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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications


Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. Our specialised experts have been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, media, network and IT infrastructure, internet and e-commerce as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you. We also advise traditional businesses when they encounter TMC issues, such as automotive and industrial vehicle manufactures, banks, supermarkets, lifesciences companies and public sector organisations.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, from establishment of R&D centres and testing facilities to technology import and export, our team in China can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

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27 May 2021
Belt and Road: the view from Africa
The new CMS re­port in our series fo­cused on BRI, Belt and Road: the view from Africa, an­swers these ques­tions, and many more. Built on the feed­back from over 500 people around the world who are act­ively...
06 May 2021
High­lights on New Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al...
On 18 March 2021, the State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated the Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices (Re­vised in 2021), which will take ef­fect on 1 June 2021 (the "New Med­ic­al Device Reg­u­la­tions")...
04 May 2021
China pub­lishes the second draft of Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Law
On 29 April 2021, the second draft of the PRC Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Law was pub­lished to so­li­cit pub­lic opin­ions un­til 28 May 2021. High­lights of this draft in­clude: Ex­tra-ter­rit­ori­al ef­fect: If a...
21 April 2021
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve and of­fer op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nesses. But it is not without con­tro­versy in areas such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al debt.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it. This series of re­ports ana­lyses sen­ti­ment around the world, con­siders what BRI means for each re­gion, shines a spot­light on dif­fer­ent na­tions and high­lights leg­al con­sid­er­a­tions. Our find­ings from China, Asia Pa­cific, Cent­ral and East­ern Europe, Middle East, North Africa re­gion and Lat­in Amer­ica are avail­able now.Re­port on Africa will be pub­lished in the com­ing months.me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um
22 April 2021
What does Chin­a's Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive mean for Lat­in Amer­ica?
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is China’s in­fra­struc­ture and fin­an­cing ini­ti­at­ive, de­vel­op­ing glob­al land and sea trade routes around the world. Many Lat­in Amer­ic­an na­tions have signed agree­ments...
24 March 2021
APAC Monthly TMC Up­date  – Winter 2021
Aus­tralia Aus­tralia pro­ceed­ing with News Me­dia Bar­gain­ing Code The Aus­trali­an Com­pet­i­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion (AC­CC) re­leased a draft code de­signed to es­tab­lish a man­dat­ory frame­work for ne­go­ti­at­ing...
05 March 2021
Data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws in China
Data pro­tec­tion 1. Loc­al data pro­tec­tion laws and scope PRC Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Law (2017), a high-level le­gis­la­tion set­ting out the ba­sic reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for both data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity...
15 January 2021
CMS, China ranks in ten prac­tice areas in Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific
We are pleased to an­nounce that CMS, China has been ranked and re­com­men­ded in ten areas in the Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific 2021 edi­tion. We con­tin­ue to be re­cog­nised in the areas of An­ti­trust and com­pet­i­tion...
11 January 2021
5G reg­u­la­tion and law in China
1. What is the state of 5G de­ploy­ment in your coun­try? China has con­struc­ted over 700,000 5G base sta­tions, and more than 180 mil­lion 5G ter­min­al con­nec­tions. With al­most 46,500 5G base sta­tions, Shen­zhen...
14 December 2020
Di­git­al health apps and telemedi­cine in China
Di­git­al Health Apps/Soft­ware 1. How is the soft­ware with­in di­git­al health apps clas­si­fied in your jur­is­dic­tion, and what reg­u­la­tion(s) ap­ply? 1.1 Is it con­sidered a “med­ic­al device” or a “product”...
02 December 2020
APAC Monthly TMC Up­date  – Novem­ber 2020 
Aus­tralia Dis­cus­sion pa­per on na­tion­al in-ser­vice safety law for auto­mated vehicles On 16 Oc­to­ber 2020, the Aus­trali­an Na­tion­al Trans­port Com­mis­sion (NTC) pub­lished a dis­cus­sion pa­per seek­ing feed­back...
01 December 2020
PRC Su­preme People's Court Is­sues Draft of In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to...
On 9 Novem­ber 2020, the PRC Su­preme People's Court ("SPC") pro­mul­gated the In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to Se­cur­ity-re­lated Parts of the Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (Draft for Com­ment)...