Pádraig Walsh


VATP regulation in Hong Kong: The VATP Guidelines

As part of its application for a virtual asset trading platform (VATP) licence in Hong Kong, the applicant must demonstrate full compliance with conditions and guidelines of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). This is required both to obtain the VATP licence, and then as…Read More


Legal Update: Privacy considerations for online shopping platforms

In June 2023, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“PCPD”) published a report (“Report”) on the privacy settings of ten common online shopping platforms in Hong Kong, including Baby Kingdom (“BKmall”), Carousell, eBay, Fortress, HKTVmall, JD.com, PlayStation App, Price.com.hk, Samsung and Taobao…Read More


VATP regulation in Hong Kong: The journey so far

Hong Kong is a virtual asset hub, with a number of businesses operating in and from Hong Kong or targeting the Hong Kong market. In the first of a series of articles, Pádraig Walsh from the Fintech practice group of Tanner De Witt reviews the…Read More


The Legal 500 2022 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific

Tanner De Witt is proud to be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2022 for employment, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution and technology, media, telecommunications (TMT). Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton and Consultant Kim Boreham, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are recognised as Leading Individuals. Sunny Hathiramani is listed as…Read More


Results of 2022 Chambers Greater China Region Guide announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2022 Greater China Region Guide for each of its main practice areas. Please see full results and editorial commentary below. Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)Full ranking here. What the…Read More


Pádraig Walsh to speak at PrivacyRules 2021 conference

Corporate and Commercial Partner Pádraig Walsh will speak at PrivacyRules‘ 2021 three-day global conference on privacy and cybersecurity. Taking place from 7 to 9 December, the conference will be held virtually at 12.30-1.30pm London time (8.30-9.30pm HK time) with an interactive FAQ segment at the…Read More


Data Breach Response: Ten Tips on Managing Regulatory Inquiries

A letter arrives from the Privacy Commissioner. There are awkward questions. Well, settle in for the long haul. You are now at the start of an inquiry. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group of Tanner De Witt provides ten…Read More


Client Alert – Beware of doxxing messages

The much anticipated amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) (PDPO) are gathering pace. On 11 May 2021, the Hong Kong government proposed amendments to the existing statutory regime against ‘doxxing’ activities. ‘Doxxing’ generally refers to the gathering of personal data of third…Read More


Data Breach Response: The management response

A data breach can be a crisis, and crisis management is a true test of character and leadership. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group of Tanner De Witt looks at how executive management should approach and respond to a…Read More


Change is not coming: Further possible improvements to privacy protection in Hong Kong

Almost a year ago, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, in collaboration with the Privacy Commissioner of Hong Kong, provided its report on recommended changes to personal data privacy law in Hong Kong. There were six key proposals, but also some omissions. In the final…Read More


Legal update: Client facilitation in the execution of residual odd lots

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) issued an FAQ on 18 December 2020 clarifying the applicability of the exemption from the requirement for licensed corporations (“LCs”) to obtain explicit client consent on a trade-by-trade basis prior to each client facilitation trade. As a…Read More


Hong Kong’s Position as a Data Centre Hub in Asia

Hong Kong has continued to experience significant investment in data centres in 2020, and has historically been at the forefront of data centre development and cloud readiness in Asia. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from the Technology practice group of Tanner De Witt reviews the…Read More