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Digital communications have been connecting people for almost 20 years, but the digital era still poses a multitude of legal challenges as organisations – from startups, to mid-size enterprises to household names - try to keep up the pace. CMS advises global technology, media and telecoms organisations - and their users, financiers and investors - in every area of law.

Unlocking business opportunities – and revealing problems

The development of connectivity and digital technologies has allowed for the emergence of immense benefits and possibilities for individuals. However, it has also raised critical issues that may seriously affect human and privacy rights. Accordingly, governments, multinational entities and global organisations have placed these topics at the heart of their agendas. CMS is here to help you navigate the landscape.

Transforming businesses and disrupting industries

As industries converge and new ones emerge, a wide range of stakeholders in the technology, media and communications (TMC) sector – from users, financiers and investors to business owners and regulators – face an urgent need to understand how digital transformation presents commercial opportunities and is redefining conventional business and social structures. With the deployment of 5G networks and the Internet of Things, opportunities are going to increase exponentially.

Protecting and exploiting data

A huge amount of data is generated through interacting with digital technologies which can be quickly processed, giving the holder of the data significant abilities to assess and predict behaviours of broad or segmented groups of people and individuals. CMS advises on the full spectrum of data privacy issues – from compliance and 24/7 cyber breach response, to defending against regulators and class actions. We offer a number of tools like the Breach Assistant app and Enforcement Tracker of fines issued under the GDPR.

Thanks to a diverse range of clients and our career backgrounds, CMS has looked at and advised on issues from every angle, across our practice groups.

Our experience includes, but is not limited to:

TELECOMS
  • 5G
  • Fibre
  • MVNOs
  • Network sharing
  • Satellite
  • Spectrum
  • Subsea cables
  • Telecoms regulation
  • Towers

The quality of our work is recognised by awards such as:

  • TMT Legal Adviser of the Year 2019, TMT Finance M&A Awards
  • Deal of the Year 2019, The Deal, for advice to Comcast on its bid for Sky plc 
  • Entertainment Firm of the Year 2019, Who’s Who Legal
  • TMT Law Firm of the Year 2019, Asian Legal Business (ALB) Southeast Asia Law Awards
  • Middle East TMT Firm of the Year 2018, Asian-MENA Counsel Awards 2018

Please reach out to any of our Technology, Media and Communications lawyers should you have an issue to explore.

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TMT Legal Adviser of the Year

TMT Finance M&A Awards 2019

Southeast Asia TMT Law Firm of the Year

Asia Legal Business 2019

Middle East TMT Firm of the Year

Asian-MENA Counsel Awards 2018

Entertainment firm of the year

Who’s Who Legal, 2019

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    31 July 2020
    An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
    We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
    17 July 2020
    Schrems strikes again: EU-US Pri­vacy Shield in­val­id; Stand­ard Con­trac­tu­al...
    A clash between US na­tion­al sur­veil­lance law and EU data pro­tec­tion stand­ards, which lies at the heart of Case C-311/18, Data Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion­er v Face­book Ire­land and Max­i­mil­lian Schrems (“Schrems...
    28 July 2020
    Guide on in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers – Draw­ing on the Schrems II Case
    Ana­lys­is on the Schrems II CJEU Judg­ment: im­plic­a­tions on in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers.
    10 June 2020
    DI­FC Data Pro­tec­tion Law
    In­tro­duc­tion Fol­low­ing a series of con­sulta­tions, the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (DI­FC) has is­sued Data Pro­tec­tion Law No.5 of 2020 (DPL), which in­creases pri­vacy com­pli­ance re­quire­ments for...
    14 July 2020
    The Chan­ging Face of Cy­ber Claims
    CMS, Marsh, and Wave­stone con­trib­uted to this cy­ber in­sur­ance loss study which looks at prac­tic­al ways to man­age and mit­ig­ate cy­ber risk and claims in Europe.
    26 May 2020
    European Com­mis­sion must ad­dress in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and AI
    The Com­mit­tee on Leg­al Af­fairs (JURI) of the European Par­lia­ment has pub­lished three draft re­ports re­lat­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI). This note is about the draft re­port on in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty...
    6 July 2020
    Ad­vert­ising in a time of crisis
    In this re­port, we have in­vest­ig­ated the key im­pacts of the cur­rent crisis on the ad­vert­ising in­dustry. We have con­sidered from both ends of the spec­trum – both the im­pact on brands and ad­vert­isers but also on pub­lish­ers and me­dia own­ers across vari­ous ch
    12 May 2020
    Loc­a­tion apps in the time of COV­ID-19
    Con­tact tra­cing and loc­a­tion data-based ap­plic­a­tions have re­cently be­come the sub­ject of the heated de­bates in view of their wide­spread use in the fight against the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. In re­sponse to...
    26 June 2020
    The Lat­in Amer­ic­an GC: Rising to the chal­lenge
    When we first draf­ted this fore­word, it said that al­though our fo­cus in this re­port is on per­son­al de­vel­op­ment for GCs, the world in which a GC works does make a dif­fer­ence to their role. Re­cent events have con­firmed that in a way we could nev­er have ima­gined.As we sur­veyed and in­ter­viewed GCs across Lat­in Amer­ica, no-one had heard of Cov­id-19. But now we are pub­lish­ing this re­port in what seems like a dif­fer­ent world from the one where we gathered our data.Clearly, we have to ask: is it still rel­ev­ant? The coronavir­us has brought not only count­less hu­man tra­gedies but also world­wide so­cial, fin­an­cial and com­mer­cial dis­rup­tion. Are our find­ings about the in-house pro­fes­sion still val­id in such a chal­len­ging and chan­ging en­vir­on­ment?We be­lieve they are. Our firm began its pro­gramme of GC re­ports dur­ing the glob­al fin­an­cial crisis. Such crises ac­cel­er­ate and change the way we view things. The glob­al fin­an­cial crisis boos­ted the status and value of many GCs, help­ing them achieve the am­bi­tions we dis­cussed. By help­ing their busi­nesses nav­ig­ate troubled times, with new re­quire­ments in areas such as com­pli­ance, they be­came more in­flu­en­tial.In the present crisis we will see oth­er GCs ex­per­i­ence a sim­il­ar change, as their com­pan­ies fo­cus on sur­viv­al, risk and sus­tain­ab­il­ity in the ‘new nor­mal’. Our re­search shows that Lat­in Amer­ic­an GCs are ready to seize such op­por­tun­it­ies, to prove their worth and to grow and de­vel­op their roles.In some re­spects, this re­port of­fers a snap­shot of life be­fore Cov­id-19. But in oth­er ways it’s a vis­ion for the fu­ture. The dir­ec­tion of travel for GCs – to­wards be­com­ing genu­inely stra­tegic busi­ness coun­sel – re­mains the same, even if some de­tails change. If the crisis ac­cel­er­ates pre-ex­ist­ing trends, they will be trends that GCs had already re­cog­nised.We be­lieve this is the first study of its kind in Lat­in Amer­ica.We hope that you will find it use­ful and thought­pro­vok­ing, even – or per­haps even more – in these dif­fi­cult times.We would also like to thank the many con­trib­ut­ors across CMS for their sup­port with pre­par­ing this re­port. It is not pos­sible to men­tion all of those who have made sig­ni­fic­ant con­tri­bu­tions by name.However, we would like to give par­tic­u­lar thanks to Adam Beach, Madalena Hou­li­han, Jonath­an Fenton, Cath­er­ine Mc­Gregor and Mary Hoover, for their con­sid­er­able ef­forts in as­sist­ing us.
    29 April 2020
    Busi­nesses turn to elec­tron­ic / di­git­al sig­na­tures as re­mote work­ing be­comes...
    This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. As work­place clos­ures and so­cial dis­tan­cing have rendered phys­ic­al sign­ing of doc­u­ments lo­gist­ic­ally...
    23 June 2020
    Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) and Pri­vacy
    CMS has pub­lished data pro­tec­tion guid­ance for em­ploy­ers who are re­act­iv­at­ing their work­places, and those that did not shut down their on-site op­er­a­tions.
    21 April 2020
    E-Sig­na­tures in Oman and COV­ID-19 
    Gov­ern­ment au­thor­it­ies all across the world are strongly ad­vising, and in many cases are even re­quir­ing, people to stay at home, so­cially dis­tance from one an­oth­er and avoid gath­er­ings to help put an...