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Asia Pacific Technology partner Stella Cramer to join Clifford Chance

28 February 2023

Asia Pacific Technology partner Stella Cramer to join Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance today announced that market leading technology specialist Stella Cramer will join Clifford Chance as a partner based in Singapore and will lead its Tech Group in Asia Pacific.

Stella brings more than 15 years of working in Asia Pacific and has extensive experience in complex digital and transformational technology projects, platform collaborations and technology transactions, often involving disruptive technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. She also has deep experience advising clients on global data compliance programmes, the commercialisation of data and high-profile cyber incidents. Stella has advised on significant Fintech projects and was involved in the set-up of industry sandboxes. She also serves on specialist advisory committees covering the regulation of data, blockchain and artificial intelligence in Singapore and regionally.

Stella joins from Norton Rose Fulbright. Previously, she held in-house roles at two global banks where she focused on technology, data and digitalisation projects across multiple jurisdictions. 

Connie Heng, Regional Managing Partner for Asia Pacific, commented, "We are delighted to welcome Stella to lead our multidisciplinary Tech Group in APAC, which delivers expert and holistic legal advice to both tech and non-tech clients on their most complex tech-related matters. Technology is having a transformative effect for our clients regardless of industry. Stella's deep knowledge and track record of excellence will take our technology offering in APAC to the next level."

Paul Landless, Global Co-Head of the Clifford Chance Tech Group, added, "Stella's diverse technology expertise, integrated into our unique cross-practice Tech Group will bring significant benefits for clients as they develop their businesses in light of new technologies, digital disruption, regulatory shifts and heightened enforcement.  Stella's arrival reinforces a formidable global offering to our clients to support on the most complex projects, key technology risks and cutting-edge legal issues of the day underpinning the digital economy."

Commenting on opportunities in Singapore, Valerie Kong, Singapore Managing Partner, added, "With Singapore's efforts in driving digital innovation across industries, as announced in the 2023 Budget, we will continue to see market-first matters led out the region, as we have recently witnessed with Project Guardian and Partior. Stella's undisputed deep experience in Singapore, combined with our market-leading transactional and financial regulatory practices, means we are well-positioned to support Singapore's ambition and the expected growth in complex digital and transformational technology projects to be undertaken by clients in the region."

Stella Cramer commented, "Clifford Chance has an impressive global network of technology specialists and continues to grow significantly in Asia Pacific, with ambitions very much aligned with my expertise and experience. The Firm's global Tech Group has advised on a long list of market-leading matters in Asia Pacific, and I look forward to building on the team's success."

Clifford Chance's Tech Group serves as a single global team offering clients tech law advice across the spectrum of matters related to technology and digitalisation, including advising on artificial intelligence, digital assets, green technologies, data, cybersecurity and Web3. The addition of Stella follows a series of appointments in the Tech Group in the past 12 months, including technology and IP partner Devika Kornbacher in the United States, who joined as Co-Chair of the Firm's Tech Group alongside Jonathan Kewley (London) and Paul Landless (Singapore). Additional recent hires include, IP partner Don McCombie, and TMT partner Zayed Al Jamil in London, IP lawyers Tobias J. Hessel and Stefan Richter in Düsseldorf further strengthening the Firm's German and European IP practice, technology Counsel Michael Evans in London and Consultant Clarice Yue in Hong Kong, who advises clients on data protection issues across Asia Pacific.