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TMT companies are often the first to develop innovative solutions and to face increasingly sophisticated regulation of key technologies they develop. As such, they have a unique opportunity to shape many areas including data strategies aligned to I&D, the future of remote work, and due diligence requirements for supply chains. A focus on data ethics underscores companies’ management of tangled data regulations and obligations as stewards of data. Additionally, TMT companies will also continue to develop and support innovative technologies to access and store renewable energy.

In 2021-2022, the digital assets industry in Thailand has been growing significantly as more big players in the traditional financial industry and start-up players enter into the digital assets market. It seems that the frenzy of price volatility and the regulatory complexities could not slow down the rise of crypto activities. To keep up with these dynamic and evolving regulatory developments in 2022, we have revised this publication to provide an update of the regulations pertaining to digital assets in Thailand, which cover the regulations regarding custodial wallet providers, digital asset payments and NFTs, including the SEC’s proposed rules on ready-to-use utility tokens, advertisements and IT standards.

The National Privacy Commission recently announced that the deadline for the submission of Annual Security Incident Reports for the years 2018 to 2021 is on 31 October 2022, while the deadline to submit the 2022 version of said report is on 31 March 2023.

On 26 June 2022, US President Joe Biden together with G7 officially launched the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII). G7 leaders pledged to raise USD 600 billion in private and public funds over five years to finance the required infrastructure in developing countries.
Based on the initial information available, the scope of the PGII is wide and includes tackling the climate crisis, bolstering global energy security, developing clean energy supply chains, strengthening cybersecurity and further developing digital and health infrastructure. It also focuses on gender equality and equity.

With increased regulatory scrutiny and the emergence of employee activism, companies have experienced an elevated risk of trade secret disclosure from current or former employees acting as putative whistleblowers. In this episode, Aaron Goodman (Partner, Los Angeles) discussed key factors companies should consider in balancing their trade secret interests against the protections afforded to whistleblowers, with a focus on recent whistleblower laws across the globe.

By means of Provincial Law 15,339, published in the Official Gazette of the Province of Buenos Aires on 7 June 2022, the province of Buenos Aires adhered to the Knowledge Economy Promotional Regime. By adhering to the Regime, through granting tax benefits, the province of Buenos Aires seeks to promote the development of those activities that apply the use of knowledge and the digitalization of information to obtain goods, provide services and/or improve processes.

On 2 June 2022, ASIC published the updated ePayments Code which it states will strengthen and clarify a number of existing protections for consumers relating to various forms of electronic payments. The Code has generally been the benchmark for consumer protections for payments and transactions that were triggered within the world of online and mobile banking. It has been an added level of regulation for its subscribers which include most banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia.

In March 2022, Baker McKenzie’s Data Privacy & Security Team across offices presented the Asia Pacific edition of Deciphering Data, the Firm’s webinar series that aims to help companies and organisations decode complex developments in data privacy and cybersecurity. Our diverse team of cross-border experts offered their expertise and insight in this webinar series to help you understand the legal lay of the land and prepare for the future of privacy in Asia Pacific and beyond.

On 5 May 2022, in a landmark Australian decision, the Federal Court found that RI Advice had breached its obligations as an Australian financial services licensee to act efficiently, honestly and fairly, as a result of its failure to have in place adequate risk management systems to manage cybersecurity risks. In handing down her judgment, Justice Rofe warned that “cybersecurity risk forms a significant risk connected with the conduct of the business and provision of financial services”. Her Honour noted that the declarations ordered in the matter should deter other AFS licensees from engaging in similar conduct.

Baker McKenzie’s TMT Looking Ahead 2022 five-part series explores key themes, offers timely insights, and lays out recommendations for technology, media and telecommunication companies looking to navigate the latest industry developments. Topics covered include tech regulation and compliance, tech M&A, interactive entertainment, 5G and TMT as the driver of change.