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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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January 19, 2018

Athistha Chitranukroh to Speak on Cyber Law at Annual Legal Update for IP&IT Court Judges

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh, partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group, will be speaking on the topic of “Cyber Law” at the 2018 Annual Legal Update for Associate Judges of...

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January 12, 2018

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nomination for Thailand Law Firm of the Year

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated as Thailand Law Firm of the Year in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018. The firm has earned nominations for the award seven times since 2010, and...

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January 9, 2018

Two Tilleke & Gibbins Team Members Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Data 2018

Jeffrey J. Blatt, David Duncan

The debut edition of Who’s Who Legal Data  has recognized two members of Tilleke & Gibbins’ technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) practice as experts in the...

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January 8, 2018

Tilleke Promotes Four New Partners in Thailand and Vietnam

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh, Kien Trung Trinh, Loc Xuan Le, Vinh Quoc Nguyen

Regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins is pleased to announce the promotion of four new members of the firm’s partnership in Thailand and Vietnam, effective January 2018.

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December 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Top Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized with Band 1 rankings for its Intellectual Property, Insurance, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practices in Thailand in the 2018...

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November 27, 2017

Protecting TV Show Formats

Alec Wheatley

Licensing of TV show formats is big business, generating billions of dollars in global revenue every year for show creators. In licensing popular show formats, licensees obtain security by...

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November 17, 2017

Electronic Marketing Under Thailand’s New Computer Crime Act

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh

Thailand’s amended Computer Crime Act, which took effect in May this year, has brought about much needed changes in the way businesses can conduct electronic marketing. Spammers will now face...

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November 16, 2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media, and Internet Laws and Regulations 2018 – Thailand Chapter

David Duncan

The eleventh edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations  presents a cross-border overview of telecoms, media...

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November 16, 2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media, and Internet Laws and Regulations 2018 – Vietnam Chapter

Tu Ngoc Trinh, Waewpen Piemwichai

Experts on technology, media, and telecommunications law from Tilleke & Gibbins authored the Vietnam chapter of the latest edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms...

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September 27, 2017

Thailand: New Payment Systems Act

Nutavit Sirikan

Thailand is in the process of reforming laws related to payment systems and services, as well as consolidating several overlapping laws that regulate electronic money businesses, with the National...

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