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Matt Pollins


CMS Holborn Asia
7 Straits View
Marina One East Tower
Singapore 018936
Languages English

Matt Pollins leads the Commercial and TMC Team at CMS Singapore.  He is an international technology, media and communications lawyer advising clients across Asia on the full spectrum of commercial, transactional, regulatory, intellectual property and public policy matters.

He is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as being a leading lawyer in his field. His team advises clients from fast-growth companies through to global technology, media and communications companies and governments on business and law in Asia. He 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, real-money and social gaming, advertising, sports, esports and sponsorship;
  • complex sourcing, outsourcing and supply chain transactions; and
  • telecoms, including regulatory and market entry advice across the region.

Matt is currently a Director of the International Institute of Communications in Singapore, a global non-profit that exists to enable an open dialogue to shape the policy agenda in Technology, Media and Communications. He is the former Chairman of CASBAA 2020, a group studying the future of TV in Asia that includes Disney, 21st Century Fox and Turner. He is also a member of the judging panel for the Asia Communication Awards.

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 Singapore’s startup ecosystem and guides startups and fast-growth companies on funding, IP protection and commercialisation. He has lectured at Singapore Management University on "Singapore's Next Billion Dollar Startup".

He and his team blog at www.connectedasia.com about how the unparalleled and explosive groth in connectivity in Asia-Pacific is driving new technologies and business models and reshaping the existing regulatory framework.

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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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