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VIETNAM

The growing importance of OTT services and their impact on the media and telecoms markets is widely recognised in Vietnam, where expansion continues enhance the industry.


Cloud-based film and television service Hooq, owned by Singtel, is expanding to Vietnam and Malaysia in 2017, to be followed by the Middle East and other regions.


Hooq joins a market said to be dominated by small-scale businesses that are taking the lead in the OTT market. Singtel has a majority stake in Hooq and is part-owned by Warners Brothers and Sony Pictures. Its expansion in Vietnam will compete against Netflix.


Meanwhile the digital economy continues to show growth across the country, taking into account subscriptions, internet, social media usage and online content.


According to a 2016 report Veit Nam Digital Assessment, online activity shows a 25 per cent year-on-year increase.

In other developments, the country’s largest pay-television operator, VTVcab, has deployed a wide array of Broadpeak solutions to power its new OTT multiscreen services. Broadpeak designs and manufactures video delivery components for IPTV, Cable and OTT services.


Speaking of the collaboration, Nam Bui Huy, CTO at VTVcab, said: “Providing 2 million subscribers with high-quality video on a wide range of devices would be too challenging for us without an experienced technology partner like Broadpeak by our side.”

 

He continued: “Broadpeak’s CDN and server solutions, along with the company’s success in deploying OTT multiscreen services in the global telco environment, give us the upper hand against the competition, increasing our revenue opportunities.”


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The media, technology and IP department at Indochine Counsel is one of the firm’s strongest practice groups. An entertainment focus drives the firm’s sector development along with e-commerce and data privacy. The team also advises on internet marketing, online promotion programs and contests. Other areas of work include drafting content and production agreements.


Frasers Law Companys local and regional expertise makes it a leading firm for media law advice. The team’s sector specialisation includes broadcast and new media. In representative work lawyers advised on a joint venture proposal with a local state-owned telecommunications company for joint satellite operation in a case involving cross-border elements, television broadcasting and pay-television.


Tilleke & Gibbins works with multinational clients, many of which are US-based. In highlighted cases the firm acted for a publicly traded US video game company on local regulation, setting up an online game business and virtual currency issues. The team also acted for a US television network on requirements for foreign programming channels entering the local pay-television market.


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Allens is one of the largest foreign firms. Present since 1993, the practice lawyers act for television broadcasters, pay television operators, radio stations and production companies. Lawyers also advise publishing clients, film producers and record companies. Managing partner Bill Magennis leads the TMT group working closely with the firm’s international network of lawyers.


Audier & Partners is best known for its corporate focus and dispute resolution. Highly regarded by competitors, the firm specialises in corporate sector-related work that includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring. Managing partner Nicolas Audier leads the practice and works closely with key practitioner Nicolas Picard on media and distribution cases.


Leadco Legal Counsel acts for leading TMT clients in cases involving intellectual property, corporate law and regulatory matters. The firm assists with investment projects and transactions derived from convergence schemes. Acting for Globsis Telecom Technologies, Phan Nguyen Toan and Duong Quang Long assisted the software company in setting up a 100 per cent foreign-owned enterprise providing digital content on mobile devices.


With two decades of experience, Vilaf has an established position and is known for its advice to foreign investors. The firm’s industry focus stems from its telecoms work and convergence-related transactions. It is one of the largest practices nationally and highlighted by peers for litigation and arbitration skills.


YKVN lawyers combine local and international experience with TMT sector focus. The team assists with cross-border transactional cases, foreign investment, litigation and arbitration. Under the leadership of Truong Nhat Quang, the team advises multinational clients on various matters connected with copyright and neighbouring rights.  


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Media lawyers at Duane Morris regularly advise clients on defamation and libel lawsuits, invasion of privacy and public disclosure laws. Lawyers have extensive knowledge of multiple segments of the media industry and work with actors, authors, film producers and record companies. The team also advises on gaming and related tax matters.


Copyright specialist Russin & Vecchi has strong affiliations with law firms worldwide. Key practitioners Do Anh Tuan and Nguyen Ho Bich Hang regularly advise on cases that include cross-border elements. As part of its focus on emerging markets, the firm works closely with peers in Moscow, Vladivostok, Washington and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.


IP specialist Vision & Associates litigates and advises on all matters connected with copyright and IP commercialisation. The firm has notable strength in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions that include IP licensing, franchising, acquisitions and transfer. Other areas of focus include agreement negotiation and dispute resolution.



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TIER 1

Indochine Counsel

Frasers Law Company

Tilleke & Gibbins


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Allens

Audier & Partners

Baker McKenzie

Leadco Legal Counsel

YKVN

Vilaf


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Duane Morris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mayer Brown JSM

Russin & Vecchi

Vision & Associates

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