TMT in New Zealand

Bell Gully

The team at Bell Gully fields an impressive track record advising on complex public sector tech procurement projects. Working with a diverse roster of clients, including domestic tech companies and multinational platforms, the practice regularly handles matters pertaining to the emerging tech sector, media law issues, and data and security mandates. The practice is jointly steered by Wellington-based Dean Oppenhuis and Auckland-based Tania Goatley. A litany of clients in the public and private sectors turn to Oppenhuis for his experience advising on tech procurement and implementation matters. Goatley leads the firm’s media practice and is chiefly recognised for her expertise in privacy and cyber security law. Tech specialist Laura Littlewood is a key port of call for tech companies and New Zealand charities.

Practice head(s):

Dean Oppenhuis; Tania Goatley

Other key lawyers:

Laura Littlewood; Jared McIntosh

Key clients


Air New Zealand



ASB Bank

Astrix Aeronautics

Bentley Systems

BNZ Bank


Crown Infrastructure Partners

Cyber Toa

Department of Internal Affairs

Facebook / Meta

Genesis Energy

Greater Wellington Regional Council



IAG Insurance


Lightspeed POS




Ministry for Primary Industries

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

New Zealand Customs Service

New Zealand Guardian Trust

New Zealand Lotteries Commission (Lotto)

Non-Fungible Labs

Partly Group


Statistics New Zealand

Straker Translations

Syft Technologies

Task Group (formerly Plexure Group)

Taxicharge New Zealand

The Network for Learning

Thought Machine

Universal College of Learning (UCOL)


Wellington City Council



APN News & Media

Bloomberg LP


Colenso BBDO


Lime Technology


Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.




Warner Bros


Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone NZ on the complex technology and transitional agreements in relation to its proposed establishment and sale of its passive mobile tower business for $1.7bn to funds managed or advised by leading global investors InfraRed Capital Partners (on behalf of HICL Infrastructure PLC) and Northleaf Capital Partners.
  • Acted for Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited (CIP) and Next Generation Critical Communications (NGCC) on the procurement of a new public safety communications network for New Zealand’s emergency services agencies.
  • Advised the Department of Corrections on the procurement of a new $180 million contract for an end-to-end electronic monitoring solution.

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay is noted for its ability to ‘seamlessly integrate the firm’s other subject matter experts in areas including tax, indigenous IP, and the public sector’ to provide clients with a fully comprehensive service. Praised for its ‘pragmatic legal support’, the team has demonstrable experience in IT procurement and implementation, cyber security and data privacy risk, compliance and media, and entertainment matters. The practice is jointly led by Wellington-based Amy Ryburn and Auckland-based Allan Yeoman. Ryburn is lauded by clients for her ‘second-to-none’ market knowledge, whilst Yeoman is noted for his ability to advise clients on the full spectrum of TMT issues. Philip Wood is recommended for his experience providing commercial, IT, telecoms, media, and TV and film-related advice. Key contact Renee Stiles specialises in drafting and negotiating large-scale and complex ICT and outsourcing contracts for both public sector and private clients. Damien Steel-Baker is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Amy Ryburn; Allan Yeoman

Other key lawyers:

Philip Wood; Renee Stiles; Damien Steel-Baker; Keri Johansson; Elizabeth Rose; Keri Johansson


‘They are easy to work with and very flexible. I recommend Allan Yeoman and Keri Johansson.’

‘The Buddle Findlay TMT team provides pragmatic legal support that has assisted us in achieving a number of major ICT transactions and building internal tools and capabilities. They are smart, positive, driven people, and have become an essential part of the success of our major project teams.’ 

‘The size and depth of the Buddle Findlay TMT team allows them to support us on multiple concurrent transactions, without compromising on quality of service. They also seamlessly integrate the firm’s other subject matter experts in areas including tax, indigenous IP, and the public sector.’

Key clients

Auckland Council

Chelmer Limited

Contact Energy

Department of Corrections

Department of Internal Affairs

Imagination Television

Lygon 1B Pty Ltd.

New Zealand Blood and Organ Service

New Zealand Post

NZ Plumbing Merchants

Payments NZ Limited

Radio New Zealand

Sky Television

Tend Health Limited

University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Wellington International Airport Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Sky Television on potential amendments to its long-term satellite transponder lease arrangement with Optus Networks Pty Ltd., including dealing with the contractual and commercial implications of moving satellites from one orbital slot to another.
  • Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in respect of a significant project for MBIE’s primary IT outsourcing contract for managed services.
  • Advised Vodafone (now One NZ) in respect of the sale of a specific subset of tower assets as part of Vodafone’s $1.7bn sale of its passive mobile tower assets to funds managed or advised by InfraRed Capital Partners and Northleaf Capital Partners.

Hudson Gavin Martin

Well-regarded for its ‘deep industry knowledge of the sector and local market’ and its ‘commercial and pragmatic’ approach, full-service Auckland-based Hudson Gavin Martin is a specialist TMT and IP firm. With an extensive portfolio of start-ups, SMEs, domestic and multinational companies, the team is well-positioned to assist clients on the full gamut of TMT matters, with a focus on corporate transactions that involve tech, media and IP issues. ‘Consummate professional’ Simon Martin leads the practice and is noted for his work advising on emerging tech joint venture commercial arrangements. Edwin Lim is recognised for his ability to understand the nature of his clients’ tech environment, whilst ‘very strong technical lawyer’ Anchali Anandanayagam is recommended for her specialism in all legal aspects of tech, media and telecoms. The ‘incredibly pragmatic’ Andrew Dentice is noted for his work on tech transactions, IP and corporate structuring.

Practice head(s):

Simon Martin

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Lim; Anchali Anandanayagam; Tim Mahood; Andrew Dentice; Jason Rudkin-Binks


‘Hudson Gavin Martin are one of the leading TMT law firms in NZ. They have deep industry knowledge of the sector and local market, and they are all very technically strong lawyers. They keep across the latest technology, innovation and legal developments, and they are very commercial and pragmatic. They are committed to great client service, and they are always very easy to work with!’

‘Anchali Anandanayagam is a very strong technical lawyer who is also very commercial, committed and a joy to work with.’

‘This whole firm is TMT focused, it’s what they do day in and day out so they absolutely understand our needs and provide massive value add from their immersion in this area.’

Key clients

Kiwa Digital

Television New Zealand

Auckland Transport

Air New Zealand

Foodstuffs North Island Ltd

Delta Insurance

One New Zealand Group Ltd

Vector New Zealand


Sky Television

Work highlights

  • Advising Auckland Transport in relation to their participation in the National Ticketing Solution and on a key strategic projects to deliver an open-loop contactless ticketing solution for public transport in Auckland.
  • Advised Television New Zealand on the procurement and implementation of a cloud-based customer data platform (CDP) from which TVNZ can offer premium audience segments to its advertisers via its existing advertising platforms.
  • Advised Foodstuffs in its consideration of implementing facial recognition technology to assist in mitigating increasing risks to safety and security of individuals and property in stores.


MinterEllisonRuddWatts is noted for its ability to marry a ‘meticulous attention-to-detail’ with a ‘deep industry knowledge’ across the full spectrum of TMT matters. The team boasts expertise in tech transformation projects, large-scale M&A transactions and emerging technologies. At the helm sits Auckland’s Tom Maasland, who is roundly praised for his ‘extensive knowledge, pragmatic approach, and genuine demeanour’; Maasland frequently advises on emerging tech, including cyber security, AI and blockchain-related matters. Ross Patterson routinely represents clients in New Zealand’s highest profile merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations. The Wellington office is home to John McCay and ‘standout performer’ Jane Parker, who is a key port of call for blue-chip clients on critical tech projects. Associate Kate Cruickshank specialises in commercial law with particular expertise in IT contracts, film financing, and consumer legal issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom Maasland

Other key lawyers:

Jane Parker; John McCay; Richard Wells; Kate Cruickshank; Ross Patterson; Kate Anderson; Sonya Forbes


‘Jane Parker was a standout performer for our business – her knowledge of the subject and thoughtful responses gave us the confidence to challenge our client’s legal position. Advice on new contracts was also very thorough and business-focused.’

‘The TMT team practice has supported our business as we have undertaken significant digital transformation over the past year.’

‘Tom Maasland and his team consistently provide advice of a very high-quality. Tom’s knowledge of the sector, and solution-focused advice makes him a valued business partner to our organisation.’

‘Their meticulous attention-to-detail and thoroughness in contract review and creation instils confidence, while their promptness ensures we can meet tight deal deadlines. Their professionalism and ethical approach, coupled with their deep industry knowledge, results in pragmatic solutions that align with our business objectives and address nuanced challenges.’

‘Their holistic partnership approach fosters a comprehensive understanding of our business, translating into strategic legal counsel that goes beyond the transactional.’

‘Tom Maasland and Sonya Forbes both standout due to their exceptional qualities that set them apart. Tom’s extensive knowledge, pragmatic approach, and genuine demeanour make him a trusted advisor. Sonya’s tenacity, thoroughness, and remarkable responsiveness distinguish her as an invaluable asset, ensuring that every detail is meticulously attended to and that challenges are met with unwavering determination.’

‘Tom Maasland runs the TMT practice and is a quality partner. We feel we are in good hands when it comes to our more complex telecoms transactions.’

Tom Maasland’s personal and professional service quality is top-notch. He is highly responsive, commercial, and strikes a balance between standing firm on legal points in negotiations, vs making accommodations where practical or where the deal requires it.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand

Spark New Zealand

Television New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

New Zealand Film Commission

Enable Networks

Soul Machines

Rural Connectivity Group

The Warehouse Group

Datacom Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hourua (joint venture between Spark and Vodafone) on a NZD1.4bn ‘first of its kind’ telecoms deal to enhance communications for New Zealand’s first responders.
  • Acting for 12 public transport authorities and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) on Project NEXT, the project to procure a national ticketing solution to enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand.
  • Assisting Metlifecare with the preparation and negotiation of an IT Master Services Agreement for the implementation of essential finance and customer relationship management information technology.

Russell McVeagh

Public sector, financial services, media and emerging tech expertise forms the cornerstone of the TMT practice at Russell McVeagh. The team possesses the capabilities to advise its diverse roster of clients on the full lifecycle of TMT transactions, including funding, development, procurement and supply, partnerships, investments, and commercialisations. Auckland-based Liz Blythe co-heads the firm’s tech practice, and is noted for her focus on tech, digital and telecoms-related matters. Joe Edwards heads the media, marketing law and IP team and fields an impressive track record acting on high-profile TMT cases. The Wellington office is home to Mei Fern Johnson who routinely handles nationally significant tech projects and specialises in complex procurement and structuring for multi-party, collaborative and innovative tech projects. Special counsel Louise Taylor is recommended for her specialism advising on tech contracts and projects.

Practice head(s):

Liz Blythe; Mei Fern Johnson; Joe Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Louise Taylor

Key clients

Land Information New Zealand

Spark New Zealand Trading Limited

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Meridian Energy Limited

Auckland International Airport

Television New Zealand

QIC Private Capital

Lion NZ Limited

Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised NZ Government on the establishment and roll out of satellite technology in conjunction with the Australian Government, unlocking more than $7.6 billion in economic benefits for industries in both countries.
  • Advised QIC Private Capital on its acquisition of 50% of Vector Limited’s New Zealand and Australian metering business – the largest smart metering platform across Australia and New Zealand, with over 2.3 million meters owned or managed across the electricity and gas sectors.
  • Advising Television New Zealand in relations to an appeal brought against the Broadcasting Standards Authority relating to the use of pixelated technology and images of individuals on news broadcasts in New Zealand.

Anderson Lloyd

With offices spread across Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, the ‘extremely diligent’ team at Anderson Lloyd serves a diverse roster of public and private clients on a range of TMT issues. The practice is steered by Queenstown-based Derek Roth-Biester who has extensive experience in tech procurement, outsourcing and the delivery of complex IT projects. In the Christchurch office, Josh Williams is noted for his experience advising on M&A matters in the tech and software sector, whilst ‘outstanding’ senior associate Megan Pearce regularly acts for public and private sector clients on a host of TMT issues and is described as ‘extremely diligent, knowledgeable and fair'.

Practice head(s):

Derek Roth-Biester

Other key lawyers:

Megan Pearce; Josh Williams


‘They provide specialist advice to clients in the technology sector.’

‘The team specialises in technology and is extremely diligent.’

‘Megan Pearce is an outstanding senior associate. Extremely diligent, knowledgeable and fair. Great at translating technical concepts into real world applications.’

Key clients


First Table

Queenstown Marina

Radford Software shareholders

Scannable NZ

Silverlight Studios

SPM Assets Ltd

Teddy Technologies

Timaru District Council

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Silverlight Studios in relation to all aspects of its film production facility in Wanaka, Central Otago.
  • Advising First Table, a SaaS restaurant booking platform based in Queenstown, on its crowd-funded equity raise through the Snowball Effect platform, led by Invest South with other significant investors including Mainland Angels Investment Fund.
  • Advising Timaru District Council in relation to the commercial agreements for their access to the Archibus asset management software platform and master services agreement with WTP NZ Advisory.

Chapman Tripp

Counting blue-chip tech companies, leading banks, media companies and government entities among its key client roster, Chapman Tripp frequently handles tech-related M&A work and telecoms-related regulatory matters. The team is jointly led by Wellington-based Tim Sherman and Auckland-based Kelly McFadzien. Sherman specialises in corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on ICT projects, outsourcing, IP, procurement and data protection, whilst McFadzien is recommended for her experience advising clients on IP-related issues in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Tim Sherman; Kelly McFadzien

Other key lawyers:

Matt Sumpter

Key clients

InfraRed Capital Partners

Northleaf Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board



M2 NZ Limited

M2 Telecommunications Pty Limited

Motion Picture Association of America


Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Parliamentary Services

Work highlights

Dentons New Zealand

Praised for its ‘responsive and pragmatic’ approach, the team at Dentons New Zealand is noted for its wide-range of capabilities in the full spectrum of TMT matters, which includes advising on matters involving privacy issues, compliance, the procurement and deployment of tech, and e-commerce regulation. Leveraging the firm’s extensive global network, the practice regularly assists international clients on a host of complex tech-related transactions. In Auckland, the ‘excellent and really pragmatic’ Hayley Miller leads the practice. Miller is recommended for her expertise advising on the law relating to the development, use, procurement and deployment of tech, with a particular focus on the launch of SaaS offerings.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Miller

Other key lawyers:

Campbell Featherstone; Gunes Haksever


‘Dentons are really outcome-driven, they are very responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Hayley Miller is excellent and really pragmatic. She is quick to distil issues and very apt at suggesting useful resolutions. She is a very practical lawyer and good strategist in the context of commercial negotiations.’

Key clients

ASB Bank Limited


Tourism NZ




PayPal Inc.


nib nz Limited and nib nz Insurance Limited

Optus Satellite Pty Limited

Snapper Services Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

The Order of St John

HSBC – The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Downer New Zealand

Danone Nutricia New Zealand Limited

Unison Networks Limited

Airways Corporation of NZ

Centrality Investments Limited

Wellington City Council

Qualmark NZ

Police Health Plan

St John New Zealand

Xerra Earth Observation Institute Limited

Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Warner Music Group

Left Lane Capital Partners II Aggregator LP

BT Mining

Work highlights

Simpson Grierson

The team at Simpson Grierson is noted for its ‘high quality output and advice’ in major tech and telecoms projects. The practice regularly handles matters pertaining to privacy and data protection, emerging tech, media law and regulatory issues. Steering the practice are Auckland-based partners Karen Ngan and Jania Baigent. Ngan, praised for her ‘very good eye for detail and a clear understanding of commercial drivers’, leads the firm’s tech and telecoms team, whilst Baigent leads the media, cybersecurity and data disputes team and is recommended for her strength in media and information law, regularly acting on disputes and litigation. Simon Vannini is described as a ‘standout performer with a wealth of experience in the TMT space’.

Practice head(s):

Karen Ngan; Jania Baigent

Other key lawyers:

Michael Sage; Simon Vannini


‘Simon Vannini is a standout performer with a wealth of experience in the TMT space.’

‘Karen Ngan is an excellent practitioner with a very good eye for detail and a clear understanding of commercial drivers.’

‘Karen Ngan has an excellent eye for detail and a clear understanding of commercial drivers. Karen always goes above and beyond to ensure work is completed within timeframes required.’

Key clients

The a2 Milk Company Limited

Alliance Group Limited

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS)

ASB Bank Limited

Bandwidth, Inc.

Christchurch City Council

Cosentino S.A.

Cubic Transportation Systems Limited

Dense Air New Zealand Limited

Eisai Europe Limited

Football New Zealand

Golf New Zealand

Grizzly Software Limited

Hockey New Zealand


Huntington Commercial Finance


Kordia Limited

Netball New Zealand

New Plymouth District Council

New Zealand Rugby

Palmerston North City Council

Porirua City Council (PCC)

Saint Kentigern School

Shareholders of Infotools Limited

Site Safe New Zealand

Tasman District Council

Tauranga City Council

Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Factory NZ Limited and Sprout Agritech LP (Sprout)

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Viatris Limited

Voyage Digital (2degrees)

Waikato District Health Board / Te Whatu Ora

Watercare Services Limited

Weber-Stephens Products

Whakāata Māori

Xoria Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cubic on its contract arrangements with Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) for the design, supply and implementation of a National Ticketing Solution for public transport across New Zealand.
  • Assisted 2degrees on its sale of 2degrees’ passive network infrastructure (towers, etc) to Connexa Limited (partially owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan) for NZD 1.076bn.
  • Acted for Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (TWO) and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in a landmark proceeding against unknown defendants.

DLA Piper New Zealand

The ‘strong’ TMT practice at DLA Piper New Zealand handles a range of matters for its diverse portfolio of clients, including public and private companies and start-ups. The team possesses the capabilities to assist on the full spectrum of work, with a particular focus on tech transactions. Praised for his ‘strong technical knowledge’, Nick Valentine leads the practice and is noted for his ability to advise public and private sector clients on the full-range of tech transactions, from BAU deals through to large-scale digital transformation projects. Associate Edward Eisdell-Moore is noted for his experience leading the negotiation, drafting and implementation of complex TMT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Edward Eisdell-Moore; David Johnston


‘DLA Piper’s TMT practice in NZ is strong. They work for quality international and domestic clients, are committed to client service, and they are commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘Nick Valentine is a very strong TMT lawyer in NZ.’

‘The DLA Auckland TMT team have been fantastic for a couple of reasons – they have provided some really sensible advice around our ESOP programme, structure of our terms of service and have connected us with community in New Zealand and Australia.’

‘David Johnston has been excellent to deal with. He is willing to grow with us as a start-up.’

‘They are pragmatic, client-focused and make the effort to get know our business and the outcome we are looking for.’

‘Nick Valentine has strong technical knowledge and knows how to translate that in a way that is easily digestible and focuses on the outcomes.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Television New Zealand Limited (TVNZ) on its acquisition of 17 content rights agreements and New Zealand Cricket production rights from New Zealand’s largest telco, Spark, heralding the return of New Zealand cricket to free-to-air television.
  • Advising Heartland Bank on a digital transformation project, involving the migration of its computing infrastructure to a managed Storage as a Service solution.
  • Advising New Zealand grocery giant Foodstuffs on the launch of its omnichannel retail media business, Foodstuffs Precision Media, in partnership with global data science leader, dunnhumby.

Duncan Cotterill

Spread across the Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Queenstown offices, Duncan Cotterill's practice is noted for its breadth of knowledge across the full gamut of TMT matters, spanning IP, privacy, procurement, regulatory compliance, cloud service and SaaS arrangements, and cyber security issues. The team is spearheaded by Michael Moyes who excels in providing end-to-end support on complex tech projects and who has demonstrable experience on software development and procurement matters. Mark Cathro advises on a wide-range of tech, corporate law and governance issues, whilst Peter Fernando is recommended for his broad commercial experience.

Practice head(s):

Michael Moyes

Other key lawyers:

Mark Cathro; Peter Fernando

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (government agency) on the technology to support their emergency calls to progress to 5G, and to proactively locate individuals.
  • Advising on Panasonic’s New Zealand operations with respect to all commercial and technology matters, including their new business development.
  • Assisted Consignly to build and launch their product, grow its market share, and seize commercial opportunities, while ensuring its valuable intellectual property and capital investment was protected.

Webb Henderson

Webb Henderson's practice regularly advises some of the world’s largest telecoms operators, and media and tech companies on the array of TMT matters. Jordan Cox is the key contact in the Auckland office and is noted for his focus on telecoms infrastructure, where his work supports the ever-increasing demand for internet capacity through the rollout of submarine cable, satellite and terrestrial fibre networks.

Practice head(s):

Jordan Cox

Key clients







Avaroa Cables Limited

Seachange New Zealand Limited


Work highlights

  • Act for nbn in relation to the proposed variation of its Special Access Undertaking, which regulates the price and quality of nbn’s services until 2040.
  • Advised Spark on the sale of 70% its mobile tower business to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for NZ $900m.
  • Advising Spark on its content partnering arrangement with Television New Zealand (TVNZ), resulting in the closedown of the Spark Sport digital platform and a substantial increase in the level of sport on free-to-air broadcasting in New Zealand.

Wilson Harle

Specialist litigation firm Wilson Harle's 'focused' TMT practice regularly acts for a diverse roster of clients on a range of matters, including defamation and media law disputes. Allison Ferguson is a routinely engaged on media law cases, whilst Felicity Monteiro is noted for her expertise on regulatory matters, and media and advertising campaigns. Guy Tompkins and Chris Browne are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chris Browne; Allison Ferguson; Felicity Monteiro; Guy Tompkins


‘A focused team who punch well above their weight. Committed individuals all of whom are independent and intelligent thinkers.’

‘Allison Ferguson is a standout partner.’

Key clients

One NZ (Vodafone)

Ecomi Technology PTE Limited

Robert Rogers

Work highlights

  • Acted for One NZ in its defence of 27 criminal charges pursued by the Commerce Commission, arising from the marketing of One NZ’s services provided over Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cable network as “FibreX” and representations on its website about the availability of fibre services to certain areas.
  • Acted for Ecomi, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency issuer, defending a claim by a BVI company which operates as a digital assets adviser.