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.
Jeffrey J. Blatt
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.