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Pinsent Masons

TMT

Band 2Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its expertise in cybersecurity matters and e-commerce, and increasingly active on mandates involving developments in the AI, cryptocurrency and fintech spheres. Also handles complex cross-border transactions for technology and telecommunications companies, and outsourcing and procurement constitute further areas of expertise. Additionally assists in TMT-related disputes and advises on competition law. Has a particular focus on Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Strengths

"The team is very knowledgeable and commercial, both with the client and the counterparty," a client notes, going on to say: "They were very good at explaining complicated provisions."

A client reports that team members were "responsive, provided good documentation and went above and beyond what was required. We have now engaged them in other jurisdictions because our experience was so positive."

One client notes: "We have one of best relationships with Pinsent out of all the Singaporean firms we work with. Their turnaround time is phenomenal. They are not only value for money but also solution-oriented."

Another source notes that the firm is "known to be a leader in this area of work."

Interviewees are also quick to praise the "quality of work" and the "swiftness in which it was delivered."

A client describes the team as "wonderful to work with," adding: "We are confident in their ability and impressed with their quality of work, efficiency and cost-effectiveness."

Work highlights

Acted for HSBC on its collaboration with Dow Jones to develop its 'Digital Nanodegree', an online technology training platform covering open banking, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, crowdfunding, regtech, data privacy, insurtech, AI, apps and payments.

Advised Wavecell on its USD125 million sale to 8x8.

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based Paul Haswell is a key contact in Hong Kong, while Bryan Tan and Alexander Shepherd are key contacts in Singapore.

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