Grace Chen

Of Counsel

Grace Chen is Of Counsel at AWA Asia in Hong Kong and Beijing. She has worked as a technology lawyer for over two decades in the China offices of various US and UK firms, and as global data privacy counsel for Chinese and European companies in the financial sector.

At AWA, she handles commercial transactions in China, focusing on the IT, media, e-commerce, clean technology, life science and healthcare sectors. She advises companies on data privacy, cybersecurity and IT regulatory issues in China.

Contact information

Visiting address:

Suite 1411, 14/F Leighton Centre
77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay Hong Kong,

Extended profile

Grace has extensive experience representing companies on their commercial transactions and counseling them on IT regulatory, data protection and cybersecurity issues relevant to their China operations, including domestic and cross-border collection, storage, processing, and use of personal data, privacy and monitoring in the workplace and network security. Her work focuses on legal and regulatory compliance and industry-driven best practices.

Grace handles complex commercial matters relating to technology transfer and licensing, representing clients in the technology, communications, publishing, advertising and pharmaceutical industries. She regularly provides strategic advice on cloud computing, data protection in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, online advertising, social media, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and machine learning. She further coordinates legal advice on these cutting-edge issues in the Asia Pacific region.


  • Agreements
  • Data Privacy
  • Internet law & domain names
  • IP Transactions
  • Licensing
  • Marketing law


  • Cleantech & Sustainability
  • Life sciences
  • Marketing
  • Media & entertainment
  • Software & IT
  • Telecom


  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)


  • Juris Doctor, Law, University of California – Berkley
  • M.Sc., Civil and Environment Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.Sc., Technology & Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology