Kieran Donovan

  • Partner
  • 18th Floor, One Exchange Square
  • 8 Connaught Place, Central
  • Hong Kong
  • T +852.2912.2701


Kieran Donovan is a partner in the Data & Technology Transactions Practice in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Mr. Donovan’s experience includes advising clients on complex cross-border commercial, outsourcing, technology, media, and privacy matters. Mr. Donovan has a wide range of expertise advising clients from various sectors, but his principal focus has been on the financial services, logistics, internet, technology, and entertainment industries.

Alongside a broad specialism in technology and commercial matters, Mr. Donovan advises clients on fintech projects, with expertise advising on joint ventures, collaboration arrangements, and privacy compliance, in connection with the development of disruptive technologies in the financial services and payments space.


Mr. Donovan’s representative transactions include advising:

  • A large financial services provider in relation to negotiating a complex €3 billion IT infrastructure outsourcing deal, including negotiation of the transition and transformation elements of the project.
  • A global bank on its outsourcing of certain storage services to cloud. This included advising on data privacy and financial services’ regulation across Europe, the US, and Asia.
  • A multinational insurance group on the outsourcing of its global facilities management operations.
  • An artificial Intelligence-based virtual reality discovery app and marketing platform on its global utility token sale.
  • A cryptocurrencies exchange ecosystem on an US equity fundraising by way of a private placement.
  • A Korean company on its proposed initial coin offering (ICO), including on the characterization of the tokens under Singapore laws and regulations, formation of a Singapore entity in connection with the ICO, and documentation and compliance procedures.
  • An exchange ecosystem that aims to bring cryptocurrencies to everyday retail investors, on the establishment of a crypto brokerage in Hong Kong, crypto exchanges in Hong Kong and Japan, and a crypto hedge fund in Hong Kong.
  • Publicly listed China-headquartered technology and internet group on global data privacy compliance for cross-border products, including products across the social media, gaming, cloud, television, and advertising space. This project has included a specific focus on data privacy compliance relating to the EU GDPR as well as across Asia, including Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Macau, the Philippines, Japan, and India.
  • A leading technology company on cross-border data sharing and data breach reporting arrangements in Asia.
  • A Hong Kong-based international gaming company with global privacy compliance including the GDPR.
  • A leading social media company in China on a complex GDPR compliance project relating to its data center location and storage, as well as its cybersecurity operations.
  • A crypto exchange headquartered in Singapore on all aspects of global data privacy compliance, including compliance with the GDPR.
  • On transitional, commercial, intellectual property, and data privacy aspects in respect of the acquisition of a multinational education business headquartered in Asia.
  • On procurement and commercial supply chain arrangements in connection with a multi-billion dollar securitisation of telecommunications carrier services.
  • On complex intellectual property ownership and licensing arrangements in connection with the acquisition of a leading global brand.

Thought Leadership

  • China Issues New Rules on Cybersecurity Review for Network Platform Operators Listing Abroad -  March 04, 2022
  • China Introduces First Comprehensive Legislation on Personal Information Protection -  September 08, 2021
  • China Issues New Regulations to Protect the Critical Information Infrastructure -  September 01, 2021
  • China‚Äôs New Data Security Law: What to Know -  July 21, 2021
  • Hong Kong Consults on a New Licensing Regime to Regulate Virtual Assets Exchanges  -  November 05, 2020
  • Hong Kong Fintech Week 2020: SFC Announces New Crypto Regulatory Regime for Virtual Asset Exchanges -  November 04, 2020
  • Hong Kong Fintech Week 2020: 3 Key Policy Initiatives of the HKMA -  November 03, 2020
  • China Issues Draft Data Security Law for Public Comment -  August 14, 2020
  • Hong Kong Privacy Regulator Responds to Personal Data Privacy Issues Arising From COVID-19 -  April 03, 2020
  • Chain Reaction: Blockchain Enters the Mainstream -  February 26, 2020
  • Hong Kong Considers Sweeping Changes to Privacy Laws -  January 22, 2020
  • Navigating Data Processing Ethics for FinTech in Hong Kong -  August 13, 2019

According to clients: 

“Very knowledgeable and resourceful in the data privacy domain”

Chambers Greater China 2022
Bar Qualification
  • Hong Kong (Solicitor)
  • New South Wales (Australia)
  • BA in Communication Studies, University of Technology, Sydney, 2011
  • LL.B. (First Class Honors), University of Technology, Sydney, 2011
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Fintech
  • Technology
  • Financial Institutions
  • Technology Transactions
  • Emerging Companies
  • Greater China Practice
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information
  • Australia Practice
  • Communications Law
  • Outsourcing