TMT: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Housing a sizeable team of ‘industry leaders’, Allen & Gledhill LLP handles the full range of TMT-related transactions concerning disruptive technologies, cloud deployment and strategy, regional and global data protection compliance, and cross-border outsourcing projects. Tham Kok Leong spearheads the technology and corporate IP practice, while Tan Wee Meng leads the telecommunications group and Stanley Lai heads the IP team, with demonstrable experience in IP and IT-related disputes. Alexander Yap ‘is at the forefront’ of all issues arising out of the fintech arena and Eugene Ho ‘provides quality and salient advice’ on matters concerning data protection and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Tham Kok Leong; Stanley Lai; Tan Wee Meng

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Ho; Alexander Yap


‘A&G’s TMT team are the industry leaders who work with a strong and diverse portfolio of clients. They are able to draw on their experience with other clients, and their dealings with regulators, to provide a strong offering.’

‘Eugene Ho always provides quality and salient advice on tight timelines. Always available and a level head who gives comfort in turbulent times.’

‘Alexander Yap is at the forefront of the practice and understands novel issues. He is ahead of the curve in this regard, and is very commercial and responsive.’

‘Professional, prompt and commercially minded.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercatus Co-operative Limited on the divestment of Jurong Point and Swing By @ Thomson Plaza, together with their related companies for an aggregate purchase consideration of approximately S$2.16bn to Hong Kong-listed Link Real Estate Investment Trust.
  • Acting for token issuers and sellers in their initial coin offerings/initial exchange offerings, whether onto a public blockchain or a private blockchain.
  • Advising various CapitaLand Group entities and associated real estate trusts and business trusts on structuring and implementation of structure for regional data centre business.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP provides ‘commercially sound and expeditious advice’ to its stellar roster of clients, ranging from multinational corporations and fast-growth technology companies to start-ups in the APAC region on the full spectrum of TMT mandates, including commercial, regulatory, and transactional work, as well as technology and communications-related disputes. Managing partner Jeremy Tan leads the team and stands out for his expertise in the digital arena, advising on cross-border matters concerning artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cyber security, among other mandates. Loren Leung advises on sourcing and outsourcing, software development, and licensing mandates, while Lijun Chui focuses on TMT-related disputes. Other key contacts in the group include senior consultant Gigi Cheah and senior associate Elaina Foo.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Tan

Other key lawyers:

Loren Leung; Lijun Chui; Gigi Cheah; Elaina Foo


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in this area of practice. They provide practical advice, and consistently deliver work to an extremely high level of quality.’

‘Jeremy Tan and Loren Leung are great leaders in their field.’

‘Attention to detail and efficient.’

‘Jeremy Tan’s team is adept at navigating the region’s regulatory challenges while providing commercially sound and expeditious advice to clients.’

‘The TMT team impresses with its spread and depth of knowledge. They build upon the wealth of experience of their lawyers as well as their exposure to cutting-edge work from their diverse client base.’

‘We appreciate Jeremy Tan’s ability to navigate complex issues and discussions with a keen ear and sharp eye for details. He grasps complex information with ease and is able to help clients focus on key issues and hurdles to overcome, always with an affable and professional demeanour.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Tencent, a Chinese multinational technology and entertainment conglomerate, on a wide range of commercial, privacy and public policy matters across the APAC region.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC’s ‘exceptional combination of legal prowess and technical acumen has earned them a well-deserved reputation as pioneers in the industry’. The team advises on a broad range of transactional, licensing, and regulatory mandates, from the roll-out of data centres and deployments of telecommunication infrastructure and services, to regulatory requirements pertaining to software, web-based platforms, video conferencing, gaming, and other technologies. Lim Chong Kin leads the team and has considerable experience advising on matters concerning telecoms and media. Other key contacts in the group include data protection and cybersecurity expert David Alfred and Rakesh Kirpalani, who handles disputes involving technology-related regulatory and cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Lim Chong Kin

Other key lawyers:

David Alfred; Rakesh Kirpalani


‘Efficient, responsive and deeply knowledgeable.’

‘Rakesh Kirpalani’s team at Drew & Napier LLC is one such remarkable ensemble, carving a niche for themselves in the field of tech law.’

‘Their exceptional combination of legal prowess and technical acumen has earned them a well-deserved reputation as pioneers in the industry.’

‘They are responsive, collaborative and progressive as a firm.’

‘Lim Chong Kin is approachable and always willing to provide practical and useful advice.’

‘The team is solid in the Singapore market. Reliable and commercial.’

‘Rakesh Kirpalani’s unique blend of legal acumen and technological expertise has made him a trailblazer in the niche market of tech law. Few can match the depth of his understanding of both the legal intricacies and the technological aspects of the cases he handles.’

‘Deep subject matter expertise and an ability to quickly obtain informal guidance from regulators on murky issues. Superbly responsive and comprehensive.’

Key clients

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

AT&T Inc.

Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Google LLC

Info-communications Media Development Authority

Personal Data Protection Commission

Sprint Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore with a comprehensive review of the Telecom Competition Code and Media Market Conduct Code.
  • Assisting the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam with the development and implementation of Brunei’s personal data protection law and regulatory framework for the private sector.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

The ‘incredibly responsive and commercial’ team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP services its stellar client roster on big-ticket technology and telecoms transactions, disputes, and regulatory mandates, with demonstrable experience advising on fintech and e-commerce developments. Data protection and cybersecurity is another key area of focus for the group. Praised as ‘one of the top lawyers in the field of TMT’, Steve Tan stands out for his experience in data privacy and jointly leads the team alongside Benjamin Cheong, who advises on a range of technology-related transactions, and data protection and cybersecurity expert Rajesh Sreenivasan. Tanya Tang is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ in regulatory mandates and Lionel Tan handles cases concerning internet defamation and fraud, online security breaches, and confidential information.

Practice head(s):

Rajesh Sreenivasan; Steve Tan; Benjamin Cheong

Other key lawyers:

Tanya Tang; Lionel Tan; Justin Lee


‘Rajah & Tann has excellent expertise in Singapore in the telecommunications sector and also has great coverage across APAC with many affiliate firms.’

‘R&T is incredibly responsive and commercial in their approach, always providing succinct, easy to digest legal advice that addresses all my questions.’

‘I work very closely with Tanya Tang on telecoms regulatory matters. She is extremely knowledgeable given her experience working with the IMDA and also has a good grasp of regulations in other jurisdictions across Asia.’

‘Steve Tan is one of the top lawyers in the field of TMT. He is constantly engaged in complex TMT work.’

‘The team headed by Steve Tan has younger lawyers who are equally knowledgeable and practical.’

‘Steve Tan is knowledgeable and practical. His response time is incredible and that gives a lot of comfort to clients.’

‘Steve Tan is very responsive and gives good professional advice.’

‘Rajah & Tann has always been a cutting edge law firm when it comes to knowledge, technology, and the talents within the team. For TMT, it is probably one of the top in Singapore.’

Key clients

ByteDance Pte Ltd and TikTok Pte Ltd

Lazada Southeast Asia

Facebook Inc


American Express

DBS Bank


NetEase Entertainment

M1 Limited

GDS Holdings

The World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

NetLink NBN

MediaMonks Singapore Pte Ltd

Huawei International Pte Ltd

Singapore Life Pte Ltd

National Institute of Education

Housing and Development Board

Ant Financial Services Group

Development Bank of Singapore

ZhongAn Technologies International Group Limited

Liberty Wireless

Sephora Asia Pte Ltd

Sephora Singapore Pte Ltd

Sephora Digital SEA Pte


Volkswagen S.A.

Endurance International Group

Red Bull Media House Gmbh

NetLink Management Pte Ltd


Engie 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

K+S Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Pyramid Lines Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Bayer AG

Starbucks Coffee Singapore Pte Ltd

Singapore Trade Data Exchange Services Pte Ltd, Alliance for Action on Supply Chain Digitalisation

Association of Banks in Singapore

Telekom Malaysia (S) Pte Ltd

Travelex Holdings (S) Pte Ltd



Work highlights

  • Assisted ByteDance and subsidiaries’ with expansion into Southeast Asia.
  • Assisted Ant Financial Group with the launch of a blockchain-backed smart contract platform for cross-border trade by small and medium enterprises.
  • Advised DBS Bank on the establishment of a joint venture with JP Morgan and Temasek to create a new blockchain-based platform to transform interbank value movements.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Commended for its ‘professionalism, expertise, and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results’, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow continues to showcase its capability in TMT-related transactions, in addition to disputes and regulatory mandates. Key areas of expertise include data privacy, e-commerce, telemedicine, and e-payments, as well as cloud computing, network structures, and outsourcing issues. An expert in IP, Andy Leck jointly leads the practice alongside Ken Chia, who acts for government entities and multinational companies on procurements, outsourcing, and regional transactions, in addition to privacy and e-commerce matters. Alex Toh advises on data protection, technology transactions, and telecoms advisory work, and is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Ken Chia; Andy Leck

Other key lawyers:

Alex Toh


‘Throughout my experience working with them, I have been consistently impressed by their professionalism, expertise, and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results.’

‘The firm’s legal practitioners possess a profound understanding of their respective fields, and their insightful advice and strategic guidance have proven invaluable.’

‘The team is dedicated and reliable. Knowing the urgency of the matter, the team attended to our matters with full attention even on short notice.’

Dentons Rodyk

Counting healthcare institutions, financial services, and retail organisations, as well as multinational IT service providers, among its key roster of clients, Dentons Rodyk advises on procurement and services contracts, in addition to M&A, data privacy matters, and investigations into cyber breaches. Gilbert Leong has demonstrable experience advising on IT-related matters, data protection, and computer misuse, and jointly leads the team alongside Elaine Lew, who focuses on IP protection, prosecution, and enforcement. Maw Jiun Foo assists clients on data breaches, data protection impact assessments, and developing data protection and compliance programmes, while Desmond Chew advises companies on IT-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Leong; Elaine Lew

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Lee; Maw Jiun Foo; Desmond Chew


‘Great industry knowledge, patient in breaking down concepts for clients and prompt in responding.’

‘Gilbert Leong has been great in steering the conversation along when there seems to be difficult issues in the way.’

Key clients

Jebsen & Jessen Pte. Ltd.

Persistence Technologies Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Jebsen & Jessen Pte. Ltd. on its data protection compliance programme.
  • Advised Persistence Technologies Pte. Ltd. on its data protection compliance programme.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP acts for large-scale telecoms companies on a range of commercial and regulatory issues arising under the Telecommunications Act and Telecom Competition Code, in addition to the full gamut of telecoms services agreements. Other key areas of expertise include mission critical IT rollouts for software systems and digital initiatives, as well as media-related investment, creation, distribution, and exploitation projects. Practice leader Lam Chung Nian has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ in regulatory, transactional, enforcement, and advisory projects across the telecoms, media, IT, and data protection arenas. Kylie Peh, who advises on regulatory compliance and licensing mandates in the telecoms sector, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Lam Chung Nian

Other key lawyers:

Kylie Peh


‘The team has a good understanding of the business and global trends.’

‘Lam Chung Nian has a wealth of experience.’

‘The team stands out for its expertise and is making a further impression in digital, cryptocurrency and metaverse issues.’

‘Lam Chung Nian has broad experience advising on transactional, enforcement and advisory matters (both contentious and non-contentious) in his areas of specialisation.’

‘Lam Chung Nian has not only the legal knowledge but also a wealth of knowledge of the trends and market in Singapore.’

‘I highly recommend and will work with this law office again.’

‘Excellent knowledge and very friendly.’

Key clients

Singapore Airlines Ltd.

DBS Bank Ltd.

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

PropertyGuru Pte. Ltd.

Government Technology Agency

KrisShop Pte. Ltd.

Singtel Telecommunications Ltd.

Algorand Foundation

Decathlon Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in its strategic partnerships with various buy-now-pay-later platforms, in particular, ShopBack and Pace, and Shopback on KrisShop’s participation in the cashback programme.
  • Represented a client in its strategic partnerships with Atome, a buy-now-pay-later platform, to offer such payment option to its customers.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP counts technology transactions and telecommunications acquisitions in its workload, with demonstrable experience advising on licensing mandates, media regulation, and digital currencies. Gerard Hekker leads the team and advises on a broad range of technology matters, from infrastructure deployment and sharing agreements, to licensing and service agreements, online payment solutions, and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hekker

Key clients

Globe Telecom

PT XL Axiata Tbk

Axiata Investments (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd

PT Global Digital Niaga Tbk

Dentsu Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Globe Telecom, Inc, a mobile telecommunications operator in The Philippines, in its transferred sites master lease agreements, as well as its build-to-suit and colocation master lease agreements.
  • Represented Axiata Investments (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd and PT XL Axiata Tbk, mobile telecommunications operators in Malaysia and Indonesia, on their acquisition of 66.03% of the issued share capital of PT Link Net Tbk, an Indonesian cable television and broadband services provider, for approximately US$595m.
  • Represented on its IPO of US$518m of shares listed on the IDX including a Rule 144A / Regulation S international offering.

Ghows LLC

Counting data privacy and cyber security matters in its workload, boutique firm Ghows LLC specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP and TMT mandates, encompassing negotiations, transactional, and advisory issues, in addition to disputes. Managing director Bryan Ghows leads the team and is noted for his expertise in the technology arena, with demonstrable experience representing clients before the Court of Appeal and in arbitrations. ‘Meticulous’ senior associate Jasmine Toh is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Ghows

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Toh


‘The team are professional and hardworking, yet they maintain a friendly rapport with clients.’

‘Jasmine Toh went out of her way to get the job done, finding ways and means to achieve our goals. Extremely hardworking and regularly updates client on the progress or developments in the case. A lawyer with a warm heart.’

‘The team practises professionalism yet is approachable and friendly. Deadlines are kept with good feedback and timely scheduling.’

‘Jasmine Toh was fully involved in our case. She was very meticulous about her facts and kept to her schedule every time. Extremely hardworking and gave client the confidence that she was putting her everything into the case.’

‘It’s a lean practice, yet able to deliver their advice within the agreed deadlines.’

‘Bryan Ghows and his team provide a balanced view when rendering advice to us.’

‘Bryan Ghows has a clear and calm approach.’

Key clients

Ivanti, Inc.

i-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd

i-Admin (Hong Kong) Ltd

Datail Group

Axiom IT Solutions Pte Ltd

Axiom Hub Pte Ltd

Advocado Pte Ltd

QuickDesk Pte Ltd

Ambi Labs Ltd

Spark Systems Limited

SMACK Holdings Ltd

CatchPlay Inc.

AsiaPlay Pte Ltd

Meeth Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Datail Group, i-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, i-Admin (Hong Kong) Ltd, i-Admin K K and Epayslip Pte Ltd on the development and release of new cloud-based payroll software, including on MAS regulations, data protection and privacy issues.
  • Advising Advocado Pte Ltd on ongoing regulatory and operational issues regarding data privacy and compliance with Monetary Authority of Singapore regulations as well as drafting their privacy documents, website UIs and TOUs, service/user TOUs, employment agreements (for C-suite executives) and other commercial agreements.
  • Advising Singapore-based Software-as-a-Service company and award-winning Microsoft partners, Axiom Hub Pte Ltd and Axiom IT Solutions Pte Ltd, on the licensing of their IP rights and software to various telecommunications conglomerates within the Asia region, helping them build up their library of template agreements (including TOUs, NDAs etc), and reviewing and drafting commercial agreements with their customers, suppliers and partners, including distribution and reseller agreements.

OC Queen Street

A member of Osborne Clarke’s international practice, OC Queen Street is noted for its expertise in the digital business and fintech sectors, focusing on matters concerning payments, cryptocurrency, crypto-assets, and blockchain. The team also acts for telecoms operators, mobile service providers, platform providers, infrastructure companies and technology suppliers, with demonstrable capabilities in handling telecoms regulatory and commercial contract disputes. Managing director Chia-Ling Koh leads the team and is supported by managing associate Norvin Chan.

Practice head(s):

Chia Ling Koh

Other key lawyers:

Norvin Chan

Key clients

Meta Platforms Inc.

Roadget Pte. Ltd.

Cushman & Wakefield

ST Telemedia Cloud

Digital Realty Trust, Inc

Jewel Paymentech Pte. Ltd.


Tickled Media Pte. Ltd.

Fastco Pte. Ltd.

Eleos Ventures Pte. Ltd.

OrionW LLC

Praised for its ‘deep knowledge and experience’, OrionW LLC advises clients on regulatory compliance matters and transactional projects involving issues relating to technology, telecoms, data protection and cybersecurity, blockchain, and expert control. Founder and managing director Winnie Chang leads the practice and is commended as a ‘personable, astute and technical lawyer’, who has experience advising on a range of TMT and fintech transactional and regulatory projects, in addition to data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Winnie Chang


‘Winnie Chang leads the team and provides outstanding support, based on many years of experience.’

‘The team has extensive experience in TMT, and is always responsive and standby the clients’ needs. OrionW has unique quality to fully understand the client’s needs and tailor their advice to the client’s situation.’

‘Winnie Chang is super responsive and practical in giving advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a digital token exchange on payment services licensing matters, blockchain and digital token classification assessments, corporate governance, data protection and anti-money laundering regulatory compliance matters.
  • Acted for a global technology company in connection with its cutting-edge data centre services in Singapore.
  • Advised an international telecommunications operator on telecommunications and satellite-related regulatory and licensing issues in various jurisdictions in Asia.


RHTLaw Asia LLP advises on matters concerning digital transformation, including regulatory compliance, IP and financing issues, in addition to technology infrastructure, blockchain, and data protection and cybersecurity mandates. Erwan Barre leads the team and handles a broad range of technology-related transactions, while Rizwi Wun's practice covers telecoms work, with demonstrable expertise in data protection and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Erwan Barre

Other key lawyers:

Rizwi Wun


‘Great team of lawyers that are professional, interested, concerned, and effective. Senior partners are accessible, even for minor matters.’

‘Senior partner is very experienced and knowledgeable in business matters. Easy to approach with direct access. Will always respond and reliable.’

Key clients


Gushcloud International

Critical Facility Group Pte Ltd

Knorex Pte Ltd

BeLive Technology Pte Ltd

AIDA Technologies Pte. Ltd

Climate Alpha Global Pte Ltd


Work highlights

  • Represented Generix in the acquisition of the 50% holding of a group of partners in a JV in Portugal.
  • Assisting with the Divestment of AIDA Technologies Pte. Ltd.
  • Represented RegASK in a Series A equity fund raising.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

The ‘calm, collected, and systematic’ team at Shook Lin & Bok LLP has experience in developing, protecting, enforcing, financing and acquiring assets and businesses across the IP, telecoms, IT, and biotechnology arenas. David Chong advises on technology-related transactions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, while Jevon Louisdelivers incredible, on-the-spot advice’ on data protection matters. Ho Ying Ming acts for technology companies in public takeovers, private acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Other key lawyers:

David Chong; Jevon Louis; Ho Ying Ming


‘Shook Lin & Bok’s TMT team are active listeners. Always asking the right questions and affording the client time to consider the issue and inform them of the latest development.’

‘The team are calm, collected and systematic.’

‘Extremely impressive team and always our go-to TMT team for the most important of matters.’

‘Jevon Louis has time and time again proven himself to be the TMT partner of choice in Singapore. He delivers incredible, on-the-spot advice on some of the most consequential matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the World Bank, the Government of Singapore and The International Emissions Trading Association, in collaboration with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, on the establishment of the Climate Action Data Trust, a decentralised metadata system that can link, aggregate and harmonise all major carbon market registry data.
  • Acted as counsel for AIGL in the acquisition of Jewel Paymentech, a target group with business operations in Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Acted as Singapore counsel for SES Holdings, Electric-vehicle battery maker, in its Series D funding round of US$139m.