Wei-Chun (Lex) Kuo

  • Counsel
  • Elex.kuo@lw.com
  • 26th Floor, Two ifc,
  • 8 Century Boulevard,
  • Shanghai 200120
  • People's Republic of China
  • T +86.21.6101.6095
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Profile

Lex Kuo is a counsel in Latham & Watkins’ Technology Transaction Practice and Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice with a focus on Greater China.

Mr. Kuo has substantive experience advising clients on regulatory projects and transactions relating to technology, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and data privacy, including:

  • Technology and intellectual property licensing
  • Cybersecurity and data protection assessments and trainings
  • Global terms of services and privacy policies
  • New media content licensing agreements
  • Game and e-sport transactions, including advising on the full life cycle of legal matters facing a gaming company in China

Mr. Kuo also advises Chinese and international entertainment and media clients, including producers, distributors, and financiers of motion pictures and other content, on a variety of matters within Greater China, including:

  • Cross-border financing, development, production, and distribution of media and entertainment projects
  • Music licensing
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Content exploitation on traditional and new media platforms

Experience

Mr. Kuo's recent experience includes advising:

Technology & Intellectual Property
  • A Chinese internet content platform on compliance with consumer protection laws and privacy laws, including GDPR, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Europe, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil, for all of its major social media products
  • A leading internet technology company in China on regulatory advice, integration strategy, transitional terms of services, and its privacy policy for the merger of two flagship mobile applications in more than 45 jurisdictions
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on its terms of services, standard services contracts, and SLAs for its global services offering
  • A leading internet technology company on major outsourcing agreements, long-term services agreements, and collaborative technology projects
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on the globalization of its video platform in more than 15 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region, including advising on the regulatory compliance bible, terms of services, standard content acquisition agreements, and creative services agreements with content producers and influencers
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on its global advertisement services, including standard advertisement services agreement, insertion orders, privacy policies, and user notices, as well as advertisement policies on gambling, drugs, and firearm advertisements
  • A leading US biotech company on PRC technology transfer regulations in connection with its cross-border licensing and PRC IP strategy
  • A US theme park operator on the sale of its 21% interest to a Chinese buyer and relevant licensing matters for establishing theme parks in China
  • A US electric vehicles manufacturer on regulatory compliance matters for its market entry and business model in China*
  • A UK company on its acquisition of a Chinese medical device company*
Game & E-sport
  • A leading Chinese game company on its global regulatory compliance program and the global terms of services for its flagship game products
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on regulatory compliance in connection with market entry and game localization, including content moderation guidelines and content clearance advice
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on the organization, production, and exploitation of an e-sport event in Asia Pacific region
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company on compliance with GDPR for its various products, including messaging, payments, gaming, and cloud products
  • A US cybersecurity endpoint software company on the relevant compliance requirements in the PRC for offshore SAAS and PAAS service providers
Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company in its co-financing and co-distribution transaction for various high profile, award winning films
  • A leading Chinese internet and technology company in its agreement to become the Exclusive Official Digital Streaming Media Partner for an American football league in China
  • A US VR company in its location based entertainment license agreement with its Chinese partner
  • A leading Chinese online content aggregator in its content acquisition agreements and creative services agreements with content owners and talents in Asia, US, and South America
  • A leading Chinese film company on its co-finance and co-production of a film and TV series based on an award winning Chinese novel
  • A US leading toy manufacturer’s strategic partnership in China with China’s largest parenting website and related PRC intellectual property and data privacy issues
  • Major Hollywood studios, production companies, and investors on Sino-foreign co-production film and television projects in China*
  • A major Hollywood studio, a Chinese investment holding company, and a Chinese entertainment company on co-production of an English-language Hollywood film project*
  • A Chinese investment holding company on its investment in a Hollywood film project based on a renowned online game*
  • A Hollywood production company on regulatory compliance and commercial matters in connection with the exploitation of an Academy Award-winning film in China*
  • A major Hollywood studio on its strategic alliance with a Chinese media conglomerate in connection with joint development of television projects, Sino-foreign co-production film projects, content distribution, and marketing cooperation in China*
  • A Chinese investment holding company on its exclusive agreements with a major Hollywood studio and leading media companies to exploit television formats in China*
  • A US-listed internet company on various corporate and regulatory compliance matters in China*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • China Issues New Cybersecurity Law to Protect Children -  September 09, 2019
  • Beijing Municipal Government’s Three-Year Action Plan to Boost Foreign Investment in China -  August 19, 2019
  • China’s New Network Security Law May Affect Operations Inside and Outside China: Are you ready? -  October 20, 2017
  • Chinese Judicial Authorities Issue Interpretation on Criminal Liability for Misuse of Personal Information  -  May 31, 2017
  • China Publishes Draft Measures Restricting Outbound Data Transfers -  April 14, 2017
  • China Issues Its First Network Security Law  -  November 21, 2016
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • New York
  • Taiwan
Education
  • JSD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2010
  • LLM, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2006
Industries
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Internet & Digital Media
Languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Taiwanese
Practices
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Technology Transactions
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services