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As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness of your relationships with both customers and suppliers. Sector-specific contractual arrangements are key to this. Not only do you need the right legal answer, you need it in the context of the market in which you operate. With over 350 lawyers across 33 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business variations impacting your commercial arrangements.

Our Commercial, Sourcing, Technology and Regulatory team is one of the largest operating in Asia and Europe.

We advise on complex strategic commercial transactions, legal regimes and regulatory requirements, technology procurement, cloud services, data privacy, content development, as well as outsourcing.

We work closely with the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) and are part of the team that organises the IAOP APAC summits. Our lawyers speak regularly at technology and sourcing conferences in the region, on hot topics like Big Data and the Internet of Things. We are active media commentators and writers in this space. We work closely with the industry body, Asia Cloud Computing Association.


Trade secrets in Singa­pore
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
Leg­al term for pay­ments in Singa­pore
1.  Are there any spe­cif­ic leg­al re­quire­ments in re­spect of pay­ment terms? No, there are none. The pay­ment term of a con­tract is agreed between the con­tract­ing parties.  2. Is there a stand­ard pay­ment...
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
ESO­Ps and Bal­an­cing Key Stake­hold­er In­terests
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. As the South East Asi­an start-up and emer­ging com­pany scene con­tin­ues to rap­idly ex­pand and...
APAC TMC Up­date  – Au­tumn 2021
Aus­tralia Tem­por­ary amend­ments al­low elec­tron­ic ex­e­cu­tion of doc­u­ments, vir­tu­al meet­ings The Treas­ury Law Amend­ments (2021 Meas­ures No.1) Bill 2021 (Bill) was passed and came in­to ef­fect on 14 Au­gust...
Epis­ode #1 - Nav­ig­at­ing the data pro­tec­tion land­scape in Asia, in­clud­ing...
Nick Beck­ett (Beijing/Hong Kong) chats with Jonath­an Chu (Hong Kong) and Sheena Jac­ob (Singa­pore) on data pro­tec­tion and in par­tic­u­lar:Does Asia need a GDPR equi­val­ent? The new China PIPL - should com­pan­ies be con­cerned? Cross-bor­der trans­fers of per­son­al data in Asia - cut­ting through the thick­et So you have a breach in Asia - how to man­age a data breach in this part of the world Cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws and reg­u­la­tion of crit­ic­al sec­tors - the new na­tion­al se­cur­ity fron­ti­er
CMS Tech In­nov­a­tion Asia
Wel­come to CMS’s ‘Tech In­nov­a­tion Asia’ video/pod­cast series for pro­fes­sion­als deal­ing with leg­al, com­pli­ance, IP and reg­u­lat­ory is­sues in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.
Singa­pore and UK strengthen co­oper­a­tion in fin­an­cial ser­vices
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion On 30 June 2021, Singa­pore and the UK entered in­to a land­mark part­ner­ship for...
APAC TMC Up­date - June 2021
China China’s mar­ket reg­u­lat­or is­sues Anti-mono­poly Guide for Plat­form Eco­nomy Sec­tor On 7 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (SAMR) is­sued the fi­nal­ised Anti-mono­poly Guideline...
Open Secrets? Guard­ing value in the in­tan­gible eco­nomy
Across mul­tiple in­dus­tries, busi­nesses are de­riv­ing an ever great­er pro­por­tion of their value from as­sets pro­tec­ted not by pat­ent or copy­right – but by secrecy. And from cus­tom­er data to soft­ware al­gorithms...
Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal de­clines to fol­low Rock Ad­vert­ising: en­dorses...
A re­cent de­cision of a five-judge Court of Ap­peal in Singa­pore has con­sidered the leg­al ef­fect of no or­al modi­fic­a­tion clauses (“NOM clauses”) un­der Singa­por­ean law. In a break with the po­s­i­tion in...