Our clients are often at the cutting edge of technology, reinventing the way people interact with tech and disrupting entire market sectors. We understand that the commercialisation of emerging technologies like AI, deep learning, and blockchain requires a different approach to the new risks our clients are facing. We pride ourselves on being willing to adopt more novel approaches to solving problems with a “more start-up” attitude.

The Withers tech team is passionate about technology and take a keen interest in the underlying tech our clients are creating. Our role does not stop at “the legals”. We actively contribute to the start-up community, partnering with accelerators, industry bodies and legal tech providers to provide a stronger, more rounded offering (a number of our lawyers can even code). Our lawyers are actively involved in the development of “project Terranova’ (funded by Innovate UK), working closely with Gene AI and leading academics with the goal of developing and exploiting leading-edge machine learning tools for lawyers. We are firmly established in the start-up ecosystem and are proud to have grown with some of the world’s most innovative companies, including working with a number of tech unicorns from inception. We are a global team that knows how to run alongside you at every stage of your company’s lifecycle.

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Our expertise

Technology development and launch to market


Given the majority of our client base is made up of tech disruptors, we are uniquely placed to advise on the creation and development of technology solutions and the launch of new products and services to market. We believe all technology lawyers should be experts in data protection, and we excel in advising on privacy issues in respect of the development and launch of new technologies. We regularly advise our clients on: privacy by design, software development, collaboration & commercial partnership agreements, R&D and consortium agreements.

Technology exploitation


Our dedicated tech team has depth of knowledge and experience in advising companies on complex licensing arrangements with particular expertise in helping tech companies navigate the requirements and demands of enterprise level customers. We regularly advise our clients on: software as a service (SaaS) licences; on-premise software licences; proof of concept agreements; terms of use; service level agreements; reseller and referral agreements.

Tech litigation


Operating at the forefront of technology, we understand that our clients constantly need to push the boundaries and require more than traditional dispute resolution advice. Our deep understanding of core underlying technologies and innovative business models means that we are ideally positioned to help our clients use litigation as a tool to overcome the regulatory, contractual and IP hurdles used by incumbents to suppress innovation. We regularly advise our clients on: strategic & business model litigation, enforcement of intellectual property rights, copycat technology, and shareholder disputes of technology rich companies.

Fund raising activities


We grow with many tech startup clients and understand that raising funds is of paramount importance for their growth strategies. Our team has significant experience advising some of the most exciting, emerging tech companies, structuring equity, debt and hybrid investments (including seed, series A, B, C funding, initial coin offerings), often involving several institutional investors and angels. In these transactions, we assist our clients to maximize the value of their venture business by structuring the deal and negotiating the terms of the investment and any shareholder arrangements.

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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
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Their knowledge of the tech industry is very deep. Their contacts and network are really valuable. They have seen most things before we do. They have been doing this type of advice for so long that they just know it.

Robin Klein, Co-Founder and General Partner - LocalGlobe
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Personal, detailed and quick. Withers tech provide solutions to problems whilst still ensuring we are fully protected.

Johan Indot, Co-Founder and Executive Director - Bioven Group
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The Withers team have helped us for many years through investment completion, in-licensing multiple technologies and with our commercialisation activities. They are our trusted lawyers who provide the right pragmatic and practical advice and we very much value their support as we grow our business.

Medovate
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Working with Phil [Lindan] enables us to not only to understand the lawyer’s needs in more detail from a UX perspective, but also given his background as a computational physicist with AI knowledge, we have collaborated on numerous technical ideas and approached relating to machine learning and natural-language processing. It is a pleasure to continue to collaborate on solving the most challenging legaltech issues in transactional law.

Rafie Faruq, CEO of Genie AI Limited
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I see Withers tech as more of a sparring partner than my lawyers. We spend time thinking through different scenarios and discussing how certain decisions could positively or negatively impact the future of Meatable, and this process crystallised our priorities. Sharmela finds the exact right balance between being the ‘formal lawyer’, and being pragmatic and thinking proactively.

Krijn De Nood, CEO – Meatable DV
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Senserbot is a high growth tech start-up from A*STAR and we have been working with Jonathan Kok and his team on the protection of our intellectual property internationally. Jonathan comes highly recommended by my contacts and has proven to be a very professional and helpful advisor whom I can trust in providing great advice for IP protection and practical strategies for my IP commercialisation. I highly recommend Jonathan and his team; and look forward to working more with them on the next stages of our IP strategy as Senserbot expands globally and venture into new robots for other Line Of Business.

Peter Mao, Chairman and CEO, Senserbot Pte Ltd
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Jonathan has been a great help in addressing key data acquisition and licensing issues as we build our database and business model for our proptech platform. He has a wide breadth of expertise in the tech law space, from drafting of data transfer, licensing and subscription agreements to providing commercial and timely corporate advice. Jonathan and his team are well equipped, responsive and go the extra mile – exactly what we need to establish our business on a firm legal foundation.

Leong Si Ngah, CEO of SoReal
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Withers tech is a valuable partner to SGTech, with its deep bench of highly experienced lawyers, skilled in advising on the full range of legal areas for tech companies. We have been working with the team in Singapore to deliver timely and quality content that is highly relevant and beneficial to our tech members. A key example was the sharing on legal ramifications of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act when it was first passed. The team delivers practical and commercially strategic advice and knowledge with confidence stemming from their vast experience working with diverse industry sectors on the entire spectrum of tech law.

Mr Yeo See Kiat, Executive Director, SGTech
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Jonathan has been a great help in addressing key data acquisition and licensing issues as we build our database and business model for our proptech platform. He has a wide breadth of expertise in the tech law space, from drafting of data transfer, licensing and subscription agreements to providing commercial and timely corporate advice. Jonathan and his team are well equipped, responsive and go the extra mile – exactly what we need to establish our business on a firm legal foundation.

Leong Si Ngah, CEO of SoReal

Parcours

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.

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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