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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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Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

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Partner
Bangkok

Nandana Indananda

T:+66 2056 5879

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Partner
Bangkok

Suebsiri Taweepon

T:+66 2056 5877

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Partner
Bangkok

Thomas J. Treutler

T:+84 4 3772 5633

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Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh

T:+66 2056 5600

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Of Counsel
Bangkok

Dat Hoang Truong

T:+84 8 3936 2070

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Of Counsel
Ho Chi Minh City

Jakkrit Kuanpoth

T:+66 2056 5868

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Of Counsel
Bangkok

Jeffrey J. Blatt

T:+66 2056 5644

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Of Counsel
Bangkok

Hassana Chira-aphakul

T:+66 2056 5881

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Associate
Bangkok

Nutavit Sirikan

T:+66 2056 5560

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Associate
Bangkok
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Cyber Risks and Security: Panel Discussion at Asia Insurance Brokers’ Summit

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Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Top Contender for Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award

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Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Spot in First-Ever “Emerging Markets Experts” List by Asian Legal Business

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Video: Encryption and Lawful Access in Thailand and the U.S.

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January 15, 2017

Video: Jeffrey Blatt Presents on Government Surveillance at Data Privacy Asia 2016, Singapore

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media, and Internet Laws and Regulations 2017 – Thailand Chapter

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The tenth edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations  provides a comprehensive overview of telecoms, media, and...

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October 19, 2016

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media, and Internet Laws and Regulations 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations  provides comprehensive legal analyses of telecoms, media, and internet laws and...

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August 29, 2016

Lexology Navigator – Data Security and Cybercrime 2016 – Vietnam Chapter

Tu Ngoc Trinh, Waewpen Piemwichai, Jim Dao

The Vietnam chapter of Data Security and Cybercrime, written by lawyers at Tilleke & Gibbins, provides an overview of data security and cybercrime in Vietnam that covers the recently...

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August 3, 2016

Lexology Navigator – Data Security and Cybercrime 2016 – Thailand Chapter

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Data Security and Cybercrime, published in the Lexology Navigator, presents a Q&A-style overview of data security and cybercrime in 28 jurisdictions worldwide. The Thailand chapter of...

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July 27, 2016

Removing Infringing Content on ISPs Hosted in Thailand and the European Union

Suebsiri Taweepon

Online copyright infringement is a widespread problem. Infringing content that is uploaded to the Internet in one jurisdiction can be easily accessed from around the world. Internet service...

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