The US giant operates out of Hong Kong as Mayer Brown, following a tie-up with large local firm Johnson Stokes & Master in 2008. Data veteran Gabriela Kennedy leads the firm’s practice and is global head of the firm’s IP team. Mayer Brown places data work within the IP practice in Asia, while it sits within the litigation practice in the US, given the differing type of work involved. The firm does a lot of work on Hong Kong breach notification, but goes beyond that to assist companies in protecting the value of their data.
The team has been kept busy with pan-Asian mandates from financial institutions as well as with a number of assignments involving strategic data privacy counselling at the design stage for projects for clients in sectors spanning property, retail, hospitality and aviation.