Mark Parsons

Mark Parsons

Partner, Hong Kong

Email mark.parsons@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +852 2840 5033

Fax +852 2219 0222

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupCorporate

I feel I can go to Mark for anything TMT-related and indeed anything Hong Kong-related; he's my first stop.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Mark is the head of our corporate practice, and a technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) partner with a practice spanning across the Asia-Pacific region. His practice covers the full range of commercial and regulatory work in TMT and in other business sectors that depend on technology as an infrastructure to generate business and to manage operations, in particular fintech.

Mark is known for delivering pragmatic, holistic advice, and has a strong awareness of international practices and a focus on business value. His particular areas of specialization include technology and business process outsourcing; technology, electronic and mobile payments; media and data licensing; telecommunications service arrangements; supply chain and procurement; e-commerce and m-commerce; brand licensing; and distribution arrangements; and the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property and information technology assets.

Mark is also one of Asia-Pacific region's leading legal advisors on commercial and regulatory work in the fintech space. He is extremely well experienced in advising on telecommunications, data protection and cyber security regulations, and is the first port of call for clients to help them navigate through the complex regulatory issues of the constantly changing technology environment. 

Mark serves as a member of the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data's Standing Committee on Technological Developments.

In addition to holding a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Toronto, Mark has a Bachelor of Applied Science in engineering from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in computer simulation and process design.

Awards and recognitions

2014-2019

TMT: Telecommunications & Broadcasting - International Firms (China)
Chambers Asia-Pacific

2014-2019

TMT: Information Technology - International Firms (China)
Chambers Asia-Pacific

Education and admissions

Education

Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering, University of Toronto

J.D., University of Toronto

Bar admissions and qualifications

England and Wales

Hong Kong

Ontario, Canada

Singapore (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

Related Knowledge

Cybersecurity Internet of Things

Representative experience

Advising leading technology and telecommunications businesses on commercial and regulatory aspects of entry to Asia-Pacific region markets, including in respect of cloud, IoT, VoIP, SaaS, data analytics, music streaming and peer-to-peer video.

Advising fintechs, e-commerce platforms and retailers in relation to payment services and e-money regulations and in relation to commercial collaborations concerning the development and use of new technologies and the leveraging of open data.

Advising leading financial institutions in relation to their digital offerings, API collaborations, technology and business process outsourcings, technology acquisition, development and licensing and the exploitation of distributed ledger technologies, including in areas such as drafting and negotiating commercial agreements and providing advice in relation to compliance with applicable banking, insurance and securities regulations and data protection, cyber security and AML-CFT regulations.

Advising businesses across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, TMT, retail and automotive, in relation to technology, data protection and cyber security matters.

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