Malcolm Bates Ph.D.

Malcolm Bates is a partner in the IP/IT group and heads the Life Sciences group in the UK. He has specialised expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors in particular on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Malcolm advises on transactions, including licences, collaborations, distribution, and manufacturing, outsourcing and R&D projects, as well as regulatory matters, contract and patent disputes, fundraisings, M&A transactions and IPOs.

Firm Overview:

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. We take a single-minded approach to advising our clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. We support clients wherever they want to do business. Our 33 offices around the world blend the best of local business, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide astutely commercial solutions for our clients.

Árpád Geréd

Árpád Geréd is an international IT-lawyer and founding partner of Viennese business law firm Maybach Görg Lenneis Geréd Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Over the last 10 years, Árpád has specialized in consultation in and negotiating of technology-related deals, with a strong focus on Cloud Computing and Cyber Security. His second are of focus is the support of businesses from Eastern Europe, especially from Romania and Hungary.

Since 2001, Árpád acted as a speaker on IT- and technology-related topics, such as Cyber Crime, Smart Metering and Cloud Computing in Austria and abroad, also publishing corresponding articles. Among others he is also an author and master editor for the legal part of the 3rd edition of the multinational and interdisciplinary book “Cloud Migration”, to which he has already contributed in the 1st and 2nd edition.

In 2014, Árpád has been elected Vice-President Technology of the Commission for Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (IP/TMT) of the AIJA, the most important international association devoted to lawyers and inhouse counsel aged 45 and under.

His more recent accolades include “Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Cyber Security”, “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” and “IT Law Firm of the Year in Austria – 2015”.

The IT Law Practice:

‘Information technology’ is the sign of our times and the lifeblood of today’s information society. It is everywhere, all the time – we cannot even begin to think of living without it. But behind the term lies a complex web of different technologies that is constantly in a state of flux, creating problems of a particularly multi-faceted nature.

New technologies and concepts such as cloud computing, bring-your-own-device or smart grids need to be used efficiently, but above all legally. For that however specialists are required who, in addition to having outstanding legal knowledge, also have a profound understanding of the relevant technologies. Only then do you have the guarantee that long-lasting solutions can be found for your company in a steadily changing environment.

Maybach Görg Lenneis & Partner:

We are a modern full-service law firm for all matters of commercial and corporate law. Our clientele includes both Austrian companies in various branches and renowned international corporations. With professional know-how, many years of experience, maximum flexibility and more than just a shot of creativity, our lawyers apply themselves to your matters. We do not hole up behind paragraphs, but rather set great store by tangible consultation and personal support.


Alexandra Bessone Cardoso

  • Law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon in 1990
  • Scientific Master in International Private Law ( International Business Law , Intellectual Property and Public International Law ) , Faculty of Law , University of Lisbon in 1997
  • Graduate in Labor Law and Social Security by Facoltà di Giurisprudenza della Università degli studi di Bologna in 1992
  • Phd in Information Technology Law from Queen Mary and Westfield University in London, with integrated internship at Clifford Chance under the direction of Christopher Millard
  • A Member of the Board of Directors and a Member of the Committe of Disputes of ILF (International Law Firm)


ABC LEGAL is structured by tend specialized areas , each covering specificities of law, even though, as a whole , ABC LEGAL function as a single entity and each department and / or unit interacting with others. The result of this symbiosis rooted in good working environment , allowing customers of affairs handled faster and more efficiently.

ABC LEGAL provides a wide range of legal services , guaranteed by qualified and able to advise clients on all legal aspects of any transactions , national and international.

Practice Areas covered:

  • Corporate Governance, Corporate and M & A.
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property.
  • Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology.
  • Financial and Banking.
  • Labour and Social Security.
  • European and Competition.
  • Automotive and Industrial Licensing.
  • Real Estate and Sports, among others.


English, French, Spanish and Italian


Ken-Ying Tseng

Ken-Ying’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions/joint ventures of TV channels, cable TV system operators, e-commerce/dotcom companies, on-line game companies, news media, telecommunications, and other high-tech companies dealing in technology industries such as electronics/semiconductors/EMC testing industries etc. She has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions having advised multinational companies on compliance, procedure and requisite applications in respect of this particular branch of the law. She currently heads the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group (non-financial sector) of Lee and Li.

A few outstanding examples of the transactions that she has successfully handled include: the forming of China Times Media Group, the restructuring of the Mstar Group, Micrel’s acquisition of Phaselink, Yahoo!’s investment in Gomaji and RIC, the transfer of the CNS Group (the largest MSO in Taiwan) to MBK, the acquisition of Neocom by eBay, and NTT DoCoMo’s investment in KG Telecomm, etc.

In addition to the above, Ken-Ying formed the Personal Data Protection Practice Group at Lee and Li in 2012. Since the Computerized-Process Data Protection Act (the “Act”) was amended in 2010, Ken-Ying has been invited by various corporations and organizations to deliver speeches or conduct training programs on the amendments to the Act. She frequently writes for newspapers and magazines concerning the amendments to the Act and the relevant impacts on the private sector.

Educational Background

Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1998).

National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Law (LL.M., 1995), Department of Law (LL.B., 1993)


Mergers and Acquisitions,Corporate Governance,Personal Data and Privacy Protection ,Telecommunications,E-commerce,Internet Law,Medical & Pharmaceutical,Employment,


Member, International Affairs Committee of TWNIC (since 2012)

Director, Secure On-line Shopping Association of Taipei City (Since 2012).

Supervisor, Secure Online Shopping Association of Taipei City (2007 to 2011)

Associate, Ablondi, Foster, Sobin & Davidow, U.S.A. (1998-1999)


admitted 1996, R.O.C.; 1999, New York


Bart Van den Brande

Bart Van den Brande has been a member of the Dutch speaking Brussels Bar Association since 2001 and has worked at several well-known Brussels law firms.  He has built an extensive expertise in media and advertisement law, market practices and consumer protection, intellectual property, internet and e-commerce, privacy and data protection, IT, software development and gambling law.

He has worked and stil works for several television broadcasters, advertisement agencies and advertizers, publishing houses, collective collecting agencies, artists, …

Parallel to his law practice, Bart was a part time teaching assistant at Brussels University VUB for many years. He teaches a course in drafting techniques for business contracts. He is the author of several articles and is an experienced speaker in seminars and trainings. Several court cases handled by Bart were later published in a.o. “Auteurs & Media”.

The Firm:

We are a team of experienced lawyers with a background of working for several top line Brussels law firms. Our lawyers have known each other for a long time and have worked together in different set-ups. In 2010 we decided to bundle forces and founded Sirius Legal, a young, dynamic and multilingual law firm with offices in the Brussels airport area.

Sirius Legal is one of only two member firms in Belgium of intenrational lawyers network Consulegis, with firms in 57 countries throughout the world.

What sets us apart?

Sirius Legal thinks out of the box and offers tailor made solutions.

We offer more flexibility, faster service, innovating solutions and an in-dept knowledge of our areas of expertise.


Richard Bird

Richard is head of Freshfields IP/ Commercial practice group in Asia and advises clients in standalone commercial and transactional projects, and contentious intellectual property matters. He has a particular focus on China, but works regionally in Asia.

His experience is wide-ranging extending from R&D collaborations, licensing and distribution/ supply arrangements to advice in the TMT space, including e-commerce, internet, media and e-health matters, and advice on data privacy and cyber security, encryption, advertising, labelling and consumer protection laws and regulations, in addition to his core practice in intellectual property. He is recognised as a skilled patent and trade mark litigator in Hong Kong and China.

He advises clients in the consumer goods/ retail, healthcare, automotive and TMT sectors in particular.

Firm Overview:

We want to be the law firm that clients turn to for help on the mandates that matter most to them, wherever in the world that may be.

To succeed, we must be widely recognised as standing apart from other firms because our people are exceptional and because we are international and integrated in the way we work, we add value in everything we do and we are uncompromisingly committed to our values.

Set out below is our statement of who we are. It embodies our ambition to be exceptional, our culture and our absolute determination that all of us will work with each other, our clients and our other stakeholders, day in day out, in the way we describe to ensure we achieve our long-term aim.

We enjoy our work and are determined to do an outstanding job, whatever our role in the firm. We observe the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything we do and operate with integrity at all times. We recognise that the reputation of our firm is vital to our success and we all have a duty to preserve and grow it for the long term.

We are a people business. We see diversity as a strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We want to create a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish. No matter how challenging a matter or heavy our workload, in our daily interaction we must never lose sight of the essential human qualities that we prize.

We know we deliver best when working as a team rather than as individuals operating alone. Being a great colleague and working efficiently and effectively with our clients and other stakeholders around the world to achieve the right outcome is crucial to our success. We welcome feedback from others on how we are doing.