Deacons’ IP practice, headed by Charmaine Koo, covers data matters in Hong Kong and mainland China. Hong Kong’s largest homegrown firm has recently prioritised data work as a result of companies’ increasing focus on the value of data as an asset – something the firm has been particularly equipped to handle given its large IP practice. It also covers more traditional privacy work and regularly sits before the Privacy Commissioner.

The firm prides itself on its intricate knowledge of local markets, opting for a narrow but deep approach compared to the international firms’ more regional stance. Standout work includes advising a large consultancy firm on a data transfer agreement, representing a major tech company before the Privacy Commissioner, and writing privacy policies for international real estate and hotel groups.

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