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Antony Cook is Microsoft’s regional vice president and chief legal counsel for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) for Asia. Cook leads a multi-disciplinary team of 70 professionals who are responsible for providing legal and compliance support to business groups operating in the region; industry, community and government affairs counsel to Microsoft’s in-country operations; and support for digital security, intellectual property and data protection issues.
Cook joined Microsoft in 2002 in Sydney where he led the legal support for Microsoft’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Cook moved to Singapore in early 2006, initially working as the regional director for Public Sector support in Asia Pacific before taking responsibility for the CELA team for Microsoft’s businesses in Southeast Asia in July 2007. Cook moved to Istanbul in December 2010 where he built and managed the CELA team in the Middle East and Africa. He held that position until August 2017 when he returned to Singapore and his current role.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Cook had responsibility for business development and operational functions across Asia and Europe as head of business affairs for BT LookSmart. Cook also worked for four years with the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a senior associate in their Hong Kong office, specializing in telecom and IT transactions across Asia. Cook started his career at Moore & Bevins (now K&L Gates) a Sydney-based full service commercial law firm.
Cook graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (with commendation) and a Bachelor of Laws. Cook is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court of Australia, and the High Court of Australia.