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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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Singapore is emerging as a world force in eSports, according to research, and has a surging OTT market that is expected to reach USD197 million by the end of 2026.


In May 2021, Singapore hosted the Free Fire World Series, which acquired a peak viewership of 5.4 million - the highest for any eSports match outside of Chinese platforms, according to Esports Charts.


Meanwhile, data from Statista shows that revenue in the video streaming segment reached USD96 million in 2021, and is expected to reach an annual growth rate of 15.53 per cent in the next four years.


In other developments, Singapore passed a controversial law intended to prevent foreign interference in domestic politics. The Foreign Interference Bill was approved in September 2021 and empowers the government to investigate as

well as stop foreign entities from influencing national politics.


The law allows the authorities to compel internet service providers and social media platforms to provide user information and block content that is deemed hostile.


Addressing parliament, the Minister for Home Affairs, Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, said that Singapore was vulnerable to “hostile information campaigns” carried out overseas. “The internet has created a powerful new medium for subversion,” Mr Shanmugam said.  

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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is known for its focus on media and advertising law. The firm advises extensively on a range of intellectual property matters, domestic and cross-border. With two decades of experience, the firm has extensive experience working on a multitude of cases, contentious and non-contentious matters. Lawyers advise on commercial exploitation of intellectual property in the media and technology industries.


Working closely with its regional offices in Hong Kong and China, Bird & Bird ATMD focusses on commercial services. Core competence areas are sports law, data protection and sector-related tax advice. The practice is well regarded for expertise in intellectual property law, domestic and cross-border transactions. Lawyers also regularly advise government agencies, regulatory bodies and public institutions on a range of industry-related caes. 


Drew & Napier provides a professional service on a consistent basis” say clients. The practice is distinguished for its media law specialisation and case handling that clients describe as “above expectation”. The firm works closely with media regulator MDA and industry leaders including Spotify, Scripps and Discovery Communications. The firm is described by clients as “pragmatic, thorough and responsive”, and is recognised for its in-depth knowledge of the pay-television sector.


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Joyce A. Tan & Partners has a strong focus on media. The firm is gaining recognition for its specialisations across media sub-sectors, from online and print to entertainment and advertising. Lawyers assist with film production, sports and cases of defamation. Areas of focus include regulatory and transactional work.   


Pinsent Masons MPillay has an international focus on cross-border transactions. The practice is among the local leaders for entertainment and technology matters. Lawyers advise on licensing agreements, copyright and data protection. Clients include social media companies and film studios.


Rajah & Tann is well established in the legal market for its broad coverage of media cases. The firm integrates media and entertainment, intellectual property, technology and telecommunications. With a full-service approach, the team works across a range of cases, from advisory to corporate and commercial.  


WongPartnership works with media regulatory bodies and some of the world’s best known content producers in the motion picture and music industries. The practice is widely respected for its sector specialisation, attracting television networks and other creative industry clients that include filmmakers, song writers, producers and production houses. Lawyers also advise on sector-related investment, securitisation, distribution and exploitation projects.


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CMS is instructed by leading media organisations, local and international. The firm’s work includes corporate, commercial and dispute resolution. Acting for A+E Networks, the team assisted with the production, sponsorship and distribution of the series MasterChef Asia. Lawyers also advised on the launch of HOOQ, a regional internet television service, and a joint venture between Sony, Singtel and Warner Bros.


Dentons Rodyk is noted by peers for its focus on multiple areas of media, from entertainment law and gaming to publishing and broadcast. The practice is popular among clients including joint venture parties, content creators, start-ups and individual talent. The team works on digital distribution agreements, mobile media arrangements, merchandising and sponsorship deals.


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Sports and media firm Eversheds Harry Elias is one of the few firms that focus on all aspects of sports. Lawyers have extensive experience establishing and reorganising sports associations. The team also advises on international regulations and requirements for various sports.The firm is recognised for its work advising publishing clients in cases of defamation.


Lee & Lee media lawyers are skilled at developing new licensing and transactional frameworks and strategies. With in-depth experience, the team regularly drafts and reviews media, software and related technology agreements. The full-service firm is appointed by entertainment sector clients in cases involving intellectual property and regulatory matters.  


TIER 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Bird & Bird ATMD

Drew & Napier


TIER 2

Allen & Gledhill

Joyce A. Tan & Partners

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Rajah & Tann

WongPartnership


TIER 3

CMS

Dentons Rodyk  

OrionW

Shook Lin & Bok  

Taylor Vinters


TIER 4

Colin Ng & Partners

Eversheds Harry Elias

Lee & Lee

Withers KhattarWong



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