Media & entertainment lawyer Lex Kuo rejoins Baker McKenzie

29 May 2020

Media & entertainment lawyer Lex Kuo rejoins Baker McKenzie

Seasoned media and entertainment lawyer Lex Kuo has rejoined Baker McKenzie in Hong Kong. Kuo has counselled many leading Chinese and international entertainment and media companies in co-financing, co-production and licensing of film and television titles, cross-border strategic cooperation, and acquisitions. He has significant experience in advising Chinese tech companies on the acquisition and distribution of content on both traditional and new media platforms, video games development, as well as production and exploitation of e-sport events. He has also worked as in-house legal counsel at the Walt Disney Company in Beijing, where he advised on legal matters related to Disney’s local content. Outside of law, he is a host and producer of several music radio programs and radio shows.

He joins the firm from Latham & Watkins.

Kuo is a practicing lawyer in California, New York and Taiwan. He will work closely with lawyers in the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry group in Greater China, which includes Howard Wu, Jay Ruan and Paolo Sbuttoni, as well as the team globally, to advise clients on regulatory projects and transactions relating to technology, cybersecurity, data privacy and digital content. He will also be collaborating with lawyers in the IP and technology practice to advise the world’s leading mobile gaming companies, game distribution platforms, app distribution platforms, game developers, game publishers, and AR and VR companies.

“The media and entertainment industries are constantly evolving,” said Raffaele Giarda, global head of Baker McKenzie’s TMT industry group. “The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the increased spending power of Generation Z, has accelerated the boom for online entertainment, media apps and video games. Lex is a timely addition to our TMT focused team. His track record in the interactive entertainment and media sectors, combined with his knowledge of the Chinese market and understanding of the business, will no doubt be of significant value to our clients and will further solidify our market-leading position.”

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