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Ashurst’s offering is spearheaded by Tim Brookes and Lisa Ritson, who leads the firm’s global intellectual property, media and telecoms group from the Sydney office. In Brisbane, Amanda Ludlow is currently acting for a utilities provider in the outsourcing of several of its core ICT services, and assisting a public sector client with a major ICT contract with a computer manufacturing company covering professional services, maintenance, hardware and software. In other highlights, Brookes was supported by Rebecca Cope to advise the IFM consortium on the telecoms regulatory issues arising from its takeover of Ausgrid, the state-owned electricity network; he has also been representing NBN Co in negotiations with Telstra as part of its involvement in Project Taurus and in connection with several proposals to accelerate the client’s rollout of HFC technology. In Melbourne, the name to note is Emma Butler, and the Sydney-based Sophie Dawson and Anita Cade are also singled out.

Gilbert + Tobin has ‘deep expertise in technology’ and clients ‘always feel like they are the team’s number-one priority’. The group handles matters in the cyber security, emerging technologies, cloud and telecoms spaces. Practice head Sheila McGregor is a ‘safe pair of hands’, who advised Westpac on its customer service hub deal with Oracle and led the team assisting a major airline with its passenger seating, booking engine and global distribution network. Clients laud ‘exceptionally clever lawyerTim Gole, who ‘grasps a huge amount of detail’ and recently teamed up with the equally recommended Bill Spain and Peter Waters to handle a significant matter for a public sector client. Other noteworthy contacts are Albert Yuen, Michael Caplan – who represents clients such as Telstra and BHP Billiton – and Lesley Sutton, who recently joined from Herbert Smith Freehills. Peter Leonard and Bernadette Jew have retired from the partnership.

The ‘level of service is high’ at Herbert Smith Freehills, where Tony Joyner leads the IT and telecoms unit from Perth; he was involved in the procurement of data centres, computing and telecoms services by Western Australian government agencies as part of GovNext-ICT. Melbourne-based Julian Lincoln recently assisted Telstra with the renegotiation of its IT outsourcing contract with IBM to simplify the relationship and extend the term. In Sydney, Damien Bailey acted for Google with regards to its investment in the PLCN subsea cable deal, and represented Macquarie Bank in its acquisition of Crown Castles’ independent towers business and portfolio. Also noteworthy in Melbourne is James Crowe, who handled Telstra’s acquisition of Fusion Payments. The team’s client roster also includes names such as Westpac, Vicinity Centres and Ausgrid. Lesley Sutton departed the firm to join Gilbert + Tobin.

King & Wood Mallesonsprovides a strong team that is highly responsive with detailed industry knowledge’ under the leadership of managing partner Renae Lattey, who works closely with regulatory expert Cheng Lim in the Melbourne office and is ‘supported by a great pool of senior associates’. The Melbourne-based Michael Swinson led the advice to South32 with regards to the procurement and implementation of a new cloud-based resource planning solution, and Telstra appointed the group to negotiate and apply its HFC delivery agreement with NBN Co under which Telstra will roll out fixed line networks in areas covered by HFC technology. On the transactional side, Sydney-based Patrick Gunning teamed up with Ros Anderson to advise Temenos on its acquisition of Rubik Financial. Nicole Heller is also based in Sydney and is a key contact, alongside Mark Weber in Melbourne; both ‘lead highly commercial and strategic teams with an emphasis on deep industry knowledge'.

At Allens, ‘not only are the partners very easy to deal with and exceptionally qualified, associates are also very professional, highly skilled and experienced’, and the team is ‘at the forefront of developments in data and privacy law’. Technology, media and telecoms practice head Gavin Smith is also ‘highly rated’ alongside the recently promoted Valeska Bloch; both are currently assisting Data Republic with the second stage of the development of its data exchange platform. On the telecoms front, Ian McGill and Brisbane’s Michael Morris have recently conducted work including advising NBN Co on its compliance with the telecoms sector security reforms, and handled the procurement of a new lawful intercept technology platform for a broadband provider, while Mark Malinas advised Vocus on its acquisition of Nextgen Networks. Fiona Crosbie ‘brings an experienced and practical approach to complex issues’ and is also a key contact.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Sydney-based Andrew Stewart, who also heads the firm’s Australian media and content practice, and was recently bolstered by the promotion to partner of Toby Patten in the Melbourne office. Motorola appointed a team led by Adrian Lawrence to oversee its acquisition of Gridstone. Patrick Fair is advising on the licensing and regulatory requirements pertaining to a new Internet of Things venture, and assisted a client with the setting up of broadband in aircrafts. On the contentious side, Melbourne-based Andrea Kennedy has been providing advice to an ombudsman involved in land access disputes under the Telecommunications Act. Clients also recommend corporate partner James Halliday and Anne-Marie Allgrove, who focuses her practice on commercial issues.

Clayton Utzprovides an exceptional service with more-than-capable lawyers at all levels’ such as Ken Saurajen, whose ‘calm demeanour underlines a sharp mind and astute business acumen’. Also recommended is ‘talented partner’ and ‘highly trusted adviser’ Geoff Hoffman, who is representing the NSW government alongside Saurajen in its investment in a computing joint venture with the University of New South Wales, Telstra and the Commonwealth. In Brisbane, Simon Newcomb acted for the Reserve Bank of Australia in the establishment of the new payments platform, a new infrastructure for low-value everyday payments. The name to note in Melbourne is Chris McLeod, who advised Pro Medicus on its five year agreement with HIS for the implementation and support of the client’s radiology information system throughout HIS’ Australian diagnostic imaging network. Special counsel John Dieckmann is also based in Melbourne and is another key contact.

Corrs Chambers Westgarthis a leader in the field of telecoms with a legal expertise that is hard to beat’, and ‘excellence on all fronts’. James North is ‘an innovator with no chinks in his armour’; he heads the firm’s telecoms unit alongside Philip Catania, who leads the information technology practice group from Melbourne. Clients such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Adobe approached the firm to handle their data privacy issues in Australia, and North is overseeing Vodafone’s arrangement with Ericsson, Cisco and f5 to virtualise its network. Brisbane partner Helen Clarkealways maintains a calm and confident disposition’; she is assisting a public sector entity with the procurement of a next generation ticketing system for passenger transport. Other noteworthy names include Eugenia Kolivos in Sydney and Frances Wheelahan in Melbourne.

Maddocks has been bolstered with the arrival of three partners and their teams from DLA Piper: Caroline Atkins, Anthony Willis and Gavan Mackenzie will strengthen the firm’s Commonwealth offering in the Canberra office. The TMT group operates within the firm’s commercial group and acts for clients such as Bauer, Deutsche Bank and Sydney Airport under the leadership of Sydney partner Brendan Coady. Clients laud ‘very practical commercial lawyerJeff Goodall, who sits in Sydney; he acted as lead counsel on Uniting’s telecoms outsourcing agreement with Optus for the provision of unified communication services and data network services. The Melbourne-based Robert Gregory recently assisted Myer with the move of selected human resources functions to the cloud and acted for Swinburne University of Technology in the sale of 30% of its 50% interest in Online Education Services, a joint venture with SEEK. Special counsel Brendan Tomlinson and ‘excellent senior associate’ Will Shiel are also key contacts in the Sydney office.

Nick Abrahams and Martyn Taylor head Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology and innovation, and telecommunications groups, respectively, from the Sydney office. Ausgrid appointed the team to oversee its privatisation by a consortium of superannuation funds, and Vodafone sought regulatory advice with regards to its request to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the regulation of domestic mobile roaming. On the international front, Taylor is representing Ooredoo group’s Myanmar branch in a long-term investment in the country’s infrastructu – re market for the rollout of mobile coverage. Michael Park’s practice was taken over by Bernard O’Shea in Melbourne after his departure to Allens. Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis York have announced their intention to merge in late 2017.

Webb Henderson’s team is ‘highly professional, responsive and possesses an in-depth knowledge from a technical, commercial and regulatory perspective’. The team is based in Sydney and is comprised of Angus Henderson, who ‘has a vast wealth of experience that he can readily draw upon’, and ‘trusted adviser’ Ara Margossian, who ‘combines an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience with a clarity and communication skill set rarely seen in lawyers’. Clients such as NBN Co appointed the group as regulatory advisors in relation to the development of the next version of its wholesale broadband agreement. Ish Omar was part of a team advising the Malaysian telecoms regulator regarding the terms and conditions pertaining to access to services. Other key clients include Commercial Radio Australia, Indosat Ooredoo and du, which approached the team for advice on its partnership with the Smart Dubai Office in connection with the Smart City Platform.

Allen & Overy LLP’s TMT practice has a predominantly international focus; Connell O’Neill recently advised startup GoJek on fundraising matters. On the telecoms side, O’Neill and Michael Reede advised Crown Castle on the sale of its Australian business – now renamed Axicom Group – to a consortium led by Macquarie Group, and the team continues to assist Kin Towers with corporate, commercial and regulatory advice. Senior associate Saranpaal Calais joined the firm after founding his own software company and previously working at Gilbert + Tobin.

Bird & Bird recently welcomed Thomas Jones from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, who specialises in regulated infrastructure matters and works closely with competition and consumer protection law expert Kathryn Edghill. In recent highlights, Shane Barber acted for 9 Spokes International in its IPO and provides ongoing advice to Vodafone and its joint venture with Optus on regulatory issues and disputes with utilities and local authority entities. Team leader Hamish Fraser assisted a client with the building of a private cloud service for a public sector body, specifically with regards to the negotiation of a master services agreement, as well as with several transactions. Other key clients include Microsoft, LG and Wirecard.

The key names to note at DLA Piper are Peter Jones and Tim Lyons, who head the IT and telecoms practice from Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. After having recently lost the majority of its Canberra office, the group welcomed special counsel and technology expert Sinead Lynch in Sydney from CMS’ London office. Melbourne-based senior associate Sarah Dolan is part of the team providing ongoing advice to the Victorian Police with regards to the BlueConnect programme and currently assisting with the procurement of an in-vehicle data recorder solution. Toyota engaged the team to handle the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure, and Catapult Group approached it to oversee the acquisition of US-based sports technology company XOS Digital. Senior associate Nicholas Boyle is also a key contact in the Sydney office and frequently supports the partners in long term contracting and licensing matters.

Antoine Pace and Andrew Hynd spearhead Gadens Lawyers’ IT and telecoms work from Melbourne and Brisbane, respectively. The team’s recent caseload features Pace’s advice to Aopen on its agreement with Google to embed Google Chrome into its global range of products, and Melbourne partner David Smith’s work for Astron Communications in connection with its agreements with suppliers of wholesale telecoms services. Robert Walker, who is also a key name in the Melbourne office, assisted clients with the implementation of several telemetric software systems in a range of sectors including the public sector.

HWL Ebsworth’s team, led by Adelaide-based Luke Dale consists of ‘experts in technology law’. Clients also single out Brisbane-based Bill Singleton, who advised on the outsourced provision of clean internet for all Queensland state schools. In Sydney, John Gray and senior associate Rebecca Lindhout – who recently joined the firm from Fox Sports – assisted a client with its digital video and data connectivity strategy, and Josh Messing handled payroll outsourcing arrangements and took the lead on a procurement project pertaining to the rollout of a new wireless communication system on trains based on LTE technology. The team recently grew through the arrival of Matthew Craven from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne and special counsel Elizabeth Skelly from Sparke Helmore Lawyers in Sydney. *Since publication, HWL Ebsworth and Tress Cox have merged.

Henry Davis York’s IT and telecoms team is valued for its ‘good response times and attention to the client’s needs’, and has a strong track record advising clients in the financial services and public sectors on technology projects and cyber security matters. It advised Mastercard on the proposed acquisition of the exclusivity rights of a leading Australian bank from a competitor card scheme, and Peter Mulligan acted for NEP on its arrangements with Fox Sports for outsourcing of the production of all live sports broadcasting by the client’s pay television provider. The practice recently represented the Department of Defence as well as the Australian Sports Commission, which it is currently assisting with the outsourcing of its full suite of ICT services. Special counsel Gully Shimeld has resigned from the firm to join Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Matthew McMillan joined McCullough Robertson, and Debra Tippet left for Clayton Utz. Henry Davis York and Norton Rose Fulbright have announced their intention to merge in late 2017.

Lander & Rogers’ team has undertaken a significant amount of work in the retail space for energy and healthcare providers. Robert Neely has been acting for Medibank with regards to Project DelPHI, which replaced significant aspects of the client’s IT application capacities, especially in connection with policy, product and customer management. In the financial services space, the Reserve Bank of Australia engaged the team to advise on a series of master agreements with ICT service vendors to support several system integration projects. Jennifer Goh plays a key supportive role in the group, which recently supported Neely in his work for NEC pertaining to its successful bid for the Western Australian government’s entire IT services panel and the subsequent review of its agreement for the supply of cloud services, storage and a unified government communications network. Dalvin Chien left to join Colin Biggers & Paisley.

McCullough Robertson fronts ‘a small, responsive team, which is partner-heavy with good knowledge of clients’ business and industry’; it acts for clients such as Travelshoot, Vita Group and Megaport. Sydney-based practice head Alex Hutchens displays ‘a practical approach and excellent knowledge of Australian data laws’; he led the advice to Telstra on its automated home solution, which includes a cloud-based ecosystem of connected devices, and on the negotiation and implementation of a cloud-based media content delivery platform. Paul McLachlan is also based in Sydney, and has advised Woolworths on a number of IT issues. The other three partners – John Kettle, Reece Walker and Belinda Breakspear – are based in Brisbane.

Minter Ellison conducts both IT and telecoms work through specialists such as Anthony Lloyd and Anthony Borgese, both of whom are based in Sydney. One of the main names to note in Melbourne is Paul Kallenbach, who has substantial experience in outsourcing, procurement, commercialisation and licensing matters. The team advised private equity fund Armitage Associates on the structuring, due diligence and funding issues arising from its acquisition of a majority interest in SaaS education provider; on the start-up front, the group oversaw Sapien Ventures’ investment in young Sydney-based Fintech company Investfit.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers’ IT and telecoms offering consists of experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer Richard Chew, and Canberra-based commercial partner Richard Morrison and Holly McAdam, who has a strong track record acting for Commonwealth clients. The team received instructions from a leading telecoms provider in connection with a contract to provide and operate a major bank’s data centre core network, and Chew advised Woolworths on reviewing and negotiating its unlimited license agreement with Oracle for the use of its software. Other technology work includes representing a client in the virtual reality space, and a leading supplier of entertainment technology with seller agreements and the move of its human capital and ERP platform to a cloud-based platform. On the telecoms side, a state-owned energy infrastructure entity appointed the team to handle contractual disputes and extensions.

Thomson Geer’s Mark Feetham and newly promoted Demetrios Christou handle a vast range of matters such as the negotiation of a contract extension for the deployment of a sensor network in Singapore on behalf of Silver Spring Networks, and advising Western Power with regards to NBN’s request for access to its power poles. Hyland Software also appointed the firm to oversee a contract for the supply of software and services to Icare, and Melbourne-based Graham Phillips led the advice to Trident Subsea Cable on its acquisition of submarine cables between Indonesia and Singapore. In Adelaide, Matthew Prescott specialises in IT procurement and intellectual property work.

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