IT and telecoms in Australia

Allens

The technology, media and telecommunications practice at Allens is headed by Gavin Smith and provides an impressive breadth of skills across IT and telecoms often in conjunction with corporate and financing expertise. It serves client in both the public and private sectors on IT procurement, outsourcing and other commercial matters serving clients such as NBN Co, Vocus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia on the telecoms side. It is also provides assistance to clients in the emerging health tech and data exchange platforms arenas. Ian McGill provides corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to telecoms carriers and government clients including in the defence and security sector; Michael Morris in Brisbane advises government departments and banks and Michael Park's extensive experience extends to cyber security advice. The team also has a strong group of senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Smith

Other key lawyers:

Ian McGill; Michael Morris; Michael Park

Key clients

Naval Group

Airservices Australia

First State Super

Coles Group

Australian Securities Exchange

Sympil

Coca Cola Amatil and Lion

Canva

The Star Entertainment Group

Queensland Rail

Melbourne Water

Australia Post

CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd

nbn

Sydney Trains

Macquarie Group

Aristocrat Technologies

Wesfarmers

Work highlights

  • Advising Naval Group Australia on the strategic partnering agreement with the Commonwealth Government for Australia’s $50bn attack class submarine programme including on a range of IT matters.
  • Advising Airservices Australia on market engagement and procurement for its enterprise network modernisation programme, through which Airservices Australia will transition to a next generation network (including telecommunications and network services, transformation and modernisation of its current network and network services to support its OneSky initiative).
  • Having advised Coles on its demerger from Wesfarmers, the work included advising on  complex data sharing and privacy regulatory issues, especially in relation to Flybuys.
  • Advised the Australian Securities  Exchange on the establishment of all aspects of its new data analytics and data products business, ASX DataSphere.
  • Assisted Queensland Rail with the appointment of a managed services provider for the majority of Queensland Rail’s ICT requirements.

Ashurst

The 'very intuiative team' at Ashurst is well known for being entrusted with large-scale IT and telecoms projects by Commonwealth and State government departments and corporations. Amanda Ludlow and Tim Brookes are the global co-heads of the firm's digital economy practice in addition to the Australian team. Ludlow, who is based in Brisbane, advises well-known international IT and telecoms companies including on data protection and privacy law. Also in Brisbane, Clare Doneley  focuses on major IT systems implementation, outsourcing and procurement and Angela Summersby in Canberra acts for a range of Commonwealth and other government departments.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Ludlow; Tim Brookes

Other key lawyers:

Clare Doneley; Angela Summersby

Testimonials

The team is responsive and outcomes focused. They are able to adapt their practice to the needs of the client. Legal work is of a consistently high technical standard. The team is co-operative, co-ordinating and drawing on other expertise across the firm as required.’

Amanda Ludlow is outcomes focused and responsive. She is able to draw on a pool of expertise to flex capacity as required for a matter.’

They have the ability to turn work around quickly, provide practical and commercial advice and are able to engage with the business well (and not just legal). Attention to detail is first class as well as communication and contact unlike other firms and teams. Very intuitive team with an ability to read what the business might need next or assist with next steps to facilitate a transaction/project.’

Clare Doneley is exceptional on all fronts – turnaround times, negotiation skills, constant communication, commercial approach and pragmatic advice. First class attention to detail.’

Key clients

Commercial Radio Australia

Conde Nast Publications

Crown Resorts

Discovery Communications

Endemol Shine

Eurosport

Expedia

Foxtel

Google LLC

HP Inc

Microsoft

Monsido

Mood Media Australia

Nationwide News

Nbn co limited

New York Public Radio

News Corporation Limited

News Life Media

Nine Entertainment

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Inc

Perform Group

Quintus

Random House

RightShip Pty Ltd

Samsung Electronics

Sony Computer Entertainment

The Narrative Investments Pty Limited

The Newspaper Works

Tourism Australia

Tourism Fiji

Trusted Media Brands

Virgin Media

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on a significant telecommunications project that will result in the laying of undersea cables from Australia to the Solomon Island and Papua New Guinea.  
  • Advised Defence Health on a digital transformation project which included advice on a core private health insurance platform and data integration and analytics matters.
  • Acting for Westpac in the renegotiation of its business process outsourcing arrangements for loan, deposit, credit and mortgage processing services with Unisys Mortgage Processing.
  • Acted for AGL in the renegotiation of its IT outsourcing arrangements with Tata Consultancy Services.
  • Acted for the State of Queensland –  acting through the Department of Housing and Public Works and the Department of Premier and Cabinet on establishing an IT management as a service standing offer arrangement.

Clayton Utz

Bruce Lloyd heads Clayton Utz's weighty, national TMT group and is the relationship partner to NBN Co. The team handles many of the most critical IT and telecoms projects for various government departments and major banks in addition to those for corporate clients in areas such as the transportation, banking and finance and automotive industries. Ken Saurajen and Walid Sukari are in demand for their skills in these areas, as is Simon Newcomb in Brisbane; they handle transformational procurement and outsourcing transactions, cloud services and telecoms mandates.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Ken Saurajen; Walid Sukari; Simon Newcomb;

Testimonials

Clayton Utz provided relevant expertise and sound/timely advice and formulation of a final contract that well protected us.’

We dealt with John Dieckmann and Byron Moore, both of whom were adept at sorting out complex contractual matters, leveraging their knowledge and experience in this large ICT head contract negotiation.’

Key clients

NBN Co

Singtel Optus

Apple

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Reserve Bank of Australia

Roads and Maritime Services

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Brisbane City Council

Airservices Australia

amadeus IT Group S.A.

Work highlights

  • Continues to be the principal adviser to NBN Co on its HFC delivery agreement with Telstra, under which Telstra designs and manages the construction of 30% of the nbn network.
  • Advised SingTel Optus on the restructure of  its existing upstream contractual arrangements relating to a range of key product and service lines relating to certain new technologies (relating to cybersecurity-related services, technology testing, ethical hacking and associated services).
  • Advising Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on rail infrastructure technology ( as part of the team advising the government on this $5bn rail project) on on areas including  procuring a “European train control system”  to operate the inner-city train network in Brisbane.
  • Advised the Reserve Bank of Australia throughout the procurement of a cloud based API (interface) to the Bank’s internal systems.
  • Advising Powerlink in relation to the creation of a new special purpose telecommunications joint venture “FibreCo Qld” between Powerlink and Energy Qld.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin attracts many of the most complex and novel IT projects from both government departments and corporates and is hailed for being 'engaged and creative'. It is also routinely involved in design, procurement and development processes and the resolution of IT disputes. Tim Gole who counts major clients such as the NSW Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation among his clients, is now the head of the practice and Sheila McGregor continues to assist clients with her huge range of expertise. Michael Caplan in Melbourne is the client relationship partner for a number of the team's key clients such as Telstra and BHP and Lesley Sutton in Sydney has a track record acting on major NSW IT procurement projects. Albert Yuen has left the practice to join Osborne Clarke's Hong Kong team Andrew Hii and Simon Burns are recommended, the latter is advising the ASX on the implementation of a new clearing and settlement platform using distributed ledger technology.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gole

Testimonials

The G+T team is very accessible, pragmatic, highly responsive and professional. This sets them above a number of other firms. The team is also a pleasure to deal with at the personal level and we very much enjoy working with them.’

Simon Burns is very knowledgeable of the market and industry, highly responsive, calm and professional.

Andrew Hii is no-nonsense, does not over service, is extremely thorough and is a pleasure to deal with.’

They have an innovative approach and a willingness to try new things and take on constructive feedback well and are empathetic to professional and personal requirements. Friendly, open, straight-talking. No filler time or cluttered thinking – strong, clear advice.’

Key clients

NSW Government and agencies, including Transport for NSW, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, Roads & Maritime Services, and Telco Authority

Qantas

GrainCorp

Telstra

Westpac Banking Corporation

BHP

Australian Securities Exchange

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Rio Tinto

Australian Visa Processing

Virgin Australia

Asahi Beverages

IOOF

Healius Limited (previously Primary Healthcare)

Bluescope

Lend Lease

Perpetual

Transurban

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise TfNSW on its once in a generation transformation of the Sydney trains suburban and intercity network to replace legacy signalling and train control systems with an advanced, integrated digital rail signalling and traffic management system.
  • Advised TfNSW on its procurement of a new transport management system as part of the NSW Government’s intelligent congestion management program.
  • Continues to advise the ASX on the implementation of a new platform to replace the CHESS clearing and settlement system using distributed ledger technology. This will be one of the world’s first enterprise-grade implementations of DLT for critical infrastructure.
  • Advising Telstra on the redesign of the way it contracts with customers and fundamentally transform the design, sale, and contracting of its telecommunications products, including simplifying its consumer and small business customer products.
  • Providing strategic and contractual advice to PwC on its negotiations with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a matter that has a number of sensitivities, particularly in relation to security and privacy in light of the issues surrounding the  2016 Census.

Herbert Smith Freehills

The Herbert Smith Freehills team is led by Julian Lincoln in Melbourne and Tony Joyner in Perth and offers a broad range of information technology law, outsourcing, telecommunications, data protection and IP expertise. 'Exceptional telco lawyer' Peter Jones, who joined from DLA Piper in 2019 brings some 20 years of experience advising clients in sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, government, healthcare, infrastructure and energy. Damien Bailey has departed for KPMG.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lincoln; Tony Joyner 

Other key lawyers:

 Peter Jones

Key clients

ENGIE (including Simply Energy)

Macquarie Bank

Google

Orica Group

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

NBN Co Limited

National Australia Bank

Wesfarmers

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Alibaba

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise TPG on its high-profile merger with Vodafone Hutchison Australia.
  • Acting as Genesis Care’s strategic advisers in the healthtech space, most recently advised on its $500m global ICT procurement project.
  • Advising the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, through RACWA Holdings Pty Ltd on a number of matters including its intellicar project which involves the procuring and trialing of Australia’s first on-demand autonomous electric car.
  • Acted for Newcrest on establishing its strategic innovation and digital operations centre in India with leading technology provider Tata Consulting Services.
  • Continues as a strategic adviser to the NBN Co Limited, assisting on a broad range of issues including broadband agreements, tech and supply agreements, sourcing and IP matters.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' technology, media, entertainment and telecommunications practice offers end-to-end expertise with particular strength in the telecoms sector. Cheng Lim, who is the Telstra relationship partner, is noted for his IT, regulatory and cybersecurity expertise in addition to advising on high-value telecoms matters. Team head Renae Lattey is recognised for the breadth of her expertise; advising on large-scale domestic and cross-border telecoms projects. Other notable partners include Patrick Gunning, who handles IT, data breaches and privacy matters in the banking and other sectors, and Scott Bouvier in Sydney. Highlighted as an 'outstanding access regulation and wholesale contracts lawyer', Rachael Lewis is based in Canberra and senior associate Jessica Kruger is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Renae Lattey

Other key lawyers:

Cheng Lim; Parick Gunning; Scott Bouvier; Rachael Lewis; Jessica Kruger

Testimonials

For telecoms, the team has great bench strength. The team has a good understanding of what we do and our strategy. In comparison to other firms, the KWM team do not tend to over complicate advice and the advice is much more user friendly.’

Jess Kruger has great energy – demonstrates an excellent understanding of our business.

Rachael Lewis is an outstanding access regulation and wholesale contracts lawyer. Very approachable and knows the history of our business.’

Key clients

Telstra Corporation Ltd

National Australia Bank

Tabcorp

Accenture PLC

Microsoft

Expedia Inc

Medibank Private Ltd

Temenos Group

SEEK Ltd

The Star Entertainment Group

Facebook Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Government, the NSW Government, the University of New South Wales, Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank which formed a new company, Silicon Quantum Computing, on a range of matters connected with the company’s race to develop the first quantum computer.
  • Advised Temenos on the acquisition of Australian-founded customer on-boarding platform, Avoka Technologies for $245m.
  • Advised Telstra on all aspects of a project involving a tender to select a new supplier of mobile device upgrade and protection service offerings for Telstra customers, while at the same time undertaking a major refresh and simplification of Telstra’s existing offerings.
  • Advised Citibank on its successful competitive tender to provide purchasing card services to all agencies of the NSW government.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's full service TMT practice advises on IT procurement and outsourcing together with regulatory regimes, cyber security and privacy issues, SaaS and a range of e-commerce matters. This is combined with corporate/commercial and IP expertise. Andrew Stewart heads the team and Anne-Marie Allgrove is recognised for her skillfulness on the the IT front - especially security and data protection  matters and issues concerning the dark web. Adrian Lawrence  and Patrick Fair (who heads the firm's cyber security practice) are other key practitioners as is 'exceptional' corporate partner Andrea Kennedy who acts for clients such as  Verizon (previously Yahoo!)

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stewart

Testimonials

B&M has a wealth of expertise that extends well beyond the principal partners with whom we regularly consult. Andrea Kennedy is exceptional both in terms of knowledge, response and service.’

Key clients

Daily Mail

Meltwater

Euromoney

Network Ten

HT&E (formerly APN News and Media)

Motion Picture Association of America Village Roadshow

Verizon

Work highlights

  • Acted for Yahoo! on the Australian aspects of its acquisition by Verizon, including the implications for the Yahoo!7 joint venture with Seven West Media Investments Pty Limited.
  • Assisting a client in its review of laws applicable to a new dark web monitoring service across APAC and working through the product features to enable compliance.

Bird & Bird

The Bird & Bird team provides extensive expertise in the technology, digital and communications arenas to clients ranging from the global to new market entrants. Often working as part of a global team, it provides corporate and regulatory assistance in addition to handling disputes. It has a notable specialism in the satellites industry; it acts for OneWeb, the satellites manufacturer. Hamish Fraser has extensive experience in digital communications and Thomas Jones is the co-head of the firm's global satellites and space activity group. Sophie Dawson is highly rated for her expertise in dealing with disputes in the TMT sectors and for being able to 'weigh up the considerations of commercial risk taking versus legal reality'.

Practice head(s):

Hamish Fraser

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Jones; Sophie Dawson

Testimonials

The team has a deep understanding of current issues such as privacy and how they impact information technology in the on-premise software and cloud segments of the IT market. They are commercially astute with a solution oriented approach and are easy to work with, intelligent and personable.’

Sophie Dawson provides outstanding advice and guided her team in a highly professional manner. Sophie has an excellent eye for detail and provides high quality advice within tight time frames.’

They are practical, strategic and commercial – the team at Bird & Bird understand the client needs.’

Hamish Fraser is strategic, practical and commercial.’

Key clients

OneWeb

DXC

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia Pty Ltd

Microsoft

Rackspace

Expedia

Connexeo

Urthecast

Speedcast International Limited

Transaction Network Services Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising OneWeb on the rollout of its global terrestrial network infrastructure connected to its launch of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites.
  • Representing DXC Technology in relation litigation against Optus in the New South Wales Supreme Court regarding a project concerning Optus’ wholesale telephony systems.
  • Advises Vodafone Hutchison Australia  and the joint venture between Vodafone and Optus Mobile Pty Limited, both of which undertake the roll out of the 4G networks across Australia.
  • Assisting Mocrosoft with the drafting of a highly tailored white paper on regulatory issues in one specific sector and how Microsoft’s products may be able to assist businesses in that sector in complying with those regulatory obligations.
  • Advising Rackspace, one of the world’s largest cloud hosting providers, and one of the largest resellers of Amazon cloud services, on all its legal issues in Australia.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth handles an impressive array of advisory and disputes matters in the technology and telecoms infrastructure spaces for major telco, IT, banking and social media clients as well as government agencies. It also acts on areas such as data privacy and data breach cases. James North leads a team that includes the well-known Philip Catania who has a computer science background and Helen Clarke in Brisbane who assists public and private clients on areas including ICT procurement, outsourcing and software licensing agreements. The 'pragmatic' Arvind Dixit is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James North

Other key lawyers:

Philip Catania; Helen Clarke

Testimonials

The Corrs technology team is great – they have an intimate knowledge of our business and they really understand my needs as an in-house lawyer. The advice I receive is always meaningful and easy to digest.’

Arvind Dixit is one of those partners who is pragmatic, quick thinking and calm – the perfect combination! He is always accessible and provides his advice in a timely manner.’

Helen Clarke is an excellent lawyer. We value her assistance and advice on complex matters.’

Key clients

Adobe

Alphabet Inc

CBA

Google

MNF Group

nbn

News Limited

Queensland Government

Royal Automobile Club Queensland

Safety Culture

Sqware Peg Pty Ltd

Victorian Government

Vodafone

Water Corporation

Wing

Work highlights

  • Advised Google on its launch of the Pixel 3 mobile handset in Australia and supported it in the negotiations of its distribution agreements.
  • Acting for Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, and its subsidiary Wing Aviation LLC, on the launch and expansion of its drone delivery service.
  • Acting for Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) on the rollout of its 5G network across Australia.
  • Advising the Water Corporation on its digital transformation programme including moving from a dual source technology platform to a multi-sourced environment.
  • Advising the Victorian Government on the creation of a consolidated API gateway for government departments and agencies to share data sets across government and with developers.

Maddocks

Maddocks is especially known for its market-leading work with government. In Canberra, Caroline Atkins is a go-to lawyer for large-scale whole-of-government mandates and counts the ACCC and the Digital Transformation Agency among her clients. A large team includes Anthony Willis who has decades of experience acting for departments of Defence, Health, Human Services, and Treasury. Brendan Coady in Sydney also has extensive experience in both technology and IP matters. Other key advisors include Robert Gregory in Melbourne and Jeff Goodall in Sydney. Brendan Tomlinson who acts for Adobe Systems is also recommended. The team includes cyber resilience and data security expertise and has a strong base of university clients among its non-government roster.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Atkins; Brendan Coady; Robert Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Willis; Brendan Tomlinson

Testimonials

Maddocks’ IT and telecoms team gets to know its clients, their business and is adept in ensuring that the commercial realities of your business are accurately captured in legal documentation.’

Bredan Tomlinson is a very measured and calm practitioner and negotiator who listens, gets to your business and applies your commercial realities to the legal documentation.’

The team at Maddocks provided exceptional quality advice and material, not just on technical matters of law and contract drafting but with practical insights into the commercial and business contexts too. The depth of experience across the team meant that they were able to expertly cover the broad range and large volume of tasks arising during the negotiation.’

Anthony Willis and his team, particularly Janet Courtis (Senior Associate) and Amy Chase (Lawyer), provided invaluable support for me, and showed a dedicated and personal commitment to my work, as I led a lengthy and complex commercial negotiation. They were exceptionally responsive to the demanding pace of the matter and managed other business and personal priorities well to be available as or when I needed them.’

Key clients

Government – Federal, State and Local

Optus

Lendlease

Sydney Airport

Philips Electronics Australia

Adobe Systems

NetComm Wireless

NSW Treasury Corp

Deutsche Bank Australia Ltd

Universities including Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University, La Trobe and Western Sydney University

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Defence on its procurement of services for its end user support services arrangements.
  • Advising the Digital Transformation Agency on its coordinated procurement arrangement with Oracle.
  • Advising Lendlease on its payroll standardisation project, to procure and implement a new online,  hosted enterprise grade payroll systems for 10,000 plus employees.
  • Advising Sydney Airport’s human resources enterprise resource planning project involving the implementation of a complex information management system by an independent systems integrator.
  • Advising NPC Media on its contract to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. Also assisting NPC Media on its technology procurement arrangements to significantly ramp up its operations.

Minter Ellison

The 'highly skilled' team at Minter Ellison serves a diverse range of government and corporate clients. Its sector expertise covers financial services, telecommunications, energy, education, health, transport and aviation. Anthony Lloyd heads the team; Paul Kallenbach leads on cyber security; Anthony Borgese leads on outsourcing and Amanda Story is head of the government services. In addition to a full range of IT and telecoms expertise it also assists on distressed technology projects requiring remediation or which involve a dispute with ICT vendors.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Lloyd

Testimonials

The team are aware of the nuances of our contracting area, practically minded and business outcome focused, have demonstrated the ability to work as members of a broader client firm team , highly skilled but egos in check.’

Nicholas Pascoe and Nick Martin worked openly and collaboratively giving advice and guidance when required. Both drew on the broader resources of the firm seamlessly.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Commonwealth Bank

AMP

Suncorp

Aon

SingTel Optus

Woolworths

TAL

ReadyTech

Victorian Government including Victorian Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, Sustainability Victoria, and Places Victoria

NSW Government including the Department of Finance, Science and Innovation and TAFE NSW

Commonwealth Government, including the Department of Health and the Department of Home Affairs

Ausgrid

Endeavour Energy

Australian Financial Security Authority

The University of Melbourne

CSIRO

Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Advised SingTel Optus on the high- profile closure of its related brand, Virgin Mobile (Australia), including in relation to regulatory, marketing, privacy, and transition risks.
  • Advised TAL Dai-ichi Life on the IT aspects of its acquisition of Suncorp’s Australian life insurance business for $640m.
  • Advised education and employment Software-as-a-Service company, ReadyTech Holdings Limited, on the technology aspects of its proposed IPO and Australian Stock Exchange listing.
  • Continuesto advise WorkSafe Victoria (Victoria’s workplace health and safety regulator) on its strategy 2030 program, which aims to replace all of WorkSafe’s key technology platforms and applications.
  • Continue to advise Emergency  Management Victoria on the Victorian Government’s future emergency services telecoms arrangements to improve the highly reliable voice, data and paging capabilities for Victoria’s police, fire and ambulance services, and facilitate transformation to a single, integrated data and voice network.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Based in Sydney, Nick Abrahams, Martyn Taylor and Peter Mulligan lead the Norton Rose Fulbright TMT group which deals with contentious and non-contentious telecoms and technology matters for Australian and internationally-based clients including on cross-border transactions. It also includes state and federal government agencies among its clients. It handles the gamut of mandates - in addition to areas such as outsourcing and cloud computing, it also advises on big data analytics, privacy, cyber security and AI.

Practice head(s):

Nick Abrahams; Martyn Taylor; Peter Mulligan

Key clients

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Vodafone Group

Accenture

AT&T

ANZ Bank

Air Trunk

NEP Australia

Dimension Data

NSW Government

Ausgrid

7 – Eleven

Megaport

Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)

Indosat

Ooredoo Myanmar

Metcash

Victoria Government

Department of Defence

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited, Australia’s third largest telecoms operator, on its proposed merger with TPG Telecom Limited.
  • Advising Mobile JV Pty Limited, a joint venture between Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom Limited on all aspects of a critical auction of radio frequency spectrum for 5G mobile networks, including the establishment of a joint venture entity.
  • Acting for the Victorian Government in relation to the connecting regional communities program, an initiative to address multiple digital issues in regional Victoria.
  • Advised Hobart International Airport on the negotiation with Professional Advantage of an airport management system project agreement for the provision of an enterprise resource management system.
  • Advised the Department of Defence on the information communications and technology provider arrangement in respect of the procurement of a broad range of ICT-related services via a service tower model from a master panel of 125+ suppliers.

Allen & Overy LLP

At Allen & Overy LLP, Michael Reede has extensive experience of regional, corporate transactions in the TMT arena. Together with colleagues in other jurisdictions, the team is involved in some large-scale, cross-border matters for clients based in Indonesia, the Philippines and China in addition to clients such as Property Exchange Australia. Junior partner, Connell O’Neill, who has a computer science background, also handles regional as well as Australia-based matters in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Reede

Other key lawyers:

Connell O’Neill

Key clients

Nokia

Axicom

Darussalam Assets

Google

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Link Market Services

PLDT Inc. and its mobile subsidiary Smart Communications Inc.

Property Exchange Australia

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise PLDT Inc on a huge multi-year technology project for PLDT  and Smart Communications Inc, the Philippines’ largest telecoms operator, to transform its business.
  • Advised Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), an electronic property settlement company, on its A$1.6bn sale to a group led by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Advised Darussalam Assets, a sovereign wealth fund established in 2012 to own government-linked companies, on the establishment of a structure for consolidating all the telecommunications network infrastructure in Brunei under the banner of a new entity called Unified National Networks.
  • Advised Bluesky Private Equity on a range of matters including its investments into Akulaku, a south-eastern Asian financial services company.
  • Advising Google in relation to an investigation conducted by the Australian competition regulator into the company’s market power.

HWL Ebsworth

Luke Dale is the national head of HWL Ebsworth and offers extensive expertise on IT matters, data protection, regulatory regimes and IP issues. Josh Messing in Sydney is also highly experienced in industries including energy, resources, telecoms and financial services. The team, with offices throughout Australia, handles an impressive range of cutting edge technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Luke Dale

Other key lawyers:

Josh Messing

Key clients

New South Wales Government

Queensland Government

South Australian Government

Northern Territory Government

University of South Australia

AP Eagers

Bankwest

BlueScope

CBRE

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Coles Group Limited

Cushman & Wakefield

Data Action

DP World

Ford

FOXSPORTS

Global Payments Inc

Greater Bank

ING Direct Bank

Manpower

Mazda

Mutual Marketplace Pty Ltd

P&N Bank

Qatar Airways

Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia

Servcorp

Springfield City Group

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Suncorp

Sydney Airport

Westpac Banking Corporation

Whispir Limited

YMCA

Work highlights

  • Advised Coles Group Limited on an exclusive services agreement with Ocado Group plc to bring its state of the art  online grocery platform to Australia.
  • Advised NAB on a major global procurement of a software as a service offering to streamline and automate processes related to supply chain management.
  • Advised NAB over 12 months on its agreement with FinTech, PayPal/Braintree for its provision of payment processing and card scheme membership services for provision of e-commerce payment services.
  • Advised Alipay Singapore Holdings Pte. Ltd on two phases to draft the legal documentation for a cross-border remittance service powered by block chain technology.
  • Advised Ford on the implementation of interactive car monitoring and control technologies in Australia.

Lander & Rogers

A small team at Lander & Rogers is headed by Robert Neely. It acts for financial services, health, retail and government clients on a variety of tech matters such as the automation of financial processes and the development of electronic health information. It also advises on the various related regulatory regimes. Neely's extensive expertise is augmented by associate Helen Scott who has especial experience in the technology developments in the finance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Neely

Other key lawyers:

Helen Scott

Key clients

Energy Australia (in Panel Appointment also)

Telstra Super

QSR International Pty Ltd

Sony

Enboard.Me

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Cirralto Pty Ltd

WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH

Online Technology LLC

Tiko Energy Solutions AG

Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd

NEC Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH on its development and supply to Coles Group of two automated distribution centres.
  • Advised Telstra Super on a major IT infrastructure agreement.
  • Advised Online Technology, the US-based purchaser of the assets of another US-based data centre and managed cloud business, in relation to the transfer to Online Technology of a set of IP addresses used by Australian customers.
  • Advised Tiko Energy Solutions AG in its tender to supply a virtual power plant to one of Australia’s largest energy companies.
  • Advised Gallagher Australia on the development and roll out of an online platform for the provision of broking services to its agency customers.

McCullough Robertson

McCullough Robertson offers 'commercial good sense' with a full service to clients ranging from Telstra and Mastercard through to government agencies and startups and includes fund raisings in its services. Alex Hutchens' expertise covers IT, telecommunications, data protection as well as related areas such as IP and consumer protection. Commercial transactional partner Matthew McMillan counts the big four banks, corporates and federal and state departments among his clients and Paul McLachlan has significant expertise in the telecoms and competition areas.

Practice head(s):

Alex Hutchens

Other key lawyers:

Matthew McMillan; Paul McLachlan

Testimonials

Excellent, expert data protection and technology law knowledge with good regulator contact as needed. Generally responsive with clarity of expression and commercial good sense.’

Alex Hutchens in particular is responsive (at all hours) and has the ability to quickly address and resolve technical issues and to suggest practical responses.’

 

Key clients

Agility Applications

Mastercard

Macquarie Group

NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Hub24

Telstra Corporation Limited

OtherLevels Holdings

Over the Wire Holdings

River City Labs

Work highlights

  • Advising Mastercard on its appointment by big 4 Australian bank, Westpac, to establish and manage Westpac’s global currency card program over a 10 year term.
  • Advising in relation to the NSW Government’s newly-proposed draft template agreement for the procurement of cloud services by NSW Government agencies –  including advising on the identification of material risk issues.
  • Advised HUB24 on the establishment of its ConnectHUB portal, a new open-architecture solution designed to bring multiple data sources and applications together.
  • Advised on a range of matters including IoT rollouts, negotiations with Ericsson in relation to its 5G network upgrade, and negotiated a new 5-year Master Services Agreement between Telstra and Qantas.
  • Advised ASX listed telecommunications, cloud and IT solutions provider Over the Wire Holdings on a capital raising and double acquisition of Access Digital Networks and Comlinx.

Webb Henderson

At Webb Henderson, Angus Henderson, who heads the team, together with Ara Margossian and Ish Omar provide a wealth of experience in the telecoms, media and technology areas.  Some of the types of work the team has handled includes major national broadband network projects in both Australia and regionally; submarine cable projects and negotiations with major film and television producers.

Practice head(s):

Angus Henderson

Other key lawyers:

Ara Margossian; Ish Omar

DLA Piper

Tim Lyons, who heads the DLA Piper practice from Melbourne, has especially strong expertise in the areas of large-scale procurement/outsourcing transactions and complex upgrade/implementation projects for the public sector. Senior associate Sarah Dolan is also noted for her IT-related work, especially for the Government of Victoria. The team is often part of a cross-border project and includes capital markets and M&A work for its sector clients. Peter Jones left the practice to join Herbert Smith Freehills .

Practice head(s):

Tim Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Dolan

Key clients

Victoria Police

Court Services Victoria

CenITex

Wipro

Dentsu Aegis Network

Cloud Lending Solutions

Kapsch Trafficcom

Lumina Networks

Taxify

Education Horizons Group

Datacom

Thales Australia Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Victoria Police in relation to its procurement of a body worn camera solution.  The tender process and risk assessment was in respect of supplying 11,000 police members with this equipment.
  • Assisting Court Services Victoria in relation to the procurement of a new case management system for the Magistrates Court and Children’s Court as part of the Victorian Government’s A$1.9bn  package to address family violence.
  • Advised a consortium comprising Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, Link Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia and on its acquisition of Australia’s leading digital property conveyancing company, PEXA.  The transaction saw the Consortium acquire 100% of PEXA based on an implied enterprise value of $A1.6bn.
  • Advising leading Internet of Things  and cloud-based solutions company Buddy Platform Limited on its A$71m  acquisition of global smart lighting technology company LIFX and associated A$8.1m placement.
  • Advised US tech company Life360 on its A$820m IPO and ASX listing.

Gadens Lawyers

Gadens Lawyers is home to several highly experienced practitioners who provide a combination of IP and technology expertise. Clients range from corporates to startups in the retail, insurance and health industries and it provides regulatory advice, software licensing and other contractual support. This is in addition to structuring and financing assistance for start-up clients. It also assists with IT procurement and outsourcing and issues around marketing platforms. Antoine Pace heads the team; David Smith provides IT and IP skills in the areas of media and consumer products; Donna Bartlett handles technology agreements and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Pace

Other key lawyers:

David Smith; Donna Bartlett

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery is highlighted for providing partner-heavy attention to work combined with 'full-service capabilities with a more personal feel'. Christine Ecob has a wealth of experience in technology contracting and acting for both major IT suppliers and customers that include systems integrators and software suppliers, including SaaS suppliers. Ravi de Fonseka counts Microsoft among his clients and his expertise includes network sharing joint ventures, network acquisitions, roaming services contracts and IT integrations, outsourcings and procurements. 'Smart and pragmatic' senior associate Ken Chan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christine Ecob; Ravi de Fonseka

Other key lawyers:

Ken Chan

Testimonials

Impressive depth of knowledge, excellent practical advice for entities doing business in Australia.’

Ravi de Fonseka provides excellent actionable advice and he makes it a point to develop a solid understanding of our business and technology so that he can offer the most accurate and practical advice.’

Kevin Lynch provides smart advice to ensure we balance our defamation risks. He understands our technology and the principles that drive our business, to ensure that his advice is practical.’

They have full-service capabilities with a more personal feel. I Like the partner heavy gearing which means that for complex matters you have the level of experience that you need. In some other larger firms you don’t get a sense of the connections between the areas but JWS is very good at joining the dots. Also, whilst largely charging by the traditional hourly rate, they are flexible at coming up with cost-effective and flexible solutions.’

Special mention goes to Chris Ecob who is great for the quick can I pick your brain questions.’

Ken Chan is a really smart, pragmatic and personable senior associate – the perfect outside “in-house” counsel.’

Key clients

Hudson Global Resources

Microsoft

Origin Energy

JMI Equity

Accel-KKR

Potentia Capital

Dalian Wanda Group

South Australian Government

Brookfield

Okta Inc

Multinet Gas

ResMed

Australian Energy Market Commission

Alinta Energy

Spotify

a2 Milk

Work highlights

  • Advised recruitment and talent management company Hudson Global Resources in its joint venture with data analytics and artificial intelligence company PredictiveHire.
  • Assisting Microsoft in  negotiating a new whole of government construct for volume licensing and IT services procurement between Microsoft and the Federal Government. This agreement will form the basis for procuring the core productivity software used across the entirety of the Federal Government.
  • Advising Origin Energy on its renegotiation of a major technology and outsourcing contract with Accenture. These negotiations include procuring Accenture’s agreement to change the structure of the contract from an outsourcing agreement into a procurement framework.
  • advised JMI Equity on Australian aspects of the acquisition via share purchase of Serraview Holdings, including due diligence and foreign investment approval. Also advising on Australian aspects of the acquisition financing, which is being arranged at a US holdco level.
  • Advised Microsoft in connection with its submission to the Australian Government in relation to a proposed Bilateral Agreement to be entered into by Australia and the USA under the US ‘CLoud Act’.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised for having 'deep experience with IT including for cross-border companies and M&A'. Richard W Horton is dual-qualified (the US and Australia) and includes experience acting for silicon valley clients. The team, including senior associate Michael Muratore, acts for tech companies, many of which are startups, in relation to software, AI, music and semiconductors in a broad range of industries. Its expertise covers corporate, commercial, licensing and financings/venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Richard Horton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Muratore

Testimonials

SPB has deep experience with IT including cross-border companies and M&A. They are also able to draw on the experience of others in the firm to provide specialized advice in related areas, like cross-border taxation matters.’

Richard Horton and his team bring a depth of experience which manifests not only in being able to provide knowledgeable advice on complex matters but also in measured and professional approaches to tense situations. Their team is also able to meet tight deadlines while maintaining a high standard of work.’

Key clients

GB Group

Morse Micro Pty Ltd

Prospress

Good Software Co Pty Ltd

Curious Thing Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for GB Group PLC, a global identity data intelligence specialist, on the acquisition of all of the shares of Vix Verify Global Pty Ltd,
  • Acted for Morse Micro Pty Ltd, a technology startup which has developed a Wi-Fi HaLow silicon chip which provides low-power, long-range Wi-Fi on its A$23.8m Series A financing from multiple venture capital funds and high net-worth individuals from Australia and the United States.
  • Acted for Prospress In, a subscription payment company which specialises in the design and sale of e-commerce plugins and automation tools, on the sale of 100% of its shares to  Automattic Inc.
  • Acted as sole counsel for Good Software Co Pty Ltd, a Sydney based Atlassian Marketplace vendor in its acquisition by Atlassian. The teams worked across US, UK and Australian time zones to complete the deal which included negotiation of the stock purchase agreement and ancillary securities- related documentation.
  • Acted for Curious Thing Pty Ltd, a tech start-up which has developed a conversational AI digital interviewer, on a series seed investment from Reinventure, a venture capital fund backed by Westpac and Qualgro, a Singapore-based venture capital fund.

Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer has a track record acting for utility clients and their suppliers and also counts international clients such as Itron and  government agencies in its roster. It also advises on emerging issues such as fintech/blockchain and the use of mesh networks for IoT and embedded sensors. Mark Feetham heads the IP, technology and regulatory group and partner Demetrios Christou is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mark Feetham

Other key lawyers:

Demetrios Christou

Work highlights

  • Providing advice and assistance to Itron Networked Solutions Inc on an agreement with Aboitiz Power Corporation to deploy an advanced metering infrastructure network in the Philippines.
  • Advising City of Sydney in relation to all aspects of a tender for new street furniture in Sydney and WiFi. It is a high value contract that has attracted blue chip tenderers.
  • Advised Uniti Wireless Limited on the acquisition of FuzeNet Pty Ltd.