TMT Talk continues to identify issues relevant to the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector, as companies determine their next steps and strategies around COVID-19. In this episode, Raffaele Giarda, Howard Wu and Derek Liu tackle the M&A developments and trends that have emerged as tech companies find ways to adjust in the new world created in the aftermath of the pandemic. This insightful discussion features perspectives from the West Coast and China, with increased M&A activity in gaming and content production, and the relationship between the US and China as just some of key points.
Raffaele Giarda is the global head of Baker McKenzie's Technology Media & Telecoms Industry Group and co-heads the IPTech and Corporate/M&A practices in the Firm's Italy offices. Raffaele assists domestic and multinational clients in the areas of technology, telecoms, media, M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts. He advises on regulatory matters as well as on wireless networks and services, infrastructures rollout and provision, satellite networks, media platforms, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), interconnection and access, the Internet of Things (IoT), other internet protocol scenarios, disruptive technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and connected vehicles.
Howard Wu is the chief representative of the Shanghai office of Baker McKenzie. He practices mainly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, covering the information technology and major projects sectors. Chambers Asia Pacific ranks him among the leading lawyers for corporate/M&A as well as technology, media & telecommunications, while IFLR 1000 recommends him for mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity. Mr. Wu graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A., Columbia University with an M.A. and Fordham University School of Law with a J.D. He is admitted to practice law in California and is a foreign registered lawyer in Hong Kong.