IT and telecoms in Australia

Allens

Allens advises a diverse range of major domestic and international clients on business-critical transactions and digital transformation projects, with broad expertise across telecommunications, information technology, and media, as well as assisting clients in the financial services, transport, and asset management sectors. Sydney-based practice head Gavin Smith is highly active in digital transformation projects, the establishment of online platforms, and tech-integrated business strategy advice. Ian McGill advises telecommunications carriers on corporate and regulatory matters, alongside work with government departments on telecommunications issues. In Brisbane, Michael Morris advises on a range of tech-focused matters for corporate and governance clients, including innovative digital platforms in the financial services industry. Sydney-based Jessica Mottau made partner in July 2020, and has extensive experience in IT projects and telecommunications matters.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Smith

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Macquarie Group

HBF Health

NAB

Australia Post

Palantir Technologies

MedicalDirector

AirServices Australia

Cigna International

Sympli

Westpac

nbn Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on its merger with TPG to create a $15bn merged telecommunications operator.
  • Advising Macquarie Group on the launch of NuMobile, a new entrant mobile virtual network operator, which offers quality refurbished handsets to the market.
  • Advised on all aspects of Westpac’s white-labelled digital banking as a service business.

Ashurst

Ashurst advises corporate and public sector clients on a wide variety of tech-related projects and transactions, encompassing digital economy, infrastructure, digital transformation, and regulatory matters. Clients include tech-focused businesses, state and federal governments, and a range of corporates in the financial services, retail, and minerals sectors. Brisbane's Amanda Ludlow leads the global digital economy team, and focuses on digital infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom, with several notable repeat clients. In Sydney, Tim Brookes is heavily involved in tech M&A, and also has extensive regulatory knowledge in the telecommunications sector. Canberra's Angela Summersby specialises in government technology work, including procurement, outsourcing, IP licensing, and technology/TMT contracts. Brisbane-based Clare Doneley specialises in outsourcing and procurement transactions for clients in a variety of industry sectors. Tech M&A specialist Andrew Craig arrived from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in a boost to the practice's transactional capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Ludlow

Testimonials

Excellent and skilled team which understands the client’s needs.’

They have the ability to draw on lots of global expertise which is of great assistance when working on matters with an international aspect.’

‘Tim Brookes, one of the team leaders, is a highly experienced and savvy operator who looks for common-sense solutions. He is accessible and easy to deal with and has good people working with him.

‘Angela Summersby instils complete confidence that she is working for, and protecting us. Her advice is readily understood and unequivocal. She works to understand and further the business of this Department and is as invested as we are in our goals. Angela works well with the entire project team, which is comprised of both Departmental personnel and other external contractors, and she is highly respected and trusted.’

Key clients

AGL

Aurizon

City of Melbourne

Commonwealth Government of Australia (not including the ATO)

Crown Resorts

EnergyAustralia

Google

Horizon Ventures

LGIAsuper

Macquarie Group

Marubeni Corporation

Melbourne Stadiums

Monash University

Motorola Solutions

NSW Government

Resolution Life Group

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited

Sonic Healthcare

State of Victoria

State of Western Australia

Westpac

Woolworths

WSA

Work highlights

  • Lead advisor to Facebook throughout the 2Africa project, one of the largest subsea cable projects in the world which will interconnect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
  • Advising on a range of technology projects undertaken by Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC).
  • Advised Resolution Life Group Services in relation to the key separation issues arising as a result of the acquisition of AMP Life.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz works across the sector, advising clients on major projects, transactions, and regulatory matters, with a diverse client portfolio of telecommunications carriers, technology-focused companies, and public sector organisations. The firm's public sector work includes major IT and tech infrastructure work, alongside advising on tech elements of transport and government infrastructure. The team is also highly involved in telecommunications work, advising key carriers on commercial and regulatory issues. The team is led by Sydney-based Bruce Lloyd, a telecommunications specialist who is the key relationship partner for nbn, regularly advising the carrier on its infrastructure projects. Also in Sydney, Ken Saurajen advises on complex TMT sector transactions, including bespoke structures and contracts, as well as advising boards and government projects. Brisbane's Simon Newcomb is noted for his key role in public sector technology matters. Walid Sukari has been promoted to partner in recognition of his work in complex commercial contracting matters.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lloyd

Key clients

Nbn

Apple

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Sydney Water Corporation

Australian Taxation Office

Sydney Trains

Reserve Bank of Australia

Transport for NSW (Roads and Maritime Services)

Brisbane City Council

CleanCo

amadeus IT Group S.A.

Indigenous Business Australia

Work highlights

  • Advising nbn throughout the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, established in the aftermath of the unprecedented impact of Black Summer bushfires in December 2019/January 2020.
  • Acting for Optus in multiple significant disputes, both before the courts and in matters where litigation has not yet commenced.
  • Advised Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on technology aspects of the construction and operations, including a $634m European Train Control System and a “digital-twin” smart-city 4D model.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts across a wide variety of sector-critical matters, advising major IT and TMT clients, corporates, and government agencies on transactions, strategy and projects, and litigation. Notable and complex mandates include data centre and tech infrastructure projects, digital transformation programmes, and major tech M&A deals. Sydney-based James North heads up the national team and acts regularly for major tech clients and Australian telecommunications carriers on high-profile mandates. Melbourne's Philip Catania has a strong market profile, advising on large-scale tech outsourcing projects, disputes, and intellectual property issues. In Brisbane, Helen Clarke focuses on IT procurement and outsourcing, alongside IT licensing agreements. Melbourne-based Arvind Dixit advises public and private IT innovation clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues, while Sydney-based senior associate Jennifer Dean has a similarly broad practice acting for tech and telecommunications clients.

Practice head(s):

James North

Testimonials

James North and his team are highly experienced and technically proficient TMT lawyers. They operate a reasonably lean team that is focused on delivering the best solutions for our business in the most efficient way. It makes good economic sense to be supported by this team, as we are not paying to support a large team or to be supplied with academic papers for advices that we don’t need. We just get one of the best TMT lawyers in Australia and his team.

James is a leading expert in his field, he partners with our business to help us deliver comprehensive new technologies that will ultimately streamline our business. James understands our complex regulatory environment, but provides us with business-focused solutions to cut through the complexity and deliver required outcomes in the most efficient way.

Attention to detail. Deliver for clients. Excellent service in a timely manner.

Gaynor Tracey and Ivan Rubinstein. I can highly recommend them both. Top-quality service. Great outcome for clients through hard work, responsiveness, and excellent negotiation skills.

Mr. James North (Partner) Ms. Jennifer Dean (Special Counsel) – our main liaison person We valued both their experience and expertise. Special mention to Jennifer Dean as this was her area of specialty. She was knowledgeable about the subject matter, responsive, willing to work through our tight deadlines whilst always maintaining her calm and composure.

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Vodafone

NBN

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

ING

Allianz

Wesfarmers

Flight Centre

Flybuys

Queensland Government

Adobe

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on a $1.5bn deal with Nokia to build a 5G mobile network and replace its existing 4G mobile network, including negotiations with Commonwealth Government and the Critical Infrastructure Centre.
  • Advising Allianz on the digital transformation of identity access and management systems, including contracting strategy and negotiations with various platform vendors and systems integrators.
  • Advising nbn, the Australian Government-owned corporation tasked with designing, building and operating Australia’s National Broadband Network, on nbn’s procurement of an AI driven scheduling and dispatch solution platform, and associated outsourced workforce operations centre to be used in the rollout and maintenance of the nbn network.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin consistently advises government departments and major corporates on a variety of transactional, regulatory, and project management matters. The team advises on M&A and IT procurement transactions of significant value, alongside technology infrastructure projects and IT elements of traditional infrastructure matters. Practice head Tim Gole has a broad practice encompassing transactional support, public sector procurement and services agreements, consulting matters, and contentious issues relating to IT failures and breaches. Sheila McGregor is highly experienced and advises high-profile corporates and government entities on digital transformations, procurement, and large-scale digital infrastructure projects. Michael Caplan is noted for his role in innovative contracting agreements in Australia and Asia, alongside advising on data commercialisation. Simon Burns has a consistent record in data and IT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gole

Testimonials

The G+T Technology and Digital Team is great because of its stand out work and capability but also the size of its team. This means that when significant matters that compete with others come in, G+T has the most bandwidth to very quickly respond and stand up a team whilst also taking care of other matters for me and my team that they work on, without any drop-in service.

The leader of the Technology and Digital practice, Tim Gole is a remarkably smart, down to earth and patient partner with an extraordinary work ethic. Tim provides amazing service, sets expectations well, and is highly available despite clearly having a flourishing practice.

Gilbert + Tobin’s IT and telecoms practice is essential to the success of our team. They have committed to developing their team members’ understanding of our business so that they can step into our shoes and operate as effective in-house counsel when required. We love how they feel part of our larger team and this is a testament to the work of Mike Caplan to develop his team’s relationships with our company across all levels from junior lawyers to partners.

Michael Caplan has been a fantastic partner in both senses of the word. He supports us on complex transactions and has a very good commercial sense to understand the key drivers and issues for the business. Mike is an excellent negotiator and has helped us develop some very strategic deals for our business. Mike is always available when we need it, he is very responsive and his friendly manner and humour makes him part of our team.

Commerciality of advice- really act as part of the wider team and can be trusted – knowing work is in safe hands Always very helpful and act as an extension of myself which is what I really need.

Strength is in knowing our business. Partner front and visible on day-to-day without affecting overall cost.’

‘Simon Burns – very front and visible on day-to-day matters, runs matters very efficiently so despite partner-heavy workload does not affect the overall cost to the client.

Key clients

NSW Government and agencies

Airservices Australia

Westpac Banking Corporation

Telstra

PricewaterhouseCoopers

QBE

BHP

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

Lendlease

Rio Tinto

Qantas

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Melbourne Water

Virgin Australia

Asahi Beverages

IOOF

Healius Limited (previously Primary Healthcare)

Bluescope

Lend Lease

Perpetual

Transurban

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for NSW on its Digital Systems Program, a once in a generation transformation of the Sydney Trains rail network as part of the Government’s $880m investment in technology,
  • Advising Westpac on a range of strategic IT deals including: Refresh and renewal of Westpac Group’s IT infrastructure services with IBM.  
  • Advising and collaborating with Telstra to transform its consumer and small business (C&SB) customer contracting experience.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on a wide variety of technology transactions, from traditional outsourcing and procurement arrangements to life-cycle arrangements for innovative tech products, encompassing development, implementation, and exit. The practice also advises major telecommunications companies on market-critical transactions and projects, as well as working with early-stage companies and investors throughout the venture capital process. The team is jointly headed by Julian Lincoln in Melbourne, who advises clients across the sector on multi-jurisdictional outsourcings and transformation projects, alongside Perth-based Tony Joyner, global head of TMT, and a regular advisor to private and public sector clients on structuring and negotiating technology transactions. Sydney's Peter Jones advises on commercial and regulatory elements of large-scale projects, with notable expertise in cloud and data considerations. Senior associate Matthew O’Leary leads on automation projects across several industry sectors.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lincoln; Tony Joyner

Other key lawyers:

Peter Jones; Matthew O’Leary

Key clients

ENGIE

Macquarie Bank

Google

Orica Group

NSW Government, State of Western Australia, Victorian Government and Ausgrid

nbn

National Australia Bank

Wesfarmers Group

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Alibaba

Work highlights

  • Advised TPG on its proposed $15bn merger of equals with Vodafone Hutchison Australia.
  • Advising nbn on various matters including the development and negotiation of the fourth iteration of the Wholesale Broadband Agreement nbn has with retail service providers, and nbn’s response to the ACCC’s inquiry into nbn access pricing.
  • Advising the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in relation to all aspects of its strategic public cloud infrastructure arrangements with key technology providers AWS, Microsoft and VMware.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons advises public sector clients, corporates, and major telecommunications carriers on a diverse range of matters, including transactions, digital transformation projects, regulatory considerations, and innovative projects and issues relating to cloud and data-driven products. The practice maintains its long-term relationship with Telstra on a number of transactional and technical matters, led by key relationship partner Cheng Lim . Melbourne-based practice head Renae Lattey specialises in telecommunications work, advising on transactions, regulatory matters, and several cross-border projects. Sydney's Patrick Gunning combines expertise in data protection and compliance matters with innovative work on virtual payment platforms and online banking. Kirsten Bowe specialises in large-scale commercial IT transactions and intellectual property work, while senior associate Jennifer Kruger is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Renae Lattey

Testimonials

The team is always well resourced and I feel like it is a real partnership – they always make themselves available for urgent advice, and generally keep up to date with what our business is doing. The team has a wide variety of experience and is very commercially focused.

John Swinson and Karen Litherland stand out as I always feel they give our requests their full attention. They approach our matters making sure they have the right understanding of our business and what we are trying to achieve. I know the work is always going to be on point, without any bill surprises.

The team have strong subject matter expertise in the Telco space, and are able to clearly and succinctly communicate complex issues.

KWM has a fabulous telecommunications team. They can navigate complexity and have an excellent understanding of our business.

This team brings deep experience in the industry but also understanding of our business. Advice is commercial, relevant, and timely. The team regularly looks for improvement and efficiency opportunities in the delivery of advice and solutions.

Key clients

Telstra Corporation

Telstra Corporation

Department of Health

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

National Australia Bank

Sunwater

QAD Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised a taskforce established by the Department of Health on proposed data matching initiatives to identify potential non-compliance with requirements for Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme payments.
  • Advising National Australia Bank on compliance with APRA’s new CPS234 information security standard.
  • Advised Telstra on the establishment and sale of a 49% stake in an unlisted property trust holding 37 of Telstra’s high value critical telecommunications exchange properties in Australia.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's full-service TMT offering encompasses digital transformation projects, blockchain, AI, disputes, and tech M&A, with a combination of major corporate clients and emerging tech-focused companies. The practice has also seen an uptick in regulatory advice, particularly with regard to self-reporting obligations. Sydney-based practice head Andrew Stewart specialises in copyright and media defamation, alongside a growing practice in online copyright enforcement, acting for a number of media and tech companies, while Anne-Marie Allgrove advises clients on tech transformation projects, security, and privacy issues. Anne Petterd rejoined the Sydney office from Singapore in early 2020 and focuses on the digital economy, including data issues relating to new products and large-scale IT procurements. In Melbourne, Andrea Kennedy advises telecommunications carriers and regulators on a range of telecoms and radcoms regulatory issues, alongside a strong practice in media M&A.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stewart

Testimonials

Benefit of being truly an international firm so can draw upon the experience and resources of that firm when needed. Commercial legal advice, not just black letter law advice.

Adrian Lawrence and Anne-Marie Allgrove – commercial and practical, technically excellent, solution-oriented, great to work with, understands our business and risk tolerance. Always meets tight deadlines, vast experience.

Key clients

Aldi

Equinix

Luxottica

Metcash

Philips Health

Unisys

Warburg Pincus

WePower

World View

World Wildlife Fund

Work highlights

  • Supported Warburg Pincus in evaluating its proposed investment for preference shares representing approximately 19% and ordinary shares representing approximately 6% of the total issued share capital in Circles Asia.
  • Assisted Unisys in articulating its position to the State during extensive negotiations and correspondence over an extended period.
  • Advised Equinix on two joint ventures with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, to develop and operate hyperscale data centres in Europe and Japan.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird advises a wide variety of clients, including major tech-focused companies, IT suppliers, high-profile computer game developers, and regulated industry clients. The team acts across the full range of matters, including transactions, digital transformation projects, and regulatory issues, leveraging the firm's global tech expertise to act on cross-border and multijurisdictional mandates. The practice is co-led by Hamish Fraser, who focuses on commercial and regulatory matters for tech and communications-based clients, including procurement and outsourcing, licensing, and IP protection. Co-head and Australia managing partner Shane Barber advises major telecommunications carriers on a variety of issues, with a notable expertise in network rollout matters. Sophie Dawson acts on contentious matters within media, IT, and intellectual property, including privacy and online liability.

Practice head(s):

Hamish Fraser; Shane Barber

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Dawson

Testimonials

Willing to work in a flexible manner and at times as a virtual in-house counsel to meet my specific needs. Very pragmatic on commercial issues in the technology space and understands when legal risk aversion is unhelpful.’

Hamish Fraser is responsive and gives pragmatic advice. He was willing to invest in growing our relationship, which meant I got the external support when I needed it, and within budget, and he has received what is now a steady source of work.’

Savvy commercial skills and a terrific understanding of the TMT/IT industry. Excellent communications, prompt support, with keen attention to, and focus on, client deadlines.’

Hamish Fraser has a brilliant understanding of the TMT sector in Australia and elsewhere, and is an excellent communicator. Hamish has an engaging personality, is flexible in accommodating clients’ demands, and has a highly pragmatic approach to legal support.

Key clients

DXC Technology Australia

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia

Keyhole TIG

Connexeo

Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation

Speedcast International

BT Australasia

SAP Australia

Take-Two Interactive

Rockstar Games

NRMA

Wirecard

Software AG Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised a US communications technology company on a market-leading project covering complex telecommunications regulatory issues in over 35 international jurisdictions.
  • Advised Vodafone Hutchison Australia on the significant roll out of 4G networks across Australia.
  • Advised Take-Two and Rockstar in proceedings against the developer of an unauthorised mod for Grand Theft Auto V.

Maddocks

Maddocks offers a broad and geographically diverse team with expertise across public and private sector outsourcing and procurement, telecommunications, and disputes. The practice also has a dedicated cyber and data resilience team. Clients include technology-focused businesses, financial institutions, and state-owned and operated agencies and entities. Key names include Sydney's Brendan Coady, who specialises in technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property matters, the highly experienced Caroline Atkins in Canberra, a regular adviser to government on whole-of-government tech procurements, and Melbourne-based Robert Gregory, who is particularly focused on the education sector, alongside acting for IT, media, and sports clients. Sydney-based  Jeff Goodall advises public and private sector clients on large-scale procurements and outsourcings, digital transformation, and general commercial technology issues. The 'smart and pragmatic' Brendan Tomlinson, also based in Sydney, is highly praised by clients for his performance.

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Goodall; Brendan Tomlinson

Testimonials

High-quality expertise with commercial, specialised expertise across IT and telecoms.

Brendan Tomlinson is a smart, pragmatic partner. He focuses on the commercial implications of transactions for his clients and has a high standard of technical expertise.

‘The Maddocks team is commercial, efficient, and down-to-earth. Their experience and expertise in the IT and telecoms space enabled them to complete complex documents and related advices in a timely and efficient manner. The team was great to work with and communication was excellent.’

Brendan Tomlinson provided advice in relation to complex telecommunication contracts. His experience and expertise in the sector enabled him to provide significant value during negotiations. He was also responsive and good to work with.’

Brendan Coady provided advice in relation to complex telecommunication contracts and was also responsive and good to work with. His expertise in the area enabled him to provide advice that was clear, concise, and easily understood by the client.

The Maddocks IT and Telecoms team is really solid, full of good operators.’

Jeff Goodall is great to work with, provides practical advice, and is always available.

Key clients

Optus

Adobe Systems

Macquarie Telecom

Samsung Electronics Australia

Sony Australia

BAI Communications

Jaxsta Enterprise

Sydney Airport

Deutsche Bank

Philips

Bauer Media

Lendlease

Mirvac

Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)

National Capital Authority (NCA)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

IP Australia

Work highlights

  • Advising Optus on the high-value, complex and critical outsourcing of the entirety of Optus’ network delivery lifecycle, including new customer provisioning services, network field services and digital consumer field services.
  • Acting for Adobe on the complex and time-critical negotiation of a master services agreement with one of Australia’s big 4 banks for an enterprise wide licence to Adobe’s software solutions.
  • Advising Ausgrid on a number of procurement processes associated with their transition to the SAP S/4HANA ERP solution, including the eventual procurement of systems integration services from Accenture and business integration services from Capgemini.

Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison primarily acts for government agencies and companies in highly regulated industries, including financial services, telecommunications, energy, education, and aviation, on large-scale and technically challenging IT and tech projects, high-value and cross-border IT purchases, M&A, and tech outsourcing. The team also has notable capabilities in distressed tech and disputes. Key names in the team include technology law lead Anthony Lloyd, a regular advisor on large-scale technology and telecommunications projects in financial services and communications; head of outsourcing Anthony Borgese, who also has expertise in telecommunications and cloud computing; Melbourne-based Paul Kallenbach, who specialises in cybersecurity and outsourcing for a range of corporate clients; and Canberra-based Amanda Story, who focuses on public sector and commercial contracting and strategic procurement. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

Anthony Borgese was our primary point of contact for a significant dispute with a Global Tier One IT Services Provider. We engaged Anthony following a competitive tender process.’

The key stand-out for the team was their practical knowledge of the management of the dispute, their insight as to the likely areas of compromise for the dispute and Anthony’s pragmatic approach to identifying strategies to resolve the dispute which arose during the transition of a piece of business-critical software.

MinterEllison is already known for its prominent work in the IT and telecommunications industries with the level of experience and depth of knowledge necessary to advise on the types on matters described above. MinterEllison is also the recognised market leader in the provision of services to Government in Victoria.’

Paul Kallenbach is a legal expert for the information technology sector.’

All team members at all levels make a meaningful and demonstrable contribution to providing a high-quality service and delivering successful outcomes. This also contributes to MinterEllison providing a high-quality service at a competitive cost.

Both partners and non-partners are easily accessible, highly responsive, meet their deadlines, and have excellent people skills both for negotiations and also with clients. They create a comfortable and enjoyable client experience.’

Key clients

Commonwealth Bank

AMP

Suncorp

SingTel Optus

Westpac

ANZ

Qantas

Endeavour Energy

HCF

Nomura Research Institute

Commonwealth Department of Human Services

Google

Microsoft

WorkSafe Victoria

NSW Telco Authority

Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs

Work highlights

  • Strategic adviser to SingTel Optus on its joint venture with Vodafone for the rollout of the 5G network.
  • Advising the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs on its visa reform project to enhance the delivery of visa and citizenship services using the latest digital technologies.
  • Advised NRI on the legal technology aspects of its acquisition of CommSec Adviser Services, the online wholesale broking business of Commonwealth Australia Bank.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises major telecommunications carriers on transactions and major projects, alongside acting for public sector clients on critical technology and tech infrastructure matters, including domestic and international infrastructure upgrades, procurement and outsourcing transactions, automation, and regulatory matters. Martyn Taylor has an extensive telecommunications practice, providing full service to carriers on transactional, contentious, and advisory matters. Nick Abrahams advises corporate clients on procurement transactions and cybersecurity matters, while Peter Mulligan specialises in communications law and acts for public and private clients on contracting arrangements and regulatory matters. Also recommended is newly-promoted partner Ka-Chi Cheung, who advises on both sides of procurement and technology projects. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Other key lawyers:

Ka-Chi Cheung

Key clients

Vodafone Group

AT&T

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Megaport

NEP

AirTrunk

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Kacific

World Wide Fund for Nature

Mobile JV Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone Hutchison Australia on its $15bn merger with TPG.
  • Advising Kacific Broadband Satellites on credit facilities totalling $160m for the construction of a new satellite.
  • Advising on all aspects of Megaport’s market entry into a wide range of jurisdictions, as it continues to expand globally, including designing market entry structures, obtaining necessary licences, incorporating subsidiaries, and developing and negotiating commercial contracts.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP has notable capabilities in international TMT sector work, collaborating with the firm's Asia-Pacific platform on a range of cross-border transactions relating to telecommunications, digital economy, fintech, and technology. The team also works domestically on sector-critical projects including 5G network rollouts and physical telecommunications infrastructure, acting on behalf of carriers, investors, and technology-focused companies. The team is led by Michael Reede in Sydney, who specialises in large-scale TMT transactions in Australia and Asia, with notable experience practicing in Hong Kong. Senior associate Saranpaal Calais advises on transactions, commercial IP, and technology elements of virtual currency and payments systems, and has extensive in-house expertise.

Practice head(s):

Michael Reede

Other key lawyers:

Saranpaal Calais

Key clients

aCommerce

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Sequoia Capital

TripAdvisor

Work highlights

  • Advised TripAdvisor on its strategic joint venture with a Chinese online travel company.
  • Advised a global telecommunications services provider on a planned $20bn plus merger of its Asian assets with those of an Asian telecommunications conglomerate.
  • Advising various clients on the commercial and IT aspects of autonomous vehicle technology.

HWL Ebsworth

HWL Ebsworth supports clients in a variety of tech matters, including transactions and joint ventures, procurement contracts, outsourcing, and large-scale digital transformation projects. Luke Dale in Adelaide is a key contact, as is Sydney's Josh Messing.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates focuses on negotiating and implementing large-scale digital transformation projects, primarily advising on the customer side. The firm has a strong corporate client base, with regular instructions and referrals from the firm's US offices and international counsel. The team also offers expertise in privacy and cybersecurity issues, including Australian, US, and European privacy regimes. Cameron Abbott heads up the team and advises clients on procurement and outsourcing, licensing, and system integration transactions, alongside e-commerce, privacy, and cloud computing issues.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Abbott

Key clients

Accenture

Bendigo Kangan Institute

Blackboard

BlueScope Steel

EnergyAustralia

Hutly Pty

LBNCo Holdings

Oil Search

Verrency Holdings

Work highlights

  • Continuous technology advice to financial services start-up Verrency Holdings.
  • Advised telecommunications operator LBNCo on its acquisition by Uniti Group.
  • Advising Ansvar on an enterprise resourcing planning (ERP) project – from the initial reset of the project to leading negotiations and management of issues caused by COVID-19.

Lander & Rogers

Lander & Rogers advises on IT and logistics matters for the public sector and private companies in a range of sectors, most notably financial services, healthcare, and retail. The arrival of Melbourne-based partner Lisa Fitzgerald from Holding Redlich has boosted the team's capabilities in data protection, commercial contracting, and outsourcing matters. In Sydney, practice head Robert Neely has a broad practice encompassing procurement transactions, cloud, and big data issues, blockchain, tech infrastructure, and digital services agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Neely

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Fitzgerald

Key clients

WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH

Gallagher Australia

Mercer

Energy Australia

Emergency Services and State Superannuation Board (ESSS)

Broadcast MAP

Victorian TAFE Association

QSR International

Enboard.me.com

Flight Data Services

Work highlights

  • Advised WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH on its development and supply to Coles Group of two automated distribution centres.
  • Advised the Enboarder sales team in relation to all aspects of its go-to-market, including IP protection, end-user agreements, privacy compliance (in Australia, the US and Europe) and consumer law advice.
  • Advised Gallagher in relation to its data centre strategy and negotiation of terms with Digital Realty/NTT.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson supports clients in innovative technological sectors, with expertise in blockchain, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. The team acts for customers and suppliers of TMT services, start-up companies, and companies involved in the media, telecommunications, and life sciences sectors. Practice head Alex Hutchens advises public and private companies on transactional and advisory issues, with a focus on emerging areas such as cloud computing and big data. Matthew McMillan advises on commercial TMT issues including transactions, innovative technology solutions, and data commercialisation. Special counsel Rebecca Lindhout joined from HWL Ebsworth in late 2019 and advises a range of corporate clients on procurement, outsourcing, and media arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Alex Hutchens

Other key lawyers:

Matthew McMillan; Rebecca Lindhout

Testimonials

We find McCullough Robertson is extremely commercial and pragmatic. They also offer great value for money for the outputs received.

McCullough Robertson is always happy to field a call and provide advice quickly and effectively.

Alex Hutchens: Extremely intelligent with a well-rounded knowledge of legal and commercial issues; friendly and approachable; very responsive; advice is pragmatic/commercial.

MCR has a great commercial approach to their work, and bring a strong and practical understanding of the issues facing clients.

Very responsive, great experience, industry knowledge, and value for money.

Matthew McMillan is a trusted advisor for our business, very responsive, and has very good industry knowledge. Rebecca Lindhout is excellent and a rising star.

Key clients

Telstra Corporation

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

EM Solutions

Alcorn Group

OtherLevels Holdings

Over the Wire Holdings

Insight Network Australia

Macquarie Group

Hub24

Work highlights

  • Advising Telstra Corporation on regulatory and governance issues in relation to the closure of its 3G network.
  • Advising a multinational leisure travel provider on the Australian jurisdictional issues in relation to their global data breach.
  • Advised EM Solutions on its $26m sale to ASX listed acquirer, Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited.

Webb Henderson

Webb Henderson acts for telecommunications and media companies on complex tech and regulatory projects, with a particular focus on cross-border infrastructure work. Matters include superfast broadband, telecoms regulatory reform advice, and global telecoms infrastructure projects across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and Africa. Angus Henderson is a regular advisor to key clients in the telecoms space across Australia, New Zealand, and South-East Asia, while Ara Margossian advises on major cross-border TMT transactions, regulatory issues, and emerging technology considerations. Ish Omar advises clients on supply contracts, product delivery, and various regulatory matters relating to telecommunications and media law. All lawyers are in Sydney.

Key clients

Nbn Co

Spark New Zealand

Chorus

Dense Air

Work highlights

  • Lead legal advisors to nbn on its fourth iteration of the wholesale broadband agreement.
  • Advising Chorus on the Government’s reform of New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework.
  • Advising Spark on the commercial model for sale of its entertainment streaming business, ‘Lightbox’, to Sky Network Television Limited, the commercial model for ongoing wholesale content licensing deal, and transition arrangements.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises a range of emerging and established tech-focused companies, including e-commerce, fintech, government, and IT clients. Matters include software development and licensing, IT implementation projects,  hardware acquisition, and services agreements. The team also increasingly acts for financial services and insurance clients on regulatory landscape issues. The team is led by Tim Lyons in Melbourne, who regularly advises on outsourcing and procurement agreements between companies and government bodies. Highly-rated young partner Nicholas Boyle focuses on digital transformation, IT systems implementations, and contentious regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Boyle; Sarah Dolan

Testimonials

‘The team has taken a leading role in drafting IT contracts for government organisations, and many of their contracts have been adopted as templates within government agencies. They are used by our organization for complex or labour-intensive contracts, including contracts for “as a service” hosted/cloud services.’

Our organisation works predominantly with Tim Lyons and Sarah Dolan, who have each demonstrated a high level of expertise. They have demonstrated experience in relation to government IT services.’

DLA Piper has been successful in responding to a number of Invitations to supply legal services for high profile/strategic government ICT Projects.’

DLA Piper’s team, experience and value for money, combined with their detailed understanding of the state’s requirements and positioning on strategic projects has provided them with a market edge.

Tim Lyons (Partner) and Sarah Dolan (Senior Associate) have deep experience with complex ICT matters, supporting many key government clients.

They are a leading practice in the area of outsourcing/offshoring and are trusted advisers that we have worked with for a number of years now. Nick Boyle has a great depth of experience in BPO work and his team always delivers timely, pragmatic advice. They are commercially-minded and focus on the issues that matter. The DLA team takes the time to understand our organisation‘s strategic objectives and risk appetite in order to provide advice that is relevant and fit for purpose.’

Nick Boyle is an extremely talented transactional lawyer and his BPO industry expertise is a particularly valuable asset in complex and challenging deals. What really sets him apart is his ability to critically assess the operational aspects of a deal to deliver innovative solutions to difficult problems. He also has exceptional drafting and negotiation skills. Nick has worked hard to develop a deep understanding of our company.’

If you want an expert in ICT matters, who is approachable, available and commercial, then Tim Lyons and his team are the who you need.

Key clients

Westpac Banking Corporation

10x Future Technologies

Insurance Australia Group

Super Retail Group

Court Services Victoria

Victorian Department of Transport (Roads)

Victoria Police

Capstone Logistics, LLC

Schréder Group

CenITex

Corum Group

Royal Woman’s Hospital (Victoria)

Aurecon Group

Hannover Life Re of Australasia Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Westpac Banking Corporation on the transformation of its outsourced data analytics services, including on the implementation of a managed capacity commercial model for new projects.
  • Advised 10x Future Technologies on its partnership with Westpac on their first venture in Australia.
  • Advised Insurance Australia Group on its outsourced call centre arrangements for one of its market leading consumer insurance brands, including on a revised commercial and service level model.

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers advises a range of clients, including start-ups, technology companies, and multinational businesses in multiple sectors, on regulatory, contractual, and disputes matters relating to IT systems and projects, cybersecurity and data, and intellectual property. Telecoms is also an area of expertise, particularly relating to contracts and outsourcing. Practice head David Smith works with clients across tech, IT, and telecoms on commercial and regulatory considerations. Antoine Pace has extensive experience in technology law, advising on master services agreements, privacy, and e-business matters.

Practice head(s):

David Smith

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Pace

Key clients

Acclimation

Comscentre

Comvision

Globys Inc.

Mobile Communications Systems

Shippit

Softbank Robotics Europe

MeldCX

Firstwave Cloud Technology

Citadel

Work highlights

  • Advised the TIO on whether and how the changes recommended following the Commonwealth Government review of Australia’s consumer safeguards could be implemented.
  • Advising Civica on all aspects of the due diligence and transaction for the acquisition of Asset Edge.
  • Advising in relation to all aspects of Sorted Management’s app and cloud based service to assist property managers and landlord to manage their properties – from the inception of the app and service, through development, testing and launch.

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery advises a wide range of corporate and tech-focused clients on procurement, outsourcing, and regulatory matters, with a partner-focused approach to contract negotiation and documentation. The practice acts for both suppliers and customers, and has productive long-term relationships with Microsoft and Origin Energy. The practice is led from Sydney by Christine Ecob, who regularly advises in complex multi-party negotiations for a broad range of transactions and projects, and Ravi de Fonseka, who offers broad experience across domestic and cross-border commercial tech matters.

Practice head(s):

Christine Ecob; Ravi de Fonseka

Key clients

Atomist Inc.

Microsoft

Origin Energy

JMI Equity

Accel-KKR

Potentia Capital

RateSetter

South Australian Government

Brookfield

Okta Inc

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, including Multinet Gas

ResMed

Australian Energy Market Commission

Alinta Energy

Spotify

A2 Milk

Work highlights

  • Acted for Microsoft in the negotiation of a new whole of government construct for volume licensing and IT Services procurement between Microsoft and the Federal Government.
  • Advised Origin Energy in connection with a major project for the design, implementation, integration and ongoing outsourced operation of a new, whole of business, Enterprise Resource Planning system.
  • Advised the a2 Milk Company Limited in connection with a major project for the design, implementation, integration and ongoing outsourced operation of a new, whole of business, Enterprise Resource Planning system.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises on venture capital investments, technology M&A transactions, and tech transactions more broadly, with notably US and Silicon Valley expertise courtesy of Richard W Horton in Sydney. James Konidaris rejoined the Sydney office in 2019 from London and has notable regulatory expertise in the Middle East. The team acts for domestic and international clients on a range of mandates, with many transactions cross-border in nature, and collaborates with global offices on multi-jurisdictional regulatory considerations.

Other key lawyers:

Richard W Horton; James Konidaris

Key clients

Avaya

Biarri Rail

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

Harrison-AI

1ICT

Prospress

Morse Micro

Sezzle

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Work highlights

  • Australian and United States counsel to in relation to its AU$43.6m IPO and AU$217m listing on the ASX.
  • Review of, and advice on amendments to, the current telecommunications licensing framework, the Access Regulation, and the Consumer Protection Regulation.
  • Advised Harrison.ai on its strategic joint venture with I-MED Radiology Networkand its maiden capital raise of AU$29m.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer has a specialist tech practice, which acts for government agencies, telecommunications carriers, tech vendors, and corporates. The team has particular expertise in the utilities industry, acting on both sides of procurement and outsourcing transactions. Practice head Mark Feetham is a specialist tech and telecommunications lawyer and advises on a combination of outsourcing transactions, complex IT projects, regulatory issues, and network rollout agreements. Demetrios Christou advises on contractual arrangements and infrastructure projects across a variety of corporate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Feetham

Other key lawyers:

Demetrios Christou

Key clients

Itron

City of Sydney

NEC

Nokia

Teradata

Electranet

Western Power

Journal Technologies

Hyland

Caltex

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of Sydney in relation to all aspects of a tender for new street furniture, WiFi and on street electronic advertising in Sydney.
  • Advised PMB Defence in connection with its response to the request for tender and contract negotiations with the Naval Group for the supply of the main storage battery in connection with the Commonwealth Government’s Attack Class Submarine Program.
  • Acted for Journal Technologies in their negotiations to supply their electronic courts management software to Court Services Victoria.