Baker McKenzie

TMT Department

China
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What the team is known for Well-established practice with specialist expertise in the commercial and industry-specific aspects of TMT, offered from offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With the Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) joint operation office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the group is strengthened by a combined international and PRC offering. Core areas of expertise include M&A, outsourcing transactions and data privacy. Notable regulatory practice and frequently advises major businesses on up-to-date cybersecurity practices and risk. Also capable of assisting with fintech-related mandates. Acts for an impressive roster of blue-chip Chinese and international corporations.

Strengths"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, that champion support from commercial decision makers."

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 roll-out of its smart mobility initiative in connection with its sale of electric vehicles.

Notable practitioners

New entry to the rankings
Paolo Sbuttoni
regularly receives instructions from high-profile multinationals on a range of regulatory mandates, including data and cybersecurity matters. According to a source, he offers "strong risk assessment, analytical skills and creativity in alternative solutions," and his "market knowledge in the tech field proves handy in resolving new challenges."