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Baker McKenzie

TMT

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Baker McKenzie houses a leading practice, highly rated for its local and international expertise, and its broad coverage across the Asia-Pacific region. Offers a particularly strong presence in China and Australia, and has also developed impressive offerings across Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. Expertise in both transactional and regulatory TMT, including software licensing, data protection, outsourcing and IT disputes, along with acquisitions and joint ventures for technology companies. Retains an impressive client following among multinational telecoms, e-commerce, banking and media companies. Actively engaged in fintech matters and also as a contributor to multiple government working groups in the area. Cross-jurisdictional expertise in cybersecurity and financial regulatory law. Further noted for its extensive publicisation, through a variety of media and on a multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional basis, of key practice area issues.

Strengths

One market commentator says: "The firm provides a one-stop solution to the clients and assists us through efficient internal cooperation and alignment."

The team is referred to by clients as "a true problem solver that keeps complexity at bay."

"They are knowledgeable in both government and private sector practices and regulations, and provide good advice on how best to mitigate risk," observes another market interviewee.

A client explains: "Baker McKenzie is responsive and proactive where needed, providing to-the-point and digestible advice."

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie acted on behalf of eBay on the formation of joint venture with Orange Connex for logistics services relating to global product distribution.

Baker McKenzie advised NetEase Games on PDPA issues in Thailand relating to its business.

Baker McKenzie's Australian team played a key role in the firm's provision of advice to Equinix on its joint venture with Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, GIC, to develop and operate a hyperscale data centre in Japan.

Notable practitioners

Sydney-based Adrian Lawrence is a key contact in Australia. Ken Chia offers IP and TMT expertise from the firm's Singapore office. Shanghai-based Howard Wu is a key contact for ITC work relating to China. Seck Yee Chung is head of the firm's Vietnam ITC department. Dhiraphol Suwanprateep and Henry Chang are, respectively, key contacts in the firm's Thailand and Taiwan practices.

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