Firms To Watch: TMT: local firms

Founder and managing director Azmul Haque is at the helm of Collyer Law LLC, a firm which is known for providing a cradle-to-grave service for technology companies. Transactional work in the TMT field is a particular area of strength.
The offering at technology-focused firm Covenant Chambers has extensive experience assisting with the gamut of TMT-related work, from data privacy, to blockchain issues, and contentious mandates. Managing director Lee Ee Yang and senior director Andrew Yap are some of the key names to note.
Under the leadership of founding director Max Ng, the offering at Gateway Law Corporation fields three specialised practice groups – namely, ICT and fintech, media and entertainment, and personal data protection and cybersecurity.
At boutique firm Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC, TMT mandates for global and local corporates form an ever growing part of the workload for specialists Joyce A. Tan, Jeffrey Lim  and Daniel Lim .
Withers KhattarWong LLP has latterly been strengthening its technology offering in Asia, most notably with the recent hire of Jonathan Kok, formerly of RHTLaw Asia LLP; he joins an increasingly recognised team which fields well regarded practitioners such as Jim Lim.

TMT: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP‘s highly regarded offering comprises dedicated experts, who come together to assist with the full gamut of TMT issues, including advising on acquisition and financing of technology companies and their intellectual property, cloud deployment and strategy, assisting with regional and global data protection compliance and handling large-scale outsourcing projects. Tham Kok Leong, who heads up the the technology and corporate intellectual property practice, has substantial experience negotiating and drafting a wide range of commercial agreements with a nexus to TMT. Tan Wee Meng oversees the specialised telecoms group. Stanley Lai and Eugene Ho jointly lead the cybersecurity and data protection department. Alexander Yap is the key contact for fintech related work, while counsel Gloria Goh is the name to note for technology disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Gloria Goh; Alexander Yap; Eugene Ho

Testimonials

‘Has a depth of experience in a very wide range of technology related issues. A good pulse on what the industry approach is to technology related issues. Approachable at all levels from partner to associate, and always responsive and on top of matters.’

‘The team that I worked with is extremely closed-knit and co-ordinated, which allows them to be very responsive and be able to provide a 360-degree coverage of issues, from key ones to those that are more market-knowledge-based (as opposed to black letter law based). The end-result is that I always feel that I am being advised by a steady-handed team that is not only technically sound but extremely hardworking and responsive.’

‘Tham Kok Leong has been an absolute joy and pleasure to work with: he is excellent – very clear, knowledgeable and has commercial savvy as well as demonstrable experience on a very wide range of technology related issues. His advice and judgment is very sound, reliable and supported by his breadth of experience on how the industry approaches issues. This is particularly helpful in areas where there may not be clear precedent.’

‘Alexander Yap is a very knowledgeable and tech-savvy partner.’

‘Tham Kok Leong is very complete and detail-oriented in his advice, ensuring that clients have a complete picture of the risks in technology related issues. I also appreciate the collaborative approach taken in resolving issues in a commercial and sensible manner. What is great is also the feeling that no issue or matter is ‘too small’ and I have always been able to count on him showing how the dots connect on the often complex issues that crop up in today’s transactions.’

‘Thoughtful, sound and practical advice.’

‘Alexander Yap is closely collaborative and engaging.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Assurity Trusted Solutions on public key infrastructure -related documentation, in relation to Assurity’s operations as the Government of Singapore’s appointed National Certification Authority for the issuance and management of the digital certificates of individuals.
  • Advised the Association of Banks in Singapore, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group, the Government Technology Agency and seven participating banks, as project counsel, on the launch of the Singapore Financial Data Exchange, in collaboration with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Manpower.
  • Advising Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation, through a wholly owned subsidiary, KMH, on the joint build agreement to jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System, with a subsidiary of Facebook and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, a subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Comprising both transactional and litigation lawyers with experience in technology and telecoms, Bird & Bird ATMD LLP is equipped to offer the full breadth of services surrounding the TMT sector, from regulatory and commercial to disputes. In addition to the usual mandates relating to software development, IT services and outsourcing agreements, the team also regularly advises on complex transactions and projects involving subsea cables, satellite launches, artificial intelligence systems and wearables. Jeremy Tan leads the practice, with support from senior consultant Gigi Cheah. At senior associate level, Loren Leung and Elaina Foo are particularly recommended; the former’s diverse client base ranges from notable multinational corporations and fast-growth technology companies through to start-ups expanding in the Asia Pacific region, while the latter frequently advises global technology corporations and social media giants on their public policy strategy.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Tan

Other key lawyers:

Gigi Cheah; Elaina Foo; Loren Leung

Testimonials

‘Each member of the team is a true TMT expert with a deep understanding of the technology and data laws of Singapore and across the region. They are aware of the latest technology and data trends which is crucial for supporting clients in the TMT space, and they consistently provide practical, high quality advice. The team is very responsive and able to respond on short notice, including helping to manage mandates across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Loren Leung is very responsive and has demonstrated a firm grasp of the issues. She is my go-to lawyer for regional data protection issues and is a reliable sounding board for tricky cross-border issues. She is able to triage issues quickly and I have full confidence in having her liaise directly with my internal clients. Loren is also able to manage complex multi-jurisdictional advice efficiently and effectively, which has been invaluable in supporting me across the region – often on a time-critical basis. Loren also has a deep understanding of the business and always provides relevant, actionable advice which considers the practical issues as well as the legal issues.’

‘Jeremy Tan knows his stuff and provides excellent partner availability and engagement. He does a great job of distilling complex issues and offers practical solutions.’

‘Jeremy Tan’s team always deliver commercially sound solutions instead of just repeating textbook answers.’

Key clients

MasterCard

SAS Institute

Modern Hire

Telenor

Modern Health

Volvo Car

Morneau Shepell

eBay

Global-e

Work highlights

  • Advised ecoSPIRITS, the world’s first low carbon, low waste spirits distribution technology company, on the commercial and legal issues relating to the creation and implementation of a distribution framework for its innovative closed loop distribution system.
  • Advising a social media conglomerate on its data privacy strategy across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Advising on a global vehicle OEM’s digital projects in APAC, including assisting with a wide range of privacy, consumer protection and telecommunications regulations issues arising from its push to offer a more connected and direct offering to end customers.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Its breadth of expertise marks out the practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP; data protection issues, fintech developments, regulatory matters, disputes and green technology projects all make up key parts of the firm’s regular workload. Rajesh Sreenivasan heads up the department, ably supported by deputy Steve Tan – the two also play key roles in Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity, a one-stop shop which combines legal and technical expertise to allow clients to mitigate against cyber attacks, minimise disruptions from security breaches and deal effectively with such incidents. Other core team members include Lionel Tan, who is regularly involved in cases dealing with internet defamation, fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information. Transactional specialists Benjamin Cheong and Tanya Tang hold extensive regulatory experience, making them well placed to advise on competition and policy issues.

Practice head(s):

Rajesh Sreenivasan; Steve Tan

 

Testimonials

‘The TMT team understands the business structure, products and needs. The advice is clear, straightforward, easy to understand, and they really seek to value-add by providing commercial, sensible advice which is practical and realistic to implement. Another notable strength is that they are able to coordinate and obtain advice from their regional South East Asia offices. Their turnaround time is also fast and fees are very reasonable and fair.’

‘Benjamin Cheong is the partner we liaise with. He is responsive, commercial-minded, and offers practical solutions. He also takes the effort and understands the tech and regulatory landscape in this space very well.’

‘The firm took us on and moved the process authoritatively and painlessly for us in record time. They never second-guessed us at any time and have always provided us the pros and cons.’

‘The partners who worked with us from day one are, in my view, the most professional and pleasant lawyers I have worked with. Responses to our queries are very well researched and they are very much up to date with issues that are relevant to us and our requirements.’

‘Rajah & Tann is definitely one of the leading data privacy practices in SEA. I have sought their advice on many legal issues in Singapore and other SEA countries. Often, they were able to provide very detailed analysis that left no stone untouched. Their assessments addressed the right concerns of the customers and were able to be implemented. The billing is reasonable and affordable.’

‘Steve Tan has always displayed himself standing among the top of the data protection practice. His knowledge on the topic is immense and extensive, he is well-liked and trusted by his customers. His sense of professionalism and responsibility is at the highest level expected by any client. Besides just understanding the law, Steve will spend time to understand the business, the issues that need to be addressed and also the technological implications. I will highly recommend him to anyone.’

Key clients

Facebook Inc

Splunk

American Express

ByteDance Pte Ltd and TikTok Pte Ltd

DBS Bank

OCBC Bank

M1 Limited

The World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Huawei International Pte Ltd

Singapore Life Pte Ltd

National Institute of Education

Housing and Development Board

Ant Financial Services Group (formerly known as Alipay)

Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)

ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited

Liberty Wireless (Circles Life)

Sephora Asia Pte Ltd, Sephora Singapore Pte Ltd, Sephora Digital SEA Pte Ltd

Volkswagen S.A.

Endurance International Group

Red Bull Media House Gmbh

NetLink Management Pte Ltd (in its capacity as trustee of NetLink Trust)

Electrolux

Engie SA (formerly GDF Suez SA)

ABS-CBN Global, Ltd

Institute for Human Resource Professionals

Logan Property (Singapore) Company Pte. Limited

Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd

Yanlord Commercial Property Investments Pte Ltd

Capgemini Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised Coupang Corporation, South Korea’s biggest e-commerce retailer, on the multi-million dollar acquisition of the technology assets of Hooq Digital.
  • Assisted Bayer with the development and launch of its highly innovative digital agriculture and sustainability initiatives across the South-East Asian region.
  • Advised M1 on its formation of a joint-venture consortium with StarHub and the submission of a joint bid for 5G spectrum rights.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow‘s team has an excellent track record handling major transactions, regulatory issues and disputes in the TMT space. The firm is also immersed in developing and technically demanding novel areas, including data security, privacy and consent, telemedicine, e-payments, network structures and capacity, and outsourcing. The offering was strengthened by the arrival of Arwen Berry, formerly of Pinsent Masons MPillay in February 2021; she regularly advises global clients on cross-border issues, particularly those concerning data protection. Highly regarded Ken Chia  – whose wide-ranging instructions come from notable customers, vendors, government agencies and regulators – heads up the practice. Another key department member is Ren Jun Lim, who advises local and international intellectual property-intensive clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Ken Chia

Other key lawyers:

Ren Jun Lim; Arwen Berry

Testimonials

‘We needed a strong international legal firm for this cross-border project. Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow was selected for the way both their Singapore and Thailand office can work efficiently together for their respective clients’ interests, as well as their teams of expert lawyers who are skilled in handling such complex projects in the digital payment, technology and intellect property space.’

‘Our project has no precedent. This compelled the working teams to think innovatively to resolve various issues. In this regard, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow displayed strong leadership in problem-solving, and devoted extensive resources to ensure that the huge investments vested by the stakeholders in this strategic project showed the expected potential and results.’

‘Ken Chia is highly skilled in navigating complex issues around intellectual property, privacy and payment operation matters. He is also always available when the clients need him.’

‘The team is one of the very few law firms who has the relevant experience in the untested and cutting edge technology services we intend to provide to customers.’

‘In Singapore, Baker McKenzie straddles being both a global law firm and a local Singapore law firm. Its links into Singapore (including contacts with regulators etc) are far stronger than purely foreign firms. Plus Baker McKenzie also has the international network.’

‘Ken Chia is extremely well known in the Singapore market for technology related legal work. He advises Government bodies, regulators and others and therefore always has his finger on the pulse of the latest developments. The work he has performed for us has been executed perfectly. Completely on point and also at very reasonable rates.’

‘The team offers well-balanced practical solutions and not just technical legal answers. Ren Jun Lim makes himself available to bounce off ideas and explore legal matters.’

‘Ren Jun Lim puts in effort to ensure that he is accessible, even after office hours where necessary. He takes a practical approach to things, which is what we need, and does not unnecessarily belabour matters even though it may potentially result in more billing hours.’

Dentons Rodyk

Biotechnology, media and telecoms are areas of particular expertise for the team at Dentons Rodyk. On the customer side, the group regularly assists healthcare and financial institutions, while multi-national IT service providers form a key source of instructions on the vendor side. As well as advising on M&A, data privacy and disputes work with a nexus to TMT, the department is well versed in the negotiation of procurement and services contracts, including those relating to systems and software acquisition, hosting services and data centres. The practice is under the joint leadership of Gilbert Leong and Elaine Lew, while Maw Jiun Foo oversees the dedicated data privacy and cybersecurity offering. Commercial expert Catherine Lee is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Leong; Elaine Lew

 

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Lee; Maw Jiun Foo

Testimonials

‘Gilbert Leong is very confident and familiar with both tech and law. He is also curious, and is genuinely interested in the client’s technology.’

‘Able to quickly grasp new and relatively unknown technologies, and advise on the legal issues related to these.’

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC‘s transactional, licensing and regulatory capabilities ensure that the firm is regularly instructed by a varied roster of clients, including global carriers and regional telecoms service providers, international broadcasters and technology leaders, IT start-ups, and various regulators and authorities across the region. Contract negotiation is also a key area of strength for the firm. Highly regarded practitioner Lim Chong Kin leads the TMT practice, while regulatory and commercial expert David Alfred leverages his experience as co-head of the data protection, privacy and cybersecurity group to advise on a wide range of issues such as development and review of public policy, legislation and data governance.

Practice head(s):

Lim Chong Kin

 

Other key lawyers:

David Alfred

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, practical advice and flexible with their billing. Quick to respond.’

‘Lim Chong Kin has been stellar in his own area of practice, considers macro and micro views and incorporates into sound practical advice.’

‘Provide comprehensive and practical advice, and are also valued for their speed of delivery.’

‘Lim Chong Kin is appreciated for his client-oriented approach and the level of assurance he strives to provide.’

Key clients

Info-communications Media Development Authority

Personal Data Protection Commission

Cisco

Sprint

Globe Telecom

Take-Two Interactive Software

SingTel

Paypal

Tencent

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Info-Communications Media Development Authority with a comprehensive review of the Telecom Competition Code and Media Market Conduct Code, as well as the drafting and implementation of a harmonised competition code for the telecoms and media industries.
  • Assisting the Info-Communications Media Development Authority with the CFP for the establishment and roll-out of 5G networks and mobile services by the four existing mobile network operators in Singapore – namely, Singtel, StarHub, M1 and TPG.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP offers strength and expertise across all the core areas of TMT work. On the technology side, the team regularly advises on contracts and IT roll-outs, as well as acting in any disputes which may arise from such work. In terms of media, the group is equally well versed in investment, securitisation, creation, distribution, regulatory, licensing and transactional issues. Telecoms companies frequently instruct the firm to assist with the full gamut of relevant matters, including wholesale customer agreements, equipment procurement, network rollouts and competition compliance. The key contacts are Lam Chung Nian and Kylie Peh; both have extensive experience handling both contentious and advisory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Lam Chung Nian

Other key lawyers:

Kylie Peh

Testimonials

‘The practitioners have shown professionalism, efficiency and carefulness in the process of consulting and providing legal services. We were impressed by Lam Chung Nian, who always actively listens, shares, answers questions and supports us enthusiastically.’

‘Lam Chung Nian is an amazing attorney. He works with you, so he is affordable. He also responds swiftly and has a practical solution for all the problems. He is very easy to work with and is arguably the best in his field.’

‘Wong Partnership provides one of the best services in the South East Asian region in TMT sector. Their TMT practice has two of the most distinguished legal practitioners – Lam Chung Nian and Kylie Peh. Both of them are exceptional practitioners, diligent, professional and producing high quality work to the satisfaction of our clients.’

‘The firm’s practical insight, attention to detail, carefully crafted solutions keeping our clients’ needs in mind are primary reasons for us to choose WongPartnership for our clients’ matters in Singapore.’

‘Lam Chung Nian has vast experience and depth of knowledge in this field. His insightful advice is tactical and timely, which has been well appreciated by our clients time and again. We have nothing but the highest regard for him as a legal practitioner.’

‘We have greatly enjoyed our relationship with Kylie Peh – her professionalism, dedication and standard of work is in keeping with the overall excellence of the quality of work produced by WongPartnership.’

‘The team has a very deep knowledge not only of the development of the local laws and the international legal framework but is also following very closely any technical developments. They have a very good understanding of the innovations underlying the changes of the laws.’

‘The team and specifically Lam Chung Nian are available and very much involved in the matters. They have a very good relationship with the regulator which allows for a smooth handling of difficult and challenging issues.’

Key clients

Government Technology Agency

DBS Bank

OCBC Bank

Capitaland

Singapore Telecommunications Limited

PCCW Media Limited

Daimler South East Asia Pte Ltd

Singapore Airlines Limited

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

Frasers Property

Ensign Infosecurity

Epic Healthcare

Motion Picture Association of America

National Gallery Singapore

KrisShop Pte. Ltd.

Pan-United Corporation Ltd

SITA Information Networking Computing (Asia Pacific)

SMRT Corporation Ltd and its group of companies

Sport Singapore

The Football Association Premier League Limited

Wearnes Automotive

Sunningdale Tech Ltd

SingEx Exhibitions Pte. Ltd. (SingEx)

Zozo Inc.

Jasmine International Public Company Limited (Jasmine International)

Tower Transit Singapore

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government Technology Agency on the phased roll out of wearable devices to facilitate Covid-19 contact tracing in Singapore.
  • Advised Frasers Property Retail on the establishment of its e-commerce marketplace platform, as well as the merger of the Frasers Experience App with AsiaMalls’ loyalty platform AMperkz.
  • Advised the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on its first foray into telemedicine offerings – “HealthPass by OCBC”.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Its expertise in work with a nexus to the fintech sector and blockchain technology marks out the offering at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP; the group has been involved with matters relating to crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending platforms, virtual and digital currencies, e-wallet technology and virtual shares. Away from this particular specialism, the firm is also well versed in a range of other areas, including telecoms acquisitions, media regulations, licensing and data protection issues. Managing partner Krishna Ramachandra is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Krishna Ramachandra

 

Testimonials

‘Advice given is top notch and the quality of the practitioners has been impressive. Very diligent and will go out of their way to help find solutions.’

‘Krishna Ramachandra is a top lawyer in this field and will think out of the box to come out with solutions. At the same time, he is innovative, business friendly and pragmatic. You will not find a better lawyer in TMT!’

‘The team at DMS is proactive and has in-depth knowledge about subject matters. We always get sound and practical advice. The team is the key part of the success of this advice. ’

‘Krishna Ramachandra is the key element at DMS. He always guides and advises us in the best possible manner.’

Key clients

Protelindo

XL Axiata

Globe Telecom

Avepoint Edutech

Ringl

Nogle

Dentsu Inc.

Vigilant Assets

EQBR

Jules Inc

Independent Reserve

Work highlights

  • Providing continuing legal advice and support to Dentsu on its licensing of the media rights for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020), XXIV Olympic Winter Games (2022), XXXIII Olympiad (2024), 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games, 2022 Youth Olympic Summer Games and 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games for 22 countries in Asia.
  • Advised Protelindo on its proposed $750m acquisition of up to 6,000 telecoms towers from Indosat Ooredoo.
  • Assisted a Singapore subsidiary of AvePoint, the largest independent software vendor of SaaS solutions, with securing S$11m worth of funds from prominent Singaporean investors.

Ghows LLC

At boutique firm Ghows LLC, there is an equal focus on litigation, negotiations, transactional and advisory work for clients from the TMT sector. The group also has a significant practice advising technology companies on sensitive employee matters, including separation and investigations. Founder and managing director Bryan Ghows oversees the offering; his appointment as arbitrator in disputes involving technology clients by the SIAC gives the team additional expertise in such contentious work. Associates Venessa Phoa and Jasmine Toh are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Ghows

 

Other key lawyers:

Venessa Phoa; Jasmine Toh

Testimonials

‘Ghows LLC provides the personal touch that you may not get from other larger-size law firms. They are collaborative and work well with you on every engagement. We found the firm resourceful and can depend on them to get external specialist(s).’

‘The responsive and the close engagement that the individuals such as Bryan Ghows and Venessa Phoa brings to the table really help us to complete our scope of work in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

i-Admin Singapore Pte Ltd

Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Ltd

Datail Group

Axiom IT Solutions Pte Ltd

Axiom Hub Pte Ltd

WorldRoamer Pte Ltd

Ambi Labs Ltd

Spark Systems Limited

SMACK Holdings Ltd

CatchPlay Inc.; AsiaPlay Pte Ltd

Cycling Without Age Singapore Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising industry-leading Singapore-based payroll and human resources services companies Datail Group, i-Admin and Epayslip on the development and release of new cloud-based payroll software, including on MAS regulations, data protection and privacy issues.
  • Advising the award-winning Singapore cloud loyalty software startup Advocado on various issues, including data protection and privacy matters, and regulatory issues.

OC Queen Street

OC Queen Street's clients are major TMT players, the majority of whom operate internationally, especially in the Asia Pacific, European and US markets. Although the practice handles a broad range of mandates, it is best known for its fintech expertise; as well as advising on cryptoassets and blockchain matters, the team regularly assists with e-payment regulation issues. On the telecoms side, regulatory and commercial contract disputes are particular areas of strength. Chia-Ling Koh, who is equally proficient in both disputes and non-contentious work, oversees the department. Koh is ably assisted on corporate matters by recommended counsel Simon Huang.

Practice head(s):

Chia-Ling Koh

 

Other key lawyers:

Simon Huang

Testimonials

‘The team are experts in Payment Services legislation and other financial services legislation. They are also data law experts in both financial and non-financial data.’

‘Chia-Ling Koh walks the walk as well as talking the talk when marketing himself to be a tech lawyer, having both a Masters in Technology as well as being a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). I’m impressed by how easily he understands payments, blockchain, cryptocurrency and AI models.’

‘Invests in understanding new technologies like blockchain and decentralised finance, in order to support client projects effectively and efficiently.’

‘Tech law specialist Chia-Ling Koh is supported by the “very capable” Simon Huang for corporate matters.’

Key clients

Digital Realty

Facebook Inc

Ingenico International

Lazada Singapore Pte Ltd

PLDT Inc

Recorded Future Pte Ltd

SingNet Pte Ltd

Vodafone Group Services Limited

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Exabeam Pte Ltd

OrionW LLC

Specialist firm OrionW LLC focuses exclusively on issues affecting the TMT sector, including fintech and data protection matters, both domestically and inter-jurisdictionally. The team handles the full gamut of regulatory compliance and transactional mandates, including those relating to cyber security, blockchain technology, software licensing, e-payments, IT outsourcing, system integration and telecoms procurement. The clients who instruct the group range from established Fortune 50, FTSE 100 and multinational companies, to expanding small and medium-sized companies and fast-growing innovative start-ups. Managing director Winnie Chang oversees the offering.

Practice head(s):

Winnie Chang

 

Testimonials

‘A high quality TMT firm with reliable and consistent output.’

‘I have known Winnie Chang for around 20 years – throughout this time, she has been my go-to TMT lawyer in Singapore.’

‘Winnie Chang has built a super technology-focused firm, with superior expertise on Singapore law, and strength on technology matters elsewhere in Asia, including China.’

‘Winnie Chang is a highly-experienced technology lawyer with a strong commercial focus.’

‘Orion provides the capacity of a major firm with the agility of a boutique. The senior attorneys are top notch.’

‘Winnie Chang is one of the top attorneys I have encountered in Singapore. She worked as a partner with major multinational firms prior to opening her own firm. We have worked with her on export controls, privacy, fintech and virtual currency and other matters.’

‘The OrionW team has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in the satellite telecoms industry. They are the best partner for any cooperation with/acquisition of satellite related companies.’

‘Winnie Chang is a great addition to a deal team. She understands very quickly what is needed and delivers on time very high quality documents.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the operator of one of the world’s largest digital token exchanges on a broad range of legal and fintech regulatory compliance matters in Singapore.
  • Advised a leading global satellite service provider on telecoms regulatory compliance issues concerning the installation and operation of earth observation stations.
  • Advised a licensed digital bank on a wide range of issues in connection with outsourced services, including data protection, cybersecurity and anti-money laundering issues in Singapore.

RHTLaw Asia LLP

The team at RHTLaw Asia LLP offers assistance with the whole range of legal issues which TMT companies may face throughout their life cycle. Key areas of specialisation include technology infrastructure, blockchain, data protection and telecoms. Transactional expert Erwan Barre heads up the team; he has significant experience advising on work across Asia, Europe and the US, and regularly handles cross-border mandates. The firm’s client roster includes internationally renowned brands, major financial institutions and investment funds, entrepreneurs and wealthy private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Erwan Barre

 

Key clients

Geopost

Tikehau

Singapore Press Holdings and SPH AlphaOne Pte. Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Transphorm on the creation of GaNovation, a Singapore-based joint venture with operations throughout Asia, with JCP Capital Management, a US/China investment fund.
  • Advising logistics giant GeoPost on the latest Series D funding (over $279m) round for logistics provider Ninja Van.
  • Advised Obvio Health on their global strategic alliance with IQVIA Consumer Health.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP‘s offering operates at the intersection between corporate, finance and TMT work; practitioners are well versed in the full plethora of issues surrounding the development, protection, financing and acquisition of assets and businesses across the whole spectrum of relevant sectors. The firm’s position at the junction of technology, regulation and commerce attracts a wide range of clients, from local start-ups to some of the most innovative companies and recognisable brands. David Chong oversees the practice, which also fields recommended advisors Ho Ying Ming, Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying.

Practice head(s):

David Chong

Other key lawyers:

Ho Ying Ming; Dayne Ho; Chua Shi Ying

Testimonials

‘Shook Lin Bok’s flexibility on fee arrangement and their availability for the clients is unparalleled amongst Singapore firms.’

‘Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying are both fantastic lawyers and very approachable.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Singapore-based e-sports startup, Attention Holding with its Series B round, which raised approximately $12m.
  • Advised L3Harris Technologies, as Singapore counsel, on the sale of its airport security and automation business to Leidos for $1bn in cash.
  • Advised Insignia Ventures Partners, as the lead investor, on the seed funding round by a Singapore-based healthtech startup, which has launched a digital therapy app.

Taylor Vinters Via LLC

Under the leadership of managing director Yingyu Wang, the team at Taylor Vinters Via LLC provides solutions to the full gamut of TMT issues which may arise, whether that be in relation commercial technology transactions, M&A, personal data, disputes or cybersecurity. Areas of particular growth for the firm include advising clients on enterprise SaaS across various industries, assisting with B2C projects, particularly in the social media and e-commerce sectors, and handling personal data matters, often with a multi-jurisdictional aspect. Senior associate Ashleigh Low is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yingyu Wang

 

Other key lawyers:

Ashleigh Low

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable in areas like fintech and blockchain.’

‘Yingyu Wang is practical and cuts to the chase – she doesn’t drag out issues and she is honest.’

‘TVV is a very responsive, nimble TMT boutique firm. You can expect practical, clear advice on sometimes quite complex issues- including on novel technologies and on data protection.’

‘Yingyu Wang is exceptional. She is extremely responsive, very insightful (especially on data protection matters), and always friendly. She is my go-to lawyer when our clients need data protection advice on Singapore law.’

‘Very resourceful – they provide a very professional service.’

‘Ashleigh Low has impressively sound knowledge in the fintech industry.’

Key clients

Aeon Co. Ltd

JoYY Inc

The Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society

Ditto Music Pte Ltd

MFS Technology (S) Pte Ltd

Asia Innovations Group Limited

Acala Pte Ltd

CXA Group Pte Ltd

Vistra CM Services Pte. Ltd., Vistra Alternative Investments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Vistra Corporate Services (SEA) Pte. Ltd.

Torus Labs Private Limited

Bit.Country

Work highlights

  • Advised Ditto Music. an affiliate of the Ditto group of companies – which distribute music to 160 digital music stores, including Spotify, iTunes and Google Play – on its intention to issue non-fungible tokens tied to artists and music, which holders can hold, use and transfer.
  • Advising a TMT client on the software development and licensing agreement for the purchase of a license to Boxed’s e-commerce, fulfilment, and logistics platform.