For more than 16 years, Charmian Aw has built a track record of representing market-leading global corporations in navigating the increasingly complex, diverse and fast-evolving tech and data legal landscape in the Asia Pacific region.
Having obtained certifications in information privacy for Asia, Europe and the US (FIP, CIPP/A, CIPP/EU, CIPP/US, CIPM), Charmian has counselled hundreds of corporations on multijurisdictional data law compliance and spearheaded projects (covering up to 82 territories) on regulatory compliance, data governance, and cross-border transfers.
She provides group-wide cybersecurity readiness support, including incident response planning and training and has successfully resisted sanctions for dozens of companies in semi-contentious data investigations, information disclosure requests, and time-sensitive breach reporting, covering multiple countries across APAC and beyond.
While her practice is largely sector-neutral, she has supported industry players in digital health, retail, social media, e-commerce, fintech, hospitality and aviation (to name a few) on cutting-edge projects, typically on a region-wide or global basis, including product reviews for the launch of online payment platforms, direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns, and the roll out of e-commerce websites and applications.
She understands the strategic value that effective tech and data use can unlock and believes in delivering solutions that are bespoke and commercial, whether on the launch of AI solutions, transitioning to electronic platforms, cloud migration or the procurement and integration of IT systems.
Charmian’s experience extends to a broader sweep of commercial work, where she has acted as sole or lead counsel covering all of Asia Pacific for two leading global media companies, advising on their digital marketing efforts, mobile content distribution contracts, gaming, employment, corporate governance and franchising, as well as regulatory matters where she has advised on data, licensing, consumer and competition issues spanning the healthcare, telecoms and media sectors, among others.
Charmian is ranked in leading legal directories including Chambers, Who's Who Legal, Global Data Review and Best Lawyers.
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