Technology

Technology influences almost every part of our life. The way we work, live and communicate is increasingly influenced by fast paced technological advances.

Increasingly driven by start-ups, these companies are disrupting established industries as well as creating entirely new sectors. We understand that constantly evolving and fast growing tech companies need experienced advisors with sector expertise to guide them through their journey. And that’s where we come in.

From Silicon Valley to Silicon roundabout, and everywhere in-between

Tech companies often benefit from the ability to expand internationally without the need to set up physical locations. However, when ready, certain considerations and advice will need to be taken in order to ensure the expansion is a success.

Intellectual property, data protection, regulatory and contract law will likely have to be considered. With teams in key tech sectors in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, we are able to advise on the local regulations to ensure you and your business are compliant.

Three areas of focus

We specialize in three major aspects of IP counsel for our technology clients.

Protection – With IP accounting for 80% of a company’s value, the protection of your assets is of upmost importance. We handle the registration of the main types of IP rights, in addition to legal issues relating to the internet and personal data protection.

Commercialization – Commercial transactions are a large part of the tech sector, with acquisitions sometimes reaching eye watering sums. We can advise on all aspects of the acquisition process, contracts and licensing.

Enforcement – Should anyone be infringing on your rights as an IP owner, swift and effective action will need to be taken early on, to ensure the impact to your business is minimized, and effective preparation can mitigate the risks or chances of it happening. We have experience of advising on all aspects of infringement issues and copyright claims.

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Recognition

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We at Lexicom Technology pride ourselves on our technical expertise and our transparent client relationships. Withers have been key advisors since our inception in 2006. Over the years they have provided invaluable advice to our growing business, representing us on both commercial and private client matters and over a wide range of subjects ranging from domestic property law to international commercial negotiation. They are eminently approachable and always extremely responsive to our enquires. In any arena they have provided a consistently substantial upper hand. I cannot recommend them enough.

David Sunney - Lexicom

Meet the team

Track record

Senior executives at King.com

Candy Crush Saga has become one of the major global success stories of the free-to-play mobile device games, with more than 93 million players worldwide. Withers was proud to act for the founders of the company that owned it, King.com, in the high-profile sale of their business to Activision Blizzard for US$5.9 billion, achieving a very satisfactory outcome for our clients.

Chief financial Officer of software firm

We represented the chief financial officer of a software company in connection with an SEC investigation. The commission was alleging that there had been accounting improprieties on our client’s watch, but we were able to obtain a favorable resolution of all charges.

Cognizant Technologies US$2.7 billion acquisition of Trizetto

Advised Cognizant Technologies on Indian tax implications arising from several large M&A including the US$2.7 billion acquisition of Trizetto.

Vodafone US$11 billion dollar acquisition

Advised Vodafone in relation to a major Indian tax litigation on indirect transfers arising from its US$11 billion dollar acquisition from Hutchison.

MediaRing Ltd US$82 million loan for takeover

We acted for MediaRing Ltd. in Singapore, in respect of its US$82 million loan from a major bank. This loan was taken in connection with the proposed takeover of Pacific Internet Limited, a company listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market Inc., by MediaRing Ltd.

Multi-million dollar digital entertainment arbitration

Our cross border dispute resolution team acted for a Korean digital entertainment business in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration on a construction and commercial disagreement involving two Korean businesses and a Chinese company

Astelit

We represented Astelit, a Ukrainian telecommunications company controlled by Turkish GSM operator Turkcell, on a $540 million financing (at such time the largest private financing in Ukraine) to expand its mobile network.

General Atlantic Partners

Advised General Atlantic Partners and Oak Hill on Indian tax issues arising from the acquisition of Genpact in a deal valued over US$1 billion.

Serco and Blackstone Group

Represented Serco and Blackstone Group in a major advance ruling and Indian tax litigation in relation to M&A valued over USD$500 million.

Semiconductor corporate restructure

Advised a semiconductor manufacturer on the restructuring of its corporate structure, which included a settlement with an earlier founder and the former president of a key subsidiary.

Establishment of an aerospace joint venture

We advised an Asian finance house on its affiliate's entry into a satellite services supply contract, and on the establishment of an aerospace joint venture.

Japanese electronics company in acquisition of intellectual property estate

Advised a leading Japanese electronics company in acquisition of the worldwide intellectual property estate of a distressed multinational company that had acted as a major component supplier in the past.

US micro-venture capital fund

We completed the formation and private offering of a US micro-venture capital fund focusing on the business-to-business digital marketplace and have advised on its investments in three portfolio companies: a platform providing athletes and parents with a suite of online tools to streamline the recruiting process; a platform providing restaurants with a trained food delivery staff and system as well as an app which communicates orders received by restaurants; and a platform that allows manufacturers and distributors in the IT sector to communicate with resellers of their products.

Roommate matching economy startup

Structured and documented a fund providing seed money for a sharing economy startup in the roommate matching space. Founders are accomplished, successful serial entrepreneurs in the “matching algorithm” field. The offering was a full private placement memorandum under Regulation D, Rule 506 (c), with blue sky registration in a number of states.

Advised on Chinese divestiture of e-commerce platform and investments

We advised a People's Republic of China (PRC) insurance group in its two-stage divestiture of a B2C e-commerce platform to a U.S. retail group, the investment in a PRC third-party payment business and proposed debt/equity investments in a Portuguese wind farm.

Mexican telecoms project

A telecommunications equipment manufacturer providing customer financing for the construction of telecom fiber networks in Mexico and other Latin American countries engaged us to advise.

Television content distribution rights and contracts

Our attorneys represented companies in the cable and satellite television industry in disputes concerning television content distribution rights and contracts.

US technology company

Advised in the acquisition by a US technology company of software and intellectual property assets from an embedded software company in Moscow and related technology service agreements with an affiliated entity in British Virgin Islands.

Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology pre-conditional voluntary general offer for STATS ChipPAC

We acted as joint-lead deal counsel for Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology advising on multiple aspects of a US$780 million (SG$1.03 billion) pre-conditional voluntary general offer for STATS ChipPAC (including financing arrangements). This transaction won the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2016 Asset and Corporate Finance Deal of the Year and the Singapore Business Review Business Ranking Awards 2015 Deal of the Year.

China Precision Technology acquisition of MAHK Co. Ltd

We acted for China Precision Technology’s proposed acquisition of MAHK Co. Ltd, a Japanese corporation that is currently undergoing civil rehabilitation proceedings in Tokyo, Japan. Ningbo Sunrise Electronics Co. Ltd (“NB Sunrise”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Precision Technology (“China Precision”), entered into a conditional Business Transfer Agreement with MAHK Co. Ltd, to acquire certain of its business and assets. The consideration for the proposed acquisition was ¥900 million (equivalent to approximately SG$13,680,000) and the completion of the acquisition was subject to approval by shareholders of the Company.

PRC insurance group

Advised a PRC insurance group in its two-stage divestiture of a B2C e-commerce platform to a U.S. retail group, the investment in a PRC third-party payment business and proposed debt/equity investments in a Portuguese wind farm.

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