10 January 2017

Olswang Asia launches Public Policy offering focused on TMT regulatory environment

International law firm Olswang today announces the launch of a Public Policy offering in Singapore. The launch recognises the work the team has been doing to help companies, industry bodies and policy-makers in Asia navigate an increasingly complex regulatory landscape in technology, media and telecoms (TMT).  

Led by Partner Matt Pollins, the new offering will be available across Asia and will combine Olswang’s unparalleled TMT legal and regulatory expertise with its deep understanding of the TMT sector. This complements the firm's existing Public Law and Competition & Regulatory practices in Europe.

Olswang Asia Managing Partner Andrew Stott commented: “The formalisation and development of a bespoke offering is a natural evolution of our recent work guiding companies and governments through regulations and public policy issues. With regulations in Asia, in common with the rest of the world, struggling to keep pace with technology innovation, companies, industry bodies and policy-makers are increasingly looking to advisors who are willing to give them a view, based on industry experience ,detailed knowledge of the existing legal framework and a global perspective based on an understanding of regulatory approaches around the world."

Partner and Head of Public Policy Matt Pollins commented: “Nowhere is the pace of regulatory change faster than in Asia. Across the region, the explosion in the take-up of connected devices and the rapid improvement in network infrastructure in developing countries is disrupting established business models and opening up enormous potential markets across everything from financial services to media. These changes are stretching the existing legal and regulatory framework. Our Public Policy offering will help companies, governments and industry bodies navigate the regulatory landscape in this increasingly connected Asia."

Olswang has been operating in Asia since formally opening in Singapore in February 2012, and the firm's sector focus within TMT has enabled it to continue strengthening its service line offerings across corporate, commercial and international arbitration. Olswang Asia advises local, regional and international organisations, including BHP Billiton, Dentsu Aegis Network, Dong-A Pharmaceuticals, LG, Microsoft and Unilever.

Olswang Asia has retained its top ranking in TMT by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 since opening in 2012. The firm's Partners are also ranked for their sector, practice area and regional expertise. The team is also active at an industry body level, with Managing Partner Andrew Stott recently being elected to the Board of Directors of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), the regional television industry body, and Matt Pollins being a Director of the International Institute of Communications in Singapore.

Read more about the firm’s practice in Asia here



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About Olswang Asia

Olswang Asia is part of an international law firm recognised for its deep industry expertise in technology, media and telecoms. Based in Singapore, Olswang Asia is licensed as a foreign law practice in Singapore and operates as a regional firm for clients, covering APAC markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. Olswang Asia is ranked in band 1/tier 1 for TMT (Singapore) by leading directories Chambers and The Legal 500. Managing Partner Andrew Stott is ranked by Chambers for Corporate/M&A (International) in Singapore. Toby Grainger is ranked for Corporate/M&A in Indonesia (expert based abroad). The firm also works in association with a Singapore firm, Holborn Law in Singapore and Haldanes, a Hong Kong firm, in Hong Kong.


About Olswang

Olswang LLP is an international law firm and a European and Asian leader in technology, media, telecommunications and real estate. The firm comprises of almost 700 people including 100 partners, across seven international offices. Olswang is part of a 'best friends' network of leading independent law firms throughout the world.