Baker McKenzie

TMT Department

Asia-Pacific Region
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What the team is known for 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 client appreciates that the team "has always been very good with helping us with advice across many countries and coordinating the advice we require among the different countries in the region. I find this aspect extremely convenient."

Another source observes that the team is "well scaled and equipped to deal with the complexity of privacy and other TMT legal matters across the region. I am impressed by the consistency of high level of service and advice that they have provided over the years. They have always been able to deliver with speed and practicality as the circumstances have required."

A source remarks that the team is "good at keeping abreast with the latest developments in commercial sectors, such as IT, and they provide us with constant legal updates and direct lawyer accessibility."

Another interviewee commends the team's "high quality of practical responses, fast turnaround time and ability to seamlessly co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional advice."

A client from the IT and telecommunications sector speaks of a team made up of "excellent people to work with" with "technical expertise in key areas and a can-do mindset which means that they listen and respond to requirements and are willing to innovate."

A media sector client reports: "All the professionals we have dealt with have proved excellent, typically having a highly commercial and therefore practical approach without compromising the quality of the legal work."

The practice receives widespread endorsement for its dexterity in corporate work. "Their understanding of M&A and negotiation skills make them stand out," testifies one client.

Another interviewee emphasises the firm's global network, saying: "Baker McKenzie has offices in Taiwan and other locations in Asia. The team is very joined up and its work products are consistent."

"The team is very knowledgeable yet business-friendly," says one client, going on to praise its ability to "deliver advice with a well-considered balance of risks, compliance obligations and practical options."

A client attests: "It is good that Baker McKenzie is a big firm with several practices and experts in several areas. Whenever we need them, we can access them easily and they are very responsive to our enquiries. The answers we obtain from them are practical."

Another interviewee says of the practice: "We are impressed by their quality of service," adding that the lawyers are "detail-oriented."

One client states that "the team exhibits the highest level of professionalism in all interactions. I have the highest respect for the team and am confident that we receive high-quality legal support from them," going on to add that the practice also offers "in-depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements and cultural nuances in multiple countries. Their network of experienced lawyers across Asia is impressive."

Another source provides similar praise, noting: "The firm achieves solid expertise in the TMT areas by combining its profound understanding of the legal framework with practical industry insights."

Work highlights Represented Porsche China in the rollout of its smart mobility initiative within the context of its sale of electric vehicles.

Assisted Sercomm on its acquisition of a broadband equipment manufacturer based in the USA.

Assisted Warburg Pincus in evaluating a proposed investment in Circles Asia for preference shares representing approximately 19% and ordinary shares representing approximately 6% of total issued share capital in the business.

Advised Blockchain Cooperation Initiative, which comprises several Thai financial institutions, on a project to develop the use of blockchain technology within Thailand's banking sector.

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.