We are delighted to welcome Albert, who has joined us to take up the positon of Head of Technology, Media & Communications for Osborne Clarke in Hong Kong, supporting clients across Asia. His extensive sector expertise will further strengthen Osborne Clarke’s team specialising in these areas.
With more than 18 years’ experience at top-tier law firms in Australia and the US, and from strategic secondments with key Asian businesses, Albert is a senior commercial transactions and advisory lawyer specialising in information technology, digital transformation and telecommunications law, as well as FinTech, IP commercialisation, IoT, AI and data privacy/protection. He advises clients on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border projects – FinTech, technology and digital contracting, licensing and outsourcings, IT transformations, systems implementations, cloud services, AI, data privacy/protection, big data, cyber-security, Internet of Things (IoT), related regulatory issues and other emerging technology transactions. He acts as a trusted advisor on strategic planning, risk and reputation management and stakeholder management.
He has represented clients in the technology, media, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, transport and logistics, energy, infrastructure, health, government, manufacturing and consumer and retail sectors.
Having led on many substantial global transactions, Albert brings significant experience of working with multinationals in multiple jurisdictions, including Australia, South East Asia and North America. In Asia, Albert has worked for clients such as Telstra, MetLife, Origin Energy, Virgin Australia Airlines, Ooredoo Myanmar, Axiata Group, XL Axiata, Maxis, Atos, Thai Life Insurance, Iluka and Beach Energy.
Listed by Legal 500 as a ‘noteworthy contact,’ Albert is also recognised as a top ranked ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the IT and Telecoms category in Australia by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2017 (one of only two in Australia), in 2018 (one of only three in Australia) and now in 2019 (one of only six in Australia). Albert is also listed as a “Best Lawyer for Information Technology Law” by Best Lawyers in Australia in both 2018 and 2019.
Jasmine joins the team as a trainee, bringing with her valuable expertise in data privacy to add to our strengths here.
Prior to joining Osborne Clarke, Jasmine served for six years at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) here in Hong Kong, where she gained diverse experience of privacy law – from regulatory enforcement to legal policy, as well as undertaking comparative research and international liaison. Some of the key areas she covered were legal research and analyses on latest developments and legislation in local and overseas privacy-related issues, e.g. Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, digital ethics, accountability, FinTech, blockchain, mobile payments, de-identification, developments in China’s data protection regime and Cybersecurity Law, and the “Belt and Road” Initiative.
Regulatory Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement
- Handled complaints, compliance checks and investigations pursuant to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO), in relation to personal data collection, retention, use, security, and transparency of privacy policies
Legal Policy and Research
- Legal research and analyses on local and overseas privacy-related issues, legislation, and latest developments, e.g. Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, digital ethics, accountability, FinTech, blockchain, mobile payment, de-identification, developments of China’s data protection regime, China’s Cybersecurity Law, and the “Belt and Road” Initiative
- Participated in a project team for review of the PDPO in light of the implementation of the European Union’s GDPR; conducted comparative research of the PDPO, GDPR and various overseas data protection regimes; drafted recommendations for amendments to the PDPO
- Conducted comparative research of the PDPO, China’s Cybersecurity Law and China’s data protection regime
- Drafted PCPD’s publications, e.g. ‘Physical Tracking and Monitoring Through Electronic Devices’ information leaflet, ‘Smart Use of Internet of Things’ infographic, ‘FinTech’ information leaflet
Local and International Liaison
- Liaised and met with representatives of overseas data protection authorities, privacy experts, data protection officers, privacy and antitrust lawyers, and representatives of technology companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, Microsoft) to discuss policy initiatives and explore opportunities for collaboration
- Prepared presentations and speaking materials for the Privacy Commissioner and senior management in local and international speaking engagements, e.g. ‘Preliminary Major Observations on the GDPR 2018 from Hong Kong’s Perspective’ presentation at the 7th European Data Protection Day, Berlin, Germany (May 2017), closing speech in the closed session at the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners hosted by the PCPD, Hong Kong (September 2017)