Matthew has over 25 years of China and Asia-Pacific legal and business experience, focusing on Intellectual Property (prosecution, litigation and transactions), Corporate (M&A) and International Trade. Matthew has been listed as a leading corporate/IP lawyer by various publishers and directories, and is an arbitrator (MCIArb) with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, and many other leading arbitration institutions. Matthew is a regular contributor of articles on Chinese and IP law to major journals, and regularly teaches international IP and technology law at the post-graduate level at a number of leading universities.
Prior to founding MMLC, Matthew created and led the Asia Pacific IP/IT Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Earlier in his career, Matthew worked as a Judge's Associate in Queensland and continues to be listed in Who's Who in Business in Australia. On the pro bono side of things, Matthew has been appointed official Honorary Olympic Appeals Consultant on several occasions (including 2021/22), and been involved in a number of key research projects for the UNDP, World Justice Project, and the World Bank, focused on legal aid accessibility, rule of law and legal profession protections.
Matthew completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology in 1993. He completed his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Queensland, after studying Chinese commercial law at the University of Hong Kong. Matthew is admitted in Australia, Ireland/EU, England and Wales, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as well as the International Bar Association, and American Bar Association (Leadership). Matthew speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese proficiently.
"Matthew Murphy has extensive experience in the non-contentious intellectual property space, regularly advising clients on licensing and portfolio management matters, in addition to handling the IP aspects of their M&A operations. He offers additional expertise in handling trade mark and patent oppositions and litigation." "MMLC Group's Matthew Murphy is recognised by peers for his strategic IP advisory work on behalf of international entities setting up businesses in China. He is particularly well versed in trade mark registrations, invalidation proceedings and brand protection matters."