TMT in New Zealand

Bell Gully

Bell Gully climbs the ranking having played a key role in large M&A transactions that involved intricate technology agreements. Among these was its  work for Vodafone Group plc on the sale of Vodafone NZ to an investment consortium, which included the three crucial inter-company technology agreements. The firm is also active in public sector technology procurement, as well as assisting early-stage companies in areas such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity with capital raising. Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington and experienced media lawyer and litigator Alan Ringwood are the lead partners. In Auckland, litigator Tania Goatley advises on media, advertising and privacy law, and corporate partner Laura Littlewood is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dean Oppenhuis; Alan Ringwood

Other key lawyers:

Tania Goatley; Laura Littlewood

Testimonials

‘Bell Gully’s advice is consistently commercial, pragmatic and actionable. The local and international knowledge and expertise across technology, data and privacy is invaluable.’

‘Laura Littlewood’s depth of current local and international knowledge and expertise across corporate, technology, data and privacy is invaluable for our business. She is skilled in providing commercial, practical outcomes and advice, particularly in relation to digital strategies, innovations and disruptive technologies. She is also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘A very commercial team that understands our business well and can balance risk and opportunity. The team are really flexible in term of how they engage with our business, and are able to flex approach and resourcing to meet our needs. Because they understand our business and context, they can give solid and fast advice that aligns with what we need.’

‘Dean Oppenhuis is very solid and user-friendly, commercial and pragmatic. He doesn’t sweat small stuff and will offer a broader market and commercial perspective – not just law – which is hugely valuable.’

Key clients

Vodafone

Xero

Rocketlab

8i

Plexure Group

Graphpad

Cyber Toa

Crown Fibre Holdings (now Crown Infrastructure Partners)

Department of Internal Affairs

Department of Corrections

New Zealand Customs Service

Straker Translations

Air New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

The Network for Learning

Centrality Investments

NZME

Bauer Media

APN News & Media

MediaWorks

TVNZ

Stuff

RadioNZ

Warner Bros

Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

Yahoo

Colenso BBDO

Bloomberg LP

Lime Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on the strategically important Inter-company Agreements (including for global roaming, Vodafone TV, network procurement from Nokia, etc, SAP roll-out, etc) between Vodafone Group plc and Vodafone New Zealand as part of advising Vodafone on the $3.4bn sale of Vodafone NZ to Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management.
  • Advised the Department of Internal Affairs on Project Uruwhenua – the technology supply and support agreement with Canadian Bank Note Company for new passport technology.
  • Advised NZME, New Zealand’s leading newspaper and online news publisher, in a range of general editorial matters and defamation and other actions.

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay plays a key role in some of the largest and most complex ICT procurement and implementation projects in New Zealand. Acting for both public and private sector clients, the firm handles M&A transactions in the IT and media sectors, advises clients on content acquisition and broadcast operations, and frequently assists high-growth technology companies with capital raising. In Auckland, senior TMT partner Philip Wood leads the practice; Allan Yeoman acts for early-stage and high-growth technology companies; and senior associate Keri Johansson specialises in media law, IT, IP and privacy law. In Wellington, Amy Ryburn focuses on commercial contracting and procurement in the TMT sector. Special counsel Renee Stiles handles ICT and outsourcing contracts for public and private sector clients, and senior associate Damien Steel-Baker assists government agencies with major ICT projects.

Practice head(s):

Philip Wood

Testimonials

‘The team is very personable and has widespread capability. There is excellent contact either via phone, email or in person. The team is never hard to get hold of. It has excellent drafting skills and requisite knowledge of the law and associated risks. They will work with you and take up as much or as little of the brief as you require, they do not dominate or try to squeeze extra legal fees. They are very professional and brilliant to deal with.’

‘Allan Yeoman is always available when needed; his turnaround of work is incredibly quick and efficient but he never compromises on quality. He is an excellent drafter in both amending existing agreements and creating bespoke agreements. He has excellent knowledge of subject matter which can be difficult and full of acronyms and technological jargon, yet he gets to the heart of the subject matter quickly and with ease. He has foresight in risks around particular options. He is very personable but obviously very smart. He thinks outside the box and is creative in his problem solving.’

‘Timely and efficient. Philip Wood is excellent.’

‘Buddle Findlay always provides pragmatic advice that helps guide us to make fully informed decisions. They are easy to work with, striking a great balance between advising from a legal and commercial perspective.’

‘They are experts in the TMT space that add real recognisable value to our negotiations with suppliers.’

Key clients

Sky Television

Bank of New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand

Imagination Television

The New Zealand Customs Service

Department of Internal Affairs

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

New Zealand Transport Agency

Vend

Auckland Council

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand Post

Contact Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Consortium of Infratil Limited and Brookfield Asset Management Inc on the implementation of separation, transition and partnership arrangements between Vodafone New Zealand and Vodafone Group, following the NZ$3.4 billion acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand by a consortium comprising Infratil Limited and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • Advised the Department of Internal Affairs on the establishment of the SAP Cloud Framework Agreement, which is the Government’s first framework agreement with SAP.
  • Advised Sky Television on the acquisition of exclusive media rights for the pre-eminent Southern Hemisphere rugby competitions for 2021-2025; perhaps the highest value rights transaction in New Zealand broadcasting history.

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has a deep bench of talent in its multi-disciplinary TMT group, which a strong track record in some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant technology projects. The team brings together expertise in technology-related M&A, telecommunications regulation, finance, IP,  media and regulatory matters. The lead partners are Kelly McFadzien in Auckland, who frequently assists banks with their procurement of software and service, and Tim Sherman in Wellington, who is a commercial and TMT lawyer as well as projects lead for the firm's technology and innovation business Zeren. The group's work covers IT procurement, M&A, IP litigation and a host of other services. Bruce McClintock is no longer with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tim Sherman;  Kelly McFadzien

Key clients

Microsoft

Motion Picture Association of America

MediaWorks Holdings Limited

Kiwibank

Mercury NZ Limited

Vector Limited

Chorus New Zealand Limited

Gough Group

Sky Network Television Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sky Network Television Limited on its purchase of Lightbox, Spark New Zealand Limited’s streaming TV service. Spark launched Lightbox in 2014 and currently has around 130,000 customers.
  • Advised Airways Corporation (Airways) on the technology supply contracts underpinning its programme to implement digital air traffic control towers monitored from centralised operation centres, as an alternative to brick-and-mortar towers at every airfield.
  • Counsel to the MPAA in continuing copyright litigation against notorious internet entrepreneur “Kim Dotcom”. the firm has secured, and defended, New Zealand and world-wide asset freezing injunctions in aid of an action in the US District Court at Virginia.

Hudson Gavin Martin

Hudson Gavin Martin in Auckland is a boutique firm focused purely on TMT and IP. The firm's work covers a broad spectrum of commercial and consumer law, corporate law, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution. It has one of the largest specialist TMT groups in New Zealand, which continues to grow. In late 2019, the firm hired special counsel Sonya Hill from Christchurch City Council and senior associate Lisa Paz from telecommunications company O2. They join the firm's four lead partners - Simon Martin, Edwin Lim, Anchali Anandanayagam and Tim Mahood - who have a wealth of experience that encompasses corporate matters, licensing, procurement, IT commercialisation, IP and litigation. Principal associate Andrew Dentice has specialist expertise in fintech, data and platform business models.

Testimonials

‘The firm is an absolute specialist in its targeted areas of TMT, digital, IP law and so on. They are responsive, keen, and compare well to large firms regarding fees.’

‘Andrew Dentice is a market-leading expert in NZ open banking. He has good knowledge of payments from working at Visa. He is happy to work through a problem and talk things over, which is important for new innovations. Good communication.’

‘Hudson Gavin Martin have been nothing but exceptional in their handling of our legal matters. It is rare to feel as though an external provider forms part of your internal team. The partners and associates at Hudson Gavin Martin have gone out of their way to support us as our journey has progressed from start-up to small business. Regardless of the need, be it corporate or commercial, IP or deeply technical, the team at HGM have demonstrated excellence.’

‘We have mainly worked with Andrew Dentice who has been a phenomenal asset to us. It is Andrew’s understanding of our s position and his sharing of and belief in our vision that makes the difference. At no stage do you feel like the engagement with Andrew is transactional, which I have felt with other legal services before. It is the personal touch, the real interest in our business and the deep subject matter expertise that makes Andrew exceptional. Andrew has our best interest at heart and this is evident with each consultation and his willingness to work within our means.’

‘We have also had the pleasure of working with special counsel Sarah-Jane Lawson, who was responsible for setting up the company’s legal framework. Sarah-Jane has expertise in corporate and commercial law combined with her ability to uncover and communicate what is needed and important is what makes Sarah-Jane unique. As we grew and continue to grow we know that we require legal assistance that spans from start-up to enterprise. Sarah-Jane is someone you want in your corner when your business starts to scale.’

‘Genuine technology specialists working at the frontier of issues. Great specialism and knowledge. Very user-friendly. They are great at flexing the resource and approach to match the value and importance of what they’re working on. leading individuals who offer a great perspective on broader market and technology context. Huge value-add on anything that is novel, difficult or untried before.’

‘Simon Martin is very accessible and user-friendly. He offers huge experience and rich perspective on any matter he’s involved with. A great communicator who plays well with internal business clients. Great on everything from full engagement end to end through to quick query sense check.’

‘Edwin Lim is a great operator. He provides sound and reliable judgment. Good balancing of risk and opportunity. Very outcome and results-focused.’

‘Lisa Paz is a great addition to the team with solid in-house experience that shows up in lawyering style and approach.’

Key clients

Vector New Zealand

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Auckland Transport

Bank of New Zealand

2Degrees Limited

Ports of Auckland

Deloitte

LG Electronics

Government Superannuation Fund

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Government Superannuation Fund Authority on public sector procurement obligations and well as drafting and negotiation work in relation to the support and maintenance of its core fund management system.
  • Advising Delta Insurance and its insured, Zag Limited (formerly Soltius), a SAP reseller and implementer, in High Court proceedings relating to the implementation by Zag of a system for PwC.
  • Advising Deloitte on its Master Services Agreement with a leading insurance provider for the implementation of its Oracle ERP system.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Providing 'great understanding of and genuine interest in the legal issues regarding technology, data and privacy', MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a team of TMT specialists who handle major IT projects, licensing, media matters, and the development of early-stage technology companies. Auckland-based practice head Tom Maasland is 'invested in outcomes and success'. Also in Auckland, Ross Patterson has more than 25 years' specialist experience in telecommunications regulation and competition law; and Richard Wells is recommended for technology and media rights licensing. In Wellington, Jane Parker focuses on technology and public sector contracting, and John McCay is a key adviser to New Zealand’s film and media industry. Senior associate Kate Cruickshank is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Tom Maasland

Testimonials

‘My engagement with MERW is largely with their technology team. They have a good understanding of emerging issues from both a local and international perspective.’

‘The firm has great understanding of and genuine interest in the legal issues regarding technology, data and privacy.’

‘The team at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts was highly professional, knowledgeable and easy to engage and work with.’

‘They have a great ability to translate complex legal matters and terms in too readily understandable language to enable us as their clients to make informed decisions.’

‘We always felt very well informed and their subject matter expertise was extremely high and current. Across all levels of engagement, the team were all very experienced and easy to work with.’

‘There was  good communication and transparency around cost and, given that we are a public entity, we felt that there was a good understanding of getting value from the money that we were investing in the engagement, transferring this to the best outcome for the solution we were purchasing.’

‘Tom Maasland was fantastic to work with, he was approachable and able to communicate complex legal matters in a way that all parties could readily understand enabling sound decision making.’

‘Tom Maasland was accessible at all times and very responsive and given the length of time we often had to work together his sense of humour was very much appreciated.’

‘We felt at all times that Tom Maasland was strongly aligned and cognisant of our requirements and always took a position that was favourable to us as the client. He was invested in our outcomes and success.’

‘A very well-resourced team with extensive supplier and customer knowledge – real thought leaders.’

‘Jane Paker is a true professional – experienced, commercial, pragmatic. A true trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Spark New Zealand Limited

Datacom Group Limited

Project NEXT

Westpac New Zealand Limited

New Zealand Film Commission

New Zealand Cricket

Z Energy

Television New Zealand

Marriott International

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Work highlights

  • Advising Project NEXT on the procurement of a national ticketing solution to enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand.
  • Assisted The Warehouse Group Limited with all legal aspects of its creation and launch of online platform and marketplace, “TheMarket”.
  • Advised Enable Networks Limited and Ultrafast Fibre Limited on the application of the equivalence standard in relation to price after Enable and Ultrafast were required to provide unbundled access to their respective fibre-to-the-premises fibre network on a price equivalent basis.

Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh handles high-profile and complex transactions, disputes and regulatory issues involving traditional ICT projects, digital platforms, media, entertainment and telecommunications, as well as emerging technologies such as AI, data analytics, drones and blockchain. Its work spans the entire lifecycle of TMT transactions, including funding, development, procurement and supply, partnerships, investments and commercialisations, disputes, divestments and exits. Technology specialist Liz Blythe in Auckland and Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington, who has more than 20 years' experience in major IT projects, co-lead the technology team. They are supported by Auckland-based Joe Edwards, who leads the media, marketing and IP practice. Special Counsel Louise Taylor joined the team in December 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Louise Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team at Russell McVeagh is considered an extension of our own in-house team. My instructions to them have gotten shorter and shorter, as they simply get our business and our products.’

‘Joe Edwards is particularly good at understanding our business and the challenges he faces. He is considered a quasi-member of the team and we would lose so much knowledge if he were to change careers!’

Key clients

Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Kiwibank Limited

Trustpower Limited

Fidelity Life Assurance Company Limited

Auckland International Airport Limited

Spark New Zealand Limited

Earthquake Commission

New Zealand Police

Land Information NZ

Counties Power Limited and technology-focussed group company, ECL Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting the NZ and Australian Governments on the roll out of satellite technology that will be able to pinpoint a location on Earth to within 10cm, unlocking more than NZ$7.5bn in benefits for industries in both countries.
  • Advised Fonterra on all aspects of its recent global IT infrastructure outsourcing to HCL, including transaction and process strategy, deal structuring and negotiations
  • Advised Auckland Airport on the procurement and installation of biometric screening eGates and associated back-end systems in partnership with Vision-Box to automate traveller processing at international departures and improve the overall customer experience.

Anderson Lloyd

Anderson Lloyd hired the TMT team from Meredith Connell in early 2019. Practice head Derek Roth-Biester, who works in the Auckland and Queenstown offices, has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial matters with deep sectoral expertise in technology procurement, outsourcing and the delivery of complex IT projects. His work for public sector clients at his previous firm continues, but now he also handles IT procurement matters for  private institutional clients, as well as advising early-stage technology companies on capital raising and the development, protection and commercialisation of technology. Senior associate Megan Pearce joined along with Roth-Biester, bringing specialist expertise in commercial contracting with an ICT focus.

Practice head(s):

Derek Roth-Biester

Other key lawyers:

Megan Pearce

Testimonials

‘Anderson Lloyd is a firm that believes in that extra personal touch. The firm is excellent with communication and the guidance I have received has been, in my opinion, second to none. I work between the USA and Auckland and there is no comparison between the two. They have fantastic contacts that have benefited my company immensely and they always add value. Anderson Lloyd is THE firm to use of you have a start-up.’

‘Derek Roth-Biester and Megan Pearce are not just my attorneys, they have become mentors and valuable extensions from my own company. Having a start-up can be disorientating and their valuable expertise has been detrimental in building my company’s foundation from the ground up. I can’t recommend them both highly enough.’

‘They have an extremely strong team here in Queenstown, with a wide range of expertise. They have also used other branches to assist in specific areas of work that was needed. In regards to value for money, AL have been extremely fair and clear about costs. Taking into account we are an early-stage business, they were happy to reduce fees in certain areas possible – a quality which is not consistent in other firms. Following this, they have provided us with special measures such as payment plans for any legal work done. AL have also been happy to answer any brief questions I may have had, with Derek Roth-Biester in particular being happy for me to call him at any given time, which is always followed by advice and recommendations I can only describe as perfect so far.’

‘Derek Roth-Biester has been my main point of contact throughout my time working with AL. His strengths from what I have found are his broad knowledge in work needed when developing a start-up business, particular a SaaS businesses. If there was a specific question or task I have asked of him, he has not only answered it but explained his point of view in relation to a wide range of potential scenarios – a quality which has not only been impressive, but integral in the developing of our business. He is also very personable and has made us feel welcome and well looked after throughout. At this point, I wouldn’t say I have identified ir experienced any weaknesses to date and from my dealing with him so far, I doubt I will in the near future.’

Key clients

Avertana Limited

Christchurch City Council

Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited

Fuji Xerox New Zealand Limited

ezyVet Limited

ReGen Cellular Limited

Planit Bnb Limited

Lonely Dog GP Limited

Brittain Wynyard & Co. Limited

Jasper Property Limited

First Table Limited

EverEdge Capital Limited

Deja Pet Food Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Avertana on its series B bridge round.
  • Advised Christchurch City Council in respect of its long-term master services agreement with telecommunications services provider, Spark New Zealand Limited.
  • Advised QACL in respect of its master services agreement with Focus Technology Group (NZ) Limited as well as on the RFP for QAC’s virtual IT infrastructure upgrade.

Dentons Kensington Swan

Dentons Kensington Swan advises a diverse client base on legal issues surrounding public and private sector procurement, consumer law, electronic commerce, technology product compliance, privacy and data protection. Among its clients are large ICT companies and innovative start-ups, as well as large financial institutions and corporates. Practice head Hayley Miller in Auckland specialises in IT, telecommunications, privacy, IP, outsourcing and commercial supply and procurement. In Wellington, corporate partner Charlotte Henley and regulatory and litigation partner Hayden Wilson also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Miller

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Henley; Hayden Wilson

Key clients

Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited (previously Crown Fibre Holdings Limited) (CFH)

Tourism New Zealand

nib NZ limited

1Centre Limited

ANZ Bank Limited

HSBC – The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

ASB Bank Limited

Unison Networks Limited

Socialites Group Limited

Share a Camper GmbH

Kern Mobile Limited

Clearhead Limited

Lime Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Unison Networks Limited on purchasing a new Enterprise Asset Management System from its preferred vendor Technology One New Zealand Limited.
  • Advised on all aspects of Tourism New Zealand’s “NZ Says 39” Campaign, the aim of which was to express New Zealand’s gratitude to the people of Japan for hosting and looking after the All Blacks and their fans during the Rugby World Cup 2019.
  • Acting for the New Zealand subsidiary of multinational electric scooter and e-bike company, Lime, on the New Zealand aspects of Lime’s purchase of Uber’s “Jump” business globally. This transaction firmly establishes Lime as the largest micro-mobility outfit in the world.

Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson handles large technology and telecoms projects for customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors. This work covers the procurement and implementation of critical services and systems, as well as the licensing of software and advice on regulatory compliance. The firm also has a strong media law practice, which handles defamation, privacy, contempt, suppression orders, journalist standards, censorship and confidentiality. Commercial partner Michael Sage, technology specialist Karen Ngan and commercial litigator Jania Baigent are the Auckland-based practice heads. Special counsel Louise Taylor joined Russell McVeagh in December 2020.

Key clients

Alliance Group Limited

Alpine Energy Ltd

Amazon Web Services

ASB

Christchurch City Council

Dense Air New Zealand Limited

Fiji National Provident Fund

Google

HFC Bank (Fiji)

Land Information New Zealand

Levno Ltd

Livestock Improvement Corporation

Mastercard

Mercury NZ Ltd

New Zealand Rugby

Porsche

Sky Network Television

SmartCo Ltd

Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Transpower

Watercare Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ms Rich and the NZFGC who are the fourth and fifth defendants respectively in a defamation proceeding brought by Mr John Sellman, Mr Boyd Swinburn and Mr Shane Bradbrook. Ms Rich is the CEO of the NZFGC. The claim is a very large one by New Zealand standards, there being 40 causes of action.
  • Acted for ASB on its cornerstone investment into Trade Window Ltd (the developer of an automated system of international trade documentation using blockchain).
  • Acted for DANZ in its acquisition of 70MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum management rights from Blue Reach Wireless Limited and Cayman Wireless Systems Limited in New Zealand, and the firm continues to provide support in the establishment of its New Zealand operations and business.

DLA Piper New Zealand

DLA Piper New Zealand has a highly skilled intellectual property and technology practice, which frequently handles large outsourcing transactions, as well as handling technology procurement projects for global banks and asset managers. Newly promoted partner Nick Valentine in Auckland is the lead TMT lawyer. His broad skill set includes specialist expertise in broadcasting rights deals and content licensing. Consultant Katie Carson in Auckland is a key advisor to fintech clients on banking and finance matters. A number of corporate partners, among them Wellington-based Rachel Taylor, handle technology-focused M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Katie Carson; Rachel Taylor

Testimonials

‘I have found DLA Piper NZ to be comparable to other NZ top-tier advisors regarding their work on sports media rights agreements. Their guidance and approach has been of a very high standard.’

‘Nick Valentine is my main contact at DLA Piper NZ. Nick has overseas experience with sports media rights agreements and is very good at applying a commercial lens to the contract negotiation guidance he provides. Nick is thorough and has very good attention to detail in his work. He is collaborative in his approach to working with clients.’

Key clients

Foodstuffs North Island

Spark

HSBC

Westpac

Auckland Council

Trustees Executors

Campari

New Zealand Green Building Council

PB Technologies

Tend Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Foodstuffs on its engagement of UK data science company dunnhumby to support Foodstuffs’ ‘customer-driven’ data strategy.
  • Advised Spark on various content licensing deals for its game-changing ‘Spark Sport’ sports streaming platform.
  • Advised Five V Capital on its acquisition of open-source learning management system provider Totara Learning Solutions.

Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill has senior talent leading its TMT practice. In early 2020, the firm hired Michael Moyes in Auckland from Anthony Harper, where he built and led the specialist IP and TMT practices. He works for clients in a diverse range of sectors, among them advertising and marketing, aged care, agriculture, automotive, banking and financial services, construction, e-commerce, energy, fashion, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and technology. The four-partner team consists of Moyes, Christchurch-based corporate partners Mark Cathro and Oliver Roberts, and IP specialist Scott Moran in Wellington.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Fernando

Testimonials

‘Peter Fernando is a Senior Associate in Duncan Cotterill’s ICT team. I worked with Peter in his role as a Senior Associate at his previous firm. What stood out for me about Peter is how quickly he got to grips with the complex document automation we were developing together for Peter’s client. Peter was responsible for the legal drafting, while our company was doing the automation. Peter’s sharp intellect and inquiring mind meant he quickly understood how his drafting needed to fit with the technology.’

‘Peter Fernando was  at the forefront of his previous firm’s use of artificial intelligence for contract review, and had clearly made a significant effort to understand how it worked, and how it could benefit him and his clients. Peter is one of the few ICT lawyers I’ve come across who actually likes to use technology himself. As well as having an excellent legal mind and a great personal manner, he makes an effort to understand how the technology works, and how it can help him and his clients. Despite having recently moved to a new firm in a new city, I expect he will rapidly gain recognition as a leader in TMT legal work and will drive his team’s success in this area.’

‘We have instructed Michael Moyes at Duncan Cotterill on a number of high-value IT procurement matters in the last 12 months. He strikes a good balance between detail and commercial pragmatism.’

‘Michael Moyes provides excellent, commercially-focused advice. We trust his judgment and he compares very favourably to other TMT counsel that we have seen across the market.’

‘Exceptional service provided by Peter Fernando – professional, thoroughly reseached and prompt. Peter’s expertise is utilised across policy, privacy and technological areas of our business. He is highly trusted and respected by internal and external stakeholders alike.’

‘Very approachable, very responsive. pleasant friendly and nothing is too easy or too hard. Peter Fernando is my contact point. I value that I am never made to feel that my limited knowledge on some legal or commercial issues is apparent. My views and input are always received well and feedback is always respectful. I appreciate Peter’s ability to articulate situations back to me in a language that I can understand with cause and effect.’

Key clients

Logitech

Datacom

Work highlights

  • Advising Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the enhancement of its emergency caller location information service for the use in emergencies and New Zealand’s emergency response number, 111.
  • Assisting the Museum of Transport & Technology, New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum, with all of its technology projects and matters.
  • Assisting Logitech Europe S.A. and Logitech International S.A. this technology company with their brand protection, including trade mark application and prosecutions.

Webb Henderson

The technology, media and telecoms practice at Webb Henderson is based predominantly in Sydney, Australia, but the Auckland office is home to senior associate Jordan Cox, who is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with a key role in many of the firm's major projects. He has assisted clients in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands with telecoms and media matters, which are the firm's main areas of focus. Among its clients are some of the world's largest telecoms operators.

Other key lawyers:

Jordan Cox

Key clients

Chorus, the builder of New Zealand’s Ultra Fast Broadband network

Spark

nbn, entity building the National Broadband Network in Australia

Limelight Software

Avaroa Cable Limited

Work highlights

  • Serving as key legal advisers to Chorus on the Government’s reform of New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework.
  • Assisted nbn with launching nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet (EE) in 2018. The firm has continued to assist nbn in developing the product and navigating new challenges as the market for enterprise ethernet services continues to evolve.
  • Serving as principal external legal and regulatory advisor to Avaroa Cable Limited. Avaroa Cable Limited (ACL) provides wholesale international and domestic inter-island connectivity in the Cook Islands, using the Manatua fibre optic submarine cable of which ACL is the second-largest investor.

Wilson Harle

Auckland-based Wilson Harle is a specialist litigation firm that handles commercial, public law and regulatory disputes, as well as providing related risk management and strategic advice. It has carved out a prominent role in the domestic telecoms and media market, with partners Chris Browne, Allison Ferguson and Felicity Monteiro handling major litigation matters and advising on regulatory issues. The firm is also highly active in defamation cases and other media law litigation, as well as acting for government agencies in public law and regulatory litigation.

Key clients

Vodafone New Zealand Limited

Mr John Sorensen

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vodafone in a Fair Trading prosecution relating to representations in invoices.
  • Acting for Vodafone in a Fair Trading prosecution relating to the marketing of broadband products.
  • Represented Mr John Sorensen in proceedings seeking a declaration that Facebook posts were defamatory.