Jeffrey J. Blatt

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English, Thai

Education

JD, Lewis & Clark Law School

MSc, Criminal Justice/Security Studies, Tiffin University

BSc, Engineering, University of California Los Angeles

Jeffrey J. Blatt is a Silicon Valley pioneer who worked directly with the founders of groundbreaking technology companies including Apple, Sun, and Broadcom to protect and leverage their innovative technologies. In Asia, Jeffrey was a key member of the executive team that launched “Astro,” which has become Southeast Asia’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) digital satellite television business.

A seasoned legal and business executive with over 35 years of experience representing telecommunication, media, and technology (TMT) companies in the United States and in Asia, Jeffrey represents Western and Asian clients in all aspects of international TMT including cloud services, cyber security, privacy, lawful government access and encryption issues, broadcasting, and digital and film media.

Jeffrey leads Tilleke & Gibbins’ TMT group in Bangkok, Thailand, and he is consistently recognized as a leading practitioner in this area by publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and The International Who’s Who of Telecoms & Media Lawyers. As recognized in his Chambers  ranking, “Jeffrey Blatt is noted to be a dedicated lawyer that goes the extra mile and ‘knows technology in detail.’ He combines ample experience across the industry with substantial commercial awareness.”

Jeffrey also has extensive experience sitting on the board of a publicly listed telecom company (fixed and wireless). From June 2008 until September 2016, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Telecom Plc. (SLT), and he chaired the Senior Tender Board, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, and the Risk Management Committee, sat on the Technology Sub-Committee, and was also a board member of various subsidiary boards including the iPTV subsidiary. Jeffrey provided strategic leadership to SLT during his tenure, where he injected international leadership standards to the running of corporate governance committees and oversaw various projects including the launch of the Sri Lanka broadband project to provide broadband at 20 Mbps via fiber to the node, and a FTTH/FTTB service with download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. He also oversaw the deployment of a major state-of-the-art iPTV system, and liaised with Prime Ministers, Ministers, and bureaucrats on behalf of major stakeholders and shareholders in the enterprise.

Jeffrey is a frequent speaker and author on issues relating to technology and the intersection of privacy, government action, and cloud security, in addition to technology transfer and intellectual property.

He is a member of the California and U.S. Federal Bar, and he is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney. In the United States, he was a partner at the nationally recognized law firms of Irell & Manella and Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman in California.

  • 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.

  • 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 telecommunications and broadcasting companies in Asia regarding cyber threats, security audits, privacy, and lawful government access risks associated with utilizing a multinational cloud-based service provider’s email and document storage system in light of both United States and local national laws in Southeast Asia.

  • On behalf of a major digital direct-to-home satellite television service in Southeast Asia, structured and negotiated a complex over-the-air replacement of a conditional access system (CAS) to encrypt program content in over two million set-top boxes with another CAS from a competing vendor.

  • Supervised U.S. and Malaysian litigation counsel on behalf of the largest digital direct-to-home satellite television operator in Southeast Asia in a major arbitration action against a multinational European vendor relating to alleged failures to provide promised functionality in both set-top boxes and base-band systems, resulting in an award in favor of the client having a value in excess of USD 60 million. The arbitration action was conducted in Singapore under Malaysian law and U.S. Rules of Discovery and Evidence.

  • Acted as counsel on behalf of a client in Southeast Asia in an arbitration action brought by a vendor of TV Receive Only (TVRO) satellite dishes alleging breach of a nondisclosure agreement and misappropriation of alleged trade secrets by the client, including what were alleged to be proprietary calculations relating to satellite dish design. Located and worked with expert witnesses from the United States and the United Kingdom to refute arguments, with the arbitration panel unanimously finding in favor of the client.

  • Acted as a mediator in a dispute between a major satellite operator in Thailand and U.S. satellite designers relating to an agreement to hold stock in an offshore entity as partial compensation for technology transfer and invention assignment, and successfully brought the parties to a mutually agreed resolution.

  • Represented a major wireless telecommunication provider in Southeast Asia in negotiations to acquire and deploy wireless 3G/4G technology, and the deployment of an iPTV fixed-line network.

  • Served as counsel on behalf of a major wireless telecommunication operator in a dispute with a U.S. telecommunications equipment supplier for breach of contract claims in international arbitration in Singapore brought under the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence, as well as Malaysian law. The matter was successfully settled in favor of the Malaysian operator.

  • Acted for the purchaser to acquire the Shaw film library of over 700 original Chinese films of Sir Run Run Shaw in Hong Kong. Supervised due diligence of film properties, scripts, and other materials; oversaw Hong Kong outside counsel; and negotiated with Shaw Brothers for the acquisition of the library.

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January 15, 2017

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

Jeffrey J. Blatt

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January 15, 2017

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

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January 13, 2017

Fifteen Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Receive Recognition in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 Rankings

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has recognized 15 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers and consultants for their impressive legal knowledge and expertise, capabilities, and client-focused services in its annual...

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January 13, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins’ TMT Practice in Thailand Receives Highest Ranking by Chambers

Tilleke & Gibbins technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) practice group in Thailand has been recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific  with a “Band 1” ranking for the fifth consecutive...

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November 16, 2016

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017: Twelve Tilleke Attorneys Named as “Leading Individuals”

The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has named 12 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers as “Leading Individuals” across Southeast Asia:   Leading Individual   Practice Area...

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February 1, 2017

Government Surveillance, Security, and Privacy: Does Security Always Win? (Part 1)

Jeffrey J. Blatt

This article was first published in the Data Privacy Asia Newsletter. In 1949 George Orwell penned a novel that described a world where government surveillance is all pervasive. When we read 1984...

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February 1, 2017

Government Surveillance, Security, and Privacy: Does Security Always Win? (Part 2)

Jeffrey J. Blatt

This article was first published in the Data Privacy Asia Newsletter. For Part 1 of this series, please click here. A question posed during the Data Privacy Asia 2016 conference held in Singapore in...

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August 3, 2016

Lexology Navigator – Data Security and Cybercrime 2016 – Thailand Chapter

Jeffrey J. Blatt, David Duncan

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 the guide,...

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April 1, 2016

The United States vs. Apple and Microsoft: The Makings of a Perfect Storm

Jeffrey J. Blatt

Last month, a U.S. court in California issued an order to Apple that was metaphorically equivalent to a magnitude 9 earthquake cutting through the Silicon Valley. The order shook the tech world to...

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March 23, 2016

Intellectual Property in Thailand: Registration, Protection, Commercialization

Written for business operators who are new to the country, Intellectual Property in Thailand: Registration, Protection, Commercialization  provides a helpful introduction to IP issues under Thai...

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