Scott Thiel is Asia Head of DLA Piper's Global Technology and FinTech sector initiative. He advises clients on all aspects of technology related procurements and outsourcing deals and has particular experience on regulatory issues associated with payments clearing and platforms, e-commerce settlements and cross-border payment services offerings..

Scott‘s background in engineering and dual qualifications in both intellectual property law and computer science provide him with a unique opportunity to understand the technical aspects of client's ICT and outsourcing projects. An understanding of the issues faced by both sides of a transaction enables Scott to seek innovative solutions to resolve negotiation deadlocks and deliver completed deals for his clients.

He advises both users and suppliers of IT outsourcing services on all aspects of the procurement process. He also advises on complex technology transactions. His work usually involves him on business critical projects frequently valued in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. He advises clients across a range of sectors including technology, banking, transport, energy and sport.

Scott's technology focus is of extra importance at DLA Piper as he leads a number of tech-related initiatives within the firm, such as being a leader within DLA Piper's Blockchain and Digital Assets practice group and also being the firm's representative on the Hedera Hashgraph Governing Council - a next generation public distributed ledger technology infrastructure through which DLA Piper is hosting a node. He is a non-executive director of the Hedera Hashgraph and the Founder and product champion for TOKO, a subsidiary of DLA Piper that has developed a tokenization engine and digital asset platform.