About Me

I'm a technology, telecoms and media lawyer, providing strategic, corporate and commercial advice to major players in the Asia Pacific region. I am based in London and I am Of Counsel in our Corporate & Commercial team.

With over 20 years' experience on my side, I work on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters in the technology, media and telecoms sectors across Asia. I also have considerable experience advising clients on data protection issues and non-contentious IP projects, including helping our clients with data protection investigations, in conjunction with Bird & Bird's investigation and dispute practice.

In recent years, I've advised on projects covering disruptive technologies such as Big Data, IoT, online payments services and FinTech.

In media, I have provided advice to leading European football clubs, digital media rights holders, channel providers (traditional and online) and game developers on a range of legal matters including online streaming, capital raising and regulation.

I was seconded to the APAC headquarters of Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia) in Shanghai for a year. I am dual qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong.

I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


  • University of Cambridge, LL.M.
  • The University of Hong Kong, LL.B.


  • Hong Kong in 1997
  • England & Wales in 1998
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Michelle Chan has almost two decades of experience advising on a broad scope of TMT matters, including regulatory and commercial issues.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

Michelle Chan has experience advising prominent clients in Asia on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters relating to the TMT sector.

Who's Who Legal 2018

'An expert in the sector', Michelle Chan has 'genuine subject matter expertise' and has recently handled a significant amount of work involving disruptive technologies, including online payment services and the Internet of Things.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

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