Pádraig’s practice focuses on the technology sector. His clients also include businesses in other sectors in relation to legal issues arising from their use of technology. He has represented companies within specific verticals of fintech, insurtech, regtech, biotech, healthtech, edutech, cleantech, and supply chain tech. Pádraig works with businesses at all stages of the corporate growth cycle, from early through growth and on to mature and multinational stages.
Pádraig’s practice areas include corporate and venture capital, commercial and privacy, and regulatory and compliance.
Corporate and venture capital
Pádraig’s work encompasses advice on private equity and debt financings, leading on investment negotiations and completion, and preparing documents to implement deal terms. He also advises on the range of common issues for emerging companies, such as corporate structuring, IP licensing, equity incentive plans, and shareholder disputes. He represents both investors, strategics, and founders.
Pádraig also advises companies of all sizes on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and joint ventures, and advises clients on investment structures, and regulatory and governance issues for investments into a range of asset classes.
Commercial and privacy
Pádraig has deep experience in the commercial and business issues that technology businesses face, and has advised clients extensively on addressing and resolving those issues. He has advised a number of clients on legal issues relating to e-commerce platforms or online services sales and marketing, software development and licensing, technology outsourcing arrangements, and general commercialisation of technology.
Pádraig has a particular interest in personal data privacy regulation, and has advised clients on the requirements in Hong Kong on collection, use, processing, transfer, storage and deletion of personal data. He has assisted clients to respond to regulatory enquiries, and to mitigate the consequences of data breaches. Pádraig is the main contact at Tanner De Witt in respect of PrivacyRules, an international alliance of privacy experts that combines legal, technical, and data related expertise to assist clients globally with a multi-disciplinary and multilingual approach. Pádraig also chairs the Know How and Training Committee of PrivacyRules. Pádraig is a member of the Data Protection Substantive Law Committee of iTech Law. Pádraig has been accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as both a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Asia (CIPP/A) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
Regulatory and compliance
Pádraig’s practice also includes assisting clients on licensing, regulatory and compliance. His experience in this area has enabled him to advise clients on a number of innovative, complex fintech projects. He is at the forefront of advising on legal issues for emerging businesses using blockchain technology. This has included regulatory advice in relation to token sale offerings, security token offerings, stable coin listings, and tokenization of equity and fund interests.
Pádraig frequently provides legal training programmes for a number of accelerator programmes. He is also a regular speaker and writer on technology and law.
Pádraig is a Notary Public.