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Mayer Brown JSM
16th - 19th Floors, Prince's Building 10
Chater Road Central
Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2843 2380
Fax: +852 2103 5433


Gabriela Kennedy is a partner of Mayer Brown JSM and head of the Asia IP and TMT group. She is also co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Intellectual Property practice. She is based in Hong Kong, practising intellectual property, media, information technology and telecommunications law. She handles the full spectrum of intellectual property work from litigation to licensing, strategic advice and portfolio management. Gabriela advises extensively on technology and data protection issues in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, particularly in relation to business processing outsourcing, the cross-border transfer of data, data compliance and data breaches.

She has handled a number of data breach complaints filed with the Privacy Commissioner in Hong Kong and has conducted in-depth data audits and drafted/devised privacy manuals and procedures for the Asia operations of a number of multi-national companies. On the information technology side, Gabriela’s particular expertise includes advising on complex IT transactions and projects, IT outsourcing, cloud-computing, mobile payments, smart card projects, the regulation of encryption technology, software licensing, and disputes stemming from failed IT projects. She has been involved with a number of international organisations in discussions involving standard setting for the cross-border transfer of data and the formulation of strategies to deal with cyber-security.

Gabriela has been listed in many directories as a leading lawyer in the fields of intellectual property, technology media and telecoms as well as data protection, e-commerce and the Internet. A former theoretical linguist Gabriela speaks a number of European languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Portuguese.

IT Law Practice:

Mayer Brown has a long history of providing clients in the wireless, satellite, technology and telecommunication sectors with practical and pragmatic legal support. Our lawyers bring this strength and experience to bear on every representation of clients in the industry. Our efforts to focus on the industry, to understand in a practical sense the workings and economics of the sector, and to be at the forefront of legal developments impacting wireless, satellite and telecommunication companies have led to our strong reputation in this field.

Many of our team members have been employed in, or seconded to, companies operating in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector which adds to the breadth of perspective we gain through the global reach of our practice. We bring together transactional, litigation and regulatory skills to help clients use the power of technology to drive business results.

Mayer Brown JSM:

Mayer Brown is a global legal services provider advising clients across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Our geographic strength means we can offer local market knowledge combined with global reach.

We are noted for our commitment to client service and our ability to assist clients with their most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide. We serve many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies and more than half of the world’s largest banks. We provide legal services in areas such as banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; antitrust and competition; US Supreme Court and appellate matters; employment and benefits; environmental; financial services regulatory & enforcement; government and global trade; intellectual property; real estate; tax; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and wealth management.

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