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Matt Pollins


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Matt Pollins is an international technology, media and communications lawyer with a particular focus on innovation and legal technology. 

Innovation and Legal Technology

Matt is driving the development of Lupl, a new open industry platform for legal matters. Lupl is being developed with the support of an ecosystem of leading legal departments and law firms from around the world. To learn more about Lupl, or to join the beta waitlist, visit www.lupl.com.

Matt has spent the first half of his career in London and the second half in Singapore, where he helped to build CMS’s multi award-winning regional TMT practice. He is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as being a leading lawyer in his field. His practice focuses in particular on:

  • technology, including e-commerce, cloud, data, privacy, cybersecurity, payments, mobile applications, adtech and IoT;
  • digital media, including linear and non-linear broadcasting, OTT, gaming, advertising, sports, esports and sponsorship;
  • complex sourcing, outsourcing and supply chain transactions; and
  • telecoms, including regulatory and market entry advice.

Matt regularly appears on TV and in print media to discuss the tech/media/telecoms sectors. He is a frequent commentator on BBC World News, Channel News Asia, Wall Street Journal, The Business Times, Mashable, Today and The Straits Times. He is active in the startup ecosystem and guides startups and fast-growth companies on funding, IP protection and commercialisation. He has lectured at Singapore Management University on startup business models and associated legal and regulatory considerations.

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"Clients describe his working style as 'seamless'."

Chambers, 2017

"He is "particularly well versed in digital media, as well as telecoms regulatory matters and data protection issues"."

Chambers, 2017

"According to one client, 'he gives well-rounded opinions' and will go 'above and beyond'."

Chambers, 2016

"He is described by Legal 500 as a "digital media expert" and as being "plugged into the media and technology space"

Legal 500, 2016

Relevant experience

  • Microsoft on a range of transactional and regulatory matters, ranging from cloud computing to consumer law.
  • LinkedIn on commercial and regulatory matters.
  • Unilever on its global logistics and supply chain arrangements.
  • Dentsu Aegis Network, the global ad agency network, on commercial and regulatory matters
  • Various governments in Asia on the regulatory framework for technology and media services.
  • NBC Universal on a range of commercial and transactional matters across Asia.
  • A+E Networks on a range of commercial and transactional matters across Asia.
  • BHP Billiton on a series of technology and sourcing matters.
  • Vodafone on telecoms regulatory matters.
  • News Corporation, Inc., on a range of commercial, transactional and regulatory matters across Asia.
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  • 2007 - Legal Practice Course, BPP, London
  • 2004 - English Literature and History, Durham University, Durham
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  • Director, International Institute of Communications (2016 to Present)
  • Chairman, CASBAA 2020 (2015-2016)
  • Member, CASBAA Regulatory and Anti-Piracy Committee (2013 to Present)
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  • 2017 - "Singapore can position itself as a global leader in esports", Business Times
  • 2015 - "Timely for Singapore to strengthen net neutrality laws", The Straits Times
  • 2015 - "Digital, Legal and Anywhere: Pay TV in Australia"
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Lectures list

  • 2016 - "Legal Issues in Gaming", IMDA Pixel Studios
  • 2016 - "Office Messaging Services", BBC World News
  • 2014/2016 - "Singapore's Next Billion Dollar Startup", Singapore Management University
  • 2015 - "Alibaba and Chinese E-Commerce", BBC World News
  • 2015 - "Piracy and Illegal Downloads", BBC World News
  • 2015 - "Piracy and Illegal Downloads", Channel News Asia
  • 2015 - "The Future Debates", CASBAA Convention
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12 April 2019
CMS Hol­born Asia re­cog­nised as TMT firm of the year in South­east Asia by...
For the second con­sec­ut­ive year, CMS Hol­born Asia has been awar­ded TMT Law Firm of the Year at the pres­ti­gi­ous Asi­an Leg­al Busi­ness (ALB) South­east Asia Law Awards 2019, held last night in Singa­pore. The...
28 November 2018
Sup­port­ing you with data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity
Our data pro­tec­tion team provides coun­sel across a wide range of areas in­clud­ing data pro­tec­tion re­gis­tra­tion and policy de­vel­op­ment, data se­cur­ity and mo­bile device en­cryp­tion, data trans­fer pro­ced­ures...
6 August 2018
GDPR Guide for Singa­pore Com­pan­ies
The EU’s Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) ap­plies to com­pan­ies in Singa­pore that of­fer goods and ser­vices to, or mon­it­or the be­ha­viour of, in­di­vidu­als in the EU, even if those com­pan­ies do...
18 July 2018
We­bin­ar: Di­git­al­isa­tion in man­u­fac­tur­ing
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June 2018
Part­ner in­ter­view - Matt Pollins
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09 May 2018
A Prac­tic­al Guide to Malay­si­a's Anti-Fake News Act
Key Takeaways Malay­sia’s Anti-Fake News Act is in ef­fect and be­ing en­forced The Act ap­plies to the pub­lic­a­tion of in­form­a­tion in any form which is wholly or partly false Me­dia com­pan­ies...
19 April 2018
Break­fast Sem­in­ar: Di­git­al Trans­form­a­tion in En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources...
Join Mi­crosoft, BHP and CMS as we dis­cuss di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in en­ergy and nat­ur­al re­sources.The en­ergy and nat­ur­al re­sources sec­tor in Asia-Pa­cific is un­der­go­ing rap­id and un­pre­ced­en­ted change, powered...
16 January 2018
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15 November 2017
We­bin­ar: Cy­ber­se­cur­ity in Asia Pa­cific: What you need to know
In this day and age of un­pre­ced­en­ted tech­no­lo­gic­al change and ad­vance­ment, the bound­ar­ies between phys­ic­al and di­git­al worlds are rap­idly dis­in­teg­rat­ing. While the likes of new and com­plex tech­no­lo­gies...
7 November 2017
CMS launches “Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Toolkit” for me­dia com­pan­ies at 2017 CAS­BAA...
Ma­cau, 07 Nov. In re­sponse to the un­pre­ced­en­ted num­ber of cy­ber-at­tacks against the me­dia in­dustry, in­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS today an­nounced the launch of a “Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Toolkit” for me­dia and...
20 October 2017
IP in the Cloud: the China Per­spect­ive
China is in the middle of a rap­id shift to­wards cloud tech­no­lo­gies. Ex­e­cu­tion of the 13th Five Year Plan will de­liv­er sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in­to cloud com­put­ing and the sec­tor is un­der­go­ing un­pre­ced­en­ted...
27 September 2017
We­bin­ar: Ne­go­ti­at­ing Asia deals
The CMS Com­mer­cial group is de­lighted to in­vite you to our fourth we­bin­ar for this year. This prac­tic­al ses­sion will fea­ture two ex­pert part­ners with a com­mer­cial and a dis­putes spin on mak­ing the best...