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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. 

  • Conducted due diligence on behalf of a financial institution considering whether to finance the build out of a state-owned operator’s planned 3G network in Thailand and advised the financial institution regarding risk factors. The proposed loan amount as publically disclosed exceeded USD 500,000,000.

  • 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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Hassana Chira-aphakul

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Nutavit Sirikan

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Siraprapha Rungpry

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Waewpen Piemwichai

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Hanoi

Giang Thi Huong Tran

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Hanoi

Philip M. Ziter

T:+84 4 3772 5580

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Sher Hann Chua

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Yangon

Alec Wheatley

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June 9, 2015

ALB Diversity List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Counted Among Top Firms

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been included in the first edition of the Diversity List, a list compiled by Asian Legal Business—forming part of the magazine’s “Women in Law” feature—that...

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March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural...

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April 28, 2016

ALB SEA Law Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Three Firm of the Year Categories

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul, Thomas J. Treutler

The nominees of Asian Legal Business’s Southeast Asia Law Awards 2016 have been announced, and Tilleke & Gibbins has secured nominations in three categories, as follows:

April 10, 2013

Areeya Pornwiriyangkura to Present on Navigating Technology Licensing Agreements

Ideal Forum, a business conference and event organizer in Thailand, will be hosting a conference on “Negotiating, Drafting, and Managing Risks on Commercial Contracts” on April 18-19, 2013. During...

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December 16, 2014

Asia IP Experts 2014: Eight Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized

Identifying the best intellectual property (IP) lawyers in Asia, Asia IP  has released the 2014 edition of Asia IP Experts, a list of leading lawyers in nine key, IP-related...

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May 15, 2012

Administrative Measures to Resolve Domain Name Disputes in Vietnam

Loc Xuan Le, Linh Duy Mai

In late 2008, intellectual property owners were encouraged when Vietnam issued long-awaited regulations providing guidance on how to resolve disputes about “.vn” domain names. This optimism soon...

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August 8, 2014

Alternative Means of Allocating Telecommunications Spectrum

David Duncan

Reports have been circulating since the beginning of this year that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is looking to make a number of changes to the Act on...

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July 2, 2014

ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk Guide: Transfer of Technology to Southeast Asia

The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk, a European Commission project to support European Union enterprises in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights (IPR) in or relating to ASEAN, has...

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April 16, 2009

Bangkok Report – The Songkran (Thai New Year) Skirmish of 2009

David Lyman

This open letter from David Lyman to the clients of Tilleke & Gibbins addresses the events that unfolded in April 2009, when political demonstrations—sometimes violent—took place in Bangkok...

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November 28, 2011

Business Methods and Computer Programs: Patentable?

Siraprapha Rungpry

In the last couple of years the U.S., the U.K., and Europe have been considering whether business methods and computer programs can be patentable. A patent typically protects an invention that is...

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