a senior consultant in the firm’s Melbourne office.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bullock; Neil Carabine

Other key lawyers:

Urszula McCormack; Minny Siu; Francois Tung


‘The team is very well versed in TMT.’

‘The lawyers also understand clients’ budget considerations, which they are willing to accommodate.’

‘Peter Bullock’s work is not self-serving like at many law firms. The work is prepared with the client in mind, and provides useful suggestions and considerations. The team understands the client’s business and takes it into consideration.’

‘Peter Bullock is very experienced, and always spot on in providing straight-to-the-point advice.’

‘Peter Bullock and his team give useful and practical guidance. They are client focused in their work, and clients are able to rely upon their assistance and support.’

Key clients

Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority


The World Bank

The Hong Kong Association of Banks

OneConnect Financial Technology

Bumble Holding

Techtronic Industries Company

Jingdong E-Commerce (Trade) Hong Kong Corporation

Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Hongkong)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Hong Kong SAR’s Monetary Provident Fund Schemes Authority, on an ongoing basis, to enable the implementation of the innovative eMPF Platform.
  • Advised NYSE-listed OneConnect Financial Technology on its successful bid for the mCRA tender, a TMT project that marks the demonopolisation of TransUnion.
  • Appointed to support The World Bank in building a digital economy in eight South Asian countries.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown‘s Asia TMT group routinely advises on cutting-edge mainstream technology projects involving fintech, regtech, AI, P2P, emerging payment technologies, merchant solutions and mobile payments deals. It assists with technology and data protection issues in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. The group is also sought out to advise on the issues surrounding the regulation of the media and telecoms sector, including broadcasting and telecoms licensing, anti-competition issues, and digital media copyright disputes. Practice leader Gabriela Kennedy advises on major technology projects and media transactions, and has substantive experience in regulatory and telecoms matters across the region. Kennedy’s experience further includes longstanding involvement with broadcasting industry association AVIA. Also integral to the group, Amita Haylock focuses on complex litigation and ADR, in relation to telecoms, broadcasting, IP and competition law; and TL Lim is a key partner in the insurance, reinsurance, cybersecurity and data privacy practices.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Amita Haylock; TL Lim

Key clients


Airport Authority Hong Kong


Fung Group


Jardine Matheson & Company

Warner Media

Xperi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised on the broadcasting and rights licensing issues surrounding an Indonesia-based OTT media streaming services company’s proposed launch of OTT services in Singapore.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster‘s ‘exceptional team‘ acts for an impressive list of industry-leading companies, such as Alibaba, SoftBank, Airbnb and Dairy Farm. It is also highly experienced in advising start-ups that commercialise cutting-edge technologies. The Asia technology practice is led by ‘great negotiatorGordon Milner, whose broad expertise covers innovative services, e-commerce, payments systems, block chain and digital currencies. Hong Kong-based Milner also assists with IP matters, licensing, technology transactions, and data and cloud issues; Thomas Chou has extensive experience in both Silicon Valley and throughout Asia; and Marcia Ellis is a widely respected private equity practitioner. Over in Shanghai, Chuan Sun focuses on sophisticated TMT transactions, as well as complex IP/commercial matters across Greater China; and Paul McKenzie in Beijing consistently acts for US and other international TMT companies. Gigi Yuen and Tyler Xiu are the associates to note in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Milner

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Chou; Marcia Ellis; Chuan Sun; Paul McKenzie; Gigi Yuen; Tyler Xiu; Sarah Wang


‘Exceptional team – a class act.’

‘The team comprises lawyers with varying degrees of experience in technology law. This helps to support the work on complex transactions and manage costs for the client. It is difficult enough to find a truly competent technology lawyer these days, let alone a team of them within the same practice!’

‘Gordon Milner and his team are the best counsels around for TMT/tech work. The team has the curiosity to understand the strategic goals of clients, and then advise and guide clients towards resolution of the legal problems.’

Gordon Milner is absolutely a valuable adviser. He is sharp, has unique thinking, and can stand in the shoes of his clients. He is also a great negotiator, and can get to points with a clear, logical and convincing narrative.

‘Chuan Sun is a highly skilled technology and commercial lawyer. He goes to great depths to understand clients’ business, and works above and beyond the call of duty to deliver first-class legal documents, coupled with pragmatic and commercially-sound solutions.’

‘Chuan Sun is particularly knowledgeable on technical points of law, and is well versed in what are common industry standard terms, as well as being up to date with recent tech trends and issues.’

‘Chuan Sun is brilliant, and Tyler Xiu is an excellent associate who is very responsive.’

Associate Gigi Yuen has very good drafting and communication skills. She is very hardworking and clients know they can rely on Gigi to deliver a high-quality work product. She plays an important role in clients’ projects and contributes a lot.

Key clients


Alibaba Group

Dairy Farm


Princeton Digital Group



SoftBank Vision Fund



Work highlights

  • Advised Roblox on its joint venture with Tencent (Luobu), and the establishment and launch of the Roblox platform in China.
  • Advised Amperex Technology on its RMB14bn joint ventures for mid-size battery cells and packs, and a technology cross-license arrangement with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.
  • Advised Six Waves, a global publisher of mobile games, on its $201m sale to Sweden-based Stillfront Group.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Regularly advising on delicate and complex TMT-related matters, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s sector specialisms cover financial services, fintech, retail, technology, transportation, and hotels and leisure. Financial institutions particularly benefit from the Hong Kong group’s ability to advise on the technology and regulatory aspects of transactions and projects. The Asia-Pacific data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice is led by Anna Gamvros, whose practice ranges from technology agreements and outsourcing transactions, to privacy, data protection, cybersecurity and breach response, and telecoms and internet regulatory issues. Additional partner-level support is provided by Justin Davidson, who advises multinational and Asian technology firms on IP and technology law issues across Asia; and fintech and financial services regulatory expert, Etelka Bogardi. At senior associate level, Ruby Kwok focuses on TMT-related regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Anna Gamvros

Other key lawyers:

Justin Davidson; Etelka Bogardi; Ruby Kwok

Key clients

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company

City University of Hong Kong

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy‘s practice covers TMT-related inbound and outbound M&A, as well as joint ventures. It is also able to leverage its credentials in finance, capital markets, antitrust and dispute resolution for TMT-related work. Focused on complex, cross-border transactions and strategic projects, David Norman‘s sector focus includes insuretech and fintech. Norman’s experience includes acting for technology companies (and other disrupters) and incumbents on the establishment of collaborations. Working across the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, Victor Ho provides additional partner-level support.

Other key lawyers:

David Norman; Victor Ho


Ashurst‘s Greater China digital economy practice acts across the spectrum of technology and telecoms work, including technology-focused corporate projects and transactions, digital infrastructure operations, data privacy, and fintech and telecoms-related regulatory issues. It is also sought out for its advice on product expansion, IP licensing and development matters, and new-age technology projects such as digital assets and non-fungible tokens. TMT deal specialist Joshua Cole leads the group, which further features counsel Hoi Tak Leung, whose practice focuses on advising technology platforms such as Meta Platforms, Tencent and ByteDance.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Cole

Other key lawyers:

Hoi Tak Leung


‘Impressive knowledge within the tech space, especially in new unprecedented tech niches.’

‘Very knowledgeable, commercial, and capable.’

Problem solvers with a can-do mentality.

Key clients

Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook)

Tencent Group


Tyme Group

Singapore Telecommunications

Sojitz Corporation






Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Work highlights

  • Assists Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) on its digital infrastructure and sub-sea telecom projects across Asia and internationally.
  • Advised Singapore Telecommunications on the acquisition of all the shares in Velocity Business Solutions.
  • Advised Tyme Group, a digital banking group, on establishing a joint venture with JG Group, a large conglomerate in the Philippines, to create a digital bank.


Housing practitioners with technology and science backgrounds, Deacons‘ TMT practice is particularly active in relation to digital assets. Its experience covers cryptocurrencies and the tokenisation of assets, blockchains, smart contracts and the metaverse. The team can also draw upon the expertise of the firm’s experienced IP, corporate and commercial practices. Charmaine Koo‘s practice covers IP litigation, data privacy and entertainment; and Machiuanna Chu regularly advises new economy clients and emerging businesses, including technology companies, cryptocurrency issuers and fintech companies (among others). On the IP side, Ian Liu, Kelley Loo and Amy Chung are also active partners.

Practice head(s):

Machiuanna Chu; Charmaine Koo

Other key lawyers:

Ian Liu, Kelley Loo; Amy Chung


‘High levels of professionalism, along with experience in the Asian, North American and European markets.’

Key clients


Alibaba Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the PCCW Group in patent infringement court proceedings, brought against it by US entity Two-Way Media in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance.
  • Acting for Alibaba Group in IP infringement proceedings, commenced in Hong Kong by a US cosmetics supplier.
  • Advised Celestial Pioneer on its acquisition of additional shares in Forever Top (Asia), being the existing controlling shareholder of i-CABLE.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn‘s APAC TMT practice has a strong name for technology transactions, and telecoms, privacy and cybersecurity issues. It is also active in technology and telecoms M&A, and growth/venture capital matters. Heading the firm’s TMT practice in Asia, Connell O’Neill regularly advises emerging and established businesses on transformative transactions in the TMT sector across the APAC and Middle East regions. Additional partner-level support is provided by co-chair of the firm’s private equity group, Scott Jalowayski; Brian Schwarzwalder, a key member of the firm’s M&A and private equity groups; and Paul Boltz, who advises high-tech and life sciences companies.

Practice head(s):

Connell O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Scott Jalowayski; Brian Schwarzwalder; Paul Boltz


‘The lawyers build wonderful relationships with the entire project team.’

‘The approach of Gibson is very collaborative and flexible.’

‘Connell O’Neil is very professional – he is an all-round performer with very good communication and negotiation skills.’

Key clients

MVP Group of companies including PLDT, Smart Communications, Cignal TV and Meralco

Nokia Corporation



Etisalat Group




Meta (Facebook)


Amazon Web Services

Herbert Smith Freehills

Consistently mandated by large-name and growth-tech companies, Herbert Smith Freehills‘ TMT offering ranges from major M&A deals, funding rounds and listings, to joint ventures, competition issues and disputes. It also assists investors with their investments into tech companies, and is able to leverage the firm’s joint operation with PRC legal practice Kewei Law Firm. Singapore-based Mark Robinson leads the Asia TMT team, which also features Hong Kong’s corporate partner Tommy Tong, whose track record includes advising on public and private M&A transactions in China’s TMT sector. Nanda Lau provides further partner-level support from Shanghai.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Nanda Lau; Adelaide Luke; Tommy Tong

Key clients


Axiata Group Berhad

Lagardère Travel Retail

Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation

Winwin Enterprises

TCV Capital

China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities

CMBC International Capital

BofA Securities

Newborn Town

Work highlights

  • Advised Lagardère Travel Retail on its RMB720m investment by, CICC, and other investors.
  • Advised Keppel T&T on the divestment of its entire 50% stake in Wuhu Sanshan Port Co to Sinotrans.
  • Advised Newborn Town on a top-up placing.


Kennedys‘ TMT team routinely acts for clients from the insurance, financial services, communications, IT, media and consumer products sectors (among others). Its industry expertise additionally covers IT, hardware procurement, software and services, and software licensing and maintenance. The group also fields specialists in system integration, website design and hosting, outsourcing, e-commerce, and gambling matters; and clients can further rely upon the firm’s experience in TMT-related IP, cyber and data privacy matters. The principal figures are Richard Bates, who heads the corporate and commercial team in Hong Kong; and cyber and data privacy practice leader for APAC, Joanie Ko.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bates; Joanie Ko

Key clients


Allianz Global & Corporate Specialty

AS Watson Retail (HK)


Bupa (Asia)

Canopius Global Specialty Insurance

ERS Insurance Group

Euler Hermes

FWD Bolttech

Grandwood Insurance Brokers

Hong Kong Hospital Authority

mSolution Consultants

Price Forbes Hong Kong



The Medical Professional Liability Company

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison regularly advises on high-end transactions across the full spectrum of M&A, private equity and TMT-related operations, many of which require coordination across multiple jurisdictions. The principal figures are experienced practitioners Judie Ng Shortell and Greg Liu, who both work across the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices. Shortell’s recent highlights include acting for DCP Capital Partners-led group of investors in their take-private acquisition of 51job; and Liu’s experience includes advising PAG, as an exchangeable note investor, on the take-private transaction of Taiwan Liposome Company. Recently promoted counsel Jack Sun also advises on TMT deals.

Practice head(s):

Greg Liu; Judie Ng Shortell

Other key lawyers:

Jack Sun

Key clients

DCP Capital

General Atlantic


L Catterton Asia


Work highlights

  • Advised a DCP Capital Partners-led group of investors on their take-private acquisition of 51job.
  • Advised PAG, as an exchangeable note investor, in the take-private transaction of Taiwan Liposome Company.
  • Advised L Catterton Asia, as lead investor, on a series B financing round of over $50m in Nebula Brands, a Chinese Amazon vendors aggregator.

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons‘ ‘prompt, responsive and knowledgeable‘ Greater China-based international technology practice advises on both contentious and non-contentious technology, cybersecurity and data protection issues. Leading the TMT practice in Hong Kong, senior associate Jennifer Wu is an international dispute resolution expert, with a niche specialism in technology disputes. In addition, Wu is spearheading the development of the firm’s cybersecurity practice in Hong Kong. Also on hand, associate Joyce Chow handles TMT-focused disputes, while TMT specialist Alexander Shepherd provides partner-level support from Singapore. Former practice head Paul Haswell joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Shepherd; Jennifer Wu

Other key lawyers:

Joyce Chow


‘Prompt, responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Good team and speedy responses.’

‘Quick reactions, even outside office hours.’

‘Senior associate Jennifer Wu and her team managed to grasp very quickly how to tailor their advice in a commercial manner, so as to meet clients’ stakeholders’ expectations, instead of just quoting chapter and verse from laws. This is extremely helpful for in-house teams.’

Key clients

Marubeni Hong Kong & South China

Litegrid Holdings

AB Dynamics


Tesco International Sourcing

bp China

Work highlights

  • Assisting Marubeni & South China with a number of litigation and insolvency matters, in relation to ongoing Covid-19-related market disruption.
  • Acted for Litegrid Holdings in High Court litigation that could set a precedent in Hong Kong over the use of fixed carriers’ licences, block licences, and the delegation of responsibility to the Nominated Permittee during telecoms network excavations.
  • Advised AB Dynamics on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Vadotech Pte and Zynit Pte.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Further to its growth in technology-related work in the region, US-headquartered firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP hired Hong Kong-based TMT partner Paul Haswell from Pinsent Masons in January 2022 for its technology, mobility and connectivity industry team. Haswell provides multinational organisations and businesses in Hong Kong (and across the region) with cross-border advice (both non-contentious and contentious) on large-scale, technology and telecoms-related transactions and projects. His representative experience covers commercial contracts, outsourcing arrangements, cybersecurity and data protection, and the use of new tech such as AI, facial recognition and blockchain.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haswell


Genuine passion for the industry.

Real practical experience in projects, rather than just giving clients an abstract statement of what the law is.’

‘Quick but thorough, and up to date on the latest developments.

Able to deliver the advice in a user – friendly manner in what is sometimes a very complex area.

Key clients

Ove Arup Ventures

Sophia Genetics


Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings

Magnetic Asia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ove Arup Ventures on developing and exploiting its smart building management platform via the use of a joint venture with Venturous Group, a Chinese smart city and venture capital specialist.
  • Advising Hutchison Telecom on a series of technology projects.
  • Advising Sophia Genetics on the distribution of its services and technology in the Hong Kong market, including restrictions on transmission and use of medical and genetic data.

Tanner De Witt

Fielding ‘a very robust TMT practice‘, Tanner De Witt is consistently selected as Hong Kong co-counsel on major international technology transactions. Focused on founder representation, the firm’s domestic technology practice in Hong Kong routinely partners with government bodies, accelerator and incubation programmes, and other technology sector intermediaries. The practice of technology team leader and ‘standout lawyerPàdraig Walsh covers issues arising from new technologies, such as cloud, blockchain and AI. Foreign legal consultant Nigel Stamp, a commercial TMT law and outsourcing specialist, is a 2021 hire from K&L Gates, while Tara Chan and Alan Wong are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Pàdraig Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Stamp; Tara Chan; Alan Wong


‘There is a great team at Tanner De Witt. The lawyers are friendly and approachable, and they really know what they are doing.’

‘Tanner De Witt has a very robust TMT practice that can handle a variety of matters, including data privacy, telecoms, cybersecurity, and fintech issues. It is well known for transforming complex legal issues into pragmatic solutions that make sense to clients.’

‘Tanner De Witt has a very strong TMT practice team. Although it is not big, it is solid, and its fee arrangements are flexible and can be tailored to the client’s budgeting needs. The advice the lawyers provide is also very practical.’

‘Pàdraig Walsh is a seasoned TMT attorney, who understands the client’s business and commercial needs. The advice he provides is solid and practical, and he is supported by a group of talented attorneys.’

‘Pàdraig Walsh is very experienced and understands clients’ business. He has deep knowledge of the market, bringing all this to bear with straightforward and strategic advice. Clients know they are getting good advice that they can rely on.’

‘Pàdraig Walsh is a standout lawyer who is known for his ability to handle complex matters for clients from the fintech and technology sectors. He is certainly a leader in this practice area.’

‘Foreign legal consultant Nigel Stamp is very supportive and will go the extra mile to find out information that will be helpful for clients’ projects. Clients greatly appreciate his devotion and determination.’

Associate Tara Chan is very responsive, clear and direct in her advice. Clients know they can get the help they need even if there is a tight timeline.

Key clients







Rubicon Law

DPO Consulting

Earnings International

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bowtie Life Insurance Company with a Series B investment by Sun Life Hong Kong and Mitsui & Co.
  • Acted in relation to Bacasable Global’s Series A and B financing round.
  • Instructed to advise an international medical device and data analytics manufacturer.