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Tilleke & Gibbins helps cutting-edge players in the high-technology, media, and telecommunications industries shape and succeed in the creative economies of Southeast Asia. We specialize in defining strategic and business objectives, negotiating contracts, managing disputes, and capitalizing on technology acquisitions and capabilities to create new market opportunities. We act on behalf of leading multinational content developers and distributors in the broadcast, entertainment, multimedia, satellite, and high-technology industries.

Our technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) team is headed by Jeffrey J. Blatt, who has more than 30 years' experience in this specialty field. Jeffrey leveraged his many years representing high-profile clients in Silicon Valley and Hollywood to become a leading practitioner in Asia’s TMT sector. Jeffrey provides business counsel in the fields of satellite direct-to-home pay television broadcasting and iPTV systems, telecommunications systems, cloud-based services, data protection, cyber security and Internet threat mitigation, M&A/joint ventures, media, and IP technology transfer and licensing.

The TMT group and intellectual property group of Tilleke & Gibbins work in tandem to protect innovation and ensure the clearance and licensing of intellectual property as it relates to film, television, radio, and Internet content. Both our TMT and IP groups are recognized as leading practices by publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Read about our recent representation of companies that define, lead, and revolutionize the fields of electronics, software, entertainment, and Internet services. Our TMT group:

  • Advised one of the largest telecommunications firms in Japan on offering mobile and cloud-based services in Southeast Asia. We advised on company establishment, licensure, and regulations pertaining to various services and business models.

  • Represented a major U.S. telecommunications and software vendor in negotiations with five Thai mobile telecom operators to deploy mobile number portability (MNP) in Thailand. We successfully negotiated the deal to full deployment, which included a build operate and agreed optional transfer build out. We also handled the formation of the client’s Thai subsidiary and associated visa/work permits and required Thai bank guarantees. MNP is now up and available in Thailand, and we continue to advise the client on mobile virtual network operator regulations and the offering of SMS services.

  • Advised Voice over IP (VoIP) operators on numbering regulations and related business issues.

  • Represented credit card network operators and electronic payment companies on licensing and regulatory requirements.

  • Advised multinational telecommunications operators on data privacy, data retention, and lawful interception. 

  • Advised a consortium of financial institutions on telecommunications laws in connection with their bids to provide credit facilities (totaling THB 15.85 billion) to a major telecommunications operator for the expansion of a 3G mobile network and infrastructure.

  • Advised a global technology company on the launch of a network game platform in Thailand; including counseling on censorship and obscenity laws.

  • Advised a leading global Internet brand and an international video game company on website development, Internet services, and the legal implications of same.

  • Advised a Japanese-Chinese joint venture on the regional broadcast distribution of an animated television series, including advising on intellectual property assignment and registration in preparation for licensing and merchandising opportunities.

  • Assisted a producer of real-time strategy games with the launch of their latest offering in Thailand. Much of our work focused on localizing business approaches and terms of use. The game went on to meet with considerable success, both in Thailand and overseas.

  • Advised a multinational media company on a regional copyright dispute in the broadcasting field.

  • Advised a leader in wireless technology on government authorities related to the telecommunications industry.

  • Liaised with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on behalf of our client, an operator of a social-media website, to ensure compliance with the Computer Crime Act and, as a result, successfully prevented the website from being banned by the MICT.

  • Helped a multinational company establish a foreign direct investment company engaged in the import/export and distribution of mobile phones and computers.  The established company is one of the few foreign-owned companies permitted to do business in this sector in Vietnam.

  • Provided in-depth advice to a global software solutions provider on doing business in Vietnam.

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Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

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Jakkrit Kuanpoth

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Jeffrey J. Blatt

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Nandana Indananda

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Nutavit Sirikan

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Date Title
October 25, 2006

Online But Not Above the Law

This article advises Web site creators and users to be aware of the importance of intellectual property rights in their online activities. Areeya Pornwiriyangkura, a consultant with Tilleke &...

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February 9, 2011

Tilleke & Gibbins Names New Partners

Alan Adcock, Nandana Indananda, Thomas J. Treutler

Tilleke & Gibbins, the largest independent law firm in Thailand, proudly announces the appointment of Alan Adcock, Nandana Indananda, and Thomas J. Treutler as Partners of the firm.

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July 29, 2010

Tilleke & Gibbins Adds Jeffrey J. Blatt to Technology, Multimedia, and Communications Group

Jeffrey J. Blatt

The Technology, Multimedia, and Communications practice group at Tilleke & Gibbins has been bolstered by the addition of Jeffrey J. Blatt, who has joined the firm’s Bangkok office as an Of...

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March 21, 2008

Success by the Book

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

This article provides an introduction to Tilleke & Gibbins based on the firm’s winning the prestigious International Law Office Client Choice Award 2007 for Thailand.

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March 17, 2011

BRT Business Leaders’ Lunch

David Lyman

David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, was recently invited to participate in the inaugural BRT Business Leaders Lunch. Held at the JW Marriott in Bangkok, the...

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April 25, 2006

Yesteryear – Bangkok in 1956: What Was It Like When AMCHAM Thailand Was Founded?

David Lyman

In this text of a presentation for the 50th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, David Lyman reflects on the changes he has observed in Thailand in the 50 years since...

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January 29, 2007

E-Commerce Abuses and Online Infringements in Thailand

Thailand has a rapidly growing economy and Internet penetration is on the rise, although the country still needs legislation to confront the emerging challenges of the Internet and e-commerce. The...

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July 27, 2007

The Cybercrimes Law

Following a draft that had been originally presented for discussion since 2002, the Thai government has now enacted the Computer Crimes Act. The final version of the law has incorporated many...

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September 17, 2007

New Legislation to Deter Abuses of E-Commerce

Thailand has enacted legislation to confront the emerging challenges of the internet and e-commerce. This article summarizes the present state of Thai copyright, cyber-squatting, and criminal law...

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October 19, 2007

Doing Business in Vietnam

John King, Thomas J. Treutler

On the heels of its 2006 entry into the WTO, Vietnam’s economy continues to show high growth and is generally considered the second fastest growing economy in Asia behind China. This article...

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