Gabriela Kennedy: Lawyer with Mayer Brown JSM

Gabriela Kennedy

Phone+852 2843 2380

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Practice Areas

  • Business & Technology Sourcing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Counseling & Prosecution
  • ITC Section 337 Actions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Transactions
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Telecommunications
  • Privacy & Security
  • Social Media Law
  • Sports
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
Contact InfoTelephone: +852 2843 2380
Fax: +852 2103 5433
EducationManchester Metropolitan University (C.P.E., 1993); The University of Hong Kong (P.C.L.L., 1994); University of Strathclyde (LL.M., 2000)
Admitted1996, Hong Kong; 1997, England and Wales


Board Member of the International Institute of Communications (Hong Kong Chapter)

IP Committee Chair, American Chamber of Commerce

Member of Council of Governors, Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA)

Board Member and Local Representative for Hong Kong, ITechlaw (premier association of technology lawyers)

Board Member, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) R&D Corporation

Board Member, Hong Kong International Literary Festival Ltd

President of International Women's Forum (Hong Kong)

Asia Patent Attorneys Association

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Hong Kong Institute of Trademark Practitioners

Domain name panellist, WIPO (including for Legal Rights Objections and Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure) - more than 100 decisions rendered so far in a number of languages

Domain name panellist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Asian Domain Name Resolution Centre (including for Uniform Rapid Suspension Procedure)

LanguagesEnglish; French; Italian; Portuguese; Romanian; Spanish

Sources commend Gabriela Kennedy as a 'quality all-round lawyer in both IP and TMT matters'. 'She knows her practice areas inside out'and working with her is a 'consistently positive experience'. Her 'impressive intellect'and 'ability to think laterally' are cited as chief amongst the reasons why she commands high respect in the market.

Chambers Asia Pacific (2009 and 2011)

Gabriela is the head of the Asia IP and TMT group at Mayer Brown JSM 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 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.

Gabriela has been involved in a number of high-profile media transactions and litigation including signal piracy litigation during two FIFA World Cups on behalf of cable operators, and litigation relating to 'must-carry' and re-transmission rights under the Copyright Ordinance. She has advised collecting societies in relation to licensing deals and disputes involving royalty fees.

Gabriela has extensive experience advising on regulatory and transactional telecommunications matters in Asia. She has advised incumbent operators in Asia on the impact of the introduction of regulation and liberalisation of their respective markets and has substantive experience dealing with the anti-competition provisions in the telecoms law in Hong Kong.


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2015 Outlook: Data Privacy and Security in the United States, the European Union and Hong Kong
Marcus A. Christian,Rebecca S. Eisner,Daniel Gallagher,Gabriela Kennedy,Karen H. F. Lee, April 13, 2015
Companies and organizations face an ever-expanding set of statutes and regulations regarding consumer privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. Legal standards continue to evolve—and differ-in all major markets, raising particular challenges for multinational businesses.

Giving Third Parties Contractual Rights - The New Rules
Bill Amos,Gabriela Kennedy,Mark J. Stevens,Jenny W. Y. Yu, April 13, 2015
Hong Kong’s Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance No.17 of 2014 (the “Ordinance”) was passed in December 2014, and is expected to come into force as Cap. 623 later this year. We are advising clients to treat now as a lead-in period, and take practical steps to get ready....

Banking On Your Personal Data: Recent Guidance Issued to Banks
Gabriela Kennedy,Karen H. F. Lee,Sara S. M. Or, February 27, 2015
Given the private nature of banking services and as banks serve the vast majority of the public, the banking industry is one of the private sectors in Hong Kong for which the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner receives most complaints. For the same reasons, data privacy compliance by the banking...

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Gabriela Kennedy

10 Chater Road, Central
Hong Kong 

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