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Gabriela Kennedy

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Mayer Brown

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Intellectual Property and Technology; Cybersecuriy & Data Privacy.


Gabriela Kennedy is a partner of Mayer Brown and head of the Asia IP and TMT group. She is also co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Intellectual Property practice. She is based in Hong Kong, practising intellectual property, media, information technology and telecommunications law. She handles the full spectrum of intellectual property work from litigation to licensing, strategic advice and portfolio management. Gabriela advises extensively on technology and data protection issues in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, particularly in relation to business processing outsourcing, the cross-border transfer of data, data compliance, data breaches and cybersecurity issues. She has handled a number of data breach complaints filed with the Privacy Commissioner in Hong Kong and has conducted in-depth data audits and drafted/devised privacy manuals and procedures for the Asia operations of a number of multi-national companies. On the information technology side, Gabriela's particular expertise includes advising on complex IT transactions and projects, IT outsourcing, cloud-computing, mobile payments, smart card projects, the regulation of encryption technology, software licensing, and disputes stemming from failed IT projects. She has been involved with a number of international organisations in discussions involving standard setting for the cross-border transfer of data and the formulation of strategies to deal with cyber-security.

Gabriela has been involved in a number of high-profile media transactions and litigation including signal piracy litigation during the last three FIFA World Cups on behalf of cable operators and free-to-air licencees, and litigation relating to ‘must-carry’ and re-transmission rights under the Copyright Ordinance. She has advised collecting societies in relation to licensing deals and disputes involving royalty fees.

Gabriela has extensive experience advising on regulatory and transactional telecommunications matters in Asia. She has advised incumbent operators in Asia on the impact of the introduction of regulation and liberalisation of their respective markets and has substantive experience dealing with the anti-competition provisions in the telecoms law in Hong Kong.

Gabriela has been listed in many directories as a leading lawyer in the fields of intellectual property, technology media and telecoms as well as data protection, e-commerce and the Internet and has received a number of client and other awards.

Gabriela is on the editorial board of Computer Law & Security Report to which she has contributed a regular Asia-Pacific column since 2007. She is also the Asia editor of Computer and Telecommunications Law Review and is on the editorial board of Global Data Review.

A former theoretical linguist Gabriela speaks a number of European languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Portuguese.


Admitted in Hong Kong and England and Wales.


English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.


University of Strathclyde, LLM; The University of Hong Kong, PCLL; Manchester Metropolitan University, CPE (Commendation)

China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

Gabriela Kennedy - Mayer Brown

Within: Intellectual property: foreign firms

Mayer Brown stands out for its strong IP dispute practice and is particularly experienced in representing Chinese clients in International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation in the US. It also handles a steady stream of copyright licensing, trade mark and domain name disputes. Led by Hong Kong-based Gabriela Kennedy, the four-partner team also includes the highly recommended Rosita Li and Benjamin Choi. Kennedy recently acted for Alibaba in several trade mark and domain name disputes and is representing Nautilus, a fitness equipment company in its China anti-counterfeiting strategy and its design patent infringement case. Other clients include Adidas, Hang Seng Bank, LVMH Fashion Group and  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms

Within: TMT: foreign firms

Mayer Brown's transaction-focused team is highly regarded in the technology and telecoms space, handling outsourcing, data privacy and regulatory matters. It is also active in the fintech space and recently advised on a number of mobile payment mandates for financial institutions and retailers. On the transaction side, it acted for a Hong Kong-listed technology and service company on the multimillion-dollar issuance of shares and convertible bonds. Alibaba also features in its client list which the team assisted with telecoms licensing, domain name, and cloud offering and associated data privacy matter. TMT specialist Gabriela Kennedy heads the practice from its Hong Kong office.

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Hong Kong

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Gabriela Kennedy - Mayer Brown

Within: Intellectual property

The 'very knowledgeable' three-partner team at Mayer Brown provides 'practical advice' to an impressive roster of international clients including Alibaba, Adobe, AIG and Jack Daniel's across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters. 'Very experienced' team head Gabriela Kennedy has 'excellent all-round knowledge' and has been particularly busy of late representing numerous luxury brands, including LVMH Fashion Group and Alexandre de Paris, on their heightened efforts to tackle trade mark infringers and counterfeit goods. Kennedy is also a crucial part of the firm's 'very impressive trade mark prosecution and brand management practice', and is advising Hong Kong's largest telecoms operator, PCCW, on all aspects relating to its global branding strategies, portfolio management and IP enforcement actions. As part of her wide-ranging IP practice, which includes contentious and non-contentious work, Rosita Li advises on the commercialisation of IP, including a significant volume of IP licensing matters. Counsel Amita Haylock, who is well-known in the market for handling IP and TMT-related disputes, is 'excellent'. Benjamin Choi moved to Deacons in September 2019.

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Within: Leading individuals

Gabriela Kennedy  - Mayer Brown

Within: TMT

Benefiting from deeply embedded ties with local entities cultivated throughout the firm's longstanding presence in the market, and drawing on the firm's international network, Mayer Brown advises local and international entities across the TMT spectrum on work ranging from complex M&A and outsourcing projects to IT agreements and licensing issues. Gabriela Kennedy has 'excellent knowledge of the TMT sector' and is able to leverage her 'considerable' IP expertise, as well as her commercial and regulatory prowess, to provide very effective service to a range of high-profile clients including Alibaba, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Television Broadcasts. Kennedy has been very active of late in relation to fintech matters, and recently acted for a global bank on the launch of a mobile e-wallet payment platform. A counsel in the IP and TMT group, Amita Haylock's wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious expertise includes the representation of applicants and respondents in a number of high-profile judicial reviews concerning telecoms and broadcasting issues in Hong Kong. Senior associate Karen Lee has extensive experience advising on data privacy issues as part of her TMT practice.

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