Alex joins from Bird and Bird where he was a partner in the Technology and Communications team. Alex has been based in Singapore for six years and prior to that he was based in Dubai for seven years where he led the Middle East and Africa TMT practice at Simmons & Simmons.
He has extensive experience advising on a broad range of commercial, regulatory, technology, media and telecommunications matters particularly in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. He also advises on cross-border data privacy and cyber-security matters, both in relation to compliance with Asia Pacific regulatory regimes and compliance with GDPR for businesses operating internationally.
Alex's primary focus has been working with financial institutions, insurance companies and service providers in the financial services sector to support their digital transformation and technology needs. Alex is also highly experienced in telecommunications infrastructure projects such as tower sharing, subsea cables and satellites matters. In addition, he's an active member of the Singapore start-up community and works closely with early-stage companies in areas such as FinTech, AdTech and HealthTech.
Florian von Baum, Head of the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology sector (including TMT) at Pinsent Masons, commented:
"Alex's appointment strengthens our international presence in the technology sector. His experience across financial services, cyber, data and outsourcing areas will enable us to meet the growing client demand for technology-related legal services across Asia.
"Alex has excellent legal technical skills as well as a good understanding of the underlying technology relevant to the matters on which he advises."
Ian Laing, Head of Asia, Pinsent Masons added:
"With Alex's breadth and depth of experience working with both TMT and Financial Services clients, his appointment bolsters our strength and depth in Singapore and the wider APAC region. Our practice across the region is growing and Alex's practice and skill-set will greatly enhance our capabilities."
The firm also recently completed its move to new premises in Singapore. Pinsent Masons MPillay took up residence in the prestigious Frasers Tower on 21 May.