TMT in New Zealand

Buddle Findlay

'They have put in effort to understand how our business works and consequently are able to provide advice and documentation that is fit for purpose more efficiently', says a client of Buddle Findlay. The firm has prominent practitioners in Auckland in Philip Wood, who specialises in commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector matters, and Allan Yeoman, who acts for early stage and high-growth technology companies in  transactional and contracting matters and works with IT customers and vendors in both the private and public sectors. In Wellington, Amy Ryburn is a key partner for commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media, telecommunications and intellectual property. Senior associates Damien Steel-Baker who handles commercial contracting and procurement, and Keri Johansson are rising stars. Special counsel Renee Stiles focuses on drafting, and negotiating large scale and complex ICT and outsourcing contracts.

Practice head(s):

Philip Wood

Other key lawyers:

Amy Ryburn; Allan Yeoman; Renee Stiles; Damien Steel-Baker; Keri Johansson; Alexandra Chapman; Jennifer Yang

Testimonials

“I have respect for the knowledge of the individuals who I have worked with and the way they work with me as the client.”

“They and have put in effort to build the trust of our in-house legal team and are respectful of the skills our lawyers have.”

“They work with our in-house team rather than imposing their view over those of the in-house team. They also try their best to accommodate our needs. Amy Ryburn, Damien Steel-Baker and Renee Stiles have been particularly good to work with.”

Key clients

SKY Network 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

Snapper

Auckland Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Internal Affairs on a new cross-government Microsoft Cloud, Software and Services Agreement.
  • Advised Sky Network Television Limited on an extension to its long term satellite transponder lease arrangement with Optus Networks Pty Ltd, a member of the Singtel Group.
  • Acted for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in a competitive market process to procure a payroll software solution and related services to replace its existing payroll platform.
  • Advised The Department of Conservation on drafting the contract released with the RFP and with the evaluation of RFP respondents for an off-the-shelf software-as-a-service product.
  • Advised the New Zealand Transport Agency on licensing arrangements with Google for NZTA’s extensive use of Google Maps data.

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has a multi-disciplinary practice with a strong track record in some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant ICT projects. It provides strategic and commercial advice, handles acquisitions and disposals for TMT clients, and also acts in contentious matters. Among its key clients are Microsoft, which it advises on major projects and ongoing operations in New Zealand and Australia, Mercury Energy and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It also acts for many of the leading media and telecoms companies in New Zealand. Corporate partner Tim Sherman in Wellington and Kelly McFadzien in Auckland, who advises on on data protection, privacy and consumer law,  lead the practice. Auckland-based Bruce McClintock, who is CEO of the firm's technology and innovation business, Zeren, is a leading light in the market.

Practice head(s):

Tim Sherman; Kelly McFadzien

Other key lawyers:

Bruce McClintock; Lauren Curtayne; Ben Warden

Key clients

Microsoft

Chorus

Mercury Energy

Fonterra

Fisher & Paykel

BNZ

Kiwibank

Airways Corporation

New Zealand Post

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Work highlights

  • Advised HgCapital on its NZ$255m acquisition of a majority stake in Orion Health’s Rhapsody business.
  • Advised Airways Corporation on its technology supply contracts.
  • Acted for Microsoft advising on a range of matters in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Advised the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on its contractual arrangements for significant ongoing new development and enhancements to NZ’s Immigration Global Management System (IGMS).
  • Acted for MediaWorks, New Zealand’s largest media company, in defending defamation and invasion of privacy claims.

Hudson Gavin Martin

Hudson Gavin Martin in Auckland is a corporate and commercial law firm that specialises in technology, media and IP. It handles commercial and consumer law, corporate law, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution in matters where key issues relate to technology, media or IP. 'The firm has a very experienced and capable technology services group of practitioners with extensive knowledge of existing models and emerging technology in telecommunications, spectrum management, IOT, IT managed services, service management, outsourcing and insourcing' remarks one client. Partners Simon Martin, Edwin Lim, Anchali Anandanayagam and Tim Mahood are standout practitioners who act for clients of all sizes or maturity, from start-up SMEs though to well-established domestic and global businesses. Senior associate Andrew Dentice  is a rising star for fintech, data, platforms and 'as a service' business models.

Practice head(s):

Simon Martin; Edwin Lim; Anchali Anandanayagam; Tim Mahood

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dentice; Sarah-Jane Lawson; Andrew Nicoll

Testimonials

“The firm has well developed contracting and commercial negotiation skills. It is pragmatic, able to understand the impact on the client and supplier business, and innovative in its approach.”

“Simon Martin is a very experienced senior practitioner. He is well respected and operates in a consistent calm, commercially astute and engaging manner with very high productivity. He is exceptional in his knowledge of the marketplace, consideration of business drivers, commercial implications and the law.”

“Anchali Anandanayagam is an outstanding practitioner who brings deep knowledge of the telecommunications sector including dark fibre and telecommunications managed services. She has an outstanding approach with clients that is well considered and thorough, consistent delivery.”

“The firm has excellent knowledge of IT contracts and contract negotiations.”

“The lawyers are very easy to communicate with and nothing was a bother.”

“They can take complex information and communicate it in a simple way. They are also good at explaining different perspectives on an issue so we that we work together to make the best decision.”

“Ed Lim and and Sarah-Jane Lawson are both really nice, highly competent professionals to work with. They picked up on nuances in contracts and agreements so that I was aware of implications of different options. They worked hard to provide the ‘exec summary’ for me. They would walk through the fundamentals with me, but then the bulk of my involvement was focused on critical issues and decisions. I never felt overwhelmed with detail.”

“They are a group of ex ‘big city’ lawyers in a more affordable and accessible firm. They go above and beyond the extra to get what the client needs and are highly experienced.”

“Sarah-Jane Lawson is an incredibly intelligent woman who is able to take complex ideas and simplify them into terms and concepts we can understand. Her work ethic is very strong and she is super nice to boot!”

“Ed Lim is very experienced in the technology space that we operate in and has been a great sage advisor to us.”

“A boutique IT firm with very high level of industry expertise and experienced lawyers who have specialised in IT for most of their careers. They are good people to work with.”

“Simon Martin is very experienced and a strong leader in the IT industry.”

“Anchali Anandanayagam is an excellent technology lawyer who is very user-friendly and commercially experienced.”

“Edwin Lim is a highly regarded IT lawyer.”

Key clients

Vector New Zealand

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Microsoft Corporation

Auckland Transport

Bank of New Zealand

Red Bull

Vodafone New Zealand Limited

2 Degrees Mobile Limited

Television New Zealand

Progressive Enterprises

Stuff Media

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

The Mind Lab

Waikato Regional Council

Beca Group Limited

Serko

Internet New Zealand Limited

Main Reactor

NZ eScience Infrastructure

LG Electronics

Vista Limited

Fonterra Cooperative Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Promapp Solutions on the acquisition of the Promapp Group by Nintex.
  • Advised Frances Valintine and EdLab on various matters relating to the restructure and running of this Limited Partnership with Unitec.
  • Advising Foodstuffs North Island on the negotiation and documentation of two key projects for the business relating to – (1) the replacement of Foodstuffs’ fuel voucher scheme and (2) Negotiating its multi-million dollar agreement with NCR corporation for the provision of its point of sales systems.
  • Advising BNZ in relation to the ‘API Centre’ project to deliver “open banking” in New Zealand.
  • Advising Technology Incubators and Accelerators (Vodafone New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Media Design School) on establishing and continuing to support reputable NZ technology incubators and accelerators on various operational activities.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a team of dedicated TMT specialists who frequently work with leading technology providers such as Datacom and Research and Education New Zealand Limited. The firm also has a strong presence in the banking and finance sector, advising banks and insurance companies on fintech projects, core banking systems, projects and innovative technology such as blockchain. It also has a large roster of central and local government clients to which it provides assistance with procurement and complex technology projects. Jane Parker leads the practice from Wellington, where John McCay  acts for technology and media clients on large-scale IT and telecoms matters. In Auckland, Tom Maasland handles major technology transformation and procurement programmes, and Ross Patterson is a leading light in the telecoms market. Richard Wells is recommended for IT commercialisation projects and senior associate Kate Cruickshank is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Jane Parker

Other key lawyers:

John McCay; Tom Maasland; Ross Patterson; Richard Wells; Sonya Forbes; Katie Cruickshank; Peter Fernando; Kate Anderson; Hannah Andrews; Suzy McMillan

Testimonials

“The firm shows willingness to find solutions to challenging issues and provides strategic advice.”

“The team is passionate about technology and has deep expertise in technology contracting, addressing issues that arise in practice with pragmatic solutions.”

“You know that Tom Maasland has done his homework and is a ‘go-to’ lawyer for new and complex issues as they arise.”

“Minter Ellison has experienced solicitors of all levels who are available to assist our business with TMT-related matters in a prompt and practical manner. They know all areas of our business after being trusted advisers for many years. We therefore know that advice is well rounded and has the benefit of being considered in a context of our business as a whole.”

“It provides practical and commercially-focused advice. Individuals seek feedback from us as to what style or advice we need and tailor their advice to our needs.”

“The advice is prompt and we are kept informed of progress.”

“We only use Dr Ross Patterson for his expertise on regulation and competition law in the telecommunications industry. He is a dedicated, professional and a knowledgeable partner who always has time for our questions and makes us feel as we are a priority.”

Key clients

Spark New Zealand

Z Energy

Westpac New Zealand Limited

The Warehouse

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Greater Wellington Regional Council

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

New Zealand Film Commission

Ultrafast Fibre Limited and Enable Fibre

Rural Connectivity Group (owned by Spark New Zealand Limited, Two Degrees Mobile Limited and Vodafone New Zealand Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advising the public transport authorities and the New Zealand Transport Agency to procure a nationwide solution to enable and process payments for journeys on public transport.
  • Acted for the Rural Connectivity Group in its extension of 2018’s ground-breaking and unique transaction – to build a shared network to improve internet connectivity and fix mobile blackspots along main highways and key tourist spots, across rural NZ.
  • Acted for the three local fibre companies in a successful application to the Commerce Commission to clarify the terms of undertakings given by then under part 4AA of the Telecommunications Act to unbundle their fibre networks from 1 January 2020.
  • Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on expanding coverage for world-leading emergency caller location information service.
  • Assisted the New Zealand Racing Board with the procurement of a new technology platform and supporting data for fixed odds betting, with suppliers OpenBet and Paddy Power Betfair.

Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh has a team of lawyers who specialise in many aspects of the TMT sector, including technology specialist Liz Blythe and Joe Edwards, who leads the marketing, media and IP practice. Alongside them in Auckland, the firm has experts in fintech, insurtech, IT disputes and sector-specific M&A. National ICT group chair Mei Fern Johnson sits in Wellington and has almost 20 years' experience in advising on ICT projects. She handles high-value IT and new technology projects in the private and public sectors, including complex matters. Blythe focuses predominantly on the procurement, supply, development, outsourcing and commercialisation of technology.

Practice head(s):

Mei Fern Johnson; Joe Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Liz Blythe; Tom Hunt; Chris Curran; Ian Beaumont; Michael Taylor; Mark Campbell;

Testimonials

“I have confidence in the people that I have worked with and like how they work with our team. Mei Fern Johnson has been excellent to deal with in terms of the quality of work and responsiveness to our needs.”

“The key strength for us is Joe Edwards. He knows our business so well and is a specialist in his field. Consumer law issues in telecommunications is a very specialist area and I don’t know that other firms have the expertise that he does.”

“We really value Joe Edwards due to his expertise in this area, his knowledge of the Commerce Commission and his availability. He is always available for us at short notice and can turn around work urgently.”

“An all-rounded A-team that does not focus solely on the academic application of the law but is able to understand the technical solutions to ensure there are able to assist the business get deals across the line.”

“They are not afraid to put themselves on the line – the area that this team operates in is often very risky and this team has always worked hard to be as pragmatic and commercial as they possibly can. They are 100% solution-orientated and are not afraid to push the boundaries of the law.”

“Definitely not a traditional private practice law firm and the reason why they are able to do so is because they are incredible strong in the law and therefore able to navigate solutions to provide solutions that matches the risk appetite of the organisation. They are able to write their opinions in a way that is easily palatable by the executive team who are time poor.”

“I would describe them as an extension of our in-house legal team and would 100% recommend their expertise in this area.”

“Liz Blythe is a superstar in the legal technology field – NZ is lucky to have such an amazing lawyer. She is a super-smart, creative, easy to work with and a trusted legal advisor!”

“The team brings a deep understanding of technology and IP to New Zealand. The team has unrivalled expertise in infrastructure-as-a-service.”

“Liz Blythe leads the team and delivers exceptional and practical legal advice. Her knowledge of the industry and the major players has proven invaluable to a number of large IT projects.”

“The Russell McVeagh TMT practice has a unique understanding of modern app-based marketplaces which allows them to provide pragmatic and commercially savvy advice that takes into account the complex environment in which our business works.”

“Liz Blyth has taken a level of ownership and care in the output of complex projects that we have undertaken that ensures their success.”

“His breadth of expertise across TMT issues allows Joe Edwards to expertly stay one step ahead of issues that may arise.”

Key clients

Accident Compensation Corporation

Fonterra

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Ministry of Education

Stuff Limited

New Zealand Police

Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force

Spark New Zealand

Trustpower Limited

Vector

Work highlights

  • Working with Accident Compensation Corporation on its selection of and contracting with providers for its significant transformation programme.
  • Advised FMG on the contractual implications of entry into a new IT and telecommunications contract.
  • Acted for WEL Networks in the unwind of an outsourcing arrangement relating to the development and operation of WEL Network’s online low cost energy retailer.
  • Acted for Fairfax New Zealand Limited and Fairfax Corporation Pty Limited in its attempted merger with NZME.
  • Acted for intelliHUB – the Pacific Equity Partners smart metering business in Australia – in its acquisition of Metrix.

Simpson Grierson

The specialist practice at Simpson Grierson is involved in some of the most significant technology and telecommunications projects in New Zealand, acting for customers and suppliers in both the public and private sectors. Its work encompasses advice on the supply and implementation of business critical services and systems, regulatory compliance, and network development and management. It recently assisted the Crown and local fibre companies on aspects of the New Zealand Government's nationwide Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative. Michael Sage, Karen Ngan and litigator Jania Baigent lead the practice from Auckland. Senior associate Louise Taylor is a rising star. In Wellington, special counsel Chris Browne handles both energy and telecoms projects involving fibre optic networks. Clients praise the firm's 'high level of engagement and communication, commitment to understanding the exact nature of the work required, and clever timely solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sage; Karen Ngan; Jania Baigent

Other key lawyers:

Chris Browne; Simon Vannini; Louise Taylor

Testimonials

‘Karen Ngan is patient, present and exceptionally knowledgeable. I trusted her entirely.’

Key clients

Google

Facebook

Amazon Web Services

Christchurch City Council

Land Information New Zealand

ASB

Sky Network Television

The Ascot Hospitals & Clinics Limited

Transpower

LIC

Alliance Group Limited

New Zealand Rugby

HFC Bank (Fiji)

Watercare Services Limited

Port of Napier

Work highlights

  • Advised Christchurch City Council on various issues relating to: (i) an SAP enterprise solution and related services; and (ii) SAP digital services for customer solution, including consulting, implementation and ongoing cloud services.
  • Acting for the Māori Television Service (Māori TV) who is the defendant in a defamation case brought by Sir Edward Durie and Ms Donna Hall – each eminent members of the New Zealand Māori Council.
  • Successfully defended Google LLC. in a High Court appeal proceeding under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015.
  • Advising Land Information New Zealand on a Request for Proposal for the supply of a range of services to support its use of Amazon Web Services.
  • Advised HFC Bank on its contract with BPC Asia Pacific (Singapore) for credit card payment processing and switch solution.

Anthony Harper

'The team at is incredibly helpful and willing to listen, and they totally understand my requirements', says a client of Anthony Harper. The firm has a broad range of knowledge in TMT, IP, privacy, procurement and regulatory compliance. It primarily supports buyers of technology rather than vendors, bringing to bear its experience in software development, implementation and support of systems and software, procurement, policies and programmes, as well as disputes arising from such arrangements. Former practice head Michael Moyes has joined Duncan Cotterill .

Other key lawyers:

Jullion Nelson Parker

Testimonials

“In comparison with other firms/lawyers I have worked with, the distinguishing factors in dealing with this firm have been the speed with which our business and its needs were understood, that the advice given directly facilitated progress on the project for which the firm was instructed, the ability to document difficult concepts quickly and clearly using few words, that the confidence of the business was secured early by the demonstration of knowledge and experience in the field, and the fast turnaround in providing advice and drafting difficult documents.”

“They always have my best interests at heart and provide invaluable support and guidance. Due to the way they work I have found myself going to them more often than I normally use legal advice just because of the benefit it provides.”

Key clients

LexisNexis

Van den Brink Group

Lyttelton Port Company

LifeLot

ChirpyPlus

Wirecard

Fletcher Building

CardWorks

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Work highlights

  • Assisting ChirpyPlus with all of its legal requirements, in both New Zealand and Australia, which includes all technology engagements, all customer-facing legal matters, the online terms and policies, investor relations, and regulatory compliance with privacy law and consumer protection law.
  • Assisted LifeLot with the development and implementation of its online digital safe.
  • Assisting Card Works with all legal matters, including their technology vendor engagements, general T&Cs, privacy compliance, and distribution arrangements.
  • Assisting payment software provider Wirecard with all of its New Zealand legal matters, including complex cross-border IP licensing and intra-group structuring and regulatory compliance.
  • Assisting the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists with all New Zealand legal matters, including strategies and steps to secure its intellectual property rights in New Zealand.

Bell Gully

Bell Gully handles some of the largest M&A transactions in the technology and telecoms sectors, which last year included acting for Vodafone Group plc in its sale of Vodafone NZ to an investment consortium of Infratil and Brookfields Asset Management for NZ$3.4bn. The firm is also active in public sector technology procurement, and advises a broad range of clients on emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. In the telecoms sector, it continues to act for Crown Fibre Holdings in the roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband. Cybersecurity and data privacy, including advice on Privacy Act obligations, guidance, policies and procedures, are also core elements in the practice. ICT specialist Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington and Auckland-based media lawyer Alan Ringwood are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Dean Oppenhuis; Alan Ringwood

Other key lawyers:

Tania Goatley; Laura Littlewood;

Key clients

Vodafone

Department of Internal Affairs

Crown Infrastructure Partners (previously Crown Fibre Holdings)

APN News & Media

Colenso BBDO

Bauer Media

Bloomberg LP

8i

Rocketlab

Straker Translations

HNA Group

Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

NZME

Centrality Investments

Department of Corrections

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone Group Plc on the NZ$3.4bn conditional sale of all the shares in Vodafone New Zealand Limited to a consortium comprising Infratil Limited and Brookfield Asset Management.
  • Advised the Department of Internal Affairs on its Uruwhenua 2020 project to procure a single supplier of passports, travel documents and personalisation solutions.
  • Advising the Department of Corrections on their managed cellular communications project for prisons.
  • Advised the New Zealand Customs Service on an IT Managed Services Agreement with leading IT technology company Datacom.
  • Advised US company GraphPad on its purchase of all of the shares in New Zealand software company Biomatters as part of a plan to create a large life sciences software platform.

Dentons Kensington Swan

Dentons Kensington Swan  has 'a good understanding of technology and delivery techniques, and it strongly represents the client's interests, as well as being pragmatic in creation of contracts'. Commercial and technology partner Hayley Miller in Auckland leads the firm's technology, innovation, privacy and media group, and she has extensive experience in technology licensing, development, commercialisation, supply and acquisition. The practice acts for ICT companies and innovative start-ups, and it has particular expertise in the areas of fintech and payments processing. In Wellington, the firm acts for public and education sector clients in the procurement of specialised ICT systems and services. The key lawyers are corporate partner Charlotte Henley, regulatory and litigation partner Hayden Wilson and public law specialist Linda Clark.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Miller

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Henley; Hayden Wilson; Linda Clark; Campbell Featherstone; Gretchen Fraser

Testimonials

“Hayley Miller is personable and dedicated. She turns things around quickly and is pragmatic in her approach.”

Key clients

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

Tourism New Zealand

nib nz limited

1Centre Limited

Rachel MacGregor

Clarke Gayford

HSBC – The Hongkong And Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited on variations to the Wholesale Services agreements as part of the Ultra-Fast Broadband Infrastructure project.
  • Assisting Tourism New Zealand with a Request for Proposal in relation to its operator database and API layer in 2018 for the project to design, develop, supply, configure, install, integrate and the new database and related solution.
  • Advising energy provider Unison Networks signed a multimillion-dollar 10-year deal with Australian IT company TechnologyOne.
  • Assisting Clarke Gayford, the partner of the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with possible defamation proceedings against  all New Zealand media and selected social media influencers following false allegations about his past.

DLA Piper New Zealand

DLA Piper New Zealand in Auckland joins the ranking having hired special counsel Nick Valentine from King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. Valentine has extensive experience in transactional technology, media and telecommunications matters, both internationally and locally. A specialist TMT lawyer, he focuses predominantly on large-scale business process and IT outsourcing and systems integration, software development and licensing, data protection and privacy, telecommunications services agreements and infrastructure rollouts, and media rights and online content distribution. 'I have found the team to be extremely responsive to our needs and possessing all the skills and expertise we require' says a client who praises Valentine's 'responsiveness, attention to detail and commercial acumen'.

Practice head(s):

Nick Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Taylor; Katie Carson

Testimonials

“DLA is unique in its genuine interest in what we are trying to achieve and adapting its style and approach to help us achieve our outcomes. They take the time to embed themselves in our work environment and understand our goals.”

“Finance partner Katie Carson is a brilliant thinker with a wealth of experience in fintechs and banking. She is able to share real world examples of what we are trying to achieve and create pathways for how we might achieve it.”

“The firm goes out of its way to understand our strategy and the issues we are managing. They possess and can access, via their global network, unique skills in dealing with fintech and emerging technologies that have been very beneficial to us.”

“Corporate partner Rachel Taylor is commercially astute and pragmatic, and available to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. Nick Valentine’s skills and experience in dealing with fintech and emerging technologies has been invaluable to us.”

“Nick Valentine is a highly regarded practitioner with extensive experience in technology, IP and telecommunications transactions.”

“Nick Valentine is technically strong combined with a very commercial and results-focused approach.”

Key clients

Spark

Westpac

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

HSBC

Auckland Council

Trustees Executors

Harmoney

PB Technologies

New Zealand Green Building Council

Nikko Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Spark in its strategic online content deal with the International Hockey Federation.
  • Advised the New Zealand Green Building Council on the launch of its innovative HomeFit assessment tool, helping improve the standard of New Zealand homes.

Lowndes

Founded as a corporate, technology and insolvency boutique, Lowndes continues to act for some of the most prominent domestic technology clients, as well as international companies. It counts Huawei Technologies, Chorus Call Australia and numerous domestic start-up technology companies  among its clients. Founder and corporate partner Mark Lowndes and director Kerri Dewe are the key practitioners and their experience includes commercial contracts, regulatory compliance, procurement and outsourcing. Clients praise the firm's focus on 'long-term client relationships, effective conversations and advice, and understanding of the industry and IT matters'. They note that the firm is 'easy to engage to get work completed and is responsive with a fair price'.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lowndes

Other key lawyers:

Kerri Dewe

Testimonials

“I have direct Access to Mark Lowndes, the company founder. He employs good people to undertake the detailed work. They are effective with a low level of bureaucracy.”

“It is vital for me to have access to accurate advice, on what is sometimes a very urgent basis. This is where Lowndes delivers. They are extremely client-focused and have a breadth of experience amongst the practitioners which makes them stand out from the crowd. They consistently deliver.”

“Mark Lowndes is an outstanding legal practitioner who is extremely client-focused. He is an absolute professional who takes the time to understand your business, resulting in practical and commercial advice which will work for your firm. He is a calming presence, approachable, ethical, and one of the top legal minds in New Zealand.”

Key clients

SkyCity Auckland

Barfoot & Thompson Limited

Huawei Technologies (New Zealand)

Autoplay Automotive Ltd

Chorus Call Australia Pty Limited

VMG Ventures Limited

Simtics

Work highlights

  • Acting as a principal legal advisor to Huawei in New Zealand, providing ongoing technology and telecommunication advice in many areas.
  • Principal adviser to Barfoot & Thompson on using new digital technologies in the conducting of its business.
  • Advising Enviroplaz New Zealand, a apidly growing New Zealand business with novel technology including a process for converting recycled waste plastic into aggregate, on various technology and corporate matters.
  • Acting for SKYCITY Auckland, the owner and operator of the SKYCITY complex in central Auckland, a comprehensive re-write of its licences for the installation, access, operation and maintenance of equipment located in the SKYCITY complex and tower by telecommunications operators for the provision of mobile telephone services to the public.
  • Acting for B. Braun, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, offering solutions across 18 therapy fields, on corporate and procurement matters.

Webb Henderson

Webb Henderson's practice is predominantly based in Sydney, Australia, but senior associate Jordan Cox in Auckland is a specialist TMT and regulatory lawyer who has advised clients in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Among the firm's clients are large telecoms operators and media companies including Chorus and Spark. The firm advises on broadband projects, including major network initiatives in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore; regulatory reform in the telecommunications sector, including work for fixed line telecoms infrastructure operator Chorus; and global infrastructure projects such as submarine cable developments in the Pacific region.

Key clients

Chorus

Spark

nbn

Limelight Software

Work highlights

  • Acting as key legal advisers to Chorus on the Government’s reform of New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework.
  • Advising Australia’s national broadband infrastructure company, NBN Co, on its new Enterprise Ethernet product.
  • Advising the national wholesale broadband company in Australia, NBN Co, on its new pricing structure.
  • Advising Yoogo on the launch of Yoogo car-sharing.
  • Advising Limelight Software on its arrangements with online auctions business TradeMe.

Wilson Harle

Wilson Harle is a highly respected litigation firm in New Zealand that focuses on major commercial, public law and regulatory disputes and related risk management or strategic advice. It has a prominent presence in matters relating to telecoms and media, hence its role as the lead litigation firm for Vodafone New Zealand, for which it handles all major disputes and the its complex regulatory and strategic matters, other than M&A. Alongside its litigation expertise, the firm is also sought out for commercial and strategic advisory work in the telecoms sector. The practice, in which partners Chris Browne, Allison Ferguson, Ian Denton and Felicity Monteiro all play key roles, is frequently instructed in defamation cases and other media law litigation.

Practice head(s):

Chris Browne; Allison Ferguson; Ian Denton; Felicity Monteiro

Testimonials

“The team is very savvy, hardworking and intelligent. They are agile, and easy to work with.”

“Allison Fergusson and Chris Browne are outstanding litigation partners.”

Key clients

Vodafone New Zealand Limited

QBE Insurance Limited

Callaghan Innovation

Work highlights

  • Representing Vodafone in respect of charges brought under the Fair Trading Act in relation to errors in invoices.
  • Representing Vodafone in defending charges under the Fair Trading Act in respect of the marketing of a broadband service.
  • Represented Callaghan Innovations in defending a claims for $63m in damages in respect of claims for breach of contract, breach of confidence, defamation and breach of statutory duty.
  • Representing Vodafone as a non-party in respect of various applications for production of documents and records for criminal proceedings not involving Vodafone.
  • Assisting an individual in respect of defamatory publication regarding him.