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Hong Kong’s thriving gaming industry is

no secret, and 2024 is set to be a year of further growth with a projected market value of HKD USD40.76 million, and HKD USD62.71 million by 2027. The mobile gaming market is expected to total 1.8 million users over the next three years, according to Statista.


In film industry news, China’s Alibaba committed USD640 million to Hong Kong film and TV development. Funding was announced at a press conference at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market event in March 2024, the e-commerce and entertainment conglomerate confirmed funding will be allocated over a five-year period.


Commenting on the program, Kevin Yeung, the Hong Kong government’s Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: "We eagerly hope that ADME Group will work more closely with the

film and TV industry of Hong Kong to develop new modes of co-operation and explore business areas, to nurture new talent, and to create rich and diversified content for film and TV, which will bring the development of our film and TV entertainment industry to the next level."


In other developments, the legislative council passed a security law in March in response to “foreign agents and Hong Kong independence advocates … still lurking in our society”. The law, known as Article 23, will work in concert with the existing law and prohibit acts which “endanger national security”.

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Baker McKenzie has in-depth knowledge of the entertainment, communications and e-commerce industries. The team has exceptional experience advising on legal and commercial matters, including complex technology licensing and regulatory issues, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing. The team across a range of industry cases, advising global and domestic clients.


Bird & Birds media group includes sports and digital business as core focus areas. The TMT practice also works with multiple mobile game publishers.The team works on local and regional cases with commercial, regulatory and intellectual property aspects. The team also advises on corporate and transactional matters.


Hogan Lovells acts for entertainment companies, broadcasters and investors. The team is known for its exceptional knowledge of media regulation and copyright licensing. Lawyers also provide telecommunications regulatory advice in cases involving acquisitions in China and Hong Kong. The TMT practice also represents gaming and e-commerce companies.


Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is “able to deliver reliable, punchy and responsive advice and execute our deals within deadlines” noted one client. The firm is highlighted favourably by clients who also describe the team as responsive and knowledgeable. The team is praised by clients for “going the extra mile to make deals happen”.


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Working with clients from the creative industries, Deacons has particular experience advising on recording and publishing arrangements, agency and management contracts, distribution and co-production. The team also advises on the purchase, financing and restructuring of media companies.


The intellectual property and commercial practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer works across a range of commercial and transactional projects. Lawyers advise industry clients on contentious intellectual property matters, e-commerce and internet-related cases. The team also assists with privacy matters, advertising and regulation.  


Haldanes acts for overseas record companies, television and film production companies, event promoters and artists. The commercial, media and entertainment practice assists with financing, licensing and distribution and artist and talent agreements. Other areas of emphasis include sports and theatrical productions, advertising and copyright.


Morrison Foerster primarily advises on business transactions and disputes involving copyrightable materials. Lawyers regularly work with clients from the entertainment industry on all aspects of copyright protection and management. While advising on multimedia products, the team also works closely with clients from the film, theatre, music and publishing segments.  


Data privacy and cyber security specialist Squire Patton Boggs advises on commercial agreements, international data protection and litigation. The team assists local and regional clients with domestic and international business. Lawyers also advise on regulatory policy and legislative issues affecting public and private sector clients.


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King & Wood Mallesons focusses on the sports and TMT sectors. The multidisciplinary team routinely advises on commercial, regulatory and outsourcing transactions. The team assists clients with joint ventures, private equity investments and handles dispute resolution.


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The media team at Stephenson Harwood advises on regulatory and outsourcing transactions. The team advises on corporate matters including IPOs and work closely with the firm’s commercial practice group, providing cross-practice advice. The team also assists with intellectual property licensing.

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Baker McKenzie

Bird & Bird

Hogan Lovells

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison


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Deacons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Haldanes

Morrison Foerster

Norton Rose Fulbright

Squire Patton Boggs  


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King & Wood Mallesons

Pinsent Masons

Reed Smith Richards Butler

Vivien Chan & Co.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges


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Herbert Smith Freehills

Liu, Shen & Associates

Simmons & Simmons

Stephenson Harwood


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