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Information & Communications Technology

IT Contracts

Much of our practice involves drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and arrangements relating to the supply of IT systems and services, turnkey projects, procurement, outsourcing, maintenance and support services, service level agreements, software development and licensing, software distribution, escrow arrangements, network security and encryption. Such contracts are often large-scale and mission-critical agreements. In addition, we sometimes act as escrow agents. 

E-commerce and the Digital Economy

We have experience in advising on contracts in a digital environment, website design and hosting, social networking sites, website terms and conditions, on-line content review and compliance, consumer protection and marketing issues, internet payment and settlement systems, e-procurement, registration of domain names, computer security, fraud, hacking, anti-spamming, the use of trade marks as meta tags, sale of trade marks as keywords, digital rights management, regulatory and licensing requirements involving gaming, auctions and content provision services provided through the mobile phone.


Clients often seek our advice on the regulatory and licensing regime under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (including access, universal service provision, network, rates and content regulation and convergence issues), applications for class and individual licences, supply of equipment and services, interconnect and mobile data agreements, foreign equity restrictions and consumer forums. A notable project that we were involved in was the mobile number portability (MNP) clearinghouse services project spearheaded by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) where we represented the main contractor in respect of its agreements with the MCMC and the mobile cellular providers. 

Multimedia Super Corridor and Flagship Applications

We were involved in Multimedia Super Corridor (“MSC”) initiatives from their inception, having negotiated, structured and prepared documentation for three MSC flagship applications, i.e. Smart School, Government MultiPurpose smartcard and e-Government. 

Corporate and Commercial

Often working with colleagues from the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group, we advise on various asset and share acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements in ICT companies, including advising on the ownership and licensing of their software and associated IP rights, and regulatory issues.


From time to time, disputes arise from IT project rollouts. Our breadth of experience in IT contracts and our indepth knowledge of the industry enable us to negotiate and work out effective practical solutions for our clients. Our experience also includes advising on domain name disputes and arbitration proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy against cybersquatters.


Our clients are diverse, including IT vendors, service providers, start-ups, multinationals, banks, insurance companies, manufacturers and retailers.


The ICT practice is highly recommended in the area of IT, Telco and Media in Asialaw Profiles 2015 - 2018. It is also highly ranked in the 2015 - 2018 publications of Asia Pacific Legal 500. In the In-House Community Survey 2011 and 2015 conducted by the legal publication ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL, the firm received honourable mention in the category of Telecommunications, Media & Technology, among others. Partner Tong Lai Ling is listed as a Leading Individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for the years 2014 - 2018 and as a Recommended Individual in Asialaw Profiles 2013 and 2015.


Chew Phye Keat
Partner - Head of Intellectual Property & Technology
and Head of Corporate & Commercial
+603-26949999 (Ext 205)
Tong Lai Ling
Partner - Information & Communications Technology
+603-26949999 (Ext 198)
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