The Firm’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice handles a wide range of advisory, regulatory and complex commercial disputes spanning various technology and telecommunication sectors, such as oil and gas, automobile, medical and pharmaceutical technology, technology and infrastructure, and new and proprietary technology such as solar and wind power energy.
The team has represented clients hailing from notable cross-border jurisdictions particularly from China, South-East Asia, India and Myanmar. Through the files that have been entrusted to the team, which ranges from advisory and regulatory matters to litigation or arbitration matters, the team has assisted on a wide range of cross-border transactions which have certain aspects governed by Singapore law (for instance, advising on an arbitration to be administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre but which contracts are governed by China or India law).
Advisory and regulatory issues are increasingly arising on technology, media, and telecommunications matters. The team is well-placed to assist clients given their extensive experience.
Notable matters include:
Advised an international automobile and manufacturing entity on its intended foray into Singapore which involved queries on the Internet of Things and the legality of certain business strategies.
Acted for a major Chinese telecommunication company in a complex intellectual property dispute over the payment of license fees. The dispute involved novel aspects of EU, French, PRC, UK anti-competition laws and a qualitative and quantitative analysis by an actuarial scientist on the quantification of damage recoverable and included arguments on doctrine of illegality under the laws of various jurisdictions and issues relating to the restitutionary remedy for unjust enrichment.
Acted for a multinational telecommunications company in a complex and highly technical international arbitration concerning license fees and royalty payments in respect of video conferencing devices over a decade long period.
Acted for a prominent Chinese multinational company in a complex international arbitration in SIAC, involving the fabrication and assembly of commercial automobiles in a large-scale infrastructure project in Thailand with around S$9 million in dispute. The matter spanned 3 concurrent arbitration proceedings at the SIAC with issues of interpretation of contractual provision, tax exemption issues arising from the operation of industrial free trade zones, and potential criminal proceedings arising from the disputes.
Acted for a Thai company in relation to a dispute against a prominent Chinese multinational company over a large-scale energy project involving the manufacture, production and processing of solar components with dispute amount of approximately USD 45 million.
Acted for a China state owned entity in respect of its claims against an Indian company in an Indian infrastructural project for the construction of the mass rapid transit lines in India, in respect of an arbitration governed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Advised and acted for a Singapore company in commodities trading in an upstream breach of contract in shipping of certain metal commodities between India, China and Korea, which led to issues of breaches of agreement downstream.
Acted for a China state-owned entity to defend against a claim for management fees in respect of an agreement which dealt with consultancy fees for Solar Power Projects which are valued at US$100 million in Pakistan under the Belt and Road initiative