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Buddle Findlay

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SP 20201
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Buddle Findlay, Amy Ryburn, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

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Amy Ryburn

Work +64 4 462 0904
Buddle Findlay

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Corporate and commercial; technology, media and telecommunications; intellectual property


Partner. Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), and intellectual property. For details about Amy's work highlights see here -


Amy's TMT expertise includes drafting and negotiating agreements for cloud computing solutions, a full range of network and other telco services, and software development projects (using both agile and waterfall methodologies). Amy's experience also extends to a wide range of general commercial agreements, such as strategic alliances, franchise agreements, IP exploitation agreements, publishing agreements (both electronic and traditional), reseller arrangements and website terms. Amy has a particular interest in how commercial contracts can be crafted to support and promote ICT project success and the role of these contracts in managing ICT projects. She is a regular speaker on issues such as risk allocation and ICT project failure. Prior to returning to Buddle Findlay in 2010, Amy spent five years in London where she worked in Slaughter and May's TMT team.


• Prince2 practitioner accreditation


• LLB (Hons), BA (Politics and German) (University of Canterbury)
• Admitted New Zealand 2001
• Admitted England and Wales 2009

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Amy Ryburn - Buddle Findlay

Within: TMT

'Standout firm' Buddle Findlay 'goes the extra mile to ensure knowledge of clients' business and tailored advice'. In Auckland, Philip Wood leads the practice, bringing 25 years' experience in corporate, commercial and TMT matters to bear. His expertise covers film and television projects, including format development and licensing, all aspects of ICT law, satellite transponder leases, and the establishment technology and IP-based businesses. Wood and Allan Yeoman, who is also recommended for complex ICT matters, and senior associate Keri Johansson handled the procurement of an IVP solution for Sky Network Television. In Wellington, IT and outsourcing contract specialist Amy Ryburn is the key partner and is known for her 'competence, empathy and ethics'. Among her many recent highlights was her work for New Zealand Transport Agency on all of its major ICT matters, which included an mobility-as-a-service project and the establishment of a panel of software development suppliers. Senior associate Damien Steel-Baker and special counsel Renee Stiles are also recommended.

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