Charles To is a Partner of ELLALAN. Charles has a diversified practice covering commercial, corporate, entertainment, licensing, intellectual property, advertising, data privacy, e-commerce, employment, and general commercial matters in the TMT industry.
Before joining our firm, Charles had extensive practical in-house experience where he served as Senior Legal Counsel for Tencent’s Technology Transactions Group and Fox Networks’ APAC Senior Legal Counsel where he was responsible for advising the businesses’ international commercialization of its services and platforms, covering music, video OTT, mobile games, advertising, social media, and cloud technology. Charles was also recognized as a five-star employee by Tencent, a highly distinguished recognition.
In addition to Charles’ engineering background, he is also pursuing his Kellogg-HKUST EMBA (ranked 1st globally by Financial Times). With both a technical and business background, Charles is often praised for being able to understand complex business models, identify potential legal pitfalls and provide timely and practical advice.
Charles also worked at Squire Patton Boggs and Clyde & Co where he gained substantive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, employment and various intellectual property matters. In addition to handling corporate matters for Fortune 500 companies and technology startups, Charles advised clients in the media, life sciences, telecommunications and retail sectors on a wide range of issues including regulatory matters, data privacy, employment intellectual property and potential disputes. He also assisted his clients with their day-to-day commercial needs in contract drafting and negotiation.
Charles also published widely and had been invited as a speaker on issues relating to intellectual property, data privacy, cyber security, employment, and life science by various organizations including the Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association, APSCo, Law Society of Hong Kong and Law Asia.
He currently serves as a committee member of the InnoTech Committee and the Employment Law Committee and as deputy leader of the Intellectual Property Vetting Group for the “Sing Tao Legal Mailbox” of the Law Society of Hong Kong. Charles is also a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.
Charles speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.